Monday, May 26, 2008

Weekend of Hugs

Hi, this is Tabbymom Jen. I want to thank you all again for your wishes and comments about Bonnie. I'm overwhelmed by the response. We're sad, but doing ok. We have so many fond memories of Bonnie. Please remember her with smiles, not tears. Victor and I owe each and every one of you a visit... but it takes time and I have to stop when I start crying again. I'm also giving Victor lots of attention. But really, we're ok.

For the hugging holiday this weekend, I'd like to share a poem from my favorite story-teller, Shel Silverstein.

Hug O'War

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

- Sheldon Allan Silverstein

Please remember Bonnie with smiles and laughter. We heard thunder rolling in today, and I'm sure it was a game of Thundering Herd of Elephants at the Rainbow Bridge. When they crashed into the fountain, it started raining. And the lightning? Kitty laser eyes, of course! Memories are golden, and we will always cherish our memories of Bonnie.

Now, let's all cheer up and move on, or she'll find a way to whap us all!


  1. We are thinking of you and Victor and remembering Bonnie. We are certain that she is playing THOE up at Rainbow Bridge!

    Happy Memorial Day!

    For Our Troops:

    Give Victor some (((((HUGSSSSS)))))
    FROM US!

  2. Smooches to you today. You have been in our thoughts and prayers all weekend long.
    Mommy has been hugging the stuffing out of us - we blame Bonnie if course :)
    Bonnie is rolling in over O Hi O too - we can hear her playing THoE!
    ps - we love Shel Silverstein too!

  3. ....this all makes me very sad and worried about how fragile life is...Mousie sends a 'condolence moon'.....tabby to tabby.......

  4. I just found out myself and wanted to share condolences to you and your family.

    Bonnie was a great friend of Ayla's. I know the two of them are up there by the rainbow bridge planning ways of thwapping around all the new kitties coming in.

    She will be missed.

  5. {{{HUGS}}}

    Bonnie was visiting our skies last night too! She sure is loud. And those laser eyes!

    Have a good holiday today.

    Laila and Lilly

  6. What a good poem, it fits so well with the weekend.

    We heard the THOE over here too. I hope Bonnie and all the other kitties are having fun.

  7. hug-o-war!....{{{HUGS}}}..... mommie always liked Sara Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out

  8. Beau told us about Bonnie passing on. So very sorry. Our purrs and sympathies for you.

  9. Happy Memorial Day as Bonnie and her friends play THOE overhead.

  10. Oh, we don't want Bonnie to whap us! We heard dem Bridge kitties play THOE last night, dey was furry loud.

  11. That was a profoundly sweet posting.

  12. We are sure Bonnie is whapping our brother Max at the Bridge! They will be great friends in spite of it ... hee hee!
    Happy Memorial Day!
    Purrs and headbutts,
    Sabrina, Sam and Simon

  13. We are so sorry to hear your news. We are not always able to visit many blogs since we have a very old mac and it crashes when we go to a site with too many pics, etc.

    It is certain that pooses play thundering herd of elephants over the rainbow. We will think of Bonnie now every time we hear thunder.

    Sending healing purrs and thoughts to you and your family.
    zevo & cohorts

  14. Oh, Shel is our favorite number one poet, too! We gots all his books and enjoys them so much. You are so so right... it's a hug-o-war we've got going and Bonnie surely knows it!

  15. That is a great poem, I am going to have my Mum print it out. She has a journal of poems she likes and I will have her add it.

    Victor, I hope you are doing okay. Please know that Bonnie is alright and peacefully playing at the Rainbow Bridge. Take care and hugs : )

  16. This was a lovely post(hug) :)

  17. What a beautiful thought. We have been thinking of you all weekend, and having fun thoughts remembering Miss Bonnie. Missy even bit me once to remind me. Hee hee.
    Happy Memorial Day!
    ***** HUGS *****
    In tribute to Bonnie Underfoot.
    Love & Purrs,
    KC & The Sherwood Bunch

  18. SHE FOUND IGGY CAT!!!! I bet there will be lots of thunder for awhile...He does not back down.

  19. I will always remember Bonnie with a smile on my face and her snark in my heart!

  20. That's a great poem! We're all glad to hear you are remembering how wonderful it was to have her.

    Somehow, I think Victor will be enjoying the extra attention!


