Geri Baby, Daddy brought you home in the fall of 1995 at the age of about 1 year old. You were living with Eric, Don, and Tom. Eric was your daddy and Don was Tom's daddy. I adopted you from Eric and you then came home with me. It was a houseful. Muffin and Tiger were your sisters. They are up there with you. If you haven't found them yet, keep looking. They are looking for you. Zack, Zeke, and Toby are up there too. Baby Raphael is up there too. Look for him under the bridge. He is a baby Southern Painted Turtle. You didn't really pay any attention to him. I hope you all are playing together and having some fun. |
Geri, you have been the bestest kitty. Don't tell Muffin and Tiger. December 19, 2009, the night of the fire (not our apartment but our unit), you stayed in the apartment when TomTom and Panther were rescued by Jamie and Dale, from all the smoke and risk of fire. You waited until daddy got home and rescued you. You hunkered down under the end table next to the TV waiting. Even the firefighters threw a big sheet of plastic right over the table and you still waited for your daddy. We were all lucky that night. Nothing was damaged and only smoke covered, including you and your brothers. But you all were given a bath and were as good as new.
Do you remember the night that mommy and daddy didn't have anything to eat for dinner so mommy made a cake and had to put you in the bedroom so you wouldn't jump on the counter and eat it? Daddy messed up and let you out. I forgot about the cake and a while later, mommy came in the computer room and was upset that you ate the cake which was going to be our dinner. So we went without eating.
Every night, you would come up to me on the couch and tell me that it was bedtime. I would then get off the couch and go to bed. You would wait for me to get the bed all ready and then I would say "come on Geri" and you would jump up on the bed. I would turn my pillow so you had the top corner of the bed to sleep on. Or you would steal my pillow and I would have nothing. But it was worth it. Had to make you comfy. Every morning, if you weren't in the room, I would go out in the living room and pet you on the head and say good morning. Up until the last few months, that was how it was, for 15 years!!! You would spend your later nights in the living room on the couch, curled up in yourself, like you always have done, with your nose buried.
The night of January 10, 2011, I got out of bed to check my phone about 11:48pm and you were laying on the couch where you always do. I petted you on the head and said "goodnight Geri". That was the last time I saw you awake.
The morning of January 11, 2011, I got out of bed as always to shut off my alarm. I saw you on the floor, laying peacefully, so I went over to pet you. You were still. I ran into the bedroom and told mommy, that you died. We both ran back out to the living room, petting you, crying, and extremely heart-broken. TomTom walked up to you and gave you a kiss on the back of the neck. He knew something was wrong and wanted to show you some brotherly love. We both made some emergency phone calls and even Facebook status updates to notify our friends of your passing. I had to run to Grandma and Grandpa's house to get some money from your Aunt Wendy. Grandma started to cry. When I got back home, mommy placed you on a plastic bag. We both cried and petted you. We slid the bag onto your Care Bear blanky and I wrapped you up. We then took you to the Vet. Mommy drove while I was holding you. We are getting you cremated, a hair clipping, and a clay paw print. When we got back home, TomTom was looking for you, but you were not here. Panther sat in the middle of the living room floor and stared at the door, waiting for you to come in. Later that dreadful day, I found some photos of you and I scanned them onto the computer. Geri, baby girl, we miss you sooooo much and not a day goes by without crying or feeling empty without you here. It is even really weird going into the kitchen. It is too quiet. You are not meowing.
The evening of January 14, 2011, I found your first daddy, Eric. I told him that you passed away on Tuesday morning. Him and his wife, Brooke, said they are very sorry hearing about you. It was great hearing from him.
Sunday, January 16, 2011. We bought some picture frames. I have 1 frame with 5 pictures of you in it and I have it above my computer in Panther's room. I also have your face on my computer so I see your little face every time I use the computer. We still have your Facebook page but deleted everybody that never met you or you met.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011. It has been 1 very long week. We miss you so very much. It has been way too quiet here. We miss hearing your meows and your once in a great while, little kitty headbumps. We got a card in the mail from the Vet today. It had a poem about Rainbow Bridge. I read it and I started to cry again. Later that night, I searched for Rainbow Bridge on the internet and I found this site. I made you a Rainbow Residency. I also haven't vacuumed the arm rest where you always laid with your paw outstretched like your daddy does. I have a hard time putting my arm there now. When I do vacuum the couch, it won't be the same. You always wanted me to put the brush on you while I was vacuuming.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011. I got quite a few emails from some of your new friends parents telling us that you are among some great friends. One that really stuck out was Pressy. Pressy was a very loved kitty that loved playing outside in the back yard. Pressy knows the ways of the outdoors as you were always an indoor kitty. There is also a little pet skunk up there by the name of Thumper. His mommy, Tammy, misses him so much. He has been up there for about 6 years. He can show you around.
