Friday, June 22, 2007

The Rainbow Bridge


Chatham crossed the Rainbow Bridge this afternoon at 4:30.

With kidney failure and paralysis in his lower spine, I am happy to know that he now can bound without pain; that he can eat whatever he wants and that he will never have any more pills or needles.

We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. This is a wonderful community that we belong to.

92 Comments:

Blogger ML (Mary Lynn) said...

We are sending you lots of prayers and purrsss.... I'll bet Bear came to welcome Chatham herself, she loves cats so much.
ML, Missy & KC

3:17 PM  
Blogger Millie said...

Jasmine, Mom and I are sending our sympathies for your loss of dear Chatham. I know that Gizzy will welcome him at the bridge.

3:20 PM  
Blogger The Meezers said...

oh no no no. Mommy's eyes are all leaky over this. Good bye our dear friend, run free and happy at the Bridge. Watch over Salem and Cat Couch and your daddy and know that they will join you one day and you can all be happy together again

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Feline Sextet said...

:'( We's furry furry sorry, purrs and headbutts and cuddles fur you!
T.F.S.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we're so sorry to hear about this. the Lady's eyes are dripping onto the keyboard. 20 years is such an amazing age for a kitty. rest well Chatham. we're sending loving purrs.

3:53 PM  
Blogger caricature said...

I just learned about Chatham from Meezer Tails blog. He seems to have been such a sweet cat. May he have all the comfort and peace on the other side of the bridge.
Sending you prayers in this difficult time.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Mia and Ghost said...

Chatham's family - we are sending purrayers and keeping you all in our thoughts. We are glad that Chatham is now pain free now and running around with all our friends who have gone before us.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Pet's are 4 Life said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Fat Eric said...

We are so sorry for your loss...but what a wonderful 20 years you and Chatham gave each other, and how many great memories you must have.

Hope he meets my sister Hattie at the bridge too.

Purrs
Fat Eric and family

4:33 PM  
Blogger Eric and Flynn said...

Oh Chathan we only just met yoo Find peace and happpiness at the Rainbow Bridge.
We will meet yoo again one day.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Parker said...

Dear Chathams family,
Our entire family has leaky eyes. We are SO sorry for your loss of Chatham. We know you loved him very, very much and we were always so impressed at how well you took care of him when his health was failing. No more pills, no more struggles to get around, he is at the Bridge, all healed and playing with all of our loved ones Who Came Before. Your sorrow must be deep, but please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Peace and love to you Chatham and family,
Love, Purrs and Prayers,
Parker and her family.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Caesar and Princess said...

Love and prayers for strength for all of you there, left behind. Chatham was a good boy and a dear friend.
He had a long happy life and you loved him so. He went to the bridge a very happy and peaceful tiger.

<3<3<3

5:05 PM  
Blogger Derby said...

So sorry to hear of your loss. It was an honor to know Chatham through his blog.

He was a wonderful senior catizen. He will be missed.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Skeezix the Cat said...

My eyes are leeking to heer that Chatham wint to the Bridge. Meezers are vary vary speshul famly members, and we understand how diffikult a time this must be for yoo. Owr thots and purrayers are with yoo.

Rest in peece, Chatham. Yoo were well loved.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Mao said...

I am vary vary sad to heer that Chatham is gone. I'm shur my buddy Joonyer will help welcome Chatham. Owr thots are with yoo during this vary diffikult time.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Rocky the Gutter Cat said...

I'm a geezer myself, so I was happy to see how many wunderfull yeers yoo had with Chatham. He was a kredit to seenyer feelines evryware. My hart goze owt to yoo during this diffikult time.

5:21 PM  
Blogger TLP said...

Goodbye Chatham. You will never, and I do mean never, be forgotten by your family.

5:36 PM  
Blogger jcfloresinc said...

