Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hugs Weekend

Brainball here, Alpha Cat of the Ballicai, acting as Spokescat today.

It's Memorial Day weekend, and this past Thursday marked the sudden passing of one of the Cat Blogosphere's brightest lights, precious Bonnie Underfoot. Our hearts go out to Bonnie's family. She was deeply loved -- will always be deeply loved -- and will be sorely missed.

Thank you, Zoolatry, for the beautiful graphic.

Here's one of Mom's favorite poems about kitties going to the Bridge. Whenever she reads it, she cries and cries, then she goes around to us Ballicai and hugs and kisses us, one after the other.

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

~ Author Unknown

In honor of sweet Bonnie, it's Hugs Weekend on the Cat Blogosphere. We Ballicai send hugs to you, our friends, who brighten our days and make us smile, who touch us with your kindness and empathy, your courage and trials, with whom we hold paws through life's ups and downs.

Tell your loved ones, every day, how much you love them. From Robert Herrick's poem: "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying."

Love and hugs from me, Brainball aka King Leonidas aka Ballicus I...

Love and hugs from MaoMao...

Love and hugs from Dorydoo...

Love and hugs from Marilyn...

Life is infinitely, incomparably precious. Bonnie's sudden and untimely passing reminds us of that. Through all its trials, life is a gift... what a blessing to be alive to love and laugh, to sing and play, to rejoice and dance. Thank you, friends, for being out there. We Ballicai love all of you.


Motor Home Cats said...

((((Hugs)))) to all of you too. That was a really neat poem.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

Dragonheart, Merlin, Devi, and Chloe said...

Here are some *hugs* for all the Ballicai!

michico*Adan*Lego-小芥*阿丹*樂高 said...

Adan hugs Marilyn and Chairman Mao~
Lego hugs Brainball and Dorydoo!!

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

We love you guys too. That was a lovely tribute, the PM's eyes were leaking.

{{{{{{hugs and more hugs}}}}}}} to the whole family.

purrs Shade and Goldie

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tribute. You are right, none of us knows which day will be our last so we must remember to live it well, everyday!

In Bonnie's honor, and for all the friends we've made in the cat blogosphere and all the friends we've yet to meet (((( HUGS ))))

Alexi said...

{{{{Hugs}}}} to all of you from all of us at Krasota Castle! We love you!

We miss Bonnie so much and are purring for Victor and his family.

Anonymous said...

Hi My Sweetie,

What a lovely post.You are all so special to me and I love you all too...Warm Snuggles and Kissies Your Ariel

Ana said...

((((Hugs)))) from all of us to all of you.

This was a wonderful post with a wonderful poem!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

((((((Hugs)))))) furrom both of us to all of you.
That was a lovely post furr a dear furrend, Bonnie.

Daisy said...

Many, many {{{hugs}}} to all of the Ballicai!

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

A beautiful poem and loving tribute to Bonnie!

~ Bandit

Victor Tabbycat said...

What a beautiful tribute and poem. Thank you, good furiends! Big (((((HUGS))))) for all of you!
Luv, Victor & Tabbymom Jen

ps Bonnie left us Th morning, not Fri. Close enuf, cuz she's always wif us, right?

Gemini and Ichiro said...

More hugs to all of you!!!

Mickey's Musings said...

Lovely post :)

Purrs Mickey, Georgia & Tillie

admin said...

ohh...a very sweet poem:)

we love you too...

(((((hugs from meaouwy troops)))))

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Awwww, that tribute was so wonderful and the poem so touching momma's eyes are leaking. We love all of you Ballicai too!
(((((((Hugs))))))) to you Brainball, MaoMao, Dorydoo and Marilyn ...
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

That is a very nice tribute.

Karen Jo said...

What a great tribute to Bonne! I love the poem. I love all of you, too. Lots of {{{hugs}}} to all of you.

Christine and FAZ said...

That is a really beautiful tribute from you all. FAZ

Sunny's Mommy said...

Hugs to all of you.

Tyler said...

That poem is quite moving. We are still very sad over Bonnie's need to leave so suddenly. Thank you for your sweet hugs. Tight hugs back to you, in memory of sweet fiesty Bonnie.

Mr. Chen and Ollie said...

Many ..: hugs :.. to you all as well!! We are very sad about Bonnie going to the Bridge but we will all see her again someday.
Mr. Chen & Ollie

Sassy Kat said...

What a beautiful tribute to Bonnie Underfoot. She is such a sweetie and we will miss her so much.

Toffee K. Ripple Fuzzypants & Feline American Angels said...

We're sending hugs to all of you, too!

Happy Memorial Day ...

Gretchen said...


I missed the actuall hugs weekend. We were helping my pa bean celebrate his birthday. It was yesterday, but we had cake for him on Saturday.

It's turned cold an rainy here for the past two days. Drat!

Anyway. I hug you all the time and you know that I love you all, dearly.

But here's some more big ((((((((((((((Hugs))))))))))))...G

Anonymous said...

Hi My Sweetie,

Of course I would love to go with you to the wedding.It's so exciting and Karl and Ruis are the sweetest.I don't know if you have to dress up maybe mom can help me.Also I hope we will be able to dance and snuggle...
I love you bunchies Your Ariel