December 18, 2013

A Few Words From the 'Rents - New Beginnings

Get a beverage of your choice, this is a long one...
Me at the HSoAC circa 2012- my home away from home and my heart. I'm lovin' on Meowser, he got adopted into a great home after a year at the shelter.
The first photo I took of our home in O Hi O to share with hubby back in Kansas City.
Our last day in Kansas City - July 2007, you can read all about that day here.

So many things have happened over the last few months, but the most significant change is that we have decided to follow our hearts and move back to Kansas City Missouri! O Hi O has been a great experience, many happy memories and some sad ones as well, but the time is right to start again in the land of BBQ, great activities, great people and Wayside Waifs!
The Hardest Part of Leaving? Right Here...

I have been honored to be a part of this great organization for the last two and a half years. It's going to break my heart to say good-bye when I walk out of the doors for the last time. If you ever want to see the meaning of dedication in action, spend a day there with the staff and volunteers. It will blow you away. They live the mission every day, and the animals that find their way into the shelter are treated with love and respect. If you have to be a shelter animal, this is where you want to be waiting for your forever home!

So, looking back, what's happened with us over the last seven years?
Here's the happy stuff - 

The reason we moved, my job at this great hospital. 

Ricky-Tiki Tavi - the first photo of him, he literally just showed up on our front porch.

He may be deaf, but that doesn't slow him down or make him any less a gorgeous house panther!

Fletcher - the first photo of him with his very happy Dad.

A few months later - Kharma Kitty. Helping fill a Parker sized hole in our hearts.

Lookit' that face! She is so awesome and loving. We know Parker Pie had a paw in this choice!

Christmas in the big house is always a treat. Parker loved the tree!

It was a joy living here!

The warmer weather was a joy as well.

Not everything was happy in our lives - we suffered some great losses. Heartbreaking ones.
We lost our beloved Parker on May 24th, 2012. It's a loss that still stings.

World famous for her smoochies, she left a hole in our hearts. 

A year later, Diamond Doggie decided to join Parker at the Bridge. Another devastating loss so soon after Parker. He was such a good dog and loved us unconditionally for over 11 years. 
Who was a good boy? You were Diamond.

May 1st, 2002 - May 31st, 2013. Always faithful, forever loved.

 But this guy needed a home.

And he fits in perfectly!


So my friends, we begin another chapter in our lives. Back to a familiar city, back to friends and family that we have missed very much. 2014 will be a year of changes, Hopefully more good ones than bad. We'll celebrate one last holiday here in O Hi O then strike out with our furry family to KC. Please wish us luck. We'll still be here on the "internets" - just a little further west.

I have one favor to ask of you. If you can find it in your heart to send a small donation to our little shelter here in Ohio, please click here and donate. Please tell them it's for helping Fletcher and Kharma find their forever homes with Parker's family. They really need the help - and remember - it's good Kharma!

Smoochies from all of us - The 'rents, Puff, Powder, Rudy, Ricky-Tiki-Tavi, Fletcher and Kharma.

And, Puff, Powder and Rudy want you to know that they are all doing fine and look forward to going back to KC and show the new kids the ropes out there.




Yup - we do!

53 comments:

Random Felines said...

Safe journeys and a Merry Christmas. I was hoping to get up there one day to meet you all.... maybe someday in KC. :)

The Misadventures Of Me said...

Yes, those are lots of changes and some we cried with you on. May the move and new opportunities be all you hope for.

Purrs and headbutts

Toot kinda sorta stole Smooches for all her fans (if you don't mind, Parker?)

The Florida Furkids said...

We're purring for a safe and easy move. We've been with you through the happy and the sad and we hope that 2014 is overloaded with happy.

Our Daddy is from Kansas City and they are going back in April for his class reunion....maybe Flat Raz could come for a meet up?

The Florida Furkids

Zippy, Sadie, Speedy and M'Gee said...

Although moving is a PITA, going home is always good. And no matter where you go you'll always have frens on da innernets!

The Island Cats said...

We wish you all the best in your move west. We hope for nothing but happiness for all of you in the future. Happy Holidays!

Wally, Ernie, Zoey and the mom Sue
oxoxox

Sweet Purrfections said...

we hope the move goes well and that you'll enjoy your time back in Kansas City.

Barb and the Gs said...

Wishing you all a smooth transition and a very Merry Christmas. I'm yearning to move back to Florida... we shall see...

Smoochies from me and the Gs. xoxo

William said...

I remember when you all moved to O Hi O! We know you will pack your best memories to take with you on your return home.

Laila and Minchie said...

Best of luck to you as you move back home. KC is also home for our mom and misses it so much.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We remember we met you around the time you moved. Good luck with the move back! And we are glad the two "new" kids have settled in so well that we need to use quotation marks around new!

Flynn said...

Wishing you good fortune and much happiness in your new home.

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

Safe travels! Moving is always an adventure, but it sounds like you'll be welcomed back with open arms when you arrive at the end of the journey.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Holidays and safe travels we look forward to reading about you in your new home.

Sparkle the Designer Cat said...

