These are our companions that have gone on before us:
Elmer Fudd came along at a time when we were helping our local rescue litter box train some kittens. We were Fudd's foster home and in the end we became his home. He also had many health challenges that were due to defects he was born with. He was a barn kitten - one of over 100 that were rescued from a local farm. The barn was a storage place for fertilizer and other chemicals. Many of the cats and kittens were sick. Fudd came to us and he had problems urinating and he had glaucoma. Fudd was very special to us. His immune system was not strong enough and he left us on December 23, 2001.
Acer Rubrum (February 14,1995 - May 17, 2003
Acer (Acer Rubrum) was our first dog. He was a beautiful Golden Retriever who loved to retrieve. He loved to go for rides in the car. He didn't like going into the water or swimming. He loved to lay next to us on the bed - all stretched out. He is the only dog we have had that truly enjoyed laying right up next to us on the bed. He liked to turn over and do somersaults and he loved to chew up the bushes. Acer was beautiful! He had the nicest curly/wavy red coat. His pantaloons were always in ringlets.
Acer left us in May of 2003, at 8 years of age, from bone cancer.
Cedrus Libani of BalsamPath
(December 29, 1997 - September 23, 2010)
Cedar was Acer's half-brother. We loved Acer so much that when we had a chance to add another Golden Retriever, we jumped at the opportunity.
Cedar loved to steal food off the counter, jump into our compost bin and eat the veggies we threw in there, and he would break through the garden fence to eat the green beans. Even at 11.5 years of age the old boy was still getting into our garden. He was very special. He would greet everyone by putting his head in their lap. He was always friendly and playful, and full of energy. He too loved to ride in the car whenever he had the chance and he always asked to go along.
Cedar left us September 23, 2010, from hemangiosarcoma - a very aggressive cancer.
SHR NSDTRC-CH/Int'l CH Skylark's Vermilion Rosea JH, WC, CGC, VC
(October 18, 2000 - August 22, 2014)
Rosie was a handful. She was full of life and loved life. We bought a pool for her and she spent many hours swimming in the pool. I had a hard time getting her out of the water. She loved to do things her way - it was always better, you know. We finally settled into doing the things she loved and all was well. She loved going to work with me and visiting the patients in the nursing home. She loved any activity that involved food.
Rosie and I had a special bond that I cannot explain, it was just very special.
Antennaria - call name, Andy
(May 15, 2000 - May 17, 2016)
Andy came to us at 1 week of age and lived the rest of his life with us. We also have his twin brother, Smiley. Andy was a big part of our daily routine and life here. He was always following me around the house, taking naps with me, and schooling me on the finer arts of oral hygiene. He had a loud purr and he enjoyed purring. He was happiest when surrounded by his family, and that included our dogs. Gabe was one of Andy's best buddies. They often would be found napping together on the bed.
Andy's life ended due to cancer. He had a mass in his mouth that stopped his tongue from being able to lap water and take food. He was a peaceful and wonderful cat to the end.
Smilex rotundafolia - call name, Smiley
(May 15, 2000 - June 2, 2016)
Smiley also had cancer, bone cancer. He followed his brother, Andy, to the rainbow bridge. Smiley was the quieter cat but was always with Andy. Smiley's favorite spot was on my bed. He thought that was a safe place to be. Smiley was always the cat with the softer fur and the prickly personality. He was still a very sweet cat.
Andy and Smiley are together again, as they came to us as 1-2 week old kittens, they left us around their 16th birthday and remain together.
(July 31,1999 - January 19, 2018)
Tuli was with us since he was 8-9 months of age. A friend and I were looking at cats at many humane societies in the area. We came to Arnell, in Amery, WI, and as we were leaving, Tuli put his paw out of his cage and swatted my friend. We asked to see this cat and that was it - he came home with me and stayed. That was April 15, 2000. Tuli was a wonderful addition to our family and remained a very welcoming member of our family. Every dog and cat that came into our family was welcomed by Tuli. He was closest to Gabe though and often would sleep with Gabe.
Tuli was our first cat and he stayed to the end and left us as our last cat.
He is now enjoying life with our other cats and dogs - he was the only one that knew everyone of them. He was here when Acer was still with us and he knows Tiki.
Tuli was 18.5 years old when he passed, of renal failure.
(March 28, 2020 - June 6, 2021)
PortStar Balsam's Rock My Soul
Rocky was always my heart dog. He found a wonderful home in Massachusetts. He was very loved. When he was 6 months old, he started having cluster seizures. With treatment, he had periods where he was free of seizures. On June 5th, the seizures started again and did not stop. Rocky was given his wings and passed away.
He will always be in my heart. He was a very sweet and gentle boy.