Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: Messages from the Rainbow Bridge

thankful thursday blog hop - Brian's Home, adopt cats, we deserve it! Hello everyone and welcome to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.  There has been so much going on this week, not the least of which is the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Texas.  We want to keep everyone, human and pets, in our thoughts and prayers.   Their recovery will be a long and difficult one and we’re thankful so many are jumping in to provide assistance, including our own special pal Marjorie from who is organizing an auction to raise funds for Austin Pets Alive.

But today I’m also thankful for messages from the Rainbow Bridge.  Our newer followers might not realize that I had a most wonderful Brother when I came here, his name was Ivan.  Ivan was 4 years old when he ran off to the Rainbow Bridge in the middle of the night just 3 days before Thanksgiving in 2009.  We were all devastated, especially the Dad, Ivan was his super buddy.  Every time the Dad got out of the shower Brother Ivan would dry Dad’s leg for him, mostly in one specific spot.  He did it so often the Dad doesn’t have hair on that spot any longer.

Last week the Dad got out of the shower and Brother Simon started drying Dad’s leg, in that exact spot.  The Dad knew immediately that Brother Simon was sending a message from Angel Ivan.  The next day the same thing happened.  The Dad gave Brother Simon a big hug and thanked him for passing on such an important message, clearly a message from Brother Ivan.  The Dad asked Brother Simon to tell Angel Ivan that we love him, miss him, and think of him each and every day.  I’m thankful the loving message got through and when Dad told me about it I just had to purr.

You just never know when an important message will come through.  Are you listening for yours?  What are you thankful for today?  Tell me in the comments and then hop on in and join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, we’d love it!

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

Thankful Thursday Blog Hop

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Eastside Cats
6 years ago

What a beautiful story! Bet your dad got a little leaky eyed when Simon did exactly what Angel Ivan did.

Cathy Keisha
6 years ago

OMC! That was a wonderful message from Brother Ivan. I’m thinking, though, that Remember Me Thursday is next month; in fact I’m hoping it is cos I promised to post for it. MOL!

Mark's Mews
6 years ago

We are worried about the Beins and pets in Texas. We know the Beins are pretty good at saving themselves and others and that is good. And we have seen lots of pets also bein saved as well. But some pets (naturally) hid and couldnt be found when the Beins had to leave. Some paddled away, some climbed trees, some stayed above the water in houses, some went over The Bridge before their time. We thank the Beins who went to great effort to save the Beins and the pets too. Many stayed with their Beins, but some are lost.… Read more »

6 years ago

Wow, that was such an amazing message from Angel Ivan to Dad! And great job by Brother Simon to pass it along. <3

We're purring and praying for the people and animals in Texas and Louisiana. We cannot even begin to imagine.

The Dash Kitten Crew
6 years ago

Oh you are brilliant to include our auction Brian. I thought Remember Me Thursday was September so I have nothing ready. I will make it up sometime.

6 years ago

that was a sweet message from your angel ivan… we think that angels absolutely exist… no matter what the science peeps say..

6 years ago

How awesome that Simon passed along that message. <3

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties

That is the sweetest thing! Isn’t is just awesome when stuff like that happens? Hugs to Simon!! We’re glad Ivan was loved so much that he’s not forgotten!
We have lots to be thankful for, but we shared it all on our blog today!

Mickey's Musings
6 years ago

What a wonderful memory and so pawsome that Simon delivered the message :)
We bet your Dad loved that :)
Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

6 years ago

Ivan and Simon … brothers in spirit and love. Such a beautiful story … and yes … special messages often come, when least expected and we need to have the eyes to see them, the ears to hear them and the heart to accept them.

When the Cat is Away
6 years ago

We never got to meet Ivan, but this was a very special message to your Dad!

The Poupounette Gang
6 years ago

We loved reading this post. Ivan was special, and so is Simon! Of course, you, Brian, are extra super-special!

The Chans

Pam Greer
6 years ago

What a wonderful story!

6 years ago

That is just the most fabulous story. Good for Ivan to send Simon that message. You all have a good day and stay dry.

6 years ago

Ivan was such a wonderful kitty. How nice of Simon to bring you a reminder. Brian, we know you and your dad miss Ivan a lot. You look so sweet in your picture today.

Pat Hatt
6 years ago

Good for Simon to pass along the message indeed. Just have to look and they are there.

caren gittleman
6 years ago

You KNOW I strongly believe in our pets sending messages, I am sure you receive TONS of them. This was beautiful!! (Psssst…my dear friend, “Remember Me Thursday” isn’t til September 28th!) xoxo

Ellen Pilch
Ellen Pilch
6 years ago

That is so sweet. I love to hear things like this and I truly believe it was a message. XO

6 years ago

We get messages from those we have lost too. They are kind of sad, but comforting at the same time.

6 years ago

That is so sweet and poignant, and we know your Dad was very happy to get that message Brian.

Sailor Edgar
6 years ago

That is a wonderful story! I have not heard directly from our late Hemmy and probably won’t until I go meet him at the Rainbow Bridge.

Deziz World
6 years ago

Oh Brian, dat’s so sweet. We just know your daddy was filled with luv when dat happened. Those who have gone on, are never far away from us. We’re sendin’ hugs and purrs.

Luv ya’

Dezi and Raena

The Menagerie Mom
6 years ago

Brian, it was so heartwarming to hear of the message that Angel Ivan sent through sweet Simon. We believe our angels are always watching over us like that. Purrs!

