GA Rusty addendum, with pic; 24 July: Rusty is home!

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  1. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    7/12 condo

    It is with great sadness, but also with peace of mind that our Fine Big Cat is free of his afflictions, that Edward and I must tell you that Rusty is flying free. I can't write more now, but will later.
    Please wish our boy a good journey to The Bridge, as he begins his new adventure and is reunited with all of his old friends.

    Fly Free, Little Owl, Little Lion, our Fine Big Cat. You are much loved and will always be here with us. :rb_icon:
  2. Jill & Alex (GA)

    Jill & Alex (GA) Senior Member Moderator

    Dec 28, 2009
    (((((((((( Ella and Edward ))))))))))
    Can hardly type through the tears... I'm soooooooooooooooo sorry.

    cat_wings>o Fly free dear Rusty... land softly.
  3. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I'm so sorry. Fly free sweet Rusty. Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  4. LizzieInTexas

    LizzieInTexas Well-Known Member

    Jul 25, 2016
    With tears steaming. Fly free, land softly sweet boy.


  5. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2016
    I'm so sorry it was Rusty's time. You gave him a wonderful life and the best care any kitty could hope for. :bighug::rb_icon:cat_wings>o
  6. Pamela & Amethyst

    Pamela & Amethyst Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2016
  7. Beenie (GA)

    Beenie (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2017
    (((Ella))) I'm so so sorry to read this. You gave Rusty the care that no other could. He is with all our GA furbabies free of all that ails them.

    Fly free sweet Rustycat_wings>o
  8. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2011
    NO NO NO! Oh dang it - NO! HUGS and hugs and hugs Ella and Edward - soar high sweet boy. I can't see to type, must go...back when the tears stop...

  9. Dyana

    Dyana Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    (((((((Ella & Edward)))))) I am so sorry.
    Rusty is such a big part of FDMB. He will always be remembered with so much love.

    Fly Free, beautiful Rusty!

    Big Tears.
  10. Beth 73

    Beth 73 Well-Known Member

    Aug 2, 2016
    Heart broken ...:bighug:❤️
  11. Sherry & Zoe (GA)

    Sherry & Zoe (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    (((Ella and Edward)))

    Fly free Rusty and soft landings.
  12. Phoebe_TiggyGA_NortonGA

    Phoebe_TiggyGA_NortonGA Well-Known Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    ((((((((Ella & Edward))))))))) So sorry for your loss. Rusty was a special and super lovey kitty. Fly free, ~~~Rusty~~~!
  13. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Senior Member Moderator

    Dec 28, 2009
    ((((Ella & Edward))))

    My heart aches with yours. I am so very sorry. I have no doubt that Stu has found Rusty and they are together, along with all of our beloved kitties, waiting at the Bridge.

    "Cats never completely leave you. They side step time, shrug off death - come at the call of memory their beauty undiminished, their touch as gentle, their love perpetual."
  14. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    Oh Ella! I am so very sorry for your loss. Rusty was a very special kitty and will be missed terribly. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  15. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    Oh no, we are so sad. Your sweet boy. He fought the good fight, right along with his beans. The Lagoon will surely miss its Meister. Hugs to you and Edward.
    Liz and Anne
  16. Osha

    Osha Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2016
    (((Ella))) I am so sorry for your loss.

    Fly free sweet Rusty. Please send momma bean a message that you landed softly. :rb_icon:cat_wings>o
  17. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Oh, {{{Ella}}} and {{{Edward}}}

    I am so deeply saddened to learn that it was Rusty's time to cross the bridge. He was an exceptional cat who had a place in the hearts of everyone who ever read his condo. Ella, you were always a true inspiration to me as I struggled with this horrible disease and watched how you cared for Rusty and kept him as happy and comfortable as possible. Hearts are broken all over L & L land today. he will be deeply missed by everyone in this community. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Fly free, Sir Rusty, our dear Lagoon Meisterin. And land Softly. :rb_icon:
  18. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2017
    I am so sorry. :bighug:
  19. Josie & Ripley (GA)