Mom, Tigger and I are sending our prayers and regrets for your loss. We only knew Chatham for a short time. He will be happy at the bridge with all his friends.
Samantha & Tigger

5:39 PM  
Blogger kaz29 said...

So sorry to read about Chatham - he was a magnificient meezer. My heart goes out to you at this time. I can't imagine how you must be feeling. When I read this blog, I thought that it was really beautiful the way that you looked after him even as a very senior cat. He will be missed...

Purrs and headbutts,

Karen (with Gypsy & Tasha)

5:44 PM  
Blogger The Furry Kids said...

We're so sorry for your loss.

5:57 PM  
Blogger SJ Reidhead said...

I am so sorry. I know how much it hurts. I'm even sheding a tear as I write.

The Pink Flamingo
SJ Reidhead

Doc Holiday
Bat Masterson
Little Joe Cartwright
& Mommy Cat

6:04 PM  
Blogger Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss! I agree that he is now happy and without pain. My sweet daughter, Suzanne, just made the journey to the Bridge. She will be waiting to play with him! God bless you and ease the pain in your heart. Your Chatham lived to be older than most cats and to have him for 20 years is so amanzing. Take care.

6:15 PM  
Blogger 小芥 michico said...

Dear Chatham,
You are wonderful, thank you for coming in this world bringing so much joy for us.
It is a big pleasure to know you.

I believe you are an beautiful angel now and guard your momma and family.
Tell your momma don't be so sad, because what you need is smile and wish.

I will miss you a lot.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We'z so sorry to hear of your loss. Chatham is free now, no more pain, no more medicine, no more suffering. Now those left behind are the ones that hurt. May God and memories heal your heart.

6:29 PM  
Blogger NinjaCat said...

Our condolences in this difficult time.


Ninja & Brenda

6:41 PM  
Blogger Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

This is very sad but it is wonderful that he is running free. He was a special special friend and we won't forget him.

Latte

7:04 PM  
Blogger Jake and Bathsheba said...

We are very sorry for your loss. We only met Chatham when we heard of his 20th birthday. He sounded very well loved and will be dearly missed.

With purrs and sympathy,
~J&B and their Mom

7:30 PM  
Blogger Pumpkin said...

We're so sorry to heer that Chatham left fur the Bridge. Mine woofie sisfur Suzy left on Toozday so they can lern thare way arownd together. Lotz of purrs sent to hiz fambly frum Hah-why-eee.
Pumpkin, Tiger, Bebe, Blackie

7:47 PM  
Blogger The Meezer Gang said...

Lots of prayers and purrs for sweet Chatham!!!! Rest in Peace, our friend....

7:49 PM  
Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We are so sorry. We are sendin' purrs and purrayers to you all, and we know that Those Who Came Before were there to meet sweet Chatham at the Bridge. We will miss our wise Meezer furriend.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Toby said...

This is my first time at Chatham's blog, and I'm sorry it's because of something so sad. The Blonde One hugged me so tight I squeaked and she got my fur all wet too. She would miss me so much if I left, so I know she feels really bad for you.

(((purrs)))

7:52 PM  
Blogger Cyclone Cats said...

We are sooo sorry to hear about Chatham's passing to the Rainbow Bridge.

We'll keep your family in our thoughts and prayers this weekend.

We'll see you at the Bridge, Chatham.

Dazey
Jesse
Conner Cloud
and the Mom that Lives Here

8:03 PM  
Blogger Henry Helton said...

I'm so sad to hear that Chatham has gone over the bridge. I only discovered his blog a couple of days ago and wish that I got to know him better. I'm sure he's having lots of fun now playing with the other kitties.

8:30 PM  
Blogger Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Our hearts are aching for you. We're so sorry for your loss. You all loved Chatham so much and you took such good care of him. He knew he was loved, you can tell by his expression. You're all in our thoughts and prayers during this painful time.

8:57 PM  
Blogger Radcliff, Allie, Luna & Ozzie said...

We're so sorry. At least now he is running free and healthy.

