Thursday, July 01, 2010

Rascal: April 1, 2000 - July 1, 2010


It is with a heavy heart that I write this final post on Welcome to Rascal's World. Rascal was helped across the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon.

This morning Rascal woke me up around 6:30, and asked for breakfast. He'd been hungry a lot lately, though fussy about what he wanted to eat. He ate a big helping of raw chicken breast, and then accompanied me outside while I worked in the garden. He made his usual rounds, and when I went in for breakfast, he came in too. He took a long nap, but when I came in around 1:30 after checking on the chickens and goats, he was lying on the kitchen floor, breathing with great difficulty. I called his dad to let him know what was up, and then made an appointment with the vet.

We had several hours before his appointment, and I spent it with him, talking to him, using all the words he knows, and telling him how much we loved him.

Dr. C said his lungs were filling with fluid and that we did the right thing to bring him in. He would have suffered terribly as his breathing got worse. We were able to ease that suffering, by helping him to the place of no suffering.

Rascal was a trooper. When he was diagnosed with Feline Lymphona in February 2008, we were told that he could probably live another 5 to 6 months with chemotherapy. His remission lasted for 2 years. At that time Dr. C gave him only another month or two, but he survived another 5 months, doing the things he liked to do, and living life as he always had.

Thank you to everyone who's cared about Rascal, visited his blog, left encouraging comments, and indeed, has been a part of his world. I don't need to tell you how much he will be missed.

Thank you Miss Peach!

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At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:08:00 PM, Blogger meowmeowmans said...

With tears in my eyes, I want you to know I am so, so sorry for your loss. Thank you for loving Rascal as much and as well as you did, and for allowing us to share in your lives through this blog. He was an amazing cat, and your lives together were a joy to behold. Purrs and prayers to you.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:12:00 PM, Blogger Niko and Cloud said...

We are so sorry to hear this. Feline lymphoma is terrible but we are glad Rascal managed to live so long and that you were able to keep him happy until the end. Purrs and prayers to you all.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:19:00 PM, Blogger Nina in the Northwoods said...

I am terribly sorry to read this. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I really enjoyed Rascal's blog and will miss him and his tales/tails.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:23:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

Oh dearest Leigh, my eyes are leaking as I write this. We never met Rascal, but he was an inspiration to all of us here. He graced our lives and left you with big paws to fill. But...fill they will with the passage of time. The hurt of Rascal's passing will soften and be replaced by loving memories of how he added to your life.
We know we outlive out furry friends, and yet we will always choose to allow the space for them in our lives. The gifts they give us far outweigh the pain of their loss.
Bless you all. We shall always remember Big Rascal fondly.
And now...I must go tell L'il Rascal of a new star in the Heavens...
Many hugs and love,
Kathy
(L'il Rascal, and his brudder Mooch, mama Daisy May, Pixel, Shadow, and HRH The Princess Europa_

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:43:00 PM, Blogger Renee said...

I'm so sorry to hear this Leigh. We all know how much you tried to help Rascal fight this and the proof is in how much longer he lived than the vet ever thought that he would.

Thank you so much for sharing Rascals stories with us here. I'm so glad I got to meet you through them.

I know your new kittens can never replace Rascal, but I do hope that they grow up to be great hunters like he was and bring you many years of joy.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 5:52:00 PM, Blogger Katnip Lounge said...

We send our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Rascal was a gem of a Cat, and we were honored to know him, albeit over the internet.

We will miss him, and we will look for him, when the day comes for us to cross the Bridge, too.

XX Lounge Kats and KatMom Trish

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 6:40:00 PM, Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

We are so sorry to hear this sad news. Rascal was one of our first friends. We think he started blogging not long before us. We will miss him very much. We send you our comforting purrs and (((hugs))) from mum.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 7:53:00 PM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

It is with tears and great sadness we say good-bye to Rascal. We have enjoyed Rascal's blog and we're glad you've had more time with him than the vet thought. We know you love him and did all you could to make his life happy and comfortable. We will miss you too, as you were the personality behind the blog.

Purrs and tail wags. And a hug from Jan

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:07:00 PM, Blogger William said...

We are all crying with this sad news. We will so miss Rascal and his tales of the wonderful life he had on the farm.

Bastspeed, little boy. We'll see you on the other side.

William, Olivia, Caroline, Russell, Gracie and mom.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:09:00 PM, Blogger The Island Cats said...

