Harry (2002-2009) ✟

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Picture of Harry (2002-2009) ✟, a male Domestic Shorthair/Breed Unknown

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"Our handsome Harry, always our angel."

Home:TX  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Male   Weight: 8 lbs.

Thank you Rory and family for this terrific birthday picture.  Love it!

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"Thank you Rory and family for this terrific birthday picture. Love it!"

My friend Big Harry sent this for my birthday at the Bridge.  Wow, I really do look handsome.  Thank you!

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"My friend Big Harry sent this for my birthday at the Bridge. Wow, I really do look handsome. Thank you!"

My portrait.  Purrrrr

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"My portrait. Purrrrr"

I used to love boxes, but what cat doesn

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"I used to love boxes, but what cat doesn't?"

Thanks Kira, you can do that all day.

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"Thanks Kira, you can do that all day."

Do you think my belly is handsome too?

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"Do you think my belly is handsome too?"

Our tabby boy, such a good cat.

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"Our tabby boy, such a good cat."

Basket nap.

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"Basket nap."

Yikes, what

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"Yikes, what's that?! Oh, it's just the Furminator comb. I actually liked it."

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Handsome Harry, Harry-Beary

Quick Bio:
-mixed breed

April 17th 2002

Brown Tabby

Catching water drops from the faucet. Flirting with his eyes. Playing "Pour Harry", a game he invented where he "falls" off or pours himself into your arms from the counter top!

none, just a happy camper

Favorite Toy:
yellow rubber wacky ball, his new Panic Mouse, which I can barely keep in batteries!

Favorite Nap Spot:
Kitchen bar sink, cat "bins" under the desk, cat perch

Favorite Food:
Purina Pro Plan Indoor Cat, he doesn't really like can food, or people food

He has a meow that sounds like a viking horn! When you scratch or rub his back, he curls his tail into a question mark everytime! He also gives great back massages!


Arrival Story:
Harry was brought in as a newborn (along with his litter mates) to our vets office in a plastic baggie to be put to sleep. His kennel attendant and her mom bottle fed him until we saw him a few weeks later. Harry and I met eyes and it was love at first sight. I thought about him all weekend. Having already a multicat household I had to do some heavy arm twisting to convince my husband, but we have never regretted it. He's a doll.

Harry's favorite thing is what I call "catching raindrops". He lays on the bar sink edge, just waiting for the slow drip from the faucet that we turn on for his entertainment (and ours!). He attempts to snatch the falling droplet, but rarely catches one, and he just ends up with a wet head, which he doesn't seen to mind! Harry loves to lay on Dad's chest while he watches TV, or Mom's chest when she's trying to sleep. He has mastered the art of a complete back massage, and will work backward down my back until he is on one leg, balancing carefully! This can take 20 minutes because he goes slowly and diligently! It feels wonderful! LOL! Harry is one of the most easy going cats, just a sweet, loving boy, who has won my heart, many times over. UPDATE: Our precious boy is an Angel now. (Dec. 2009) His diary tells the complete story. You'll always be my lover-boy Handsome Harry. Forever in my heart~

Forums Motto:
Head Bonks for Everyone!

Birthday : April 17th, 2002
Bridge Date : December 31, 2009

The special lady in my life, Daisy

Isn't she lovely?
I asked her to be my girl, and she said YES!!!

This is Pete. my Guardian Angel, and friend

I've Been On Catster Since:
August 22nd 2004 More than 12 years!

Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Catster Id:

for 4346 days

Meet my family
Zack Beloved
My Big Love
(1994-2012 )
Loves Catster
Griffin♥The Texas Wild
Bunch ✯
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Hear It From Harry

Wings And Things

January 3rd 2010 7:12 pm
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Today I got my wings!
Riley and I met up with Zack, and he showed us a few of his favorite spots. I have a nice napping place picked out under a huge Elm tree. The flowers below form a thick carpet and we can sleep there but we are so light, as angels, we don't even crush the flowers. It's pretty awesome.
Zack told me it's best not to look back to Earth just yet. Everyone in our family is very, very sad, and it takes a while for them to realize we are in a good place now.

I want to thank my lovely sister-in-love, Angel Sydney Rose, and my brother-in-love, Wally, for helping me get my wings! They are the best!
Also our friend K.C., for doing such a nice job on them. Thank you, lovely K.C.

I have many, many more friends to thank, too, for all the rosettes & gifts, and comments & pmails, and posts in the Forums. Riley and I are going to work on that soon...we're just going to let momma have a little rest first.

Hey, it's kinda hard to give my famous headbonks with this Halo...

Sending purrs and love from Heaven.


A Beautiful Poem

January 1st 2010 7:16 pm
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Our friends sent this beautiful poem to pay tribute to Harry.
I had to share it with you all.

~A Cat's Prayer~

To Those Who Love & Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown.
But now it is time I traveled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
It is only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart,
I will not be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home"

~Thank you so much, Baby, Lady, Sammie, and Cesar, for sending this lovely poem.


First Day Without You

January 1st 2010 3:43 pm
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To my sweet angel boy~
Happy New Year, my dearest love.
It's the first day of the new year, and the first day of the rest of my life without you in it.
I wish I could have stopped time.

Harry had been slowly slipping away from us for the last couple of months. His kidney values continued to worsen, and he began to cry when we tried to give him his sub-Q fluids. More and more he just slept the day away. I had moved him and Stinky into our office, to give them some privacy, and have a place to administer all the medications. They both loved it there, and rarely asked to leave that room. My husband and I started sleeping there too, on a couple of air mats on the floor. Rather rustic, but it let me stay close, for when Stinky had a coughing spell, or Harry needed something. Harry had a routine of waking up around 2 am, to use the litter, and then have a late snack. He had begun to eat the KD food again, which we were very happy about. Then, before he went back to his bed, he would climb onto my back, and spent about 15 minutes gently kneading me. He has grown so thin and light, I could barely feel his weight on me.
In the mornings, he was always ready for breakfast, and ate eagerly, though not very much. The day before yesterday he didn't want to eat, and worse, didn't drink much or use the litter. He was also much more unsteady on his feet. That night, we hydrated him with 150 cc's. He did not protest, but I feared that was because he was too weak to. That much liquid should have stimulated him to pee, but that night he did not get out of his bed all night. I lay awake most of the night. I was afraid he would pass in the night, curled into a small ball in his new bed. We had just bought him a really overstuffed velour and fleece bed, to help cushion his tiny body. He loved that bed, and sat in it, kneading it for about half an hour before he fell fast asleep.
The following morning, yesterday...it seems so long ago already...he could barely stand. He showed no interest in food or water, and he was unresponsive when I spoke to him.
My husband called the vet, and the vet said it was time. I had wanted to let him pass peacefully with us, the way most of the cats we have loved over the past three decades have, but we both did not want to see him suffer the way Riley had. He is only the third cat I have had to help cross, the first being a precious foster kitten, who had leukemia, and the second being my darling Riley. I know it was the right thing to do, but it was the hardest thing. Our vet was so kind. He reassured us that we had given Harry longer than he ever imagined he would live. His words were that it was a testament to our care that he lived as long as he did, with this terrible disease. But seven and a half short years...it should have been double that at least.
And something else, that we both realized...we adopted Harry from that same vets office. He had been brought in as a days old kitten, found in a backyard, to be put to sleep. Now here I was...years later, bringing him back to the same place to complete his journey. Tears sting my face, and blur my eyes now, so I must end this.
Thank everyone, for your support and friendship, and for loving Harry and all the rest of my precious "Bunch".

With love from a broken heart,
Teri and David

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