Sammy, AKA Samazon, passed to the Rainbow Bridge at 1:35AM on June 24, 2011. I wasn't with her at the end, I was in a hospitable bed and could not talk the doctors into letting me go to her. The following is my epitaph to my Heart Cat:
My sweet gentle giant
my tiny baby girl
Never let it stop her
that she was too big for her world
She was too long for her tunnel
too "fluffy" for her bed
But my lap had always room there
to lay her precious head
Funny little clown cat
she liked to suck her toe
It gave her the comfort
as kitten she didn't know
I couldn't be there for her then
I hadn't met her yet
Then when she needed me the most
died, alone at the vet
Would I take away all her hurt
put upon myself all her fear
A thousand times more and then some
for just one second of her here
Sammy came to us as a rescue like all my furbabies. But since then she had been turned into the most adored, pampered, spoiled little cat you can imagine (but then she should have been, she was such a sweetie). She was a big baby - she still sucked her toe until the day she died - but she was also a big love bug and liked to lick my face whenever I would "kiss her all over" her head!
The folks at rec.pets.cats.anecdotes are quite familiar with Sammy's hooli-kitten antics, but if you're not, you might want to read about her kittenish depredations on the Story Page.
Sammy must have been one of the most photographed kitties in the world! At just 11 months old she had more pictures of her taken than all her sisters combined (but then again, she was born after the invention of the digital camera). Click on the links below to follow her development from a 6-week-old kitten who could fit in the palm of my hand to a honking great big 20 pound 5-year-old whose paw, when extended could fit in the palm of my hand.
Baby Pictures | Toddler
Pictures | More
Toddler Pictures | More
Toddler Pictures | Getting
to be a teenager | The
great shoebox fight | Playing "Put
the sheets on the bed" | Playing
with the grandbabies | Tuckered
out after playing with the grandbabies! | Lounging
on Mommy's bed with Bandit | Mommy's
Little Bookends | Sucking
her toe | Caught
in the act! | Still
sucking her toe! | Hanging
out on Mommy's Desk | Stalking
her prey from amidst the pillows | Visiting
Sandy Paws | Going
shopping at PetsMart | Sammy's
forever boyfriend Pericles (RB) | I
have no toys! | I
saw a squirrel! | I'm
too big for my bed! | So
I'll just sleep on the couch | The
big squeeze | Need
captions | Sammy-in-the-box! | ! | My
bed keeps getting smaller! | Hanging
Out | Nap
Time | I
Don't Wanna Take a Nap! | Too
Big For My Cat Tree!
| A Box! | Are
They Pictures of ME? | Still
Sucking Toe | Hanging
Out In Mommy's Office | Too
Big for My *BIG* Bed! | I've
Lost 0.25 Pounds!
| Too Big for Mommy's Lap! | While
Mommy Wasn't Looking, I Grew Up! | Eating Wears Me Out! | My Sunbeam! | I Like Sucking My Toe | My Favorite Spot! | Meowy Kissamouse! | Having a wash on Mommy's desk! | A beautiful sunny day!
| Too big for my tunnel! | Still Too Big!
| Hanging with the Gang !
| Just Hangin' Still
I'm a movie star! | Toe suck - the movie | Going round in circles! | Doing a little cleaning