It was three years ago today that my Brother Ivan left me for the Rainbow Bridge. Brother Ivan was only six years old when he left. I know I have some new readers that may not even realize that I even had a brother, but indeed I did, the best brother a kitty could have. Ivan was very sad and lonely because his brother Moses had left for the Bridge. That is how I ended up being adopted, as a pal for Brother Ivan. And pals we were too. There was no typical “introduction time” at all, Dad let Brother Ivan sniff me when I arrived and we were instant friends. I came right out of the carrier and it seemed like I was supposed to be here.
Brother Ivan was a very large Maine Coon and as near as we can tell he was dumped by a breeder due to a hip problem. To them he wasn’t purrfect, but to me he was. He was dumped during an ice storm in downtown Charlotte, NC. As fate would have it he was rescued by a couple who lived in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, due to an allergy problem he was confined to a small bedroom in their house. When the family decided that it wasn’t fair to him they decided to find him somewhere else to live. They ended up talking to my Mom who had a friend that took all kind of critters. So Mom went to pick him up and brought him by so Dad could see him. Dad told Mom he wasn’t going anywhere except inside with us. That’s how Brother Ivan ended up here.
Brother Ivan taught me so many things, and the most important were love and acceptance. Brother Ivan accepted me immediately and I have accepted every new family member without so much as a hiss or a swat, just has he taught me. He also taught me how important it is to help others. That’s why I work so hard to help the other less fortunate critters. I do hope my Brother Ivan would be proud of the work I’ve done and I feel him watching over me constantly.
Brother Ivan left unexpectedly for the Bridge in the middle of the night three years ago. I miss him so very much and not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and the love he shared with me. I love you Brother Ivan and I always will. I know I will see you again some day, but until then I know you will continue to watch over all of us.
Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!