We are so sorry to hear about Rascal. We hope the memories of all the joy he brought you over the years helps you through this sad time. Rascal was a special kitty and he will be missed. Purrs to you...

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and mom Sue

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:15:00 PM, Blogger MiniKat said...

Oh Rascal.... Perhaps you and Confetti can hunt together at the bridge while you wait for us to see you again.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 9:51:00 PM, Blogger ML said...

We's so sad to hear Rascal had to go off to tha Bridge.
That he lived so much longer with yours specshul care shows how much you's loved him.
Love & Purrs,
KC

pee ess: I's posted a tribute to him on tha Cat Blogosphere fur Friday, 7/2/2010.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 10:53:00 PM, Blogger Ikaika said...

We are so sorry that Rascal had to leave you. We send gentle purrs.

Run free at the Bridge, Rascal...

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:03:00 PM, Blogger Kelly said...

It is fabulous to think that Rascal survived and thrived for as long as he did. I hope that if any of my or my family's cats ever gets a terminal illness, that they go through as many enjoyable days of life as Rascal did. What a stunning achievement.

Please remember the good times with your beloved Rascal and feel relieved that he will suffer no longer.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:06:00 PM, Blogger Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

We are so sorry to hear about Rascal!! We shall miss him!! Thank you so much for sharing him with us!! Till we meet again Rascal!!
(((((((((HUGS to you all))))))),
Your TX furiends,

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:17:00 PM, Blogger MoMo said...

We are sorry to hear the sad news. Purrs and prayers are with the family.

Run free, Rascal! One day, we'll all meet again.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:46:00 PM, Blogger momsbusy said...

we are saddened to hear that rascal has gone to the bridge. sending comforting purrs to your hearts.

 
At Thursday, July 01, 2010 11:48:00 PM, Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Mommy is leaking again but we know...he has no more pain, no more suffering, a great big garden to patrol, exactly the kind of stinky goodness he wants when he wants it and he knew how much he was loved and will be missed. We thank you for sharing him with us and send lots of purrs and hugs and gentle headbumpies to you.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 12:21:00 AM, Blogger Tina T-P said...

My eyes have been leaking all evening as we all bid farewell to such a special fellow. He was loved by cats, spinners, knitters, just everyone - and from the spunky way he dealt with his illness to loving his new home where he could be outside and do all the things that kitties love to do - he left an impression on our hearts that will be tough to fill.

May you rest easy Mr. Rascal. XOX, T.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 12:28:00 AM, Blogger MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

We are heartbroken for all of you at this painful loss of precious Rascal. He fought a brave battle and came out the winner...his reward is in heaven. Your reward was 2 extra years. I will make a special collage for you and send it in an email with love from the cozy cottage and Misses Peach

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 1:59:00 AM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

I am so very sorry to hear about Rascal. You did a marvelous job of helping to live much longer than the vet expected.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 2:16:00 AM, Blogger Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so sorry to hear about Rascal. One thing is for sure, yoo did an awesome job helping him to have a good quality life for as long as possible ~ and he was surrounded by love when he left for the bridge. RIP sweet Rascal.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 2:27:00 AM, Blogger Poppy Q said...

We were sorry to hear about your lovely boy Rascal, but we are glad that you got to be with him when he passed to the bridge. What a lucky dude to have so much love in his life.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 3:31:00 AM, Blogger Everycat said...

We are very sorry to learn that dear Rascal has gone to The Bridge. He was a wonderful character and he lived a life with you that many cats could only dream of. We send you love and rumbly purrs at this sad time

Whicky Wuudler
Oliver
& Gerry

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 3:36:00 AM, Blogger jimbo said...

oh dear, we are so sorry for the loss of Rascal (such a cute name).
Please accept our deepest condolence and be strong, OK...

lots of love,
jimbo and Mommie Finn

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 4:17:00 AM, Blogger The Meezers or Billy said...

we are so very very sad that Rascal went to the Bridge. our the mom's eyes are leaking alot. Purrrrssss and {{HUGS}} to you RascalsMom and RascalsDad.

Rascal, we cannot say goodbye to a friend so instead we will just say Until we meet at the Bridge....

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 4:52:00 AM, Blogger Kea said...

We've just seen this on the CB and came to offer our condolences. We didn't know Rascal, unfortunately, but want to offer our purrs and send you all universal healing Light.

Blessings and Peace.

