July 20th 2013 1:07 pm
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**Legacy to my ALFIE**
July 20th 2010 – probably one of the worst days of my life. My beloved ALFIE found passed away in my back garden aged just 3 years. I’ll never have acceptance of the short life he had and I’ll never forget the shock and the horror of losing him so young in a relatively cat safe environment. At the time I vowed never to have any more cats due to the extreme grief of losing him. However, losing a beloved and adored cat should not be a reason to deny another cat desperate for a home the chance of happiness and so I soon adopted my little (abandoned kitten) princess Lily and then (abandoned old man) Boy.
Within a few days of losing ALFIE I vowed I would strive endlessly to help stray and abandoned cats and kittens find loving new homes. I would rescue and rehabilitate mis-treated cats and do everything in my power to make a difference and to raise money to pay for veterinary treatment, neutering, vaccinations and micro-chipping for all those cats less fortunate than my beloved ALFIE had been.
During 2011 I raised over £5000 (approx USD7500) and re-homed 67 cats and kittens to loving new families, In 2012, again I raised over £5500.and re-homed 81 cats and kittens to new families, I also helped to get 254 cats neutered to help prevent the abandoned cats of the future. I went out to rescue cats from No-Go areas of town, where a single lone woman would never normally be seen after dark. I’ve stood out of all weather – rain, wind and snow rescuing cats and also raising money to care for them, I’ve taken abuse from cat haters and cannot remember the number of times I’ve maliciously been called a “crazy cat lady”. I’ve recruited over 20 reliable new volunteers to help out with fostering cats and fundraising and our team grows stronger each month as does the number of cats we can help. So far to date in 2013 myself and the volunteers I've recruited have raised over £4000 (July 2013)
I really hope ALFIE would be proud of my achievements to help the less fortunate cats in this area, he was undoubtedly my inspiration and my motivation.
All of this I’ve done in memory of my ALFIE xxx
It's 3 years today since I lost him and I still think of him every day.
July 20th 2011 1:25 pm
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Today is the 1st anniversary of you leaving me, ALFIE. Not a single day has passed without me thinking about you. I still miss you so much. You were my beautiful boy.
I will love you forever.
March 6th 2011 2:30 am
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Today would have been my beloved ALFIE’s 4th Birthday.
Sometimes I think I see still him, I feel his presence close to me many times.
I am a crazy? Or does grief play strange tricks on your mind?
ALFIE was with me for such a short time but will remain in my heart forever.
I miss him. I love him.
I will lend to you for a while a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ‘till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?
I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.
July 30th 2010 1:38 pm
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This is Helen, ALFIE's mum.
Just a few words to say Thank You for all the kind words, messages, rosettes and gifts you have sent to my ALFIE.
The support from everyone on Catster has been a great comfort to me in the past few days.
I will thank each and everyone of you in time, I am missing him so much every day is a struggle without him being here.
He was just so young and happy, so beautiful and healthy and now he is suddenly taken from me. I truly loved him.
Love to you all
July 26th 2010 1:18 pm
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This is Helen, ALFIE’s mum.
It is with a very heavy heart I have to let you know that my beautiful boy ALFIE was hit by a car and killed last Tuesday 20th July.
I am still in total shock and totally devastated. My world is upside down, I am heartbroken and cannot eat, sleep, work or function, and I just cannot believe he is gone and I will never cuddle him or hear is beautiful purry little voice again.
I loved him so much, like a little furry child, He was a big part of my family, everyone who ever met him loved him instantly. ALFIE was so, so very beautiful, He was only 3 years old. The shock and hurt is unbearable and has been since I found him. I have tried so many times to post this message on Catster but each time I have broken down and been unable to write.
I am so sorry to give you all this sad news and to pour my heart out in public but I am struggling so much to deal with his passing. I will love him forever.
Thank you all so much for being his friend. I love you all.
December 25th 2009 3:39 am
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Merry Christmas Everyone!!
Its Christmas morning and I am so excited!!!
I had my favourite breakfast which was freshly grilled Tuna steak, it was a huge portion but I ate every bit of it – delicious!
Next, I opened my Secret Santa gift which was sent from Marina & Tosca it was a great Cat Dancer game which I have been playing with already and some Crazy spinners.
I also got a whole stocking full of presents including luxury treats and food, new ball and new collar and lots of other smaller things. My big present from my mum and dad was a water fountain to drink from as I love to drink from the running tap or sometimes even worse when I manage to sneak into the bathroom! Mum is calling my drinking fountain "the fountain of youth" as I am running around the house today like a crazy kitten, I am so excited.
