Thankful Thursday Blog Hop:  Kindness, Compassion and Friendship 

Hello everyone, thanks to you all for stopping by for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.  We are always thankful to each of you for joining us!  Each and every Thursday we share the things for which we are most thankful and we always enjoy reading all of the things you are thankful for too. If you are new to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, thanks for hopping in, we really do get excited when new blogger pals join us!

This might be a rather long post today.  As you know, our dear Brian departed for his Rainbow Bridge on Monday, October 9th.  Our world is different here at Brian’s Home as we struggle a bit to find our new normal.  Us kitties want you to know that the blog will always be Brian’s Home Blog and that his most important Thankful Thursday Blog Hop will continue as it was Brian’s pride and joy. All of us will take turns posting daily as we always have.

Before we start, we want to say thank you to Dr. Schmitz, Brooke and the entire staff at Five Forks Animal Hospital for their compassion, caring, professionalism and kindness with Brian and with our Mom and Dad too.  They were totally and completely there when we needed them.  

We want to thank all of you for the outpouring of love and many of the sweetest memories of our dear Brian.  Your messages touched all of our hearts and many tears came along as we read each of them.  We also want to thank each of you that included news of Brian’s passing on your own blogs, that was so very thoughtful.  Our Dad will try to thank each of you personally but it will likely take a little while.  

We want to thank Ann from Zoolatry for the beautiful images and the new header for the blog.  We also want to thank Ingrid from Meezer’s Mews and Terrieristical Woofs for the beautiful memorial to Brian.

Now we’d each like to say just a few words…

SIMON:  I’m thankful that Brian let me live here and I was always thankful for his quiet strength as he checked out all visitors to make sure they were safe.  I will sure miss the sense of security Brian provided.

SEAL: I’m really thankful that Brian welcomed me into his home and that he was kind and gentle with me from day one.  Inside was all so new to me and Brian sure made it easy.  Brian would often head-butt me, I will miss that.

KIKI:  I was a walk-on family member having been left behind from my previous family.  I couldn’t believe how Brian said “come on in and make yourself at home”, which I did.  I will never, ever forget that kindness as I finally found my real forever home.  Thank you Brian.

MAXWELL:  I came in as a wee kitten I do remember seeing this great big guy looking at me and I remember thinking gosh he looks friendly.  Indeed he was and he was the best big brother, always making sure I understood all the mini-mancat rules.

MACY:  As you know, I came in as a wee kitten with Maxwell.  We were both really scared, but our fear lessened when we came downstairs and were put in our playpen.  Brian came over and laid down up against the playpen and watched us for hours.  I knew we were safe and that he would watch out for us.  Thank you Brian for welcoming us home.

MOM & DAD:  Mom and Dad would like to thank Brian for being who you always saw on his blog.  Brian was kind, caring, happy and above all he was calm.  Brian, Mom and Dad thank you for all the love and joy you brought every single day.  Brian will never be forgotten and will always loved, forever.

Okay, that is all for today.  Somewhat normal programming will return tomorrow.  So, what are you thankful for today? Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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Eastside Cats
8 months ago

Purrs to all of you.
Angel Brian was a presence, and we’ll all miss him terribly.

messymimi
8 months ago

My heart still aches for all of you, and for all of us. Thank you for continuing this legacy he left, a blog hop dedicated to celebrating all the blessings in our lives.

citu
8 months ago

Era un lindo gatito me acuerdo la primera vez que entre al blog Me pareció un gato adorable . Me encantaban sus fotos cuando estaba durmiendo. Les mando un beso.

Cecilia Upchurch
8 months ago

Bryan and I are so very sorry…we felt like all your kitties were ours.
The band Alabama sung about Angel walking among us. Brian was one of the Angel who walked among us daily quietly showing us the way
With Love
Cecilia and Bryan

meowmeowmans
8 months ago

Brian was so special and beloved by all of us, too. Thank you for sharing him with us. He will live on forever in our hearts and minds, always. XO

Wendy and Dani
8 months ago

It’s wonderful that all of Brian’s brothers and sisters realize how much he contributed to their daily lives. Fortunately, he taught all of you good lessons, so now just make him proud. He’ll be watching and smiling from the Bridge.

