Bleu Neal

Brandee wrote the below beautiful article introducing the latest addition to the Neal family household, Bleu Neal.

Hello world! My name is Bleu. I am a 5 week old Striped Tabby. As of this morning, I weigh 1 pound and 4 oz. Mom is making sure I am gaining normally and my stitches are healing properly from my spay surgery. Daddy is spoiling me, and making sure I get plenty of exercise on him and a 7′ kitteh activiteh tree. Oh! And the toys I have. It’s posh!

Two children found my sister, Georgina, and me last week. We were taken to the Silicon Valley Humane Society where they provided us excellent medical care. The next day, this man came in and played with me through the glass. I was lonely because someone adopted my sister earlier that morning.

A man came to see me. He left and came back with a lady. This lady told the man he should visit with me. Turns out she is my new Mom, and he is my new Dad. Mom says she was adopting my sister, Gracie, when she looked up and saw Dad pass by the window with a box in his hand. In case you were wondering, it was me who was in the box. Mom said she cracked up because she knew I was their baby when she saw the look on Daddy’s face as he was playing with me though the glass. He adopted me in less than 10 minutes!

My favorite activity is playing Race Track Daddy. I do the Kentucky Derby up his body, and take the Daytona 500 back down. What a rush! I also do some amazing acrobatics just to add interest. Mom says I am a true Silicon Valley kid because I love Dad’s computer. I’ve caught a mouse like 526 times! It has a fun cord to swing from and everything. And Mom gave me a fire tablet so I can chase ladybugs and butterflies. I… love… that… thing!!

Alright. I’m bored. Gotta go!

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May 6th, 2017

Friends and Family,

Brandee and I know that our beautiful canine son, Jackson, is in mourning over the loss of his wonderful feline sister, Bella, a few days ago. Bella and Jack were such a perfect match. They loved each other so much.

Since Bella left and went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge on 4/27/2017, living in the Neal House has been painful (to be very honest) because we are all missing Bella so much. Brandee, Jack and I loved (and still love; and will forever love our perfect baby), Bella with all our hearts and it really hurts not to have her with us now.

While I can feel my personal pain, and Brandee can express her feelings in words I understand, unfortunately Jack cannot express his feelings in words. All we can try to do is take note of his body language and attitude. Both of which are pitiful recently. He certainly is mourning and missing his sister; without a doubt.

 

JACK’S IN CHARGE

While we know that Jack has always been treated well in the Neal household, Brandee and I have made a commitment to dedicate extra special attention to Jack. We are showering him with compliments and more generous heaps of special loving. He deserves it because he’s always been such a good boy and we know that these past few days have been especially difficult for him without his Sissy around the house.

In fact, this afternoon I took Mr. Jackson Neal on a Saturday afternoon car ride just for the heck of it. I made some excuse to Brandee that I was going to pick up take-out sandwiches for dinner at a local shop but, the truth of the matter is that, I just wanted to spend some time with my most best son ever, Jackson VonHeffington (which is our affectionate name for him). He was so excited to get in the car for the ride. I rolled down all the windows, opened the sun roof, cranked the music and then we headed out on our journey. He stuck his snout out of the right window first, then the left window next and then alternating left-and-right windows for the rest of the trip. It was so much fun Daddy and Son time! I think he really enjoyed himself.

So, it’s Jack’s World and he’s in charge know matter what. We will spoil him rotten and this is just how it’s going to be.

 

JACK’S FELINE LOVE

Mr. Jackson VonHeffinington Neal has always been the epitome of a perfect son to Brandee and I.  We could not ever imagine having such a perfectly handsome dude and we are so grateful for him. An exceptionally wonderful character-trait of Jack is his instinctive care for cats. It’s a strange behavior for a large dog, typically, and maybe I think that living his whole life with Bella gave him perspective that the feline species wasn’t all that bad. In fact, Brandee and I know for a fact that Jack and Bella were the best of friends. They were, and will be, the best brother and sister combination, eventually, at Rainbow Bridge forever!

Jack and Bella shared so many wonderful memories together that are absolutely beautiful. He misses his sister immensely but I’m sure that he has some comfort knowing that her broken body is now pain-free and she is frolicking and playing among great family and friends waiting for him at Rainbow Bridge.

When each of our time comes (and it’s God’s will), one thing that I will seriously look forward to is having Jack and Bella reunited as Bubby and Sissy – like it should be forever and eternity.