-Kim and the Fuzzy Tales crew

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:04:00 AM, Blogger Brian said...

My sisters and I are so very sorry to hear about your sweet Rascal. We send purrs to you and his Dad.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:07:00 AM, Blogger Parker said...

We are so very sorry. Rascal was one of our longest buddies on the blogosphere and we always loved him from afar.
You did the kindest act possible for him and I know that the Bridge is a better place now that he is it's newest angel.
Godspeed Rascal, we will miss you.
(((hugs)))

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:09:00 AM, Blogger Darling Millie said...

I am so sad to hear Rascal went to the Bridge. We will all miss him very much. Purrs & hugs,

Millie & Mom Lynne

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:19:00 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

I am very sorry Rascal had to go to the Bridge. He was very brave. Soft purrs to you during this sad time.

Rest in peace, Rascal.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 6:00:00 AM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

We are glad that Rascal had 2 more years after his diagnosis. Many purrs and hugs to you during this time.

Luf, Us and Maw

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 6:54:00 AM, Blogger Hannah and Lucy said...

We had not met Rascal but we know how hard it is to lose a beloved cat. Your tender care and love gave him a good quality of life in the last two years.
Our thoughts are with you - love Hannah, Lucy and mum Sue xxx

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 7:15:00 AM, Anonymous "The Boys" and Karen said...

I'm so sorry to read about your beloved Rascal. What a handsome boy he was.

"The Boys" and I will keep him in our thoughts and purryers.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 7:16:00 AM, Anonymous cats of wildcat woods said...

Thank you for caring for Rascal so much and sharing his life with us. Sending soft purrs of sympathy to you all. He will be mised.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 8:01:00 AM, Blogger Harry Spotter said...

I am so so sorry . We are heart broken for you and your family. Our purrs and prayers are with you all.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 8:16:00 AM, Blogger The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

We are so sorry to hear of Rascal's passing and that we never got a chance to meet him. we heard the news on the CB. We offer you our gentle purrs and hugs at this difficult time.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 8:29:00 AM, Blogger The Crew said...

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Rascal. We know he had a great home, was well loved and will be sadly missed.

Geoerge, Tipper, Max, Misty & Crews' Mom

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 8:59:00 AM, Blogger The Misadventures Of Me said...

The mom has leaky eyes and all though we never knew Rascal, we is still sad a kitteh has gone on to the rainbow bridge.

Sending purrs and headbutts as well as doggie licks and wags,

Molly
Shadow
Trooder
I is Jake!

(((hugs)))
Mom Laure

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 9:37:00 AM, Blogger Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are so sorry to hear. We are leaving on a trip today and almost didn't check, but we are so glad we did. Rascal was one of our first blogosphere friends and to us this is a passing away of the old times we had meeting all these new cats. Are hearts hurt for you and the loss of this wonderful cat--whose adventures we have enjoyed for oh so long. Purrs and headbutts to you.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 9:39:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

am so sorry to hear of Rascal's passing. I will miss his blog and his cat take on life. His last year was full of adventure and he enjoyed life to the end - I hope my old lady will do the same.My thoughts are with you all

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 9:45:00 AM, Blogger Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi, we hadn't met Rascal before, but we read about him leaving for the bridge at the CB and wanted to come by and send you some comforting purrs and prayers. We lost our boy Floyd to Feline Lymphoma last year, so though I don't know exactly what you are going through, I have gone through something similar and know it is very difficult. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 10:12:00 AM, Blogger HotMBC aka The Hotties said...

Oh we is sorry to heer this noos about Rascal. We is glad yoo had time wif him at tha end tho. And yoo taked good care of him alla time. Nobuddy coulda done betters. He will be waitin at tha Bridge fur yoo, all well thare. We send yoo lotsa purrs for yore sads now tho.
Purrrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee and tha resta tha Hotties

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 10:53:00 AM, Blogger Junior and Orion said...

We are so very sorry to read of Rascals passing. We are glad he got to spend so much more quality time with you. We are also glad that now he is healthy and roaming over the bridge.

Hugs and purrs,
Junior, Orion and Meowm

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 10:55:00 AM, Blogger SuziQCat said...

I am saddened to hear of Rascal's passing. I am sending purrs your way today. He had the best life could offer...a loving family, a warm home and yummy foods. He will never be forgotten.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 11:03:00 AM, Blogger Kat's Kats said...