I think Brian was a once-in-a-lifetime cat. Your memories of him are precious.

Dani and I wish you peace amongst the grief, and hope that thoughts of Brian will make you smile.

angiesrecipes
8 months ago

I have been thinking all of you and Brian will always be in our hearts!

Leah
8 months ago

I’m so glad I got to know Brian, he was the sweetest kitty, with the wisest look about him. My heart goes out to all his family and I hope the good memories will mean comfort for all.

Pam
Pam
8 months ago

Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and love for Brian. Mom and Dad, thank you for always sharing Brian and all your other babes with us all. I loved reading about them all. It is hard on us humans when a small little fur ball works their way into our hearts, that one day down the road we have to say goodbye. I do know this, and I feel that by saying it I am right on the spot, from the feral babes outside that have not found their furever home to Brian, Mom and Dad sure to more… Read more »

Fur Everhywhere
8 months ago

Brian was so very, very special. We love him so much. I am honored that you let me take this journey with you. I am thankful that Brian wrote his story for Purrseverance where even more people can read about how pawesome he was. We will remember him always. <3 And now he and Moo can watch over all of us together.

The Poupounette Gang
8 months ago

We feel for you and with you all. Thank you for being our friends.

Purrs,
The Chans

easy rider
easy rider
8 months ago

that was super touching… and we could not stop our tears… but tears for a friend are like diamonds, right? hugs to you all… and a kiss to heaven….

Lillian
8 months ago

Thankful for life

Memories of Eric and Flynn

Brian was the best big brother any cat could wish for. He will be forever remembered. Love to all of you.

Zoolatry (Ann)
8 months ago

Brian ~ you were always here. Somehow, we kind-a thought you would always be here. But thinking on it now, even though we can no longer see you clearly, hear a gentle meow, we know you “are here”. And believe that yes, you will be … it was … it is … your special responsibility to watch over your Home and all who live there, all who came before and all who will follow. And because you are you, you will do that. Quietly, softly and beautifully. Yes, we know that you are still beside us in spirt and in… Read more »

Angel Binky, Peachy, Stippie and Granny

Angel Brian was one in a million, kitties, what a kindhearted Soul. We feel Thankful that we knew him for so long on the blog and how we already miss that sweet boy too🙏😿 Soft Pawkisses for all of you🐾😽💞

Kim and her angels
8 months ago

I’m in tears reading this. Brian was an exceptional cat and I’m thankful to have known him a bit through your blog I’m glad you will keep the blog name and the thankful Thursdays. I’m continuing to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

MadSnapper
8 months ago

Tears again, this is so beautiful, just as Brian was such a beautiful soul. I can see him in my head, laying by the play pen watching the babies in his home.. Brian you wear your new halo as well as you wore your hat.. We are so happy your Blog name will always be Brians Home!

Precious
8 months ago

For today we are thankful that Brian had this wonderful blog and he came by every week to say hello to us. Of course there’s no words to say how terrible it is for this loss. It’s wonderful that it will remain Brian’s blog and everyone at your house will have something to tell us all the time.

My GBGV Life
8 months ago

Your new header is perfect! The photo of you kitties is adorable and we are so happy that Brian has his place on the header as well.Your wonderful brother will be missed but he will always be in your hearts and the lessons he taught you all will be with you as well. He was a wonderful guy!

LailaandAngel Minchie
LailaandAngel Minchie
8 months ago

Such a beautiful tribute to our dear sweet friend, Brian. We are so happy you are not changing the name of the blog, as that will be another way of Bryan living on in our hearts. Sending all of you lots of hugs and comforting, purrs and much love.

Teddy
8 months ago

We know Brian is in a beautiful place now and we know he feels the love from his friends and family here forever. We send you all hugs of comfort. We are THANKFUL to have called Brian our friend………………………

Love, Teddy

2 Senior Girl Kittens
2 Senior Girl Kittens
8 months ago

It ia so nice to hear Brian’s family members reminisce about him and his special nature. We knew just looking at his photos that he was a boss Mancat, but also caring and calm, just when you need it. We love to hear how he brought peace to the whole family. We always liked seeing his expression with his head full of thoughts, and we liked seeing him snooze away with those big kitten feet sticking out. We will remember him every day when we see the blog’s name.

