Remembering Brother Ivan Today and Every Day

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Brother Ivan, always in my heart
Today we remember my Brother Ivan.  Actually we all remember Brother Ivan each and every day.  My newest readers may not even know that I had a Brother.  But I sure did, and he was the best Brother in the whole wide world.

When I was adopted, just three days before Christmas, Brother Ivan was there to greet me.  We were instant friends in about two minutes time.  Seriously, two minutes was about it.  You see, Brother Ivan has recently lost his Brother Moses and he was so very lonely.  I was adopted to be his pal and pals we were.

Brother Ivan taught me everything I know.   He taught me how to be kind to others and he taught me how important it is to welcome others and to help the ones in need find their special forever homes too.  We did everything together, where one of us was the other was right there.  Brother Ivan was a very big Maine Coon, a gentle giant.  We truly had a very special bond.

Then, in the middle of the night, just days before our Thanksgiving Holiday, Brother Ivan let out a scream.  Three minutes later he was gone.  He left while my Dad was holding him.  It was the saddest day for all of us, but especially for me.  I loved my Brother Ivan with every bit of my heart and I cherish the almost eleven months we had together.

So today I want you to know Brother Ivan that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you.  I try as hard as I know how to live up to your expectations of me.  I know you are watching over me and I feel your presence in my heart each and every day.  I love you Ivan, and I always, always will.

Love always, your Brother Brian.

Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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56 thoughts on “Remembering Brother Ivan Today and Every Day

  1. Gin and Bailey

    That tribute is so beautiful, Brian…..we can see why you loved Ivan so much….we’re sure he saw those loving memories you have….

  2. Fuzzy Tales

    Your tribute to Ivan makes me cry every year. Sending hugs and kisses and the boys are sending purrs.

    Blessings and Peace.

  3. Marg

    We sure agree, that is such a nice tribute to Brother Ivan. He looked like such a very nice cat. So sad that he had to leave so suddenly. Brian, you were very lucky to have known him. Take care and get out your long johns, going to be very very cold.

  4. Hannah and Lucy

    We didn’t know your brother was at Rainbow Bridge Brian – he looks as though he was a loving mancat just like you. We are sending you many purrs and whiskery kisses.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. Angel Abby

    Brian that tribute was so beautiful to Brother Ivan. We know your heart misses him but is also grateful for all the love and compassion he showed you and still shows you because I bet you visit with him when your Mom and Dad can’t see him, but I bet you do. WE kitties have special senses. I do hope this Thanksgiving Brother Ivan comes and visits awhile with you again.

  6. KitKat

    Wonderful tribute to your brother Ivan. It brought tears to my eyes for I did not know of him until now. What a special friend he was to you Brian.

  7. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    *wipez tearz frum eyez* Ph Brian diz iz so sad ’bout Brother Ivan..we did not nose ya had a Brofur! He shure waz a handsum mankat n he soundz like he waz bery bery speshell. Ya iz sweet n lubly n kind just like Ivan waz n me nose he iz lookin down on ya wif pride n LUB <3
    Run free Ivan n nose ya iz bemembered ebery day….
    Lub Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum too xoxoxo

  8. Just Cats

    I`m so sorry to read about Brother Ivan. What a handsome cat he was. I love the Maine Coon cat and care for a few in my cat-sitting business. They are the most charming, beautiful little souls. I`m so sorry for your loss and your tribute today was very touching. Deb

  9. Ann Staub

    Aw Brian that is so sweet… Ivan certainly looks like a very friendly and handsome kitty. I did not know you had a brother. How lucky you got to spend time with him and call him your brofur…

  10. jc

    Oh my. I am so sorry that happened.
    What a shock that must have been.
    I bet you are glad you where home to be there for him.

    I know as time goes by we do sometimes forget.
    I have photos on the wall and each time I walk by them, I talk to and give a kiss to Lilly Ann and Sabrina Isabella. I don’t cry now though.

    When I go outside with the girls, I take a walk to the path. Along there is an old rhody where my there girls are buried. I say their names and for that moment they are back with me. They are Sammy Jo, Lacey Ann and Cashmere. Sammy was 17, Lacey was 19 and Cashmere was 21. Mom and her two daughters.

    Always remember …

  11. Miss Kitty

    Brian we are so sure Brother Ivan is sooo proud of you each and every day! He was definitely a very good teacher because you are great and we love you! Please let Mum & Dad and your sisters know we asked about them and to say Hello! Thanks Brian…
    Miss Kitty

  12. Cathy Keisha

    TW has a lump in her throat and we have leaky eyes reading your tribute to Brother Ivan. I wish I could’ve known him. Comforting purrz that you will see him again some day (but not for a long time).

  13. Julia Williams

    I’m so very sorry you lost such a special brother, and so suddenly like that. So tragic. I am glad that you had him there to show you the ropes, though, and you certainly do make him proud, I am sure.

  14. Rascal and Rocco

    So sorry to hear! But glad you can look back at all the wonderful memories. He sure was handsome! It’s so hard to say goodbye to those we love and let them go. My heart goes out to you.

  15. Clooney

    Oh Brian, what a beautiful and touching tribute to your special brother Ivan. What a gorgeous picture of him…we adore Maine Coons. Purrs to you and your Mom and Dad today as you remember Ivan.

  16. Annie

    What a heartfelt tribute to your dear and loved brother, Ivan. I can just tell by looking at his picture what a special big brother he was. How sweet he was to teach you so many wonderful things. I know your mom and dad must miss him too, Brian. Thanks so much for sharing him with us.

  17. Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

    Brother Ivan sounds like the kind of brother every one should be so lucky to have. AND he was also quite the handsome dude. Beautiful tribute to him, wish he could have been with you longer.

    Woos – Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  18. Sammy

    Your brother Ivan was a most handsome cat indeed. It sounds like he was a generous and loving soul……I’m sure you ESPECIALLY miss him around the this time of the year although we never really forget “those who came before” EVER.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  19. emma

    Oh, that is such a nice story about him. He sounds like a great cat. Mom says she thinks about her lost pets all the time, but we only write about them certain times too. Our kitty Boo did the same thing, let our a scream and then gone. So very sad, but life goes on and we all love you, Brian!

  20. CatonsvilleCats

    Every year I think what a great cat Ivan must have been.
    When you posted on Friday that there would be a special tribute, all I could think of was that you lost Sascha! I hope she is doing ok.

  21. Kat

    As long as someone remembers us with love, we are not really gone. Tell your sisters to give you lots of extra cuddles!

  22. GreatGranny

    Dear Brian, this is so sad knowing you lost a good friend and brother. This a such a great tribute to your brother, Ivan. I’ll try to see his photo. He must have been a beautiful mancat.

  23. Kitties Blue

    Dear Brian, your brother, Ivan, was an exquisitely handsome cat. How sorry we are that we never knew him. We know you do miss him everyday after having an immediate connection and love for each other. Always keep him in your memory. Purrs and hugs, LO, M, MM, G, F, A, L and CJ p.s. Sounds as if he would have made an excellent Cat Scout.

  24. Bev Green

    Brian what a lovely tribute to your much missed brother Ivan…he certainly had such a gentle and wise face and i am sure he is always watching over you…we may not see them anymore but we love them everyday whether with us or not.Hugs and love Fozziemum xx

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