My darling Jude, I am about to embark on something that I have never done before and
that is to pay tribute to you in the form of a memorial site on the internet.
this is a first for me and I am sure that I will stumble and fall a few times here.
all I know with all of my heart is that I want to do you justice.
I do not want this to be a lament of a sad and lonely human missing her dear
companion. what I want it to be is a celebration of your life with me and pay
tribute to the beautiful soul that I came to know as my furry friend, jude.
I have to say that in the beginning you were a challenge. I remember so very well
your days as an adult stray baby for a very long 6 months. I tried and tried to
make you trust me but you weren't ready yet to let me in your life. I knew that
you would have to come to me in your own way and in your own time. even when I was
on my hands and knees singing to you, 'hey Jude don't make it bad. take a sad song
and make it better' you weren't about to budge from underneath the car you were
hiding under. I made sure you had shelter in my garage and plenty of food and water
and for awhile that was the best I could do.
Then that miraculous day came the Saturday before Christmas 1995. I came home
from Christmas shopping and also had stopped and bought quite a bit of canned cat
food. you were standing by the garage door even though it was open. it was if
you were waiting for me. I can still picture that in my mind. you actually came
into the garage with me for the very first time without the safety net of my car to
hide under. you were very eager to eat the canned food I opened up for you and I
was actually able to pet you! I was in heaven but felt so badly that this was the
first kind physical human contact you had received for over 1/2 year. The next
thing I knew, you were in my cat carrier being brought inside. I FINALLY HAD
Right from the start I knew you were going to be special. you were love starved
and I couldn't stay away from you. we grew together so well over the 14yrs 3
months that we were together. you became my #1 princess, my heart kitty and my
soul mate. I always felt like we were cut off of the same piece of wood with the
two separate pieces fitting perfectly together. we formed a bond Jude-an
unbreakable bond that will last for an eternity. you became 'mama's girl'.
You fit very well into our family as if you were the missing piece. your 2
brothers learn to accept and love you as you did them. and all the other kitties
that came after you knew that you were the female boss kitty. you made sure of
Everyone who met you was enchanted not only with your beauty but also with your
grace, charm and impeccable manners. you always reminded me of Audrey Hepburn in
my fair lady. and as I always told you Jude, you were every bit as beautiful on
the inside as you were out.
When I listen to your song I always felt that it was about you but then I realized
it was about us. the words and phrases could be interchanged to reflect what both
of us needed..............'you were made to go out and get her', the minute you let
her into your heart then you can start to make it better'. yes Jude, that song
spoke for and to both of us.
You gave me all of your heart when you were with me and I shall carry that love with
me forever. you also taught me many things in life such as........
-The joy of waking up in the morning and seeing my little darling there to greet me
with a smile and a head butt.
-The joys and thrills of kitty spontaneous combustion of running through the house
and jumping up on the window screen and hanging there like a bat. heck-if it
feels good at the moment just do it was your motto. and that could be anything
from giving your mom gooky eyes and then an Eskimo kiss or running around the house
just enjoying being able to do so.
-If someone is in your way and not moving and giving you what you want, just go
ahead and bite them in the ear (as you have done to your two brothers). hey, it
-The joy of enjoying toys and making them your babies which were moved anywhere you
deemed it necessary. I will never forget the morning I got out of bed and walked
into the bathroom to see that you had unrolled a lot of toilet paper into a nice
soft pillow in which you placed 5 of your 'babies'. you were sitting by them and
showing me what a good mama you are. you were so proud of yourself and I was of
Those are just a small portion of the funny and endearing lessons you gave and
taught to me. but I would have to say that the most enjoyable and valuable one of
all was the joy, understanding, accepting and the 'it just feels right' comfort that
only a 'forever and beyond' friendship can bring. you have touched my heart in
ways that no other has and I am forever grateful that you graced my life.
I know that you took a piece of my heart with you when you made your journey to the
bridge but that is alright. for there is no one I would entrust that with more
than I would you. I know you will take good care of it until that joyous day comes
when you greet me at the bridge and return it. then we can once again continue
our journey together hand in hand never to be parted again. I love you Jude more
and more each day sweetheart. you were my Christmas gift from above that year in
1995 and the best gift I ever or will ever receive.
In closing Jude I hope that I have paid you justice and may I ask a favor? would
you please permit me the privilege of one last time singing softly into your ears
your favorite part from our favorite song...............
'nah........nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. nah, nah, nah,
Light a candle in jude's memory, for a sick, abused, or special needs furbaby,
or perhaps just someone who needs a prayer and a candle lit.