I am happy and sad for you - I know how much you will miss The Humane Society of Allen County and your beautiful home, but excited you will be part of the Wayside Waifs team, where we have friends who volunteer! Have a safe move and I hope to see reports here on how everyone settles in.

The Meezers or Billy said...

HOORAY!! We are so happy you are going "home"! Happy Hollydays and safe travels!

Brian said...

Please be safe in your move and hugs to you all from all of us.

Meg & Quill said...

We wish you every happiness in your new home! It can't be an easy decision but we know it will all work out just right. Safe travels and we can't wait to see you when you get settled.

The Cat Guy said...

It's fun to see behind the curtain, thanks for the peak. Have a Merry Christmas and may the moving bit go swiftly!

ANGEL ABBY said...

You take all those memories with you back to KC. Safe travels and best of luck in all you do. Merry Christmas.

Mariodacat said...

Safe travels friends. We hope the move is successful and the new environment brings lots of joy and happiness to you and your family.

Georgia and Julie said...

We remember your move to O Hi O too.
We remember all the fun and the sad times too.
We will be purring mighty hard for you all to have a safe journey home.
Pack up the good times and get ready to have more good times!
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure,Tiger and JJ

Cory said...

purrrrrr

We met you after you moved to O-hi-O so didn't know you were from Kansas City. We will purr for a safe and uneventful move for you and we look forward to more adventures ahead in 2014.

xoxo Cory and family

Prancer Pie said...

Good luck on the next chapter of your lives! We know Missouri will be better with you in it!

Pee Ess - we hopes you get moved before the carpy winter weathers.
XOXO

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

What a lovely, heartfelt post and we will watch as you settle back into KC again and be happurry fur U!

Angel and Kirby said...

Moving is never an easy choice, but you must follow your heart. God Speed and we hope to see more of you!

Poppy Q said...

We loved your update. Good luck with the move and we wish your lovely family a very merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Love
Julie and Poppy Q
xxx

ooonaughtykitty said...

Happy Trails. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! I hope we hear from you when you're settled in Kansas City. :)

Best,
Cate

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

Awesome Holiday Wishes, and you have a safe trip to KC. Mommy grew up just north of there, so she says please drive safe in the ice storms they get every year.
QUINN

Tinker and Tom said...

Our hearts lead and we follow, don't we? The best of luck and all good things to you as you head back to KC and friends. Hope 2014 is extra special to you all. xx

Hugs ~ Mom Julie, Tinker, Anastasia, Chopin and Angel Tom

KitKat said...

Thank you for the update. We have followed your blog since Kansas City and have lived through your happiness and sadness over the years. I remember when Parker had kittens.
Best of luck with your return to KC. Wishing you and your furry family the best.
Hugs.
Joan, Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady Ryan
P.S. Don't forget to pack Sigfried and Roy!

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

TBT here: No to copy to much, but a great pattern is a great pattern...

There is a time to stay, and a time to move.
There is a time to stand in place, and there is a time to retreat.
There is a time to stick it out, and a time to return to the place you know best.


We unnerstand. WE stay here because it has allus been a good place fer us. But that is not true fer evryone.

Ya suddenly turn a page an a new chapter begins. Nokitty or Bein knows in advance when that will be. Sometimes, ya just suddenly decide life needs a change.

Since we all tend ta stay in one spot until pushed, when yer brain says MOVE, it is usually right.

So we look forward to yer move. It sounds right ta US!

Honey P. Sunshine said...

smoochies!! we did not know yoo has a new kitteh. Hi Roodee!!! Best wishes always

Jans Funny Farm said...

We wish you all the best as you prepare to pick up and move again.

And we wish you all a Merry Christmas too.

meowmeowmans said...

Purrs and prayers for a safe and smooth move, friends. And Merry Christmas!

rainbow said...

Happy Christmas and a safe journey forward to your new adventure ...
Purrs ... Rainbow

Georgia and Julie said...


Thank you for your kind thoughts and purrs
when our Tiger crossed the Bridge.
She was a sweet kitty .
Purrs Georgia and Julie,
Treasure,JJ
and Angels Tiger and Tillie

Karen Jo said...

I hope the move goes well and that we will hear from you soon.

Spyro and the Gang

Cat Street Boyz said...

We wish you well and hope your move brings joy and many new friends.
Dogster and Catster are closing March 3rd so we hope to see you back blogging soon, Huggz to all=^Y^=theCatStreetBoyz, ICE and MOM,Holly

Vanessa Morgan said...

Happy birthday!

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Belated Birthday Ricky!!!!! We hopes everyone is doing OK.

The Florida Furkids said...

Happy (belated) Birthday to ricky! We miss you!!

The Florida Furkids

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Happy Birthday Puff & Powder!!!!! We miss you guys.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Happy Birthday Puff and Powder! We hope you are all enjoying your new home!

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

Happy Birthday Puff and Powder. Hope you are having a fun filled day and letting the humans spoil you even more than they should. Wishing you many more years of birthday fun.

PDX pride said...

Happy purrthdays to Powder and Puff! Hi from all of us!

Honey P. Sunshine said...

rootie tootie fresh and frootie, we miss you

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