Thursday, January 20, 2011. I have a short work week this week. Today is my Friday. We wish you were here with us. We are going to take a little vacation for the weekend. TomTom and Panther will be here all alone for the first time. I hope they will be ok. TomTom will probably just sleep all weekend and Panther will do the same. Check in on them once in a while to make sure they are ok and give them some of your rare little kitty headbumps. We miss you Gerr Bear. I hope there is a McDonald's nearby so you can have yourself a cheeseburger. Kisses from all of us.
Friday, January 21, 2011. Mommy and Daddy took a short vacation up north to Houghton Lake. On our way up, we saw a semi truck and trailer in the right lane. We were in the left lane. On the back of the trailer, there was some snow and slush that was blown up on the trailer. This was the only truck that we saw with the snow and slush. The wind blew it around and when it finally rested on the doors, the image resembled "Angel Wings". That was our sign that you got your wings. Geri, baby girl, we are so proud of you for getting your wings. You are our angel. We all miss you so much. Kisses from all of us and headbumps from TomTom and Panther. We love you, Geri
Tuesday, January 25, 2001. Daddy and mommy brought your ashes home today. It was very hard seeing just a red velvet bag with a box inside it. We opened up the bag and we have a clay paw print of you now. Daddy is getting a tattoo over his heart of your paw prints. With little angel wings and maybe a halo. Not exactly sure yet. When I picked up the beautiful box, I cried. It wasn't the same holding you in a box. I miss holding you like a baby. You are our baby girl, old lady. You are home where you are loved by all of us. It is hard to see you in a box but We are glad you are home. We miss you Gerr and we love you.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011. It has been 3 weeks since your passing. We think about you all the time. It is very quiet here without you. TomTom is lonely without you. Panther is lonely too. We found 2 of the pink balls that we got for you but you wouldn't play with them. They were under the stove. I remember when you would carry your white/red balls around in your mouth as if they were your babies. You would meow kinda loud with them in your mouth. When we would see you do that and you would see us looking at you, you would drop it and act like you weren't doing anything. Your meow sounded like you were saying "You're mine, you're mine, you're mine". Also, you know daddy loves snow. We are getting about a foot of snow with a blizzard warning. Daddy is taking tomorrow off work because of the snow. Goodnight Gerr Bear. Daddy, mommy, TomTom, Panther, Mikey, and Donnie miss you and love you.
Friday, February 11, 2011. It has been 1 month since your passing. We think about you all the time. We are all lonely without you here. You are in a good place now. I hope you are meeting new friends. You always wanted to be the only animal but when I brought TomTom home, you didn't like him. But he IS your brother and he misses you alot. I can tell. Mommy was in the computer room with Panther and you were out in the hallway and neither of them would stop crying. I think they knew it has been 1 month. Geri baby, we all miss you terribly and love you very very much. Sleep tight, Baby Girl.
Sunday, February 13, 2011. Gerr Bear, today is Mommy and Daddy's 2 year anniversary type thingy. 2 years ago today, daddy went out to meet mommy at her work and went to dinner at her mommy's work. When mommy came over to the apartment, I told her that you were hiding in the bedroom and that you don't like people that you don't know. You walked right out of the bedroom, jumped up on the couch, and laid on mommy's lap. You remembered her right away and it has been probably 10 years!!! Geri, we keep thinking about you. We all love you so very much.
Monday, February 14, 2011. Happy Valentine's Day, Gerr Bear. You are our sweetheart. Even though you always bugged us for food and wouldn't stop "meowing", we miss you so very much. It is hard going to the kitchen and not hearing your voice and stepping all over you or tripping on you. TomTom is taking after you a little. He runs into the kitchen when we go in there, all but 1 thing. He doesn't meow continuously, yet. I'm sure, you are telling him to go in there and take over your role, just so we don't forget you. Geri, we will NEVER forget you. You are in all our hearts forever. Gerr Bear, baby girl, we love you so very much. Send all of us some of your very rare little kitty headbumps. TomTom and Panther will send some of their headslams to you. Goodnight baby girl.
