Creating memorials in loving memory of our pets...

Memorial created 07-24-2012 by
Jennifer Wiehl
April 17 1994 - July 23 2012

I created this memorial for my Lucky...

He and I met in April of 1994 at the Nebraska Humane Society. He was found in a litter of kittens who had been abandoned on the side of the road and this little guy was apparently the runt. When I held him, we immediately bonded...I just can't explain it. I looked into his eyes and told him, "You're so lucky to have a home!" My mom simply replied, I think you found a name for him.  And she was right. He was Lucky.

At that time, I was 21, going on 22 and moved out of my parents home just a few weeks after adopting Lucky. We moved in with my best friend who had two cats of her own. Lucky was so funny. Her cats were fairly grown up and, as such, weren't as active as this three month old kitten. He really brought youth back to them (much to the chagrine of those of us in the apartment who would have preferred to sleep through the night.

A few years later found me engaged to be married. In about 1998, we adopted another kitten, George. After about an hour of hissing at each other, Lucky and George became fast friends and have been inseperable. My marriage ended up in a move to California due to my husband's job transfer...and a shocking divorce came shortly after. The three of us (Lucky, George and me) decided to give it a go in California. Our lives were pretty unstable for awhile. There were lots of moves to different apartments and roommates, but Lucky always remained unflappable. He really was the constant in my turmoiled life.

In 2002, I met a man, who was to become my husband and the love of my life. It didn't take us long to fall in love, move in together and eventually get married. We finally achieved our goal of purchasing our own home and it made me so happy that Lucky was able to enjoy his twilight years in comfort and a lot of space. We even added a third cat to the group, Osborne.


Lucky & George

Lucky was so much more than "just a cat" to me. He had this language all his own and we'd often have conversations. I'd talk to him and he'd respond. I'd scold him and he'd express his anger right back at me.

He also was the most nurturing male cat I've ever met. He kept Osborne and George groomed, whether they wanted to be bathed or not.

He was the nurse cat of the house. When either my husband or me were sick, he never left our sides. Once, when I had cut myself pretty badly on a glass doing dishes, I would up with stiches and a splint. Lucky laid by my side and very gently licked the bandages around my wound.

He was also our "protector." When my parents came to visit with their two Shih-tzu's, there was a period of time where we didn't hear the dogs. I went into the bedroom and found Lucky with the dogs cowered into a corner. They were even bigger than he was!

Finally, Lucky had the loudest, most comforting purr of any cat you'd ever met. I got missing him so much on a business trip once, that I actually downloaded an app on my phone that played a cats purr and stuck it under my pillow just so I could sleep.

And his eyes.  Don't get me started on his eyes.  Beyond expressive. He could say so much just with a look. 

After 18 and a half years, Lucky finally started to shut down. He had been to the vet all of about 3 times in his long life for what never turned out to be more than just a nuisance, but now his behavior and eyes told me all I needed to know. He was in pain and he was ready to go.

Stoic as always, he never cried in the car on the way to the vet and never expressed any fear as he was being examined. We all knew what decision had to be made. When they placed him on my lap and I held him in my arms, we said good-bye and I held him tight until he left me.

I know we'll be reunited one day...and I can't wait for that to happen.



If you had the opportunity to meet Lucky, then you realized how wonderful he was. He turned many a "cat hater" into a "cat lover." 

Please share a memory with us in the guest book. I was blessed beyond belief to have Lucky in my life mainly because he was the kindest soul for a cat who touched so many people.

He will never be "just a cat" in the minds of people who had the pleasure of meeting him. He'll never be "just a cat" in my eyes.


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