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This is a picture of our (we are Matt & Jen in Missouri) kitty Miss Priss.  We got her from a local shelter in 2000 not long after we got married.  She was our first pet together.  She was the best kitty one could ever want - an extremely affectionate and loving cat.  Sadly though in Dec 2002 right after Christmas we found out she had cancer - basil cell carsinoma in the mouth..  The vet's prognosis wasn't good, nothing could be done.  So we spent as much time as possible with her and spoiling her even more.  We helped her with her Last Battle on May 13, 2003.  We will really miss not being  able to cuddle and hold Priss.  We'll miss her plaintive calls while cooking chicken, her favorite meal, her waiting at your feet for just a bite with those big green eyes of hers making you feel guilty if you didn't give her some.  Her patting on doors to open them if she was left out of a room you were in. If the door wouldn't open she would continue to pat until you opened that door, even if it was in the middle of the night.  So many fond memories too many to count, these are just a few of the best.
Miss Priss'
Memorial Web Page
This page is dedicated to our kitty Miss Priss who went ahead on May 13, 2003 and will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.
The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this -- the last battle -- can't be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please, let me go.
Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
and hold me firm and speak to me
until my eyes no longer see.
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do:
We've been so close -- we two -- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

-- Unknown
Lend Me A Cat

I will lend a cat to you
for awhile, God said.
For you to love her while she lives,
and mourn her when she's dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years,
or maybe two or three.
But will you, 'til I call her back,
take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you
and should her stay be brief,
you'll always have her memories,
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth, return.
But there are lessons taught below,
I want this cat to learn.
I've looked the whole world over
in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowd life's land,
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
my cat back again?
It was then that we said
"Dear Lord, thy will be done."
For all the joys this cat will bring,
the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter her with tenderness,
we'll love her while we may.
And for the happiness we've known,
forever grateful stay.
But should you call her back,
much sooner than we'd planned,
we'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.
When our faithful bundle
departs this world of strife,
We'll have yet another cat,
and love her all her life.

-Unknown
Poem for Cats

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

-Unknown
"Cat's Prayer"
Show me kindness my dearest companion, for no creature is more grateful to you.  Though I seem independent, your calming voice and beckoning arms are my only real security.  You alone provide food in my dish and catnip toys recalling my frisky years.  When age slows my agile step, and dims the bright eyes that for now survey a world I master, do not keep me going.  End my life as your true devotion let me live it - in comfort with dignity.  I pray you count the memories of our times together as payment in full for the lifetime of love you gave me.  You see, my precious friend, they are all I have to give you.
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Message to My Masters

The day you laid me down to sleep
you prayed to the Lord; my soul to keep
I know you had to send me on my way
but you sent me to a new, better, and much brighter day

You sent me home; to heaven above
where I'm cradled in God's arms; covered with His love
I understand what you did; you did out of love
and I'll return that love; from my new home above

My sickness is gone; and I'm free here to roam
I run and play in the meadows; here n my new home
We play here by the Bridge; from morning to night
there is no rain here; just warm sunlight

I know you all miss me; I miss you all too
but I'll always be with you; whatever you do
Please wipe the tears; from your weeping eyes
by remembering the good times; from days gone by

When you look out; into the dark of night
I'll be that bright star; your guiding light
We'll meet again at the Bridge one day
when we'll walk in the light; together to stay.
I Only Wanted You

They say memories are golden
well maybe that is true.
I never wanted memories.
I only wanted you.

A million times I needed you,
a million times I cried.
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died.

In life I loved you dearly,
In death I love you still.
In my heart you hold a place
no one could ever fill.

If tears could build a stairway
and heartache make a lane,
I'd walk the path to heaven
and bring you back again.

Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Author Unknown
RAINBOW BRIDGE

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water, and sunshine, and our friends are  warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and/or old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one samll thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when on suddenly stops and looks into the distance.  His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.  Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him
faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.  The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together........

Author Unknown
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