Friday, March 11, 2011. Today marks 2 months of being without you. Geri, baby girl, we all miss you very much. Tonight for dinner, we had some McDonald's. Double cheeseburgers were your favorite. Actually, everything was your favorite. I hope you can get your cheeseburgers anytime you want them. You deserve to have as many as you want. Mommy wants you to come visit her. I think you visited me a few times. Today there was a horrible earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. Be sure to take care of all the pets when they come up there. They had it really bad. Hardly any warning at all. They need someone that is loving to show them around. You know how to make everybody feel better. You would always come up to daddy when he wasn't feeling good. You knew not to headbump hard, just to lightly nudge. Geri, daddy and mommy miss you more and more each day. Tom Tom is continuing to act like you. He comes up to me to tell me that it is time for bed. Tom Tom and daddy go into the bedroom and lay down to sleep. Tom Tom leaves me and goes out to give mommy company. Mommy loves you very very much. Tom Tom and Panther switched parents. Tom Tom is a momma's boy and Panther waits for me to come into the computer room when I get home from work. He likes to lay by me on the floor and "murphs" at me all the time. But you are daddy's girl and you will always be. I haven't gotten "your" tattoo yet. I am going to get it done soon. I hope you will like it. Good night Gerr Bear. We miss you. Send us all some of your little headbumps.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Today we picked up a new kitty. We wanted to wait a while, if ever, to get another kitty. Jenny had some kittens on 02-16-2011 and we decided to get one of them. He looks very much like you and acts like you. You will never be replaced or forgotten. Geri, you are the bestest kitty ever. We love you very very much.
Monday, April 11, 2011. Today marks the third month without you. The new kitty is kitty krazy. We miss you with every beat of our hearts. Today, your grandpa, daddy's daddy, went to the hospital to have some tests done. He was admitted to the hospital with liver blockage.
Sunday, April 13, 2011. Your grandpa had a stint put in his liver to open the blockage.
Sunday, April 24, 2011. Geri, you are the best kitty. When we felt sick or had a headache, you always tried to comfort us. It helped us alot. Now tonight we have a new request. At about 11:45pm, grandpa crossed over to heaven. We want you to look out for him. He will be walking to the bridge with quite a few of your brothers and sisters. You may not have met all of them, but don't be afraid. They will mostly be dogs. Only 1 big dog and the rest, small guys. If you want to go with them, that will be ok. I am sure you have made some friends up there and will be sad to leave them. So it is up to you. You can go with grandpa and not be lonely anymore or you can wait and sleep in the sun. I love you so very much. If you go with grandpa, take care of yourself. We will all be together some day. Also, send us all some little kitty headbumps.
Monday, April 25, 2011. Today daddy had to go with his family to the funeral home to make some arrangements for your grandpa, daddy's daddy. After we left the funeral home, we went to grandma and grandpa's house to look for some photos to display at the viewing and the funeral. I found a picture of grandpa sleeping in his big comfy brown chair. You were laying on grandpa's left arm and Zeke is laying on his lap. I got the picture blown up to a 5x7 and put it next to you.
Sunday, May 8, 2011. Happy mothers day. It is also Panther's birthday. Come by and give him 7 headbumps. We all miss you very much.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Today marks the fourth month without you here. Geri, we miss you jumping on the counter and meowing at us all the time. Daddy really misses you coming out to the living room to tell me that it is night time. Geri, we miss you so much.
Monday, June 6, 2011. Today is mommy's birthday. We miss you, Gerr Bear.
Saturday, June 11, 2011. Today marks the fifth month without you. Geri, not a day goes by that we don't think about you. You are my bestest kitty ever.
Monday, July 4, 2011. Today is Tom Tom's birthday. He wishes you were here so he could beat you up for his birthday. Tom is very sad that you are not here. All he does lately is sleep and not play much. We can see him still looking for you. Geri, you are missed greatly.
Monday, July 11, 2011. Today is six months since you went to the Bridge. We hope you have made many friends and that you are getting as many cheeseburgers that you want. Gerr Bear, we miss you tons.
Thursday, August 11, 2011. It has been 7 months since you left us. Geri, we all miss you very much.
