Goodbye dearest Phi

PhiFriends, I come to you today with a broken heart. My dear furriend, @3phibotticelli, has unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was diagnosed on Friday with cancer and died this morning in her mom’s arms.

Everyone who knew Phi knew she was the embodiment of love and joy. Phi and I both are in the Denver area, but we never got the chance to meet in pawson. I’m so sorry we never got that chance. She loved to dance, be with her pals on twitter, and she loved the snow. We’re supposed to get snow tomorrow. If we do, I know Phi’s spirit will be running and playing in it.

*Wipes tears, blows nose* The world was a better place for having a spirit like Phi’s in it. I hope we never lose that spirit and sense of joy. Thinking of Phi, I’m smiling even through my tears. Love you so much Phi. I know you’ve found a snowy place OTRB to play. “Hugs and wiggles.”

Candles for Phi are here:  Please light a candle. They really do help light the darkness even though they’re virtual.

Photo courtesy of Herman (@TattleCat).

Good-bye Homer and Bear

Click on link to go to Homer’s book on Amazon.

My dear furriends, this is a furry sad Sunday. I had meant to post today about my trip to the Denver Pet Expo, but I woke up this morning to find out that two special furriends went OTRB this weekend: Homer the Blind Wonder Cat and Bear, a furry special dog to all who knew him.

BearBearDThere are no words for how much pain is in my heart for Homer, Bear, and their families. I’ll miss them terribly. I always looked forward to seeing them on Twitter. And Bear’s daily blog entries always made me smile. *wipes leaky eyes*

Bear’s folks haven’t posted anything on his blog yet, but if you’ve never read Bear’s blog you should. You won’t stop smiling. It’s full of pics and musings of a dog that’s had a wonderful life full of fun adventures and fantastic fursibs. UPDATE: Bear’s mom has posted a beautiful letter saying good-bye to Bear. You can feel the love in every word!

Homer’s mom, Gwen, wrote a stunning tribute to her special boy on her blog. This is a must read. Gwen is a pawsome writer and her tribute to her boy is amazing. I wish I could write half as well. Everyone who’s ever loved a four-legged knows the pain a pet parent goes through when one of their fur furriends goes OTRB. Gwen’s tribute to Homer expresses that love and pain in a way that I could never hope to achieve.

Please send your love and purrayers to Homer’s and Bear’s parents to help them through this difficult time. And love and purrayers to everyone who loved them and who’s heart is breaking with mine today.


A Visit from Pip and Puddles

bucket2Happy Sunday everyone! I have a very special post for you today. My pal, Pip, isn’t doing so great and it probably won’t be terribly long before he goes OTRB. Pip’s made a bucket list of things he wants to do and places he wants to see in the time he has left. I was hoping he’d want to see Colorado so I invited him to come for a visit. He said yes!

So Pip packed up his little red car, and his friend/nurse/driver Puddles, and headed for Colorado! I don’t know about them, but I had a great time showing them the sights. The first stop was downtown Denver. We went for a carriage ride, visited the Botanic Gardens, and visited the Kong factory. Pip was furry excited to see where Kong toys were made. (You can biggify the pictures by clicking on them.)

On the way back from downtown, we stopped at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge to see the bison.RMANWRThen we went back to my house. I showed Pip and Puddles to the guest tent. It had nice comfy pillows for them to sleep on and I loaded it up with toys for them to play with. Look!Guest tentPip and Puddles slept really well in that tent, and the next morning were raring to go! We had so many places to see that instead of taking the car, we borrowed the Lake with Petie transporter. Otherwise we’d have needed a whole week to go everywhere!

We headed for the mountains. We started out in Estes Park where I took them to the Stanley Hotel. For those who don’t know about the Stanley Hotel, it’s the hotel Stephen King stayed at that inspired the book The Shining. From there we went into Rocky Mountain National Park and over Trail Ridge Road. We came down the other side of the mountain into Idaho Springs. There’s all kinds of great shops and restaurants there. But what Idaho Springs is really famous for are the Indian Hot Springs and Tommyknocker Brewery. Then we went up to the top of Mt. Evans. The road up to Mt. Evans is the highest paved road in North America! It’s 14,240 feet at the summit.

That was a lot of places for one day, but there was still more to see! So we got up furry early the next morning, jumped in the car, and headed south to Colorado Springs. First stop was the Air Force Academy. We posed on a jet and saw the Chapel. From there, it was on to the Garden of the Gods. It’s a gorgeous landscape of red rock formations, desert plants, and an amazing expanse of sky. If you go there you’ll understand how it got its name. I guess we kind of went from one chapel to another. The last stop on our tour was the Olympic training center. Pip wanted to ride the bobsled, but there was no snow.

I’m thrilled Pip and Puddles were able to stay long enough to see so many things. I just wish they could have stayed longer, because I had so many other places I wanted to take them. But I guess that would have been selfish. After all, I know there’s lots of other pals that want a visit from Pip and Puddles. So I guess I was lucky there were able to stay as long as they did.

I hope you enjoyed the tour as much as we did. Have a great week everyone!