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Kendra, a feline friend

Kendra, a feline friend

I have had a very hard time sitting down to write about Kendra. Perhaps it is due to the suddenness of her crossing. Or maybe it is because I had just spent a long weekend with her at Robin’s house when she suddenly left us. Or maybe I am in a bit of denial that she is really gone.

I do know that the only way for me to continue is to focus on the positive and there was so very much positive about Kendra and her effect on those who knew her, both human and feline.

And so that is what I will concentrate on here, the positive light and energy that were the lovely Miss Kendra.

From the beginning, Kendra was a favorite with her sweet gentle ways. Kendra loved to be petted and to nestle in your arms purring the entire time. However if you pulled away before she said it was okay, she would quickly reach out her paw and grab at you.

Kendra’s chart noted that she was in early renal failure. In addition to surviving the Great Kitty Rescue, Kendra fought many health issues – respiratory problems, ring worm and depression.

Still her sweet disposition shone through and humans and cats alike were drawn to her positive energy and fell in love with her.

Here are some of the comments from people who knew her:

Oh, this makes me so sad. I didn’t even know the little sweetie wasn’t doing well (though I began to suspect when she went to foster care). I am so glad that she had at least a little time in a home and that you got to spend some special time with her, Corinne. Carrie Fosters

Oh no. I named her after my niece. She was such a lover. This saddens me. Tell Robin thank you for taking her in and loving her. XOXO Fletch

Oh my God!! This came as such a shock, even though I knew you and Robin were worried about her when I saw you on Sunday. Thank you so much for letting me know; I will say a little prayer for her and for Robin too. I don’t know how many more of these she can take! Rest in peace little Kenji-butt, and if you see Dexter, tell him I said hello. Pollie

I am so sorry to hear about sweet Kendra. She was such a loving and gentle soul and deserved many happy years. I was happy to hear she found a home with Robin and felt love and companionship at last.

How is Robin? It must be so tough on her to first loose Snow and now Kendra – Hope she can stay positive and see all the joy and love she brought to both. She truly is a very special person. Please give her my love when you talk to her. Gilla

Awwwwww Kendra.

Shelley and I rushed her to Vegas on New Year’s Eve that year and she was always very special to me. Sweet and special.

I loved her so.

Kendra who looked at everyone as if they were her favorite person in the whole world.

She will be missed. D

Yet another one that brought tears to my eyes as Kendra was always one of my favorites…She will indeed be missed.

I also take some measure of comfort knowing that she was very much loved right up to the end… Shari

I believe that Kendra knew peace and fulfillment in her foster home with Robin and her fur babies and that she felt her life was complete.

Princess Leia was loved

Princess Leia was loved

Up at Rescue Village, we never called Princess Leia by her full name. It was only after she was transferred to Niblet’s in Benton’s that we had to use her full name to distinguish her from the Princess currently residing there.

Princess Leis was always a bit of an enigma. At first she was very fearful and would frantically run whenever someone got too near. Over time she gained some confidence and she became calmer.

She spent a lot of time with her buddy Patch before he moved down to Cat HQ – I think she missed him when he transferred.

But, she was social with the other cats and formed feline friendships with the others.

She still ran whenever she felt you were too close, but she wasn’t as panic-stricken as she once was. And she became a bit of a tease. She would scamper just out of reach and then sit and look right into your eyes as if to say “I could let you pet me if I wanted to.”

I believe that she really was curious to be petted and was working up the courage to let her caregivers lavish her with pets.

Of course I wish that she had known the warm feeling of a human petting her, had experienced elevator butt and the rumble of a purr in her throat in response to those pets.

It saddens me that she did not reach those benchmarks…and yet I know Princess was loved by many both feline and human. And I truly believe that she knew that.