Sunday, September 11, 2011. Today has 2 significant meanings. 8 months ago, you left us. We miss you so very much that I feel you here still. Your brother, Avalanche, acts way too much like you. You have been reincarnated as Avalanche. He begs for food like you did, sleeps like you, lays like you, gets on the counter like you, and he even kinda comes and gets me for bed. He also looks alot like you. You are still here but you are not here at the same time. Geri, we all miss you so very much. Even Avy misses you. He never met you but we know he would have liked to meet you. Today also marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks on New York. There was a very nice memorial on TV today. 9-11 We will never forget and 1-11 We will never forget.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Today is 9 months since you left us. We miss you so very much Geri. Come and give us all some little kitty head bumps.
Sunday, October 30, 2011. Today is your birthday. I was never exactly sure about your birthday, so I decided to choose today as your day. You are a Devil kitty, so I chose Devil's night. Daddy baked a cake to celebrate your big day. Also, daddy carved a pumpkin with Tom Tom's look-a-like, Puss. Mommy loves Puss n Boots, so daddy decided to carve a pumpkin with Puss. Daddy also carved, above Puss, WILL YOU, and below Puss, MARRY ME. Daddy asked mommy to marry him. She said yes. You always loved your mommy and she has always loved you. Even when you ate our cake or cried all the time when we were cooking.
Friday, November 11, 2011. Today marks the 10th month without you. Gerr Bear, we all miss you tons. Come and give us some little kitty head bumps.
Thursday, November 24, 2011. Happy Thanksgiving Geri. We wish you were here bugging us for food.
Sunday, December 11, 2011. Today marks the 11th month without you. Geri, we all miss you more and more. Come and give us a meow for us.
Monday, December 18, 2011. Today, daddy got some mail from The Union Lake Vet. They put up a Christmas Tree every year and they don't put Christmas ornaments on it. They put special ornaments of fur babies that have gone to the Rainbow Bridge too soon. Mommy has a small picture frame ornament and she gave it to me to put a picture of you in it to take over to the Vet and put it on their tree. Every year, the tree will be put back up and your picture frame, along with other babies, will be put back up.
Sunday, December 25, 2011. Merry Christmas Geri. It isn't the same here without you. I hope you get some great Christmas cheeseburgers. We love you Gerr Bear.
Saturday, December 31, 2011. Happy New Year's Eve Geri. It isn't the same without you here ringing in the new year with us. We love you. Come give us some luck in 2012.
Sunday, January 1, 2012. Happy New Year Geri. We miss you. Come give us some little kitty head bumps to all of us.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Today marks 1 year without you. This past year has not been the same without you. Come and visit us.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Happy Valentine's Day, Geri. I hope you are doing good. I hope you can get a cheeseburger in the shape of a heart today. We miss you, Gerr Bear.
Thursday, February 16, 2012. Today is Avy's 1 year birthday. Come and give him a little kitty head bump, even though you don't know him. We all miss you and wish you were here with us.
Friday, February 17, 2012. Today we rescued a kitty. Her name is Patches. She is a long hair kitty.
Saturday, April 21, 2012. Today is daddy's 35th birthday. Daddy misses you and wishes you would come give him a head bump.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012. Today is Panther's 8th birthday. Come give him a little kitty head bump but be careful, he will give you one of his famous head slams. We miss you so much. Geri, baby girl, we love you.
Sunday, May 13, 2012. Today is Mother's Day so come and give momma some head bumps. We love you baby girl.
Monday, May 28, 2012. Today is Memorial Day. We spent the morning at Great Lakes National Cemetery. That is where your Grandpa is. They had a very nice service for the fallen Veterans. We love you very much.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012. Today is mommy's birthday. It is the last year before she hits the "F" word. Come give her 39 headbumps. We love you.
Sunday, June 17, 2012. Today is Father's Day. Come give your daddy some little kitty head bumps.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Today is Independence Day, aka, The Fourth Of July. Today is also Tom Tom and Patches's birthdays. Come give us all some little kitty head bumps. We all miss you very much.
Friday, July 13, 2012. Today mommy and daddy made it official. We went to Hell and got married. It was very hot there and we had 13 guests at the wedding and 13 including us at the reception.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Happy Devil's Night. Today is also your 18th birthday. We hope you get a big cheeseburger with 18 candles made of cheese so you can eat the candles too. Happy Birthday, Geri. We love you.
