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Four Years

June 1st 2016 6:43 pm
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Well Buddy, four years ago I had to let you go before the cancer consumed you. I still think about you and I wish we had more time together. In two more years you would have been gone for longer than when we were a family. It makes me wonder how long I should keep marking the anniversary of your passing.

Lena is getting better. I mean, eventually her kidney disease will kill her, but it probably won't be as soon as we feared. You two really got along. I'm glad I won't have to say farewell to her for a while.

Pepi is still Pepi, a bit of a pest - a loving pest though. If only she'd let me hold her and trim her nails it would be easier. She started venturing outside too with Lena. Fortunately she doesn't want to go far and it's easy to get her to go back inside. She only goes out when Lena does and I let Lena go outside because of her condition and I want to spoil her.

Anyway, I wish you were still here and I'll remember you for the rest of my life. Good times, Sarge. Good times.


Happy Birthday, Buddy

March 6th 2016 4:17 pm
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I know this is a bit late. Catster has been broken for so long that sometimes I wonder if it's worth the effort to post anymore. I still miss Sarge and I always will. He was a special kitty and we didn't have enough time together. I made his life as special as I could make it and he did the same for me.

He passed the afternoon of my, at the time, favorite sci-fi convention. The support from my fellow fans was wonderful. For unrelated reasons, that convention is now pretty much gone as well. Life goes on, it always does. I'll remember Sarge always and the good times we had.


Thank you!

June 1st 2015 8:56 pm
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I almost forgot, thank you everyone who remembered and sent something. Thank you as well to those who came by. I deeply appreciate how so many of my Catster friends remember Sarge despite the condition of the website itself. We will not be forgotten.

May your year be filled with fond memories.


Three Years

June 1st 2015 4:53 pm
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Three years I had to let you go. The cancer was getting worse and you haven't eaten in two days. I wanted to keep you, just for a few more days, but you were starting to go downhill and I couldn't let that happen. You deserved better.

Catster is still messed up. I have to wonder if they ever plan on fixing it. I wish they could at least fix the feature that lets us reply to diary postings.

The time you've been gone is about half the time that you've been here. I don't want the memory to fade. One day the majority of my time living in our house would have been spent without you. A different day and Pepi would have lived here longer than you. You were so special, Sarge. You were my first cat as an adult and you've taught me about love and loss. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Lena has kidney problems. We think we can control it with diet and food. But she's turning her nose up at the food. She's a grazer because her tummy is small. I'll do right by her. She misses you too.

Thank you for being my buddy, Sarge.


Happy Birthday Buddy

February 2nd 2015 5:14 pm
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Well buddy you would have been 13 if they cancer didn't take you away. Thank you to all our Catster friends who sent presents and well wishes. I hope Catster can fix itself so you can reply to diary entries soon. I haven't been here much because so many things are still broken.

I still think of you occasionally, Sarge, and miss you not being around. I remember how you'd greet me at the door and always want to be close by. You were grateful for every day I had you and I was grateful for every day you spent with me.

Lena and Pepi are doing all right. Lena has decided she loves to sit on my left shoulder which is ruining my posture. Pepi is slowly learning that it's OK to sit on my lap.

All of us remember the good times. Thank you, Sarge.


Two years

June 1st 2014 7:30 am
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I call 2012 the "Year of Loss", those who've read "Earth Abides" would understand the reference. I lost Sarge, my favorite MMORPG, sci-fi convention, and my parents and closest friends lost a pet. But losing Sarge was the worst. He was sick for so long and we tried so hard to make him better. It was emotionally draining. Thank goodness for my family and friends who supported me. Sarge was strong up until the end. I let him go before his decline turned into a free-fall. He stopped eating a few days before to tell me he was ready. Still, on his last day he jumped up on the bed to get pets and chased a chipmunk when I was holding him outside. I'm glad I was able to spare him the pain that would be coming.

I still feel his loss. My other cats don't greet me at the door when I get home from work but they do follow me around and sleep on the bed with me. I think Lena still misses him in her own way. I'm glad Catster is still around. I have his page bookmarked at work so I see his pictures every morning when I arrive at the office and click the link to the greatergood website for animals in his memory.

Sarge was a cat cursed by biology and a tragic past. I gave him the best life he could and he returned my love every day. I miss you, Buddy.


Glad we're still here

March 2nd 2014 9:50 am
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Even though Caster won't be vanishing tomorrow, Dad is still saving our pages. This may still be one of my last entries since I've passed on over a year and a half ago. Dad still thinks there's going to be some big changes to Catster in the near future. Remember, one of the reasons they were going to shut down was because of all the bugs that have developed in the system. Dad has worked on websites for years and sometimes the best thing you can do is to chuck the old code and start fresh. Now if everything is in a database, all of us and our pictures, diary entries, etc should be safe. The pages may even look the same but things would be different under the hood.

I hope they'll take advantage of this chance to improve things to fix some long-time annoyances. Things like making a CotD somecat who hasn't been on the site for years and only have one picture. You know, those bare bone entries. It's worse when you know the kitty must have went to the bridge by now because we don't live that long. Yep, there's a bunch of things that can be improved now that the technology has advanced. Maybe they can make a mobile version of the site too (assuming there isn't one already).

To my fellow felines, don't forget to love your people.


My last birthday on Catster

February 2nd 2014 2:20 pm
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It's my birthday today, second one at the bridge. Well we think it's my birthday. I was abandoned in February when I turned 4 and Dad took my home on September 2nd. But birthdays weren't really that important to me. What was important was my gotcha date when someone who would love me for the rest of my life brought me home.


I think of you often, Sarge. I still miss you. So much has happened hear since cancer took you away. But I like to think you're here in spirit.

Thank you Sarge, for everything.


Final Entry (probably)

January 16th 2014 6:02 pm
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Honestly I really didn't plan on adding another entry to Sarge's diary since he has passed on. But with Catster closing I wanted to make one last entry then start saving everything to my hard drive in February to give those who want to time to reply.

Sarge was the first cat that was really mine. I adopted him and Lena together but he was the one I chose first and was the first to really bond with me. He would wait for me by the door to the garage whenever I left. I probably smacked him in the face a few times by accident coming in. He had a big heart but bad genes. He was worth it.

The people on Catster helped me through his illness and passing. I'll always be grateful for that. I remember looking at Catster even before I moved into my house because I couldn't adopt any pets in my apartment. It's hard to accept that in 6 weeks or so all of this will be gone. No more CotD or DotD. I even set up Sarge's page as a bookmark at work so every morning as I would get settled in I could say "hi" to him before going to the Animal Rescue Site (see the sidebar) and read a heartwarming rescue story and click on the button. Who knows if it does any good, but the stories are good to read. I'll miss reading everyone's story and sharing in your lives. Thank you for inviting me into your home.


Now thousands of people can see me!

October 8th 2013 6:56 pm
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Dad's job is a web programmer. Recently he had to make a new captcha (that thing you have to do to prove you're living and not a robot) since the third party one they were using was giving them too much trouble. So Dad designed one where the user gets a random picture and has to pick out what it is from a randomly sorted list (with a few red herrings thrown in just to be difficult). Well guess who is staring in one of the pictures? That's right, ME! Now people have a chance to see ME sitting in a box looking all cute and happy while they submit a request for a new password or try to use the website to send an email. I'm a lucky kitty to have a Dad that still wants the world to know how cute I was.

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