T'Paw - Dec. 7, 1998 to Nov. 14, 2012
In Memoriam:

It is with a very heavy heart that we had to say goodbye to our beloved T’Paw.  She’s the beautiful, grey and black striped tabby that graces many pages of this website.  She was diagnosed with lung cancer and shortly thereafter, her health rapidly declined.  She possessed the gentlest spirit and her passing has been very difficult.  We are however very thankful for the ten years that we had her in our lives. 

I first met her when I was volunteering at a shelter in California.  I was going from kennel to kennel, petting the kitties, and every time I came to her, she would crawl out onto my shoulder.  I knew then that I was completely under her power and that there was no way I was going home without her.  I called my husband, he came and met her and we were an instant family.

I hope everyone can appreciate the joy and love these little creatures bring into our lives and how much we benefit from their unconditional love.  If you can, please adopt a shelter pet.  If you can’t adopt, please donate food, litter, money or your time.  I promise it will be an excellent use of your resources and you will be making the world a better place.

We will always remember her, especially her dainty walk. 

Goodbye my sweet T’Paw.


The Rainbow Bridge
Inspired by a Norse legend

By the edge of a woods, at the foot of a hill,
Is a lush, green meadow where time stands still.
Where the friends of man and woman do run,
When their time on earth is over and done.

For here, between this world and the next,
Is a place where each beloved creature finds rest.
On this golden land, they wait and they play,
Till the Rainbow Bridge they cross over one day.

No more do they suffer, in pain or in sadness,
For here they are whole, their lives filled with gladness.
Their limbs are restored, their health renewed,
Their bodies have healed, with strength imbued.

They romp through the grass, without even a care,
Until one day they start, and sniff at the air.
All ears prick forward, eyes dart front and back,
Then all of a sudden, one breaks from the pack.

For just at that instant, their eyes have met;
Together again, both person and pet.
So they run to each other, these friends from long past,
The time of their parting is over at last.

The sadness they felt while they were apart,
Has turned into joy once more in each heart.
They embrace with a love that will last forever,
And then, side-by-side, they cross over… together.

© 1998 Steve and Diane Bodofsky. All Rights Reserved.