Sending mournful purrss . . . .

9:16 PM  
Blogger Astrid, Kashim & Othello said...

we are very very sorry :(
Sure our angel-bother paul was there to welcome him.
sending lots of love and purrs for you all!
on the other paw he was a wonderful senior kitty and now he can run free advising all the little ones in rainbow land with his long life experience.

purrs, Kashim & Othello

9:33 PM  
Blogger Emma's Kat said...

We will be thinking and purraying for you during this difficult time. Although we don't comment often, we check back to see how Chatham has been doing. Like you said, he can now run and jump again without pain. He will be missed. Rest in peace old boy.

9:42 PM  
Blogger KitKat said...

So sorry to hear about your loss of Chatham. I know he has crossed the bridge and is happy and pain free. My heart goes out to you.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

Goodbye sweet one.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Chatham, doood, I am seriously gonna miss you...I know you got to live a very very long time for a kitty and I am grateful for that, and I'm happy that you're up there running around the bridge on good legs with lots of energy with all the Cats Who Came Before... but I'm gonna miss you.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Chairman Mao said...

This Ballicus Mom speaking: You and yours are in our thoughts and in our hearts. How wonderful to have shared twenty years with your precious Chatham; what a rich treasure trove of memories you have of your precious boy. I know you'll miss him so very much. Sending love and comfort to you.

10:31 PM  
Blogger Gemini said...

Purrs and prayers. We are sorry to hear of you loss. Chatham was a grand cat and he went out with style. I know that you will all miss him very much.

tonight we will sing for him.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Donny and Marie and Casey said...

We are so sorry and we will miss you, Chatham. However, my big sis angel kitty Missy (whom I posted about today) will be at the Rainbow Bridge waiting to play with you.

In the meantime, we are thinking and purrrrrring for you and for your mommy and daddy.....

~Donny, Marie and Casey

11:41 PM  
Blogger Kimo & Sabi said...

We is furry sad to hear this news - but no more pain fer our furry friend. Hugs and purrrs to yer fambly - Peace be wif you.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry to read about Chatham. I know that you will miss him so very much. I've been lax and hadn't been checking on him since his birthday and just found out on Parker's blog. I will miss Chatham, too. I just don't know what to say, but you will be in my thoughts frequently.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Dragonheart said...

You have my deepest condolences on the loss of Chatham. I hope that he has met up with the one who came before me, Whiskers, who went to the Bridge last September, just 2 months shy of his 20th birthday.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

1:58 AM  
Blogger One of us said...

we are furry sorry you haf lost yer CHatham. But we know he is luvin running around ofer the bridge chasin our rat buddies around. He was so dignified and spunky. We will miss Chatham too. Our thoughts are wif you ~The Fluffy Tribe

3:13 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

I am very sorry to learn of Chatham's passing. But I am very glad that he got to enjoy his 20th birthday party before he had to go to the Bridge. I hope I get to be 20 years. Have fun playing at the Bridge sweet Chatham. Pixie and I are sending our condolences to your family.

5:33 AM  
Blogger Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

Sending purrs and prayers.
I was so sorry to read this at Cat Blogosphere.
Our thoughts are with you.
Bobbie and Bunch

5:42 AM  
Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

We were so sorry to hear about Chatham. We just met him at the 20th birthday party and know that he was a very special kitty. Many purrs and sympathy for your loss.

Purrrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

6:05 AM  
Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

Chatham has certainly earned his angel wings. He had a lovely, long life with the bestest home and beans efur. We's furry, furry sorry. Purrs!

6:14 AM  
Blogger Oreo said...

Oh, we are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

6:15 AM  
Blogger Big Piney Woods Cats said...

We are all so sad at the passing of a wonderful furriend.

6:47 AM  
Blogger Beau Beau & Angie said...

We offer our sincere condolences. It was a long journey and we are so glad we got to know Chatham through this community. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We are raising our tails to Chatham in happy salute as he crosses the bridge to that wonderful happy place.