Dee
Dee
8 months ago

I had a waking image of Brian appearing at the bridge, tail high, but curled at the end, unsure. When, all of the sudden, hundreds of cats come from every direction to greet him – purring, licking, and rubbing him with love and gratitude. These are not only the cats he knew in life, but also those that he and his dad had helped find their forever homes.

Kind actions are forever. Rest well, dear Brian.

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Katie Isabella
8 months ago

I join the others who said that they thought that Brian would always be here. That we would always have a visit with him and that we could always come by and see him each day. He was like a star shining. Always there. Always kind and loving. I just fell in love with him. Reading the Christmas tree time years ago when he was found tightly sealed that affection and love I had for him, for always. Brian, much love. And much love to your Mom and Dad and siblings as well. I won’t forget you.

Jan K
8 months ago

We are glad that the blog will carry on in Brian’s name, that’s such a perfect way to honor his memory. We know his siblings will do a good job for him. Today, I am thankful for memories of our angel cats….we had one, Don Juan, who Brian always made me think of. Donny was like Brian, always accepting and welcoming to anyone new in our home (even dogs!!). We cherish the memory of him as we know you will of Brian.

Ellen J Pilch
8 months ago

Such a beautiful tribute to Brian. I love what each of you wrote about him. He will be missed by all, including me. Thank you for hosting. XO

Dawn Hart
8 months ago

We we so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing, take as long as you need to heal xxx

Darla M Sands
8 months ago

This made me tear up all over again. ~hugs~ I’m so grateful to have found this lovely blog.

A ShutterBug Explores
8 months ago

Oh Brian ~ you are missed ~ you were a special kitty and took great care of your siblings and Mom and Dad too ~ love you ~ missing you ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

The Oceanside Animals
8 months ago

Charlee: “What wonderful memories of Brian you all shared!”
Chaplin: “He was the best kitty and will always be remembered!”
Oona: “Oona did not know Brian long, but she will miss him and his hat! So dashing!”

Sandee
8 months ago

More healing hugs and scritches to you all. You’re all so very special to me.

Thank you for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Love and hugs all around. ♥

lapaylor
lapaylor
8 months ago

oh no…. the good die too soon. Well, the bodies die but the soul and spirit lives on in Heaven. I just know that. I’m sorry for the loss to all of you, because he made life so much better while he was here. That’s an amazing testimony isn’t it. Love, LeeAnna

Catscue
8 months ago

Such beautiful tributes to your bro kitties. Sending loving purrs to everyone at Brian’s Home.

We at Catscue are so very thankful you shared sweet Brian with us over the years, he was a wonderful cat.

The Florida Furkids
8 months ago

Brian was a very special ManCat and we are Thankful that he was our friend. We sure miss him.

Cat and Dog Chat With Caren

When I heard the heartbreaking news I scheduled my post for today. It’s much too hard for me to write something of value here. My heart and head do not want to believe that it’s true. Sending much love to all of you, today and always. Brian will always be in my heart, just like all of you. Always.

Cloudia
8 months ago

Coming here as always, been such a pleasure. More than a pleasure. Our hearts go out to all of you and we will never forget. Brian. He was a great cat and you are all living in the atmosphere he created. I know he is around you as he is in all our hearts. Bless you friends lol

Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs

Brian felt to us as if he’d been there forever and would be there too, forever…but now he IS with us in his angelic presence. We miss him here, too.
Its good to have all the wonderful memories to cheer us on as we go on without him.

We are thankful that we DID get to know you, Brian, and all your family with you. Blogville is a huge loving family.

Hugs to all.

