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Monday, April 25, 2011

Ruby Tuesday - Our Beloved Grady

For this week's Ruby Tuesday, here is our beloved, dearly departed Grady.  The best cat ever - for us, anyway.  He was a stray who kept coming around and every time we opened our door, he scooted right in.  We had 2 other cats in the house, but as soon as he walked in the door, he was the King.  He would paw at the door when the visit was over.  We adopted him as our 'Outdoor Cat.'  However when some nasty felines wounded him more than once, costing us several hundred dollars in vet bills, my husband decided that it was time for Grady to become an indoor cat.  It took many months before he would stop pawing at the door to get out.

Once declared an 'Indoor Cat,' he took to defending our new cat, "Little Bit" from the clutches of Fanny, who hated Little Bit from the moment she laid eyes on him.  She would corner him and then just sit there until the poor little thing would have no choice but to wet in the corner.  But when Grady came inside, that harrassment stopped.  Grady defended Little Bit and chased Fanny any time he could.  Tooky still thought he was the alpha cat, and Grady, gentleman that he was, let him think that.

One day I woke to find Grady dead on the kitchen floor.  My husband was distraught.  They had become such good buddies, as Frank was retired and he and Grady were BFFs.  Just a year later, my beloved Frank passed away as well.  So now I think of them together at the Rainbow bridge waiting for the other cats to follow.  And I'm sure that Grady is eagerly awaiting Fanny's arrival so he can chase her all over again.


  1. They are together..I am a firm believer that we are all together in Heaven!
    Thank you for sharing this part of your life. It is very touching and I feel privileged.
    I have several beloved fur-babies at the Rainbow Bridge..it does cross to Heaven!

  2. Beautiful, Jeanie. I'm sorry for your losses and feel that you will again see Grady, if you desire. I loved the Rainbow Bridge poem someone sent me when my dog died. Your cat Fanny has the most unusual markings. She looks like she from "The Phantom of the Opera."

  3. We have many fur friends at the Rainbow Bridge as well. Thanks for sharing your story.
    Hugs, Amy

  4. Grady looks like he was a very sweet cat. So sorry for your loss.

  5. What a wonderful story Jeanie.
    So sorry for your losses but I too believe we will be reunited.
    Take care dear friend.

  6. What a sweet story...pets are priceless to our families and leave little paw prints on our hearts forever, even after they leave us...thank you for sharing! tiff

  7. Oh this is sad. Sorry for the loss.

    The cross

  8. What a beautiful tribute for Grady.

    My Ruby.

  9. Também espero encontrar meus gatos no arco iris...
    seu relato me fez refletir!

  10. Awwwwwwwwww, sad that he has left this world, but the comforts and joy he brought to you and your family will always be remembered fondly.

    Here's my link: My Ruby Tuesday Do stop by if you get a chance.

  11. So sorry he is gone--it looks like he had a pretty good life thanks to you. Mickie :)

  12. What a sweet post and a wonderful memory. Thanks for sharing.

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your dear sweet Grady's passing. All our kitties have been strays. Our first cat (with the ever so original name, Kitty) was like your Grady and kept stopping by our house when we first moved in. He passed away in his sleep many years ago curled up in front of the clothes dryer. He was the best cat - I still miss him!


  14. It's always hard to say good-bye to a beloved pet...


    The seeker of ruby and red
    Will not let green go to her head;
    Instead she will seek
    Her senses to pique
    With cherry and crimson instead.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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