7:24 AM  
Blogger Heart of Rachel said...

I came from Dragonheart's blog and I'm very sorry to hear about Chatham. I hope that he's happy in his eternal home.

7:56 AM  
Blogger actonbell said...

xxxxoooo I hope Chatham enjoys being outside again.

8:27 AM  
Blogger The Tower Hill Mob said...

We are so sorry for your loss.
We'll light a candle tonight and pray for all of you.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I'm so, so sorry to hear this. What a special kitty. To have been loved for 20 years, most humans aren't so lucky!

Tara

9:04 AM  
Blogger Junior said...

Meowm and I are sending condolences to you and your family for the loss of Chatham. We are so sorry for your loss, but so happy that he is now healthy and running free. Meowm says that she bets She Who Came Before Me (China)is probably happily snuugling up with Chatham at this very moment!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Artsy Catsy said...

Goodbye, dear Chatham. We're hoping that you're running and playing with our dear meezer Millard, who was 22 when she crossed the bridge -- she looked just like you!

We're sending lots of purrs and purrayers to your loving family.

Rocky
& everybody at Artsy Catsy

10:20 AM  
Blogger TLP said...

I was just thinking that when I babysat him the day before he died, that he didn't even try to bite me. I should have known then that he was worse. But he looked good. I'll miss the grumpy old man in his fur suit.

Nothing can hurt him now.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Rascal said...

I'm so very sad to hear this news but know that Chatham lived a good life, was a loving companion to his humans, and deserves his new, pain free life on the other side of the Bridge. Purrs and prayers to you.

10:29 AM  
Blogger DaisyMae Maus said...

How sad. Your fambly has our sincerest condolences.
DMM and Feline Americans

11:09 AM  
Blogger Tom & Icy said...

Chatham was the bestest cat of them all! We'll be joining you on that bridge soon and we can play in peace. We all will miss you, Chat Cat! See you soon.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Tiger Lily said...

I'm so sorry to learn about your loss. It sounds as if Chatham had a wonderful life full of love and I know you'll miss him very much. Mom and my Daddy still miss the ones they've lost very much. I can't say much more 'cuz Mom's eyes are leaking too hard. You'll be in our purrayers.

12:40 PM  
Blogger The Meowers from Missouri said...

purrs an' purrrayers are wingin' their way to you all. mom has a leaky face, an' we are furry sad that you are all sad. but we are happy that our geezer buddy chatham is romping in a place wifout pain or restrictions. gosh, what a reunion we'll all have some day!

::wavin' paws:: 'bye, chatham! ENJOY!!

*snif*

12:49 PM  
Blogger Benjamin Fuzz said...

to chatham's family: i'm so sorry! it's good that he's at the bridge, and still the pain you feel is deep. please know that you are held in my hearts...and i'll purr for peace and comfort for you.

love
ben fuzz

my sister suzanne went to the bridge 12 days ago. i'm sure she's there to welcome him with a romp through the catnip fields.

2:14 PM  
Blogger The Lazy Iguana said...

67 comments. Well 68 now.

Proof that even though most of us never got to meet the "grumpy old man in a fur suit" he was somehow a cat we all knew.

2:57 PM  
Blogger Lux said...

Please accept our sincere condolences. Although I wasn't acquainted with Chatham, I wish I had been - he seems to have been a wonderful cat and friend.

6:15 PM  
Blogger The Cat Realm said...

We are so sorry to hear you crossed the bridge because we really didn't get to know you, but we are glad that you have peace now!
With lots of love
Karl and Anastasia

6:17 PM  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

My deepest sympathies. I, too, lost my beloved Oscar three weeks ago so I really do know how you feel.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Yuri said...

We are very sad to hear this news. Chatham was a fabulous cat, and we know you must miss him dearly. Our best thoughts are with you!

8:11 AM  
Blogger Magoo, Smudge, Bella & Dolce said...