    Gandalf, Grayson & Mom Barb

  21. we certainly are remembering bonnie wif smiles! we couldn't help it--the heafenly THoE and kitty laser eyes just made us gigglesnork!!

    blessings on you, dear, an' on the whole fambly, wif special whisker-sleeks to victor.

    love & purrs,
    nels, ed, nitro, an' xingie

  22. Awwww, that's one of the most purreshus things us Ballicai have efur read, how the thunderstormie is a game of Ellefants at the bridgie, the lightnin is kitty lasur eyes, and the rain is where the playin kitties ranned into the fountain! Sounds like preshus Bonnie is havin lots of fun. We will remember her with love and smiles, and we send our love and comfurt to yur sweet fambly.

    Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

  23. I love the allegory of the Thundering Herds of Elephants and the rain storm. The little poem is cute too.

    Hugs to Victor and the family!

  24. oh no.
    We can not believe this sad sad news. It's horrible when it happens so fast and unexpectedly. We know for sure.

    All of you are in our hearts today, and for many days. No words will stop the grief and pain and loss, but it does help to know that you don't have to carry this alone.

    Thanks for remembering Walter. May 18th was the one year anniv. of his sudden passing, and he was 10. It happened in just a few morning hours, just like Bonnie. They nearly died at the exact same time, too! We think you are right and that they ARE together! Walter raised Sadie, just like Bonnie raised Victor (sort of.)

    Big furry love from ML and all of the Mosaic Furs.

  25. Mum told us that we have the Boomies forecast for tonight. We have told her it will be Bonnie playing THoE so we will all be listening out for her.
    ((((((hugs))))))to you furrom us.

  26. All of you are so very brave. I admire your courage.
    We have been purring for all of you.
    Just work on the grieving part and concentrate on healing. Do not go too fast.
    You are loved by so many

    <3 and Purr

  27. Ah, Victorrr,
    I am verrry sorrry yourrr dearrr Miss Bonnie was called the brrridge...
    My lady bean's fatherrr left in Octoberrr too. Memorrries will flood you when you don't expect them, sometimes she crrries, but then she smiles and knows he's doing fine. I give my bean extrrra purrrs and she brrrushes me until my furrr is gone...hee, hee.


  28. Hugs to you all!! Mom loves that poem, she has all his books too.

    We love thinkin' of Bonnie and all our furriends at the Bridge playin' THoE (maybe that will help Smeagol be less scared of the loud booms now that we know what it really is!!)

  29. Oh no, this is so sad. We've been away for a few days and only now have learned about Bonnie. Victor, I know that it's hard for all of you right now but in time it will become easier. Kissies,


  30. That is a very wonderful way to understand and accept Bonnie's passing. Thank you for sharing it with us, Jen.

  31. we are so sorry to hear your heard braking storry we come to your blog but we dont comment our bean is not a good speller sorry but like u she has a broking heart Good bless

  32. We are stopping in to see how you are doing. We have visited all on our link and left hugs in the memory of Bonnie. And we are leaving hugs for you too.
    Roscoe, Sassy, Momo & Opus

  33. We will always remember Bonnie with a smile, and hugs!

    Luxie & family

  34. Bonnie will always be my hero! I learned so much from her, and will always draw strength from thinking about her, and I will need it, as tomorrow is Kavan's gotcha day!


  35. We love Shel Silverstein. He is the best! Mom's favorite is Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me too.

    We are glad that you are remembering Bonnie with smiles. She must have been playing over California on Friday also. We rarely get Thunderstorms and we had some that day.

    (((hugs))) to you and Victor.

    Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

  36. Guess wat, Bonnie's playing THOE here now too! Sending smooches to her and U and Victor are in our thots.
    Kitty smiles,

  37. Jen, it's nice to hear you are okay. I can imagine how hard it must be but it's also important to keep the nice memories. Many, many {{{HUGS}}} to all of you!

    Thank you for all your great advices yesterday. Chica and Pumuckl have fallen in love with each other again! :-)

  38. We hads Thundering herds uf elefants wehr weze ats, too!! And lightnin stuff...Gots ta be Bonnie!!

    Tanks Victor fur cumin byes and remindin us nots ta be scairt uv a silly thunder storm!! Spunky Boo Behr iz 19 and knohs dats Sandy and Snow Baby must be playin and nots to worree bout dat... heze lookin furward to seein dem again. Not too soon we hope!!

    Hugs, Purrs and Paddy Paws to you allz and speshully Victor Tabby Cat...

    -Daisy May Daffodil, subbin fur Katie Too whoze outs in da rainy night at hur Ninja Cat Meetin.