 

Love,

Kevin

Jack and Bella sleeping together, April 2017

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14 years of Bella Summers

May 4th, 2017

Dear my sweetest forever daughter, little-itty-baby Bella,

It’s not even been a week since you became pain-free and went to Pet Heaven at Rainbow Bridge, however, it feels like you’ve been away for infinity. Brandee, Jack and I miss you to pieces, selfishly, yet we are at-ease knowing that you are in such a wonderful place among so many long-lost family and friends.

I have some updates that I wanted to share with you.

 

BELLAS BIRDS

First of all, that crazy bird that comes back every year at this time has returned.  You know, the one that chirps incessantly starting at something like 3am every morning? Yep, it’s THAT one!  As you know I think the reality of the situation is that this is likely either a mating call or that this is a mommy that has just laid some eggs. Because for some miracle after a few months we not only hear this one mommy-chirp, yet rather a whole choirs of little baby-chirps indicating a nest full of tiny birdies.

You see my best orange-fluff ball, I consider these morning times listening to that bird chirp like crazy, and the resulting babies, as “Bella’s Birds” because that is an absolutely beautiful memory of your wonderful spirit. You know; like the morning times when we would always go to the backyard together and pray to the sky of peace and happiness for everyone for every morning.

 

JACKS MESSAGE

Honey baby furr-ball-essence, as much as I would like to report that your brother is handling your trip to Rainbow Bridge well, I simply cannot in good conscience. While he is certainly at ease to know that you are pain-free and in such a beautiful place among so many friends and family, the fact of the matter is that he badly misses your physical presence; as do Mommy and Daddy.

Brandee and I are trying to make an extra effort to give bubby more attention but he just seems kinda lethargic overall. I think this is a feeling that not only Jackson, but also Brandee and I are going through this past week where we are simply ‘going thru the motions’. You have been such a positive influence, and central theme, of our family for nearly the past 15 years that Neal Casa is simply empty of energy right now, to be very honest.

Jack wants to send you a message (and please forgive any loss in translation as I’m not fluent in dog-to-English translation).

Hey Sissy!!! Miss you a ton!!! *bark, bark*. Summer time is coming and at least this year you get to avoid your annual shave from the parental units. *bark, bark*

I’m really sad right now without you simply because you are such a great sister and I miss seeing you each day. The house is lonely. The most important thing is your comfort though. Enjoy your time at Rainbow Bridge until we meet again. Daddy will deliver this letter to you in Pet Heaven so that you can get updates on the crazy chirping-birds and other crazy activities here.

Love ya bunches,

Bubby *bark*

 

BELLA SUMMER SHAVE

Ohhhhh furry-mop of BellaRinga! I peeked-in on bub’s message to you and saw the part about you getting to avoid your annual summer shave. Hopefully you realize that Mommy and Daddy only did this for your personal comfort. Although I have to admit that you always did look so beautifully perfect regardless after your summer-shave after your Summer Shave is did take nearly 5 pounds off of your appearance. Most people would do nearly anything to look as you did, girlfriend!

 

Overall, and speaking very personally, the absence of your physical presence is most painful for us in the house right now. This is YOUR house and it simply does not feel right without you here. We will be fine in the long run I’m sure and we will move forward, but it will be done in your honor and spirit. Just like the mystery of Misty has a legacy in her own right; you certainly have established an everlasting legacy of Baby-Furr. It’s the most perfect of legacies and I promise to uphold and share your story forever.

 

Love your perfect purr’s forever,

Daddy

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Considering a Jack companion

May 1st, 2017

Hey Honey Baby-Bella,

We miss you so much that you can’t believe it. The house is so empty without you.

We want to share some updates with you while you wait for us and play at Rainbow Bridge with all our beloved friends and family.

First of all, Jack says he misses his sister tremendously. I actually had to translate into English because his exact words were something like “ruff, ruff, woof, bark, woof, ruff”. He’s continually searching the house for you, but he obviously comes up empty in his search. It’s sad; frankly. Brandee and I are giving him extra-special attention because he deserves it and he’s being as strong as can be expected. We can tell from the look in his eyes, his body behavior and his overall attitude that he deserves a sibling.

Considering a sibling for Jack is in no way ever meant as an intention to replace you; that is never, ever possible in a trillion years. Rather, as Brandee and I have discussed ad nauseam, a sincere effort to enhance Jack’s quality of life. Also, as you certainly can appreciate, our families love for animals is tremendous. If we can help one other animal to have a better life then we want to do this in all sincerity.

Brandee, Jack and I have been so antsy here without you that it’s unbelievable and we want to focus this energy on doing some good. Therefore, we think adoption of a brother or sister for Jackson is the right thing. No way are we going to rush into any unnatural or unconformable adoption because the correct-match must feel right for all of us.

