Monday, March 1, 2010

I would like you to meet Forrest Joseph....

Today I am going to give up my time on this blog and let my kitty brother Forrest talk....Ladies and Gentleman -- Forrest Joseph


Hello, my name is Forrest Joseph. As Remington said I am his kitty brother. So you can get to know me-- I will give you some background. I tend to ramble so please forgive me if this happens....

I am 15 years old. I was born in 1995. I lived with my mom and 4 sisters in a wood pile in West Fargo, ND. We had it pretty rough. There wasn't much food. Mom would go and try to get some from people's trash cans but they would chase her away before she could get enough for all of us. Then one day she was digging away in a garbage can and this lady came outside. Mom looked at her but instead of hollering at mom, the lady went in the house and got a big bowl of food and water and brought it out for mommy. Mom was so happy. This continued for a few days until one day when this lady came outside there sat mom and my four sisters. I was there but I was so scared I hid in the bushes. As you can probably guess the lady was Beth. Each day we got food and fresh water, it was nice. One day her son, Jon, came outside to play with my mommy and sisters and he spotted me. I was still so scared. He is such a kind and gentle soul. Each day he would take time and bring toys out with strings on them so I would play. It took some time but I finally trusted him. You probably want to know how I got my name....well I guess there was some movie out about that time and everyone seemed to think it fit me.  The name of the movie was Forrest Gump.  I never did see the movie but I guess it was a hit. My middle name, Beth said was beautiful like me and it just fit ---so Forrest Joseph it was....Then winter was setting in....Beth said we need to find them homes. So she found mom and my sisters fine homes where they would be safe and loved. She looked at me and said "Sir, I do believe you belong with us". And so it was. I moved into the house and lived with two other brothers named Rafferty and Chandt (they have since left for the Rainbow Bridge many years ago). We all got along very well. Then in 1998 Mike and Beth found another cat that was in trouble. This one was sick and needed a surgery. She was starving, so skinny. They took her to the doctor and she had surgery and was well again. Then she came to live with us and when she walked in the door I knew I was in love. Her name was Keisha. She would become my wife. I loved her with all of my heart. Throughout the years we had so much fun! We were soulmates.  We never had any children, we were just happy with each other. She was a head strong lady but had a big heart. She was, as I called her, my little Angel Girl.  We were happy for so many years....

On January 4th of this year she became sick. I didn't know what to do for her. We tried to take really good care of her, but she was just getting worse. Then in the afternoon of January 6th the doctor came to the house. Beth took my beautiful Angel Girl in her arms and put her on her favorite blanket. I watched from a short distance away -- I had this feeling of panic, but didn't know what to do. I felt completely helpless -- so I just sat watching -- I didn't want to lose her but I didn't want to see her suffer and before you knew it -- she was asleep -- I no longer had my lovely wife. She was not in pain anymore and I was happy for that -- but my heart ached and still does. My Angel Girl was gone.  I miss everything about her -- her beautiful smile everyday, our long conversations of days gone by and laying close to her sleeping.  I no longer have her....I thought we would be together forever and now I am alone.  I tend to cling more to Beth -- because I want to be near someone. It's just not the same.  Remington thought that if he let me do a blog once in awhile it might lift my spirits. So here I am -- and I will give it a try. He is a wonderful fellow. Now I will attempt to write down some of my favorite quotes or stories I have come across over the years. It might not be more than a sentence once in awhile but it gives me something to think about. I hope you will enjoy them....

A little something....by Forrest Joseph

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it....by Mark Twain.

and that's all I have to say about that....

Thank you for your time, you have been very kind and I appreciate it.

35 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Hi Forrest...I'm Madi a good friend of Rem's and Beth. We've heard about you and are so glad to meet you. Oh Sweet Forrest you are such a handsome gentleman with a story that pulls at our heartstrings. What a luck day when your mom took you to Beth's yard. We were indeed sorry to hear about Keisha's sudden sickness in January. We would love to be your friend...if you ask Beth she might even let you take a sniff of my fur...then you would know me by my scent.!!
Madi and Mom

Cocorue said...

hello Forest.....that's a beautiful and happy post with a sad ending for your Keisha.

Beth and Rem are kind souls and you must look after them too as you were meant to be together

have a good week
chikisses
coco

Gus said...