  39. This was a lovely post.
    Bonnie te enviamos muchos besos y abrazos estés donde estés.

    Luna & LLanca



    .|......................._.' `'-..__)


  40. What a beautiful poem and a wonderful way to remember Bonnie.

    Our purrs all headed your way...

    and Gracie

  41. Time will ease the pain and we understand what you're going through, having lost 4 cats. Those who are not animal lovers look at you like you're crazy...after all, it was "only" a cat. No, not at all. She was a member of the family.

    Give Victor extra attention since he's mourning, too.

  42. What a super poem - a purrfect poem for the weekend of hugs! We know how hard it is for you now, but time will make it easier. Lots of hugs always helps too!

    Mommy loved thinking of thunder as kitties playing THoE over the bridge! Now thunder will always make her smile.

    Purrs and Hugs,
    Pearl, Bert and Jake

  43. i whapped mommy during the night last night for no reason in honor of Bonnie. we certainly do smile when we think of her.

    we like that idea of the Thundering Herd of Elephants at the Bridge. We think they are heading our way this afternoon!

    PS we have all of Shel Silverstein but the giving tree cause it makes mommy want to smack that selfish little boy

  44. ha! we certainly do NOT want to be whapped by Bonnie from the Bridge!!! we love that poem.

    Hey Victor buddy, come on over and join in our game of THOE - Fagin is here so we can gang up on the kittens. - Sammy

  45. Victor and Mom,

    Now everytime we hear the thundering we'll know it is Ms. Bonnie playing on the Bridge! It is good to know that while you are sad, you are still moving on. The threat of a Bonnie whap is fierce indeed.

    Purrs and headbutts to you all. It is so hard to believe she is really gone.

    ~Tybalt, Holly, Ivy, Dana, Loki and Mommy

  46. So you're saying now that Bonnie is there I don't have to be afraid of thunder storms? I'm not so sure because we had one this weekend and I did "flat cat" right behind the bathroom door.


  47. And HUGS to you all too!

    It's hard to move on, but we must. When Karma left, I moved in. When Nikki left, Tenny moved in. Such is the circle of life.

    I hope Bonnie is hangin out with my sisfurs in memory at the Bridge too.

  48. We're smiling thinking about thundering herd of elephants. Thanks for the poem.

  49. Glad to hear you are holding up under the circumstances. All you can do is take a day at a time.

    I'd like to think mancatly Gato has introduced himself to Bonnie and has offered his services at the Bridge... something like, "I've been here awhile, so anything you need to know, Bonnie, just call me."

  50. I'm so sorry to hear about Bonnie. She was an amazing lady and one of my heros.

    Love and purrs,
    Mia and the fam

  51. We still find it so hard to believe that she's gone. Victor yoo want we should come ofur and whap yoo so yoo won't miss her so much?

  52. Yes, we cherish our good memories of the loved ones who left us too early.... tears still keep sneaking in....
    Victor - we were so glad to see your picture up at our reception blog! We are very much looking forward to see you at the wedding on board of Voyager! Thank you, dear friend! It means a lot to us.

  53. I love the poem. {{{HUGS}}} to all of you. Now I will think of Bonnie leading a game of THoE at the Bridge every time I hear thunder.

  54. Oh I love that poem! :) I also heard thunder yesterday and saw no lightning or rain, so it's just gotta have been Bonnie! After all we all got to join in the game here as the run was open and it was nice and dry! :)

  55. We just found out about Bonnie going to the Bridge....we remember all the fun times we had with her. We are very sad coz we'll miss her....but we know she'll have lots of furriends to play with up there, including our big sis angel kitty Missy. *hugs*

    ~Casey, Donny and Marie

  56. We love that poem!! It is beautiful!!
    We had a few THOE and Laser eyes this weekend, too! Bonnie is having fun and reminding us that it's time to move forward or she'll whap us! ((((((((((((((Hugs from all of us to all of you)))))))))))))))!
    Your FL furiends,
    Ans Chandra

  57. That's wonderful that Bonnie was visiting you from the bridge. (((hugs)))

  58. We are so sorry to hear about Bonnie. We didn't know her well, but it always hits home when one of us kitties moves on. Mom says that the kitties who came before me and Spot and Baby Jake will take good care of her on the other side.

  59. We just saw your comments....we are soooo sorry to hear about Bonnie. Leo and Bonnie are jumping around on the Rainbow Bridge together for sure. Having gone through the same thing very recently, we know how hard it is. Many purrs and our condolences....

    Bambi & Family