🥰 ❤️ 🥰

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
8 months ago

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familee az well ~~~~~~ we sendz hugz and lovez two mom, dad and de familee
ewe leeve behind ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

The LLB Gang
8 months ago

We are so very thankful to have “known” Brian, and have many wonderful memories of him.
xoxo,
Rosy, Sunny and Mama Beth

Millie & Walter
8 months ago

We’re thankful that we found Brian and all your gang not too long ago. It sounds like he sure was a wonderful brother to all the kitties he lived with and a wonderful companion to his parents. We will miss him too.

Molly
8 months ago

Hugs to all of you<3

Jean
Jean
8 months ago

Kitties, I’m sending warm hugs to all of you and your Mom and Dad as well. I miss Brian, even from all these miles away, but am grateful that all of you will continue including us in your daily adventures via his blog. I look for you every morning and love the pictures.

Cecilia Upchurch
8 months ago

Terry and Celesta,

We are so sorry to read about Brian the kitty.  
Pls pass in my condolences
Hugs Kit, Kat and Rocky

Lucy and Xena
8 months ago

That’s a beautiful memorial picture from Ingrid. So many sweet thankfuls from each of your kitties. Brian was a very special boy and will continue to live in your hearts forever.

Marjorie and Toulouse
Marjorie and Toulouse
8 months ago

Brian lives on in his young family and the sweet cats he welcomes. It IS Brian’s blog and he will be it guardian angel.

The Z Kids' Mom
8 months ago

The warmest and gentlest of hugs to all of you at this difficult time. And gentle puppy kisses from the Z Kids, too. Run free dear Brian.

mary McNeil
mary McNeil
8 months ago

We are thankful for Brian too – and that he and his family shared their lives with us We are also thankful that we will continue to hear about all the rest of those at Brian’s Home !

Melissa & Mudpie
8 months ago

He will be missed by so many. What a beautiful tribute from each of your fur babies.

Ruby Rose and the Big Little Angels Three
Ruby Rose and the Big Little Angels Three
8 months ago

Thank you for sharing his fantastic life and spirit with us

Maggie
8 months ago

Brian, sweet boy, you were the best.
Hugs to your mom and dad.

Mark's Mews
8 months ago

We loved how each and every one of you expressed your thoughts of Brian from their own MOV. They were all so puurfect. We know how much he will be missed by all of you and the Blogosphere as well. Words cannot tell enough… We here have almost always had a “calming cat” who prevented fights, protected the smaller ones, and stopped “hissies” with mere glare. In our house, it has always been an orange/white male. But Brian proved color doesn’t matter. It was personality that made him the “calmer”. Such cats like Brian (like our Skeeter of years ago… Read more »

Indulgedfurries
8 months ago

Most of us only dream of having a cat as sweet and loving as your Brian. I’m thankful you shared him with us all these years.

Sue Brandes
Sue Brandes
8 months ago

Hugs and purrs.

Ruth Epstein
8 months ago

OMG I am so so so sorry that Brian has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, my heart is heartbroken here for all of you and sending you lots of hugs. I am so thankful for your Thursday Blog Hop as I learned so much from him, he was a great teacher to me and will be sorely missed 🙁 but I am happy you will be carrying on his legacy.

Three Chatty Cats
8 months ago

What a wonderful tribute to the best mancat! Hugs.

The OP Pack
8 months ago

We have been very deeply touched by the loss of Brian. He and his Angel Sisters were some of the very first kitty pals we made in the land of blogs. We haven’t been blogging as much as we should and we would like to do better. Mom says it is just hard right now with all the “downer” stuff going on right now with us. We do want to send lots and lots of hugs to all of you. Brian was just so special.

Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

Guys, we are still so upset, Brian will be missed terribly and we send oodles more purrs and hugs to mew all!

Cathy Kennedy
7 months ago

Ahh, I’m so sad to read this mews! Brian was such a sweetheart. I always looked forward to visiting him each Monday. I just love the whole idea that Brian’s mom and dad had with Brians Home. This is just a fun place to visit with Brian at the helm and the rest of you kitties. My heart is so heavy for y’all. Saying pawryers for God’s love to fill your heart with warm memories of Brian’s sweet presence for days to come. Blessings to you! 😽🐾