This all said, we have been to two animal shelters on Sunday and today at PetSmart to see who is available for adoption. Brandee and I are very open-minded as to whether Jack would like a feline or canine sibling and we are still 50/50 on the decision. We simply aren’t sure right now. One decision that we did discover was that it’s clear that he needs a younger sibling that he can play with like he did with you. You two were such a great brother/sister duo. I’ve been busy watching videos and reviewing photos of you two playing together and it’s truly heartwarming in this difficult time. Thanks for being such a purr-fect daughter!

As a quick side note I would like to share this quick mention about Brandee’s beautiful character. A result of visiting the animal shelters the past few days is that she had the great fortune to personally meet and get to know a bit of the background stories for several of the animals. Her compassion for wanting to help these animals to get rescued has resulted in her activism. Now she is sharing her experience with these shelter animals (named QUEEN and ROXY, in this particular case) on social media to share awareness in the hopes that someone will consider adoption. I think it’s absolutely wonderful and I’m sure you would agree Baaaabbbbyyyyy-Furr!

Oh, Bella, this is a very major decision for us because if we do adopt then we are fully committed. There are so many considerations, and almost guilt, even considering this so close to your journey to Rainbow Bridge. Please help guide us to make the proper decision whatever it may be.

We love you to forever and back again!!!

 

Love your forever family,

Kevin, Brandee and Jack

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April 30th, 2017

To: Big Sis in pet heaven at Rainbow Bridge

From: Your Bro

 

Hey Bella,

Disclaimer: This is your Mommy and Daddy writing on behalf of your younger brother, Jackson.

Ya see, I’m not so good on working the computer keyboard because I have paws and not human fingers, just like you, my beautiful sister. I’m sure you can relate even though you are feline and I’m canine, it’s certainly a RUFF situation. Get it, did you like my joke? Are you going to DOG me about it?

Hey sis, in all seriousness, I miss you so much but I have great comfort to know that you are comfortable in our ultimate together-forever heaven waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge. Sissy, you and I had been together for 9 years, if you can believe it or not. We have spent nearly every night together as brother and sister since the day Mommy and Daddy brought me home to live with you 9 years ago.

I wanted to share a few memories with you and ask a few questions while I’m at it.  Why is it that many times you would stand-guard between me and the doorway that would not allow me in the house? You know….like those times you would sit right smack in the middle of the doorway and I would have to wait outside and whimper until Mommy and Daddy would come save me from your terror. Were you trying to keep all of Mom and Dad’s affection for yourself? That was kinda rude Big Sis, but it was funny nonetheless. I hope you are nicer to me at Rainbow Bridge. 😊

Sis, it’s been very different in the house with Mommy and Daddy the past few days without you being here with us. We all so much enjoyed our time with you that we were in certain routines. For example, those times that you would come and rub whiskers with me was very precious moments that I pretended to be afraid, however, and in reality, I truly enjoyed.

Mom, Dad and I have simple Bella-routine items that give us great joy, yet also elicit extreme sadness that you are not here with us now. I’m still in the habit of sniffing around the house looking for wherever you might have hunkered-down but I can never find you anymore, it’s just habit. It’s also just habit that Mom and Dad continually look over to our couch, or your food bowl as if you are still there. It’s very sad actually and we all miss your physical presence immensely.

Sis, I want you to know that I also sincerely appreciate your mature mentorship as an older sister to teach me great values in the life of a pet. Such qualities as always control Mommy and Daddy’s emotions, or pets always eat on-time or play with me when only I want to on my schedule. Big Sissy, you and I had these humanoids trained like nobody’s business! We deserve a high four-pawed/and one dewclaw for that! Never once did they catch on to our language of ‘Bark this’ and ‘Meow that’. These animal code words worked for our effective communication smoothly and kept the parental units oblivious to our true intentions of driving them crazy with their desire to know what we were bark/meow-ing about. Shall we enlighten them finally at Rainbow Bridge?

The crazy human parents also used crazy names for both of us which I never completely understood such as “Jackson VonMunster”, “BellaRingMoskaDoody”, “Bella-A-Jackson” or even “Jack-A-Ringa”. What gives with these Mommy and Daddy-type people??? However strange they might be, I know that Brandee and Kevin always had our best interest, care and love as their top priority. They never spared any time, resource or expense to take care of us and I’m sure you are as grateful of them to be our parents as I am.

I will write you as often as I can with updates and, again, save a nice place for the three of us at Rainbow Bridge. Until then, please enjoy your pain-free, youthful energy revitalization among so many great friends and family until we meet again and cross Rainbow Bridge together.

 

Love,

Your loving Brother, Jackson

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