They look so much alike that I know my own Christopher will meet him at the Bridge and help show him around. Christopher left me on Cat-about after a number of months of kidney disease (oh how the Teenage Mutant Ninja Kitty Horde coveted his special SD food!!).

May the memories of love outweigh the grief of loss.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 11:27:00 AM, Blogger Jan's Funny Farm said...

We were reading some of your old posts, including when little CatZee arrived and how she and Rascal adjusted to one another. We didn't realize we have known you so long. The time has flown by. We wish you healing tears, memories that make you laugh, and if/when you're ready a purring kitty to warm your heart. Purrs and tail wags.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 12:06:00 PM, Blogger The Lee County Clowder said...

Sending mournfull purrrss & gentle headbuttss.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 12:22:00 PM, Blogger AFSS said...

We are sending purrs of sympathy.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 3:55:00 PM, Anonymous Ken and Mary of Fancy Fibers Farm said...

You have our deepest condolences for the loss of dear, dear Rascal.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 4:25:00 PM, Blogger Ayla and Iza, said...

We are very sad to hear that Rascal has gone over The Bridge, and are sending you purrs of comfort at this sad time...

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 5:50:00 PM, Blogger Bubbles, Madness and Trouble said...

We are very sad to hear about Rascal. He was one of our first friends on the internets. For years now we've had a copy of "Ode to Rascal" stuck up on our fridge. We will remember him fondly. We are sure he very much enjoyed his last years on the "farm". Huggs and Purrs.

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 7:30:00 PM, Blogger Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

Oh noes :(
We are so sorry to hear about Rascal.
We hate to loose House Panthers( or any kitty)
We are happy that like Storm,The Furry Fighter, Rascal proved the Vets wrong and lived on and had a good life :) He went when he was ready.
We know that you will miss him so much and for that we offer our biggest comforting purrs.
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 8:55:00 PM, Blogger Max said...

Aw, man, Rascal...the CB is a little dimmer tonight without you :(

 
At Friday, July 02, 2010 10:32:00 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Leigh,

I am so sad to hear of Rascal's passing. I know your heart is breaking and that he will always remain in your heart...

Without meeting him - I managed to love him...and I, too, will miss him

 
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At Friday, July 02, 2010 11:21:00 PM, Blogger THE ZOO said...

We are so sorry for your loss. youre in our prayers.

 
At Saturday, July 03, 2010 12:30:00 PM, Blogger ABBY said...

Our deepest purrs for the loss of your beloved Rascal.
WE have followed Rascal since you've started blogging in 2006. We feel we've come to know Rascal and the loss strikes a deep chord in our hearts too. We know that as you said you helped him to a place where he will not suffer and that is a great relief to ease that, but we know you have a Rascal sized hole in your heart and it will always remain.

We will keep Rascal in our memories and wait to meet up with him when it's our time.

our purrs for now for you and your family...

Abby,Boo,Ping,Jinx,Grace and Mom Debra

 
At Saturday, July 03, 2010 4:29:00 PM, Blogger A few Good Cats said...

We send our sympathies and comforting purrs for your loss. Rascal had a good life with you, and you will always have many happy memories of him.

 
At Saturday, July 03, 2010 10:19:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Hendrix said...

aw, we are so sorry to hear this. it sounds like Rascal had a perfect last day and went to the Bridge on his own terms. I would expect no less from him.
He took all your love and happy memories with him to wait for you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. purrrrrrrrrrs

 
At Sunday, July 04, 2010 6:10:00 AM, Blogger sampling said...

Leigh, my sympathy and condolences.
Good-bye Rascal. I will miss you and your adventures.

 
At Monday, July 05, 2010 6:06:00 AM, OpenID callybooker said...

I am so sorry. No beloved cat is ever forgotten and I know you will both always have a Rascal-shaped place in your hearts.

 
At Monday, July 05, 2010 8:11:00 AM, Blogger Sammy and Andy said...

We never met Rascal, but know if we had we would have loved him. We send mega purrs, prayers and love to his family in this sad time. We hope they may give you a bit of comfort.

 
At Monday, July 05, 2010 11:10:00 AM, Blogger m said...

I'm glad that Rascal managed to hang on long enough to enjoy all the new excitements in your lives.

 
At Monday, July 05, 2010 6:24:00 PM, Blogger Whskr @ Dash Kitten said...

I'm so sorry.

