Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Farewell, Baby Cakes


Welcome to my 500th post.
Yes, Baby Cakes is the full name of this most mancatly of cats. He had such gravitas and dignity that he was usually called Baby or Babe, though. Looking at all that floof, his size and those snowshoe feet, I think that he must have been a Maine Coon.
I really like this picture of Tuck holding Baby. Baby had gotten out in the snow on the porch without his harness or leash and Tuck went out to retrieve him. He still looks quite dignified, even being held like that. Baby wasn't much for playing. He didn't have any toys and he didn't whap stuff off tables or anything like that. He loved to sit on a windowsill and watch the birds. He also liked to find high perches and watch the people, too. He really loved to sit on a lap and get scritches. He was very fond of people food, but he would never do anything so undignified as beg. He would merely sit and stare until he got what he thought was his due share. Baby got a fast-growing tumor on his palate, which quickly made breathing and eating difficult. Nothing could be done to help him, so he was helped to the Bridge by his loving family. He was with them for twelve years and they really miss him.

                                        Babe was a cat with gravitas.
                                        He kept it through the very last.
                                              He climbed the ridge
                                              Which leads to the Bridge
                                        Walking with great gravitas.

15 comments:

Angel said...

You honor our loved ones with your words!

-d ma said...

babe sure does look like he had great gravitas.

The Meezers said...

very nice tribute Miss Karen Jo.

concatulations on your 500th post!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh dear another tribute. We tribute you with keeping up even though you keep having to write more tributes... sigh.

Gandalf and Grayson said...

We did not know the Babe, but he sure looks like he was a sweetie.

Congratulations on your milestone, Karen Jo. We hope you get to do many less farewells in your next 500.

Grrreta said...

Babe sounds like he had a wonderful life. What a lovely post. Cngratulations on your 500th.

The Island Cats said...

We're sorry to hear about Baby Cakes...purrs to his family....

And congrats on your 500th post! That's something!

Lorianna said...

Oh Babe was just lovely! I wish I had known him and Rascal and Icon and so many others. Too many...
You are so wonderful to write these farewell poems for them Karen Jo.
500th post! Congrats! Yes, I too hope there will be less loss, but I'm glad you let us know about them.
Gentle Hugs,
Lorianna

Shadow / Molly said...

Concats Karen Jo on yer 500th post!

Babe was a furry handsome mancat, we bet the bridge kittys all welcomed him warmly!

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Oh Babe, sounded wonderful! And he was a cutie, too!

Congratulations on your 500th Post! Your Limericks are always wonderful!
Your FL furiends,

William said...

Aw, poor Baby Cakes. We are sorry for his family's loss. :-(

Congratulations on your 500!

michico*Adan said...

I am so sorry to hear about this,
thanks for let me know,
I will pray and purr for his family.

Sissy Willis said...
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Sissy Willis said...

Thank you for your beautiful tribute to our precious one. Our hearts are broken.

Sissy and Tuck and Sweet Tiny Pea

Sissy Willis said...

I've blogged about it in my latest post, "All that floof."