Forrest..we are pleased to meet you, and appreciate the opportunity to read your story. It is a shame you and Keisha never had children, for we know they would be beautiful souls, and a great comfort to you. We have lost many friends to the Bridge this year, so we know she had a warm welcome.

My sweet Miss Snickers is there, tell Keisha to look for her. She is a bootiful WFT who likes Kitties. Probably not too many of those around.

kisses to all
gussie

Frankie Furter said...

Hello Forrest Joseph, I am sooo very much sorry about your dear Keisha going across the Rainbow Bridge. The good news is that she is there waiting for you.
This is a beautiful story. Sad yet full of love. Thank you.
you were very much brave to share it.

Busy Buttons said...

Nice to meet you, Forrest! Sorry to hear about your wife going to RB. My sissy just went there on Dec. 4.

Gloria said...

Oh Forrest, it is so wonderful to meet you! I cried when I read about your Keisha. May you continue to find comfort in your life!

Madi and Mom said...

Rem I can see you stretching and waving your lovely paw all the way down here in NC!!! Very visual post. We were working on the big 8th b-day post over the weekend.
Madi and Mom

RILEY AND STAR said...

Dear Forest Joseph,

We are so happy to meet you and Oh my, mommy is in tears! What a beautiful and touching story. We are so glad that Remington is going to share his blog with you. He IS really a sweetheart isn't he? And his mommy has such a good heart.

We know the loss of Keisha is very hard for you but the memories you have of her are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing them with us!

Luv,
Riley and Your Sweet Little Princess, Star.xxxx!

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We are all so very happy to meet you, Forrest. Your story is beautiful and we do hope that sharing your life a little with us will help you get over your huge loss. When I first came to live with #1 and Tommy, I had a wonderful big brother who loved me and looked after me, and I just adored him. He was only 18 months old when he went to the bridge in January of last year. I miss him still, but guess what? My kits are his half brothers, and so a part of him lives on through them. That makes me happy.

Purrs,
Tama-Chan

Dory and the Mama said...

How very nice to meet you Forrest. Thank you so much for sharing Keisha with us. We can tell you loved her very much and it sounds like you both have been surrounded by love.

Smileys!
Dory

MurphyDog said...

Hi Forrest,

Me & Mom are so sad to hear about your Angel Girl. Its is so hard to say goodbye to those we love, we just had to do it in December when Mom helped Sophie KitTON cross to the Rainbow Bridge after almost 18 years together. It was a sad day, but we know we will see her again in the future.

Keep your spirits up. Angel Girl is happy and healthy again, I'm sure cuddling and purring with Sophie KitTON.

wags, wiggles & slobbers
Murphydog

Ludo van Doggy said...

Hi Forrest, nice to meet you. How very sad about your wife. I doesn't think that that kind of hurt ever goes away, but I think it can get better. I hope it does.
~lickies, Ludo

Twinkietinydog said...

Oh, Forrest, you got us all leaking with your story about Keisha. Twelve years! Wow, you were both so lucky Beth found you. I'm glad your love isn't suffering any more. We will see her again, kk? I am grateful for the proper introduction.
Twinkie

Jacqueline said...

Hello, Forrest, you are a sweetheart!!...A handsome boy with a big heart and soul...We are so sorry to hear about your lovely wife, Keisha going to the bridge=very very sad...We are very glad to meet you and happy to be your friends...Great quote!...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Martha and Bailey said...

Lovely to meet you Forrest Joseph. We were very sorry to hear about Keisha, it is alwasy very sad to lose a loved one.
We very much look forward to hearing more from you now that you have gained access to the blog!
love and kisses
Martha & Bailey xxx

Lucy the Cat said...

This is the sweetest. Forrest, you are such a gentle man. I'm so sorry about Keisha. It was wonderful to meet you and to get to know you. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

Gentle purrs,
Lucy

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Nice to 'meet' woo FJ!

Of khourse, I would really love to MEET woo but fur now, a virtual meeting will have to suffice!

Thanks fur sharing your story - it is furry special!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Sweet Praline said...

Hi Forrest. What a beautiful story. Mom has leaky eyes. Please feel free to come and visit this senior ladycat anytime.

Junior and Orion said...

