Today we bid a final farewell to our cat brother Bert who passed away on Wednesday. He lived a long, full life and enjoyed good health until the end. We will all miss him as he has always been here with all of us. Some of us bonded more than others with him. Bert always was a want to be dog at heart and he loved us all. He will be missed around here as he is our last cat.
Bert was adopted from the Animal Humane Society at about three years old in October 2008. Our late sister Sophie was adopted along with him. Both kitties joined Emma and Katie at our house. Emma was the boss and when she started her blog in 2011, Bert became a part of it.
He always loved sitting in the front office window to take a sun bath. Even in the dead of winter he would hog our dog beds to be in the window. You have to agree, he was a happy guy!
Even our reserved sister Emma enjoyed playing with Bert. “Look out, incoming hound!” If you think Bert was upset about the wild play, that was not the case. He almost always kept coming back for more.
Bert also loved going to his yearly vet appointment. He was a true explorer, and pretty much fearless. Since he was a smart guy, he knew there were dog treats on the counter in every vet room. Sneaking some of them for himself was a favorite activity while the other pets were getting exams.
The first six or seven years of our blog, we did a lot of product reviews. Emma had Bert help review cat products sometimes. He loved the job as it usually meant toys or food. Because Bert ate his toys, it was a special treat to play with a toy while supervised for a short time. After a few minutes of play with this fish, he did start to eat it, so game over. It was sad as he loved to play but it was too dangerous for him to have toys.
Bert also dressed up for holiday photos and other blog activities. Here he is as an elf in Santa’s workshop.
Mom and Bert had a love/hate relationship. While he was a fun and funny cat, he was a lot of trouble as well. From day one, he insisted on jumping on kitchen counters and the dining tables. He chewed up electrical cords, and he ate paper, thus toilet paper had to be kept up high, never on the roller thing. Mom and him would have yelling matches with each other as she would be so mad, and he would yell back.
In 2013, Bailie joined the family. Bert always loved the fireplace. Some nights the whole family, minus Sophie, would lie in front of the warm fire. He was just one of us dogs.
Although he loved us pups, we also had our spats. He never once backed down in any disagreement with us dogs.
Bailie was never a big fan of Bert. The past few years, he loved to cuddle up next to her in the big dog bed. She put up with it for a while, then she would leave and get Mom to have her move him to another bed. Bailie was polite but not a big fan of the cat.
In 2019, Olivia joined the family. She kind of liked Bert. The two of them had their spats, but they also had a lot of tender moments.
Nelson came on the scene in 2022, and Bert was thrilled to have a brother. As with all of us, he and Bert fought now and then. Bert would always come back for more which was rather humorous.
The “boys” had their fights, but also their own tender moments.
I, Madison, was the next dog to join the family shortly after Katie passed away. Honestly, Bert and I never had a relationship. I ignored him, and he never cared to hang out much with me. Sometimes when he was finally allowed to go outside, he would come by and say hello to me. Why then am I writing our final farewell post about Bert?
Bert’s health started declining Thanksgiving week, but we didn’t think much of it as he was pretty old. Monday this week something changed. Tuesday, I started to follow him around the house and cry. Sometimes I would get Mom and bring her to him and I would cry more. I licked his head, which he had always liked. Mom suspected something bad was happening. We think he had a stroke of some sort. Wednesday, when he stopped breathing, Mom was holding him, I was crying, and I was also licking his head. Not Bailie, nor Olivia, nor Bert seemed to care. Mom and I cried together as he left us.
Probably the best part of Bert’s life were the last three summers. Mom finally let him go outside. He never once left the fenced yard which was amazing! When we dogs were out with him, he loved to come and hang with us. We think before he landed at the Humane Society, he must have been an outdoor cat as he tried to run out the door since Mom brought him home. We are all thankful he finally got to be where he wanted to be, outside. He did some hunting as well as we would note by small carcasses or feathers on the deck.
We hope you like our final farewell to you, cat bro Bert. You were often a pain in the furs, but we are all going to miss you around here. We don’t know life without cats, especially cats like you. Thankfully, you didn’t suffer, and your health was good almost until the end. Run free in the great outdoors of heaven. Say “hi” to Katie, Emma, and Sophie. Thank you for being the best “cat dog” we can imagine.
We are joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop held by Messy Mimi’s Meanderings.