We lost a beautiful black kitty on July 13th last year. I know how you feel. Farewell Rascal, you were a loved boy, a beautiful boy.

Things get better, believe it or not, but we still say goodnight to Sooty every night and sometimes I really miss her.

 
At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 1:28:00 AM, Blogger Pumpkin said...

We're so sorry to hear that Rascal went to The Bridge. My sisfur Blackie will be thare to play wiff him now that he's pain free. Purrs to his fambly frum Hah-why-eee.

Pumpkin, Tiger, Bebe, Sophie, Benson, Quincy

 
At Tuesday, July 06, 2010 4:30:00 PM, Blogger Dorothy said...

I thought I left a comment before, it's not there, so I guess the internet failed me ...

I still want to say, we'll never forget Rascal, thank you for Rascal's blog and sharing him with us. He was so brave, handsome, funny & clever. Unique.

Thinking of you, sharing a part of your loss, knowing there must be so many times and places you rediscover he isn't there. Losing our cat friends is so hard.

 
At Wednesday, July 07, 2010 11:57:00 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Dear Leigh-
I am so sorry to hear of Rascal's passing. We lost our Julliette this past year from a similar illness, and understand what you have gone through.

Someone sent this to us then; I hope that it will lighten your heart now:

Close your eyes now, my longtime friend,
and let this time of suffering
come to a peaceful end.
We'll walk together soon, I'm sure,
as winter turns to spring,
when snow gives way to budding leaves
and birds begin to sing.
The gentle breeze shall call your name
along the water's edge.
For what we shared and what you meant
shall never be forgot.
Your friendship spans the years behind,
your memory ahead.
You'll always be there next to me,
companion and good friend.

 
At Friday, July 09, 2010 5:54:00 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment. Anyone who has lost a beloved pet knows what a comfort these condolences are.

Lois, I cried reading the poem. Thanks so much for sharing.

Miss Peach, thank you so much for the image. It makes the perfect close to Rascal's final post. I love looking at it.

And thank you everyone for your purrs and prayers.

 
At Thursday, July 15, 2010 1:56:00 AM, Blogger Karen Jo said...

I am glad that you liked my tribute and limerick for Rascal.

 
At Saturday, July 24, 2010 7:30:00 PM, Blogger Jack, Persephone and Tenzing said...

We're sad Rascal had to go. He was one of my first blogging friends, but we're glad he's not in any pain anymore. He had a good life and I bet he was really happy he got to spend time outside again for the last bit of his life. Purrsss and zen-nose-smoochies from my OTW.

~Jack

 
At Wednesday, August 04, 2010 1:29:00 PM, Blogger Veggie Girl said...

Just found your blog and as a mommy to 13 of my own fur babies I wanted to thank you for making a great life for Rascal and being with him in the end. So many don't know a loving person at the end of their lives and die sad terrible deaths. Thinking of you and wishing you the best in life after Rascal

 
At Friday, August 06, 2010 11:22:00 AM, Anonymous brian said...

what a pretty kitty is Rascal

I Love cats!

 
At Tuesday, August 17, 2010 10:48:00 PM, Blogger caspersmom said...

Oh Rascal, we are so sorry that you are no longer with us. You were one of the first ones when we all started out blogging together. Purrs and Prayers for your Mom Leigh. It's is to sad. We don't get to visit very often and we are very sorry we didn't catch this before now. Rest in Peace Rascal.

Casper, Cleo, Patches and Mom too!

 
At Wednesday, September 29, 2010 6:08:00 PM, Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

Oh my CATS! How did we miss this info? We is so sorry about Rascal, an so sad we didn't noes sooner. Our harts go out to you an Rascal's Dad. At least you was der wif him. He knowed you luffed him so furry much. Sad purrs,
Victor & Nina & Tabbymom Jen

 
At Thursday, September 30, 2010 12:02:00 PM, Blogger The Cat Realm said...

we are so sorry! we aren't around that much anymore so we just found out now... rascal was such a fighter and you provided him with such good care and love - no cat could have wished for better! lots of purrs for you, we will miss him.
the cat realm

 
At Friday, May 11, 2012 8:45:00 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

We still miss you Rascal. Always will.

 
At Tuesday, July 02, 2013 5:21:00 AM, Blogger Leigh said...

Rascal, you are the standard by which we have judged every cat since. No kitty even comes close to your personality and the special place you'll always have in our hearts.

Love,
Mom

 

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