In Memoriam

We want to honor your pet.

This page is dedicated to all of the little creatures who have crossed over – happy pets who were loved and especially those who led a life of pain, suffering, illness, sadness, abuse, those unknown feral friends, strays, lost, abandonded ones and those who were euthanized simply because they were unwanted. We want to honor these souls so please send a photo and whatever you’d like to share about that special animal. Send to pat@elevencatsradio.com with IN MEMORY in the subject line and we will honor your friend on this site.

 

 

 

Click the boxes below to find out more and pay homage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

When an animal dies he or she 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 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 small 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 one 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…

 

Another Version inspired by a Norse legend

 

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill, Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.

Where the friends of man and woman do run, When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next, Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.

On this golden land, they wait and they play, Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness, For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.

Their limbs are restored, their health renewed, Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care, Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.

All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back, Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met; Together again, both person and pet.

So they run to each other, these friends from long past, The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart, Has turned into joy once more in each heart.

They embrace with a love that will last forever, And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

In Memoriam ~ LOLA

Our hearts are heavy with pain and grief as we say goodbye to our very own Eleven Cats Radio cat LOLA. We watched as he and his four brothers and sisters were born on a chilly day – March 23, 2015. Born to a feral mom, he and his siblings lived on our 6 acres on the river – a long distance from the road. We fed them every day and built a large heated structure to keep them safe and warm during the winter. The group never wandered far and never headed toward the direction of the road.

Sadly, we found him on Tuesday morning, September 19, 2017 laying in parts and pieces all over the street. We are forever damaged as well by the site and the thought of this sweet, innocent life suddenly taken in such a horrifying manner.

We built a wooden box and cremated him on our property near the river in the fire pit. As his smoke and ashes swirled around and up toward the sky, we cried and prayed that he finds wholeness once again and is free forever of pain and fear.

Being the last one born – LOLA stood for Last Out Loves Attention.

We hope he finds the long-lasting loving attention he so needs and deserves.

We love you LOLA.

Bob, Pat, Mother, SJ, Tippy, Gracie, Stripe, Whodini, Jumper, Mr. Boots, GiGi, Tiny, Sonny and JoJo

Please Don’t Get a Cat

A true story about a ‘rescue’ feral cat forced to live a cage. Please – don’t get a cat if you do not have the time, the finances, the space, the environment or the mental capacity to do everything in your power that is natural and right for that cat. 

Here’s an excerpt that says it all from the Animal Rescue Corp in Washington DC. 

“The cage is a fundamentally flawed contraption that causes rapid emotional, social and physical decline of its inhabitants. In my experience any animal confined to a cage goes through three phases of decline; typically starting with high anxiety, leading to depression, and resulting in psychological turmoil. Putting an animal in a cage is a violation of that creature’s innate right to live naturally and without suffering. This type of confinement also forces animals to eat, sleep and defecate in a space often only a few times the size of their body. This causes health problems and can ultimately lead to death in some species.”

But the cage itself  is not the driving force of the cruelty – it is the humans – as always – it’s the humans.

A Bewildering Vet Visit

Our newest baby rescue kitties endured their first vet visit. Shouting staff members, running kids and vomiting dogs forced little Sonny and JoJo to ask – “Are you ‘kitten’ me? Why does the experience have to be so bewildering?” Just like human healthcare, the petcare patient experience is often littered with nonsense. What can we do as ‘advocats’ for our little friends? Tune in.

 

 

11 + 2 = 13

Oh no you didn’t!

Oh YES – we did.

Couldn’t stand the thought of someone adopting one and not the other. So off to the shelter we headed to pick up brother and sister Sonny and JoJo. These two had two more outdoor siblings that most likely were lost to a couple of roving neighborhood coyotes. What a joy for us to welcome them to the crew. 

Does this mean we are now Thirteen Cats Radio? 

Sonny
JoJo

A Spiteful Cat Poop Story on Facebook

Whodini wondered why I was getting irritated while skimming through Facebook last week. She could see me shaking my head and heard me muttering to myself. She asked – “What’s wrong?”

Well – tune in to this double segment show where we share a Facebook conversation between a gal who wants to rid her yard of cats and cat poop and will do whatever it takes to get the job done – including a suggestion simply stated ‘Smith and Wesson’. We take that mean spirit and turn it into a positive healing lesson when some suggests Ho’oponopono – a Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Becoming an AdvoCat – Five Vets, No Diagnosis and Price Transparency

When vet #3 said perhaps a fly laid an egg in the cat’s nose – I knew we were in la-la-land.

In this special two part show that originally aired on the nationally syndicated radio program ‘Speak Up and Stay Alive’, patient safety expert and host Pat Rullo Advo’cats’ for her kitten Whodini.

Part I – After 10 months of snorting and five different vet encounters, Pat and Dr. Google diagnose a nasopharyngeal polyp. Her conclusion? Petcare and vetcare are no different that human healthcare.

Part II – Pat the ‘AdvoCat’ shares the 5th veterinarian who finally diagnoses and removes a nasopharyngeal polyp from Whodini. Not only must you advocate for your human loved ones – your pets need you to advocate for them too. And always ask for price transparency – HOW MUCH IS THAT?

 

 

In Memoriam ~ Lucky

Lucky is a Jack Russell Terrier who narrowly escaped an early death after his human abandoned him in San Diego, and who lived on to radiate his sacred self and bring joy to everyone he met for the next fourteen years. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop Killing Cats

We cheated! Today’s episode is a wee bit longer than 11 minutes. But the topic of killing innocent cats is so worth the extra time.  We must stop the madness and educate every single human being until shelter killings end. Convenience euthanasia = MURDER! Let’s spread the word about TNR. Let’s offer those who surrender their pet some decent alternatives. Please share this episode on Twitter, Facebook and more.