Remembering My Dear Brother Ivan

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Brian's Home.  Adopt cats, we deserve it!

Some of you newer readers might not know I had a Brother, but I did. His name was Ivan, and he was the best Brother and my best friend.  Brother Ivan was a pretty big Maine Coon boy and was Dad’s lap cat.  When I was adopted our “break in period” lasted all of about three seconds, we were instant pals.  You see, Brother Ivan’s brother Moses had left for the Bridge and Ivan was very lonely.

Brother Ivan and I were rarely more than a few feet away from each other, we did everything together.  Then, three days before Thanksgiving in 2009 Brother Ivan let out a scream in the middle of the night and he made a run for the Bridge.  I miss him every single day, he taught me so much and I always try my best to live up to his expectations. Special he was, special he will always be.  I love you Brother Ivan, and miss you so very much.

Brother Ivan taught me to always remember to adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!!  More Forever Homes More Often!  Purrrrr! Zip! Later!



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52 thoughts on “Remembering My Dear Brother Ivan

  1. Marg

    Oh Ivan, you really were so handsome. Brian, I bet you do miss him a lot but I guess all those sisters of your keep you busy. You are such a good brother.
    We got our ark out yesterday. We had to in order to get out to see the donkeys. Hope you all didn’t float away. Have a fun Monday.

  2. Tamago

    Your brother Ivan was such a handsome and gorgeous kitty. And he was really good big brother to you. I’m sure he is very proud of you for taking care of your sisters and helping homeless kitties. Purrs to you xoxo

  3. Sammy

    Oh Ivan was a gorgeous boy Brian……and sometimes there is no “break in” period you just plain KNOW you’ve got a new soulmate. So happy you have some time together before he left for the Bridge….holidays are tough anyway for many people but having lost Ivan this time of the year makes it extra hard…….we send purrs………

    Hugs, Sammy

  4. hannahandlucy

    Your Brother Ivan was handsome too and we know you will miss him very much. We are sure he will always watch over you from Rainbow Bridge.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  5. Sailor Edgar

    What happened to Ivan (a very handsome kitty) sounds much like what happened to our Margo in 2005. Those who appreciate cats never forget those who have gone on to the Rainbow Bridge!

    We are back from our vacation. We got bumped from our departure flight and arrived home a day late, but at least we are here! We had a great time on vacation!

  6. Fur Everywhere

    It sounds like Ivan was a wonderful brother, friend, and mancat. We are sorry he ran off to the Bridge, but we know you will see hims again. We send you comforting purrs at this difficult time of year for you. <3

  7. Katie Isabella

    Mommy got teary about Ivan and we both know that you miss him so much…that you both always will.

    Brian, how are you, sweet friend? XO

  8. da tabbies o trout towne

    dood…we ree ceeved a message frum dude & sauce N they asked us ta pass thiz a long two ewe:

    two brian frum ivan….eye love ewe dood, all ways have, all ways will…ewe wuz knot onlee my brother but me best pal; pleez noe eye am doing aye oh kay N watch over ewe all de time ♥♥♥

  9. Angel AbbyGrace

    Brother Ivan will always be a very special kitty.
    I hope that all the happy memories comfort you today.
    Time does soften the sadness, but we always remember with the love they gave us.

  10. Clarissa & Co.

    Ivan sounds like he was a special mancat. We wish we had gotten to know him. His passing sounds very much like the way our brother, Bandit, passed in December. It was very sudden. Thanks for sharing Ivan’s picture.

  11. Deztinee High

    Oh Brian, Ivan wuz such a handsum mancat. And yous awe so pawsum yous selff of course you wuz fast furiends. Weez so sorry fur yous loss, we surely unnewstand bittersweet holidays, and awe sendin’ many purrs and purrayers yous way.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  12. meowmeowmans

    What an amazing kitty and brother Ivan was, Brian. He will live always and forever in your heart, and you carry on his wonderful legacy. Hugs to you and your family.

  13. Simba

    I am so sorry your brother Ivan had to rush to the Rainbow Bridge like that. I bet you miss him and think of him especially at this time of year.

  14. Sherri-Ellen T-D.

    Oh Brian wasn’t Brother Ivan gorgeous & lovely?? I can see why you aspired to be like him…
    I wish i had known him…thank you for sharing your memories of Ivan with us…..
    Gone but never forgotten & always deeply loved.
    Love Sherri-Ellen x0x0x0x0x0x0

  15. Savannah's Paw Tracks

    ohhhh, my good buddy Brian. How did I miss that you once had a brofur? And such a handsome mancat he was…so like you. It is so hard to miss a relative who is also a furriend. Blessing of Ceiling Cat on both of you

  16. Angel Pip and Ruby

    I didn’t know Brother Ivan, but he sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing his memories with us.

  17. Raven

    Your brother Ivan was very floofy and hansdome. The two of you big mancats playing and snuggling together must have been quite the site. It’s hard when a kitty leaves for the bridge so quickly, but he left wonderful memories and taught you how to welcome other kitties into your home. Thanks for sharing him with us today.

  18. orbit

    Ohh, this made me think of my dear departed brother Isaac. I just wanted to come by to thank you for your very kind words. I’m still not quite 100%, but I’m still kicking. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  19. Kitties Blue

    It’s so nice of you to remember your brofur on the day he went to Summerland. Bet he was there to meet Nylablue and give her some good cuddles. And, of course, you two will be pals again and be able to play forever and ever; though, we pray that time doesn’t arrive for a very long time. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  20. Georgia and Julie

    What a handsome brother Ivan was.
    Sorry he had to leave so soon.
    Sounds like he taught you the important things
    as you are a pretty cool cat 🙂
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ

  21. Emma

    Ivan was very handsome! So sorry for your loss. It sounds a bit like out kitty Boo, who at only 8 1/2 let out a loud scream one morning and was gone. Very sad and we miss her too.

  22. LP

    What a beautiful and handsome boy Ivan was! We are glad you had a loving big brother Brian. We understand about short “break in” periods. Our Angel Lewis and Mitalee were instant friends too 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  23. Jan K

    What a handsome boy Ivan was! Maine Coon Cats are gorgeous. You must miss him so much….we’re so sorry you lost him, and so suddenly.

  24. Clooney

    What a gorgeous Mancat Brother Ivan was…we just adore Maine Coon kitties. Such a special post and relationship you had with Ivan, sounds like me and my best friend Inka. Purrs to you and your Mom and Dad as you remember your sweet Angel Ivan.

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