Thursday, November 22, 2012. Happy Thanksgiving, Gerr Bear. We hope you get all the turkey that you want. Today marks 2 years since you had your abscess that we were worried about. But now you are almost whole again. You are just missing us to make you 100%. We all love you. We think about you all the time.
Monday, December 24, 2012. Merry Christmas Eve, Geri. I know you are having fun opening up your new pajamas to lay on. Tomorrow is the big day. Santa will be bringing you everything you want. We miss you very much.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Merry Christmas, Gerr Bear. I hope you got everything you asked for. If not, when I see him, I will tell him that he didn't meet your expectations and that he needs to go back and bring you what you wanted. We all miss you, Baby Girl.
Monday, December 31, 2012. Happy New Year's Eve. It just isn't the same ringing in the new year without you. But we do all think about you every day. We love you, Gerr Bear.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Happy New Year Geri. We wish you were here with us.
Friday, January 11, 2013. Today marks 2 years without you. I still remember "that" morning. We all miss you so much. We do think you have been here a few times but we wish you were here all the time with us, not just in spirit. We love you and we miss you very much.
Thursday, February 14, 2013. Today has been 4 years since your mommy and daddy started seeing each other again. I remember telling your mommy that you were not a people person and that you would probably be hiding under the bed. When she came over, you went right up to her and jumped on her lap and laid down. You remembered her from many years ago. Geri, we all miss you and want to make sure you are doing ok and having all the cheeseburgers you want.
Saturday, February 16, 2013. Today is Avy's 2nd birthday. We got him a cat tower to play on and to sleep on. Of course, it is not just his. You can come and lay in one of the cubby holes.
Sunday, March 17, 2013. Happy St. Patrick's Day. If you see any green water, you can drink that. It's for good luck as the green is for Irish and if you find a 4 leaf clover, keep it. Now just don't drink the yellow water. That is NOT good luck. It is icky. We all love you, Geri.
Sunday, March 31, 2013. Happy Easter, Geri. Watch out for the big bunny that poops colorful jelly beans.
Sunday, April 21, 2013. Today is Daddy's 36th Birthday. Come give me some little baby kitty head bumps. Daddy loves you.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Today is Panther's 9th birthday. Come give him some little baby head bumps, but be careful, he will give you some massive head slams. He is the head bumper here. We all love and miss you very much.
Sunday, May 12, 2013. Today is Mother's Day. Come and give mommy some head bumps. She wants you to come and visit her. We all know that you are here from time to time but she wants to feel a head bump from you.
Monday, May 27, 2013. Today is Memorial Day. Today is the day to remember all of our fallen soldiers that have died fighting to give us all the freedom that we have. Mommy and daddy went to the Parade today for the first time. It was a great celebration. We wish you were here. We love you very much.
Thursday, June 6, 2013. Today is mommy's birthday. It is her 40th birthday. Come give her some head bumps for her birthday. We all miss you, Geri.
Sunday, June 16, 2013. Today is Father's Day. One of the guys at work gave me some tickets to see Toby Keith. I know you sent him to me for the tickets because one of the songs that he sings, is the song that I gave to you. "Who's your daddy". It was the first time I heard the song since you passed. I thought I was going to cry when he sang it, but I held it together. We all miss you very much. Come and visit us sometime. We love you, Gerr Bear.
Thursday, July 4, 2013. Happy Fourth of July. I hope you get to see some fireworks tonight over the rainbow. Be sure to eat as many cheeseburgers that are being grilled today as they are your favorite. Just stay away from the grill and tell everybody else to stay away as it is very hot. Also, today is Tom Tom and Patches's birthdays. Come and give them hell because I know you can. Sleep well, Gerr Bear. We all love you and miss you.
Saturday, July 13, 2013. Today is mommy and daddy's 1 year anniversary. We miss you so much. Come and give us both some little kitty head bumps.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Geri, baby girl. Please keep an eye open for Buster. He is your Grandma's little baby. He is suffering from something that may be congestive heart failure. Grandma and your Aunt Wendy had to take him to the vet today. Unfortunately he is no longer suffering. Show him around when he arrives. He will be scared. If you have seen Grandpa, send Buster his way. He is just so young, like you were. We all love you Geri.