In Memory of A Special Soul

Darling Readers, before we get to our usual Friday examination of the fascinating details of our extraordinary life on Earth as we know it  (immediately following), I ask you to take a minute to read this. Because attention must be paid.

The world lost one of its greats this past week:

This is El Nino (in mid-yawn). El Nino was dropped off at a shelter in New Jersey about 15 years ago. He was already an adult male, and he had such a big personality, and demanded so much attention, that the staff there named him after a very troublesome weather system. He was funny, smart, happy, and supremely self-confident. He was greatly loved by all, but he didn’t “show well”, so  he remained unadopted week after week.

My sister Buffy was a volunteer at that shelter. She saved the lives of hundreds of homeless kitties and, long story short, she rescued the hard-to-place Nino, and sent him to me, and I cared for him for two or three (four?) years until our other sister Amy, who was living abroad but long last came “home” and met the inimitable El Nino, and she did her magic and miraculously matched this boy with his perfect, soul-to-soul, new-to-cats forever family because of a fabulous person she met in Ukraine (I know!). She insisted that this family adopt Nino; they met him; it was love at first sight.  They kept his name, El Nino, which I always thought was a hoot, as they are Indian-American.

Nobody ever loved a cat more than this family adored El Nino. They were devoted to him. My sisters and I, all cat ladies to the max, have never seen a family more spiritually and emotionally bonded with a cat than Nino’s people. They even published an annual calendar, 12 months of Nino.

Then Nino got old and his health became fragile, and in the past years, they did whatever it took to ensure his comfort — eventually they had to wake up every few hours in the middle of the night to give him his food and meds.

But last week, in the heart of his dear family and surrounded by their undying love, the mighty spirit that was El Nino was gently gathered to the ancestors. The news, from hundreds of miles away, has hit me and my sisters very hard. I am typing this through tears.  I know the loss of Nino devastates his family.

The message that we got from Nino’s people, which was full of their love and reverence,  ended: Please join us in praying for him, may his soul Rest In Peace.


10 Comments, RSS

  1. Marilyn June 7, 2018 @ 10:54 pm

    It is always hard to lose a special cat and Nino sounds like a really special one. Sending love and comfort.

    • Vivian June 12, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

      Very much appreciated, Marilyn.

  2. Megan June 8, 2018 @ 4:06 am

    How very sad, and yet how very fitting that El Nino met such a wonderful family and they him. He got the life he deserved, he was just waiting for them to show up… everything in it’s own time. God bless them all.

    • Vivian June 12, 2018 @ 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Megan; God bless the kitties.

  3. Casey June 8, 2018 @ 7:27 am

    What a sweet story, about how many Swift sisters and many years it took to find the family that needed their soul-mate cat.

    What a loving family to have taken El Nino into their hearts like that. They sound every bit as special as Mr. Nino himself, and I am so very sorry for their great loss.

    I will indeed say a prayer for them and for their eternal love, and for sweet Nino’s place in heaven.

    • Vivian June 12, 2018 @ 2:35 pm

      Thank you, Casey.

  4. jeanie June 8, 2018 @ 7:36 am

    There’s nothing harder than when a beloved cat goes up to the Heavyside Layer. El Nino sounds like such a wonderful character — more than a cat, a genuine character — and a handsome one, at that. It really touches me that he was a group project for you and your sisters and to find the purrfect home is the best thing that can ever happen to a cat — and, for that matter, to his people.

    Sending loads of love to you and all your family who knew and loved this bundle of beautiful fur with his great soul.

    • Vivian June 12, 2018 @ 2:33 pm

      Thank you, Jeanie, for your beautiful tribute to our Nino.

  5. Susan June 8, 2018 @ 1:26 pm

    Such a lovely tribute to a much loved kitty. Thanks to you and your sisters, Nino’s journey transformed and gave him a beautiful life with a great, loving family. I’m sure he will be greatly missed. RIP, Nino..

    • Vivian June 12, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

      Thank you, Susan.

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