Nicknames: Arn, Arnie, Arnie-Barnie, The Cat-Boy, The Boy, Sweetie Boy, ARNOLD P!!!
Birthday: March 30th 1996
Coloration: Blue Tabby
Likes: His Mom and FOOD
Pet-Peeves: Car rides and vet visits
Favorite Toy: The one legged vet, a catnip toy that he mutilated. And the vet's amputated leg!
Favorite Nap Spot: Wherever he flops.
Favorite Food: Canned food, and CHIKIN!
Skills: He can smell catnip from a mile away, and seek out it's source.
Arrival Story: I was looking for a successor for my first kitty, who died at age 23.5. I was looking at humane society kitties, but missed out on a few I liked. Then I went to a humane society foster home and saw Arnold. He was the first of his litter to leave his bio-Mom. EXACTLY the same way I found my first kitty 24 years earlier.
Bio: Arnold has lived in Florida and Georgia, and travelled to far-flung places like Oklahoma, Minnesota and Tennessee. He moves really well, tho he hates the car. But he's OK as long as he has his Mommy! He goes to Church to be blessed with Holy Water every year on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. He sits on my shoulder while they sprinkle him, and doesn't cry or try to get down! He loves going in his boat, but NOT in the water. And he is very proud of having been named in honor of a famous golfer (Arnold Palmer). He stands on the FLOOR, not the seat, in order to get a drink from the toilet. He's a BIG boy.
We are taking one day at a time with Arnold now. He was so desperately ill in January that he came to within an hour of being helped to the Bridge. But he rallied and got better. He lived with frailty, and diabetes and tumors. He was far from his old self. But he was happy and fought to live. A year after he was originally scheduled to go to the Bridge, he made it very clear that the time had come. He was assisted to the Bridge on January 26, 2011, and he left a huge hole in my heart. He was so strong and brave! I love you, Sweetie-Boy!
MY AWARDS: DAILY DIARY PICK 8-2-2007, 4-9-2008, 7-23-2008, 7-28-2008, 9-21-2008, 10-13-2008, 11-5-2008, 1-15-2009, 10-5-2009, 10-28-2009, 1-27-10, 2-15-10, 2-27-10, 7-5-2010, 8-26-2010, 9-25-2010, 10-3-2010, 11-11-2010, 11-23-2010, 12-13-2010, 12-19-2010, and 2-2-2011!!! DIARY OF THE DAY (with his picture on the front page!) on 9-9-08!
MY DUDE PALS: Vincent was and is my first dude pal. I introduced him to his girl, Tigress. Moose is the funniest and sweetest guy I know. Simon just crossed to the Bridge, but will always be my bud no matter what. Rascal is always looking out for me, and is a great pal. Tooney has left for the Bridge, but he is a thoughtful and great friend. Handsome, too!
MY GAL PALS: Sissy is a kind and precious Furt friend who loves her window sill almost as much as I love her. Elsa is a baroness of beauty and a princess of pulchritude. Annie is a dear Olde Furt who has health issues and my heart. And I love her brothers, too! Scooter is a sweetheart and a special friend. Her leaving for the Bridge broke my heart. Elmo went to the Bridge at 23 years old. She was beautiful and thoughtful and kind.
MY SPECIAL PAL: Calvin is my special pal and a constant source of laughter. I miss him terribly, but love him forever.
We have all known for a long time that Catster has been going away, so the official announcement last week was sad, but not shocking. Mom has been going thru my diary and is crying again. Thank you, Laura and Nan, for helping Mom save my pages and my siblings. She has gotten really bad at advanced computer stuff since I came to the Bridge.
Caster was a HUGE part of our lives and we will always miss it. It definitely was a "you had to be there" kind of experience. Nobody who wasn't could possibly understand. We have made many life long friends and love all of them. Mom also realized she likes some cats WAY better than a lot of people. MOL!
Thank you Catster. Thank you for supporting Mom when I had to leave, and for loving the new babies too. Thank you for removing the fear of social networking. And most of all, thank you for the fun. It's been great!
Last week, my long-time and precious girlfriend Chrissy Whitesocks arrived at The Bridge. She was a quiet but beloved star of the group Olde Furts, and the welcome she received was awe inspiring! Calvin was there, of course, waving the huge WELCOME CATSTERS sign. He gave her her Heart Basket, which was overflowing with hearts of all the many Olde Furts she had treated with such kindness and love all these years. It was like a meeting of OF stars! Scooter, Sissy, Simon, Isaac, Alex and Annie, Cybil...they ALL were there! It was AMAZING!
I was there, of course, and got to meet her in purrson for the first time. OMC, she is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! I got the biggest hug ever (Except from my Mom!) and we talked and talked. She was sad to have left her Mommy, so we sprinkled angel dust on her to help her understand that I was taking care of Chrissy now.
When we were in your world, Chrissy was the best girlfriend a mancat could ever have! She knew I was a hopeless flirt, but she wasn't jealous, because she knew that my heart belonged to her forever. SHe was always there for me, and now I have her with me forever, until out Moms join us!
So this has been a sad and joyful time. Sad because we know that it breaks the hearts of all the Moms when one of us Olde Furts has to leave them. But joyful, because we know that Chrissy's Mom knows that I will take care of her forever. We send our love to all of our beloved friends still with their Moms. Don't worry about us! We're all together, and we'll see you later (not sooner)!
I want to thank all of you who took the time to remember my Bridge Day. It is hard for my Mom to believe I have been gone two whole years. But her life is so different, that at times it seems longer. She doesn't travel anymore for work and has been in the same job for 2 years.
For the first time in her life she has more than one kitty. Helen and Roger are great, but I knew she needed a kitty who would adore her like I did, so I sent her Stewie. He's a prize! I did good with that one! But she adores little Roger very much, and she and Helen are FINALLY bonding. They're all a good family!
THank you again for remembering me and sending support and love to my Mom. I still love her and watch over her from up here, along with so many of my Olde Furt friends. But my girlfriend Chrissy Whitesocks is still hanging in there and recently turned 21! She's sure making me proud!