"Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!" - Amanda Bradley

Monday, November 24, 2008

On September 25, 1994 Troy and I got a kitten. He was tiny, black and white, and full of life. He traveled from Burlington to Bellingham crawling all over our old Subaru. He really thought his spot was under the clutch - not the best place when someone is driving. Troy named his new friend Horton, I called him the little moo-moo. I take no responsibility for the size he became however. As a kitten Horton was very energetic. He bounced more than walked. He loved to crawl onto people's shoulders preferring our heads to our feet I suppose.

Horton was a people cat - loved to lay on our backs or chests while we were laying down, sat on our laps when we were sitting, and followed us around frequently. His favorite place was in the middle of the floor so he could be a part of everything and make sure he was fed as often as possible.

Horton grew into quite the cat. Large. Large in size. Large in personality. Large with love.
Today was a sad day in our home. This afternoon Horton took his last breaths. His health hasn't been good lately and our friend has been fighting. He is done fighting now. He isn't in pain. He doesn't have to worry about anymore pills, blood draws, or any of the other indignities he has had to endure the past month or so.

Today I am thankful for time. Time that our family had with our dear friend Horton. Time that has been precious to us. Time we will treasure forever. I am grateful that Horton chose us to be his people. We were honored to have share his life.

Don't be surprised if you see more posts about the first member of our furry family. Horton will forever be in our hearts and we will be working through our grief and celebrating his life.

Thank you to our friends and family who have loved Horton and who have been supportive through this difficult time.

With this and many tears I say goodbye my dear friend. We love you always. We will miss you always. Rest in peace.


  1. That first picture of Horton is oh SO cute! Really adorable & surprising to see the big kitty he turned out to be.

    I wish I had magic words to make you all feel better but only time will heal any of your pains.

    R.I.P. Horton ... we'll miss you!!!

  2. Oh you guys- I am so sorry! Horton was such a big part of your family. It's hard to believe he was ever that little, I only knew of him as a BIG guy.

    R.I.P. Horton

  3. Oh Jerrie, Troy, and Archer! I am so, so sorry for your loss. I completely understand your heartache right now as mine is still fresh from losing my Borkybear Kitty last month. Rest assured that Borkybear is waiting to welcome Horton and I know that Bork is teaching all of his onery tricks to Horton. Like how to get his head stuck in a Ravioli can...

    Sending you lots of love and comfort across the miles. My heart breaks for your family and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. I am so sorry to hear about Horton but be assured that he loved you as much as you loved him and he is now free from all of his pain.

    Take care and we will be thinking about you all.

  5. Oh, guys. So sorry for you all. Horton will be dearly missed. I'm even more thankful that we came up this weekend and got to see him. I remember him climbing Joel's trench coat when he was a wee kitten. So sweet.

    May all of your wonderful memories help bring some peace to your hearts.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys! I'm sorry for your loss.

  7. Awww - Jerrie - hugs and special thoughts for you and your family as you grieve the loss of Horton. What special memories.

  8. I am so sorry to hear about Horton. I didn't even know him, but had seen his pictures, and he always reminded me of my first cat, who was also a very pretty black and white cat like Horton.

    May he rest in peace.

  9. The loss of a family pet is so hard. I've been thinking about you guys over these past weeks, knowing all too well how you guys must be feeling. Just know, Horton is in a good place, having lived the best life, with a great family who loved him.

  10. I'm so sorry, from one pet lover to another...big hug.


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