The OP Pack
6 years ago

Oh, that is just so sweet and heartwarming:)

Woos – Lightning and Misty

Guido the Italian Kitty

Catzowey Signore Brian – I luvs that message from Angelicat Ivan His connection is stronger than my paw-phone!

Mary Kirkland
6 years ago

Oh Gosh, that was so sweet.

William's Kith & Kin
6 years ago

Brian, thank you for sharing that touching story about your old bro Ivan and new bro Simon. That is definitely a love message if we ever heard one! Your dad is very lucky.

Three Chatty Cats
6 years ago

Oh my gosh, that’s so sweet! What a wonderful way to send a message.

Jan K
6 years ago

That story brought tears to my eyes! It is so wonderful when a message comes from the Bridge through our current pets. We have to remember to always keep our hearts open and be on the lookout for them. ♥

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
6 years ago

guyz….we iz thank full two day that we haza safe place ta call home N that we haza home ~~~~~ ♥♥♥ dai$y & toona

N Ivan…dood… lee awesum what ya teeched simon ~~~~~~ ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ dude, sauce N boomer ~~~~~~~~~

Carol Roe
6 years ago

That was a great story about Ivan and Simon. We too are worried about those in Texas and all the pets. Miss Harper Lee and Tallulah Bee are also helping from Louisiana. Go to there sight for instructions.
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6 years ago

Such a sweet story <3. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to Texas. <3

The Daily Pip
6 years ago

Awe, that’s so sweet and definitely a message from Brother Ivan. We still get little message from Angel Pip sometimes, too.

Crystal Stewart
6 years ago

Hi Brian, I want yo remember cat who died on 9-11-2015. Her name was Tigger and she was a rescue cat. I don’t know when she was born but I know when she died. This post was sad. I want to remember my cat and all those other cats that have passed away. Thanks Brian.

Stephanie B
Stephanie B
6 years ago

That is so awesome! Love that you got that message

Kitties Blue
6 years ago

Brian, we had no idea that Ivan was so young when he got his wings. That is so difficult for our humans to lose beloved anipals at such a young age. We love that Angel Ivan sent a message to Brother Simon to let your dad know that he is around and watching over all of you. On Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, Mom was sitting at the kitchen island when she felt our angel brother, Madison, looking over her shoulder. We hope Simon keeps reminding Dad Terry everyday that Ivan is with you. Thanks for hosting the blog hop each… Read more »

Madi and Mom
6 years ago

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh we truly believe in celestial angelic visits….we must keep our hearts and minds open and are high beams turned on always.
What a precious story…Bro Simon you are a keeper
Hugs madi your bfff

McGuffy's Reader
6 years ago

Those messages are so sweet and perfectly timed. I believe. Hugs.

Bell Fur Zoo
6 years ago

That is so pawesome!! We fink sometimes Tilda passes messages along from Angel Ginger. They had a special bond even though Tilda likes to bop her on da nose a lot ;)

Matt & Matilda

6 years ago

I’m thankful for the cooler weather and still having little Dexter as a house guest. I’m afraid he’ll have to leave next month but am determined to appreciate the time we have. That is such a sweet story and a true pair of loving cats considering their attitude about water.

Laila and Minchie
6 years ago

What a beautiful story!

6 years ago

That is a sweet story about your brofur Somon relaying a message to your papa from Ivan. Mom is thankful for all the animals that came into her life over the years, especially the ones that became family members. She misses them dearly each and every day as your papa does his Ivan. Mom keeps photos of her “fur babies” on her dresser always.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song

That is wonderful. There is nothing better than angel visits. We love when we get one.

6 years ago

The Ivan and Simon story gave me chills. I’m a believer!

6 years ago

It was sweet of Ivan to pass his post-shower tradition on to Simon. Mom always cherishes the little things she knows come from the kitties in Spirit World.

The Island Cats
6 years ago

What a special thing for Simon to do. We’re sure it was a message from Ivan.

Sweet Purrfections
6 years ago

What a special message to receive! We know Ivan was talking to you through Simon to let you know he was still around.

LB Johnson
6 years ago

Such a lovely story. We are proud to be part of this blog hop.

Abby T. Lab

Little Binky and Granny

Tears are in our eyes that Simon does the same as your Angel Brother Ivan, Brian and that he listened <3 We always do that…not the licking of course….MOL :D Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend :) <3

Angel Sammy and Teddy
6 years ago

What a precious gift that was from Angel Ivan courtesy of Brother Simon……those things are certainly wonderful moments and just reaffirm what we knew – they may leave us but they are never really “GONE”……little subtle signs and messages make us know that not only do we love THEM forever, but they continue to love US forever. It’s wonderful isn’t it?

Love, Teddy and Mom

6 years ago

Awwww that was just luffley to get a message from Angel Ivan channeling through Simon, we luffs it when things like that happen… our sisfur Angel Snowie manifests now and again, mew see her out the corner of your eye fur just a second and then she’s gone again.

We’re purraying real hard fur all thse affected by Hurricane Harvey and hope the Hurricane Irma doesn’t hit land, Marjorie is doing an epically epic job with the fund raiser too!

Big hugs supurr pals

Basil & Co xox

Dennis the Vizsla
6 years ago

hello brian its dennis the vizsla dog oh hay wow wot a grayt messadj frum the rainbo bridj for yore dada from ivan via simon!!! arownd heer mama and dada say that chaplin is tucker reinkarnayted as a cat becuz he luvs fud and he sits on mamas lap and legs just like tucker yoozed to maybe he is not reely tucker reinkarnayted as a cat tho maybe tucker is giving him sugjestchuns for wot to do just like ivan did with brother simon!!! ok bye