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Tony, Our Angel 1995 - 2/8/07

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Picture of Tony, Our Angel 1995 - 2/8/07, a male Domestic Shorthair

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"Thank you Inky for my wings!"

Home:Albany, OR  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 10 lbs.

Our Tony is over the Rainbow Bridge, but will always be in our hearts.

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"Our Tony is over the Rainbow Bridge, but will always be in our hearts."

Thank you so much for making me Bridge Kitty of the Week!

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"Thank you so much for making me Bridge Kitty of the Week!"

From my Chihuahua friends at Say Chi's

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"From my Chihuahua friends at Say Chi's"

My Diary is a Featured Diary of the Day!

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"My Diary is a Featured Diary of the Day!"

Big, Black, Magnificent Me!  We love you and miss you so much!

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"Big, Black, Magnificent Me! We love you and miss you so much!"

Sleeping by the fire - this bed may be a little small for me?  What do you think?

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"Sleeping by the fire - this bed may be a little small for me? What do you think?"

It snowed last night and it's very cold outside - so this is as close as I'm getting to that stuff!

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"It snowed last night and it's very cold outside - so this is as close as I'm getting to that stuff!"

Christmas morning catnip!  What could be better than that?  and it's about time - I sniffed it out a long time ago!

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"Christmas morning catnip! What could be better than that? and it's about time - I sniffed it out a long time ago!"

Me and Harley enjoying our Christmas catnip!

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"Me and Harley enjoying our Christmas catnip!"

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Tones, Toner

Kitty Complexion:
sleepyvery active
not curiousvery curious
not vocalvery vocal


Taking Naps

Sparky And Tucker

Favorite Toy:
He likes to play on the Cat Condo like a jungle gym

Favorite Nap Spot:
His Bed

Favorite Food:
Fancy Feast


indoors and outdoors

Arrival Story:
Tony, formerly known as Anthony, was my step-sons cat. He got him from someone else, who got him from someone else. We really don't know how old he is, but the vet estimates 11 years. My step-son moved and couldn't take Tony with him, so he came to live with us. He was at a distinct disadvantage as he was the newest member of the family, first was Harley, then Sparky, then Tony. He adjusted pretty quickly though and became very good friends with Sparky. They like to play together and when Tony is tired of it, lets Sparky know it with a little nip. But he's a good sport and and a pretty mellow cat since we discovered and are treating his overactive thyroid problem. He and Harley didn't care for one another, but have learned to tolerate each other. Then we added Tucker to the household and Tony took that pretty much in stride as well. He lets Tucker lick his ears and his mouth after meals. When he is tired of the doggy attention, he either swats the offending doggy or walks away. He gets a lot of respect from those two dogs (who are way smaller than he is)!

Tony is a big guy and loves to roam around outside. He always comes home and is never gone for long. He is getting older and is usually pretty mellow. Every once in a while he and Sparky play tag through the house or on the cat condo and it's really fun to watch. He loves his bed and curls up for frequent naps. He has been with us over a year now, and is finally initiating pets and scratches although he's not a lap kitty and probably never will really enjoy being held. He is very vocal and I swear he says "mama" when he knows it time for breakfast and dinner. He has taken to going to bed with us and will come to me for a cuddle before he moves to "his" place at the foot of the bed. The two dogs and Tony make for a full bed, but Tony usually leaves after everyone is settled in. It's like he's making sure we are all sleeping OK then he leaves and goes back to the living room and his bed! Tony has been diagnosed with a heart problem and is feeling better on his medications. We are hoping that they will do trick and that he will continue to improve. 2/8/07 We had to let Tony go to the Rainbow Bridge today. It was a very hard decision and it breaks our hearts to lose him. But we know that he will be painfree and happy chasing mice and napping in the sun there. We will always love our Toners.

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Tony, We will always miss you.

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10 YEARS OR OVER??? DOGS or CATS, ♥A TEAM♥, American Shorthair Club, Black Cat Society of Catster, Curious Kitties, Lucky Black Cats, summer lovin' kitties, The Cat Lounge, The Social Cats, ^*^Over The Rainbow^*^

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Tony's Tales

A Sad Anniversary

February 8th 2008 8:01 am
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It's been a year since I have been here at the Rainbow Bridge. I still miss my family a little bit and they miss me too. Mom says that time has healed a lot of the pain, but there will always be a little hole in her heart that used to be filled by me. I am so glad that even if my life was a bit shorter than I'd hoped, that it was a good life and that I was so loved - especially those two years with mom and the pups. I hear that there are more pups in that house now - wonder how I would have liked those little girls? I sure did love Sparky - so maybe the girls would have been OK.
I spend my time here laying in the sun and have made a lot of great friends. We are all doing great here, so if you are reading this and have a kitty here at Rainbow Bridge, please know that we are happy here. And we are watching over you, our beloved families.


Saying Goodbye

February 15th 2007 2:43 pm
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It's taken me a week to be able to write this entry for Tony. We said goodbye on February 8, 2007. He seemed to be doing so much better, as I talk about in his last entry. The evening of Feb. 7 it was getting apparent that he was not doing as well as we had thought. His breathing was beginning to be labored again and he wasn't interested in his food. We tried to tempt him with chicken and he would eat a little bit. He walked very slowly and it appeared that he was not comfortable. On the morning of Feb. 8, he went outside to potty and couldn't. I picked him up to give him a head scratch, and he cried like it had hurt to be touched. My husband and I decided that he was no longer enjoying life and that we had to prevent him from suffering needlessly. Saying goodbye was very hard. Tony had lived with us for about 2 years and had completely stolen our hearts. We loved the way he drooled and talked to us. He really enjoyed playing with Sparky when we first brought him home and I have some wonderful pictures of them together. There are lots of great memories and photos and we will cherish them forever. Tony was a special guy and we think he was put into our home for a reason. The part that is hard is why it was such a short time.
Tony - we hope you are having a wonderful time playing with your new kitty friends at Rainbow Bridge. We know you no longer hurt and you can run and jump like a kitten again and we are thankful for that knowledge. Although I write this with tears running down my face, I am happy for you. Please know that we loved you and you will remain in our hearts forever. Until we meet again . . . Mom & Dad, Sparky & Tucker


Hanging in there!

February 7th 2007 12:43 pm
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I am still hanging in there! Mom says I am getting way too thin, and that I don't eat enough lately. But I'm just not real hungry. However, I did really enjoy the chicken that dad cooked for me last night. I ate all of that and left the "cat" food! Mom got me some Natural Balance chicken and turkey canned food, and it's pretty good, but just doesn't stimulate my appetite very much. And to make it worse, she always makes me swallow pills before I can have my dinner. She says that eating after the pills will make them go down better. Not so sure about that - I would prefer that they just go away! Me and mom got on the scale last week and I weighed 11.5 lbs. Then we got on again on Monday night and I weighed 11 lbs. Mom is worried, I can see it, but I just don't feel much like eating. I am still breathing a lot better though. And I talk to her just like before I got real sick. I can lay down and roll over comfortably, so those are good signs that the fluid isn't back in force. I take a lot of naps usually in corners or behind something. That worries mom too, but they are such cozy spots! And I like the bed in front of the fireplace even if it is a little small for me. I may not weigh much, but I am still a big guy! And I am telling mom that life is still pretty darned good. She says that's good enough for her! More chicken please!!

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