I will get turkey for lunch then I will probably need a big sleep. Mum will upload some new photos showing all this excitement soon.
May 12th 2009 10:19 am
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Something really exciting happened at my house earlier this morning!!
My mum has a few days off work and we were both in the garden, I was watching the birdies and my mum was hanging out the laundry to dry, she left the back door open as she always does when its a sunny day, when she had finished we go back into the house.
A few minutes later mum goes upstairs closely followed by me, as she walks into the bedroom a big brown birdie dive-bombs her!! Mum shrieked as this was such a big shock she was not expecting a bird in her bedroom!! I think its really exciting and start jumping all over her bed and racing around the bedroom, never, ever before has mum had a birdie in her bedroom.
The birdie was flapping around and then it pooped on the carpet!! My mum quickly pulled the curtains away from the windows and opened both windows are far as they would go and then she picked me up and put me outside the bedroom. She went back inside and after a few minutes came out saying the brown birdie had flown out of the window.
I was a little annoyed at mum for locking me outside the bedroom when things were getting really exciting.
My mum says she just can't believe that a bird would fly into the house, but thats what must of happened when the back door was opened.
January 1st 2009 9:53 am
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Happy New Year to all my Catster friends.
Here's hoping you all have a healthy 2009.
October 5th 2008 5:11 am
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Oh boy I am in so much trouble!!
It is a very wet and rainy Sunday afternoon in Luton, but quite warm.
I am in and out of the house every two minutes, as mum leaves the door slightly open for me to come and go as I please.
Anyway lots going on in my garden today, birdies are twittering, squirrels are scurrying about collecting nuts, plenty of my favourite frogs about too, so lots of reasons for me to patrol my garden.
All this outside activity has made me very, very wet and muddy I really was soaked through to the skin but it’s my choice as the door is always open for me.
Once I had done my garden patrol I wandered back into the house with muddy paws and decided to patrol the whole house. I wandered into the bathroom and up onto the edge of the bath, leaving a dirty trail of paw prints on the edge of the bath. I then wandered into the kitchen, thinking mum might be in there as I saw her cleaning the kitchen floor earlier this morning, but no-one in the kitchen, my paws are still very muddy and still leaving a trail. Next I’m in the lounge, and jump up on the window sill to see what’s going on out the front, still wet & muddy. Finally after checking over my house, I decide to wrap my self around my dads legs but he shouted at me to go away as I was so wet and made his trousers wet, so I decided to take a nap and jumped up onto my mum & dads nice clean white & ivory bedding to have a quick wash and then take a nap.
Just as I was drifting off into a nice sleepy sleep, I hear my mum start shouting and screaming about “muddy paw prints all over the house where is that Boy?”
What’s the matter with her, she’s making such a big fuss, I’ve created loads more housework and cleaning for her to do. I am in big trouble because I have muddy wet paws. She needs to relax more, and take it easy just like me.
I’ll act extra cute and be extra friendly for the rest of the day, so mum will soon forgive me, she always does. It always works.
ALFIE’s mum here – ALIE really has made such a big mess all over the house, to look at him you would think he had jumped into a big puddle and then rolled about in the mud up to his tummy, all of his white bits are muddy brown. If he were a dog I would try to give him a bath, but I know he would hate this and I would end up worst for wear, so he will just have to clean himself. There’ll be no treats for ALF today!
May 26th 2008 2:35 am
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On Friday I had my first fight ever.
Firstly, I would like to mention that I am a very placid gentle boy, and I get on OK and tolerate all the other local kitties.
However, in the last couple of weeks a big strange long haired Black & White cat seems to have arrived on the scene. He has jumped over the fence into my garden several times this week, I have warned him about invading my territory by hissing and spitting at him on numerous occasions but he still keeps on coming into my garden and I don’t like it!!
Friday evening was the final straw for me, I was wandering around my garden as I always do every evening, when suddenly HE appears sneaking in under the gates.
This time I was ready for him, I pounced on him, and wrestled him to the ground there was a lot of noise both from him and me and the fur was flying. All my family came running out of the house to see what was going on, and with this he turned on his heels and ran back under the gate.
I had a mouthful of black fur, and black fur in my claws, I received a small scratch across my nose but it was not bleeding, and I had lost my collar, although my human Brother later found this in the garden. My family checked me over to make sure I had no other injuries and then I had to stay in the house for the rest of the evening, but I was up at the window all night making sure he did not come back.
My Family have decided this was a victory for me, the score is:
ALFIE 1 - Mr Black & White 0
I hope Mr Black & White has learnt his lesson not to come into my garden, MY garden is MY territory, and that is final. I am usually a very friendly boy with other cats, but I just do not like him at all.
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