We are very sorry for your loss.

Having a cat for 20 years is a double-edged sword. One hand you had an amazing long life together, on the other hand, the hole that is left is that much bigger.

You are in our purrayers.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Skeeter & LC said...

We are so sorry to hear Chatham had to go over the Bridge. But at least he isnt hurtin any more and thats good.

1:58 PM  
Blogger PrincessMia said...

I'm so sad to hear that Chatham has gone to the Bridge. Love and purrs to you, dear CatCouch.

love,
Mia

3:35 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Chatham, whenever I see a cat doing play-by-play at the pet olympics I'll think of you.

5:32 PM  
Blogger momsbusy said...

we are saddened to hear of chatham's passing to the rainbow bridge. although we did not comment much we did visit on a regular basis to check on how he was doing. we will be keeping your family in our prayers.

5:33 PM  
Blogger William said...

We are so sorry that Chatham left you all for the Bridge. He'll have lots of company until you can catch up with him again.

8:36 PM  
Blogger caspersmom said...

So sorry to hear about Chatham. Please accept our Symppathy. Prayers going up for you and your family in your time of grief. Chatham is at peace now.

Casper
Cleo
Gizmo
Patches
Mom too

8:47 PM  
Blogger DEBRA said...

I was so sorry to learn about Chatham this morning. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful furfriend in your life for those 20 years. He will be greatly missed. Our purraryers to you and your family and little Salem.

****
Is Heaven all you asked for it, O little cat?
Did Peter fit a halo for your graceful head?
Is there a quilt for your special bed,
And a bowl of cream just out of reach of your little paw?
Does the flapping of Their wings entice?
Do you scamper and swing on a golden fence,
Or are They teaching you reverence?
And are there really golden thrones up there?
Or do the Mighty Ones have nice fat chairs that you can claw
And tear and snag with an impious paw?
And do the Angels understand that a little cat in a lonely land,
Still longs for a kiss and a friendly cuff?
Celestial joys are not enough.
Please, some small saint in shining white,
Hold him close in your arms tonight.

~Bianca Bradbury

Purrs
~Abby, Boo, Ping, Jinx, Gracie and Mom Debra

3:41 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

I´m sorry... I´m so sorry... I don´t know say to you to give you consolation. But I know that he was happy with you.

We send you a lot of kissess and love...

5:24 AM  
Blogger Riley & Tiki said...

We are very sorry. Chatham was a wonderful kitty. Sending you purrs and hugs.

5:53 AM  
Blogger The Crew said...

You have our deepest sympathy over the loss of Chatham. To share that many years was a true blessing. We know he had a good home and was well loved.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Chen & Ollie said...

We are sending Chatham, CatCouch and Chatham's other beans many many prayers and purrs. It is good Chatham is suffering no more but mommy knows how hard it must be for you.
Purrs,
Mr. Chen & Ollie (and Chen and Ollie's mommy)

8:38 AM  
Blogger Hobbes said...

I'm sorry for your loss, and glad he is out of pain.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Bounce, Lucy and Trixie said...

Although we did not know Chatham, we are furry sorry for your loss. I know he will be happy at the Bridge and can do all the stuff he couldn't do here.

12:39 PM  
Blogger TT said...

So sorrys to hear. I can pass some purrs and meows to you (Mommy bean says I have lots)

3:16 PM  
Blogger gigolokitty said...

I am so sorry to hear it. We have been away because of real life emergencies and I just heard about it. Chatham was a great friend and we shall miss him so very much.

7:09 PM  
Blogger One-Eyed Jack said...

My OTW and I send you lots of purrs. Chatham has lots of friends at the Bridge to welcome him, and I bet he's really happy now to run around easy.

2:58 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Goodbye Chatham. You were blessed to be part of a wonderful family.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

Just wanted to stop by to let you know that you're all still in our thoughts. Purrs and headbutts.

11:27 AM  
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