It is nice to meet you Forrest. We enjoyed readking your story, but we are sad about Keisha's passing. We know you will see her again one day though...and as you said, she is no longer in pain and that is a good thing. We look forward to getting to know you more!

Bruschi said...

Oh how nice to meet you Forrest! Such a wonderful story, thank you for sharing! I know you miss your wife but she is in a better place now. How nice of Remington to let you blog on his page! He sure is a great guy huh?

Hugs and Licks, Bruschi

Ina in Alaska said...

Hello Forrest, it is very nice to meet you and hear your sweet story. We are sorry your Angel Girl had to leave you but we know she will wait for you at the Bridge. Thank you, Remington, for sharing this space with Forrest Joseph! Also we looked at your beautiful moon pictures, they were very nice! xoxo PS our mom said you can come up next year and run like a crazy woman with those silly reindeer!!! Love, Toby, Ginger, Jeter & Halle

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Hi Forrest, it is so nice to meet you! We are very glad you found such a wonderful home to live in, but we are very sad for you that you lost your wonderful love Keisha. But just remember that even though she is not physically there, she is there with you in spirit. We love hearing from you and we hope your spirits were lifted a little by getting to post - and we hope we hear from you again! And let Remington know what a sweetie we think he is for sharing his blog with you!

Sagira said...

Very nice to meet you Forrest. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your love. :(

Give Remi a hug for me!

Teddy Bear said...

Hi Forrest Joseph, it's very nice to meet you. What a beautiful story. I am so sorry to hear about Keisha.:(

Love,
Teddy Bear

Mr Koda MD said...

Forrest. You definately need to watch Forrest Gump!

Koda

mayziegal said...

Hello, Mr. Forrest Joseph. My name is Mayzie and I just started blogging not very long ago. But I have learned that writing about your life and what makes you happy or sad is a very great help. I was very sad to read about your dear Keisha and I hope your heart heals a little bit knowing that there are furends who care.

I hope to meet your brudder Remington in the very soon future.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Two Country Poodles said...

Forrest Joseph you did a fine job of blogging. It was very nice to meet a kitty. We do hope to see you on this blog again.


Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

Suka said...

hey Forrest Joseph,

So furry happy to meet you! Your post was so bittersweet. My eyes were teary reading your story, and I am an Alpha Male dog! I am so sorry for the loss of your Angel Girl Keisha. The photo of the two of you sleeping together speaks volumes of your kindred hearts. At least you know she is at peace over the Rainbow Bridge and you will meet again some day!

Lovely quote!! Thank you! Look forward to reading more from you!

Suka

p.s. Your human Beth is an Angel for saving you and your mommy and sisters in North Dakota!

Dip-Dip and The Bridge said...

Hello Forrest, we love you and thought your story was so sad.
Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot xx

SquirrelQueen said...

Hello dear Forrest, we are very happy to meet you. Thank you for sharing your story with us, both the happy and the sad.

We are so sorry for the loss of your sweet wife, Keisha. My lovely Tasha is also at the Rainbow Bridge to keep her company.

Hugs & Purrs,
Judy and Cindi Lou

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Forrest, it is an honor to meet you. You have an amazing family...so full of tenderness and love and care! I cry at the loss you must feel for your wife but am comforted that she is not in pain and that you have a family that understands what you are feeling. Remington is a terrific brother to share his blog with you and I look forward to reading more of your thoughts. Until then, to quote Khyra's mom, "It is not forever, it is just for now" you and your beautiful partner will be together one day on the other side of the bridge.

Bella the Westie said...

Hello Forrest, I'm very happy to meet you and that you have shared your story with us - I'm sure your little angel is happy where she is and looking out for you.
I love your quote and I look forward to reading more of your posts on Remington's blog.
Love, Bella.

animal lover, quilt lover said...

HI Forrest, glad to meet you. It is very nice of Remington to share his blog with you!! I look forward to your inputs in the future.
Purrs, Happy & Fern

Sam said...

We are sorry to hear about your beautiful life. We think, however, that you have led a very wonderful life!

Sam

The Army of Four said...

Hi Forrest! It's lovely to meet you and to hear your story. You and Keisha looked so loving and happy together - you'll meet again, but hopefully not for a long time. :)
Tail wags,
Storms