Wednesday, August 09, 2006

THE END OF THE LINE


Frank the Cat, AKA X-Ray Frank, AKA The Barrel, was mercifully released this morning from a plethora of misery-inducing health problems including old age, kidney failure, diabetes, arthritis, skin cancer and resultant surgery, and obesity. He was about 16. As a young cat he had a bland but agreeable personality and performed several ingratiating tricks, such as pulling himself along a rug using only his front paws. He also had an uncanny ability to wink just when the moment was most appropriate. It is our hope that his journey across the universe will land him in a happier situation than he found here. Sic transit gloria mundi; goodbye, old fellow; we enjoyed your company.

29 Comments:

Blogger Tom Dougherty said...

Part of the farm now, poor buddy. RIP, Francis Albert.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Patti said...

Awww. I'm sorry.

2:17 PM  
Blogger JJ said...

I'm very sorry, Jim.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Armless Octopus said...

Lucky bastard.

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

My condolences. Sounds like he had a fine time with you over the years.

6:13 PM  
Anonymous seanosaurus said...

Dear assorted Woodrings:That cat and many others before him have done this countless times before.However,someone else may end up with him next time.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Tom Dougherty said...

Seanosaurus, that's a very warm sentiment.

10:37 PM  
Blogger donliebre said...

Ese gato era Frank? debo decir que me declaro en absoluto luto desde ahora.


sniff

My condolences

10:43 PM  
Blogger Michael H. said...

Sorry for the loss, Mr. Woodring.

Cats have always been intertwined with the Jimland lore, going back (as far as I can recall) to Rammy and Big Red.

I commend you for making your cats your muses, but did you have to photograph the thing? Ech. "Grim Jim", indeed!

12:29 AM  
Blogger Stereotopffer said...

Very sorry

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ew, yeah, you didn't tell me you'd photographed the poor little skate. Well, well. I wish I'd met him in life, he sounds like a lot of fun, sideways meow and all.
--MC

8:22 AM  
Blogger Jack Ruttan said...

Condolences.

9:09 AM  
Blogger rubas said...

farewell barrel, my wifes cat... 14 years and going on the same conditions.

10:47 AM  
Blogger Rodrigo said...

godspeed frank.


R.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Em said...

I take it that was number 9....

8:54 AM  
Blogger Enjah said...

When my dear dog Rosie died last year she left quite a hole in my life. You have my deepest sympathy.

7:41 AM  
Blogger alien said...

My cat passed away a few months ago. know what it's like. All the best.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry to hear about the cat, Jim. the fella sounded well appreciated by you, and i'm sure he knows it!

11:53 PM  
Blogger selector said...

cats do have a knack of winking at the right moments don't they? you have my condolences

9:55 AM  
Blogger cloun9 said...

celebrate! for his life is a thread in the ubdeniable tapestry of life!

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Louis Rich pageant.

--MC

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like he had it coming. He's hell's promblem now.

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Om Mane Pedme Hum....may Frank be born again in a higher life.

Time for a new cat. He's out there...I can just feel it.

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Dalton said...

Alas, RIP Frank. I'll always remember the sleeping cat in the kitchen on New Year's Eve.

1:35 PM  
Blogger slave0 said...

Ziggy Stardust is 19 and has similar health issues. I spent years being angry at her for pissing on the furniture, now I want to cry every time I look at the cancerous lesion on her face. We all chose this path, right? When I put her down, a part of me will most defintely die. Warm thoughts to you and Frank.

2:18 PM  
Anonymous don said...

At least Big Red will have someone to play with now, other than sissy cats with bells on their collars.

Wishes for a quick journey to the cat-nip field in the sky.

11:49 AM  
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Anonymous Mychael Margott said...

The fella sounded well appreciated by you, and i'm sure he knows it!

1:13 AM  

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