    Josie & Ripley (GA) Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2012
    Oh I’m so sad and sorry, (((Ella and Edward))). Rust was such a sweetie and had an amazing life with you. Sending much love your way. :bighug:

    Fly free, sweet Rusty, and land softly.
  20. Sharon14

    Sharon14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2015
    I’m so very sorry:bighug:
    Fly Free Sweet Rusty:rb_icon:
  21. Mandy & Rex

    Mandy & Rex Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2017
    I'm sorry, but now Rusty is free of pain.
  22. CD and BigMac

    CD and BigMac Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I'm so sorry, Ella and Edward. Rusty always had a special place in my heart as soon as you rescued him. Such a handsome, dignified, and fluffy kitty. The photos and stories you shared were always wonderful. Rusty will be remembered fondly by everyone who saw and read about him. I hope your burden of sadness is lightened by the love he brought to you as well as the joy he brought to those of us who met him online.
    All my best to you both. (((((Ella and Edward))))))
  23. Complick8d

    Complick8d Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Fly free Rusty ♡
  24. Hillary & Maui (GA)

    Hillary & Maui (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Oh Ella I am so sorry to hear about Rusty. He was such a special boy and had so many adventures and now he is going on to new adventures at the bridge. Im sure eith him and Stu together our kitties are going to be eating well and having many a party.

    Fly free sweet Rusty, soar high and wide and land softly.
  25. Photorecon

    Photorecon Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2016
    That is for sure a very sad day. After a 10 years successful fight to overcome diabetes I'm sure
    Rusty will appreciate this well deserve break. I can't imagine how you feel, this thing is linking
    us to our kitties in such a deep manner that losing our friend is a big one. Sadness is all around
    the forum that is for sure.

    Keep in mind the good memories and the certitude that you did a good job during all that
    time. Rusty is now full of kitty friends free of pain and any deficiencies he had been the
    victim of during all these years.

    All positive thoughts to you on this difficult day.

  26. Lisa and Do Lou (GA)

    Lisa and Do Lou (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2010
    Oh I am so so sorry xoxo Fly Free Rusty I know you are running free with Do Lou and all the others at the bridge
  27. Miriam and Putty (GA)

    Miriam and Putty (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    ((((Ella and Edward)))) I am so sorry to hear about Rusty. I always looked forward to hearing stories about Rusty and all of your adventures with him. I am sure Putty and all the kitties will welcome Rusty at the bridge. My heart aches for you.
    Fly free sweet boy. cat_wings>o
  28. Linda and Bear Man

    Linda and Bear Man Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Fly free, my sweet little friend. I will miss you.

    Ella and Edward, my heart is with the two of you today.
  29. sharon and sparky

    sharon and sparky Member

    Dec 29, 2009
    I am so sorry for your loss. Fly Free Rusty>>>>>>><<<<<<<
  30. Sandy and Black Kitty

    Sandy and Black Kitty Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2009
  31. JanetNJ

    JanetNJ Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    So sorry for your loss of your beautiful friend
  32. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

    May 30, 2010
    ((((Ella and Edward))))

    All of the words of condolence that I could offer you would never be enough. You adopted Rusty right after we came on the board in 2010 and I thought then, as now, that he was the luckiest cat in the world. Thank you for sharing him and all his stories. He will forever be the Lagoonmeister. I will always remember all the great parties and how Rusty helped Mannie with Chef duties. Where will the kitties go for hot dogs now? For ice fishing? To gaze at the winter stars? Rusty brought all these adventures to them.

    I’m heartbroken for you both. A True Legend has crossed.

    Gentle journey, sweet will now be among the greatest of kitty friends.
  33. CassAndGordy

    CassAndGordy Well-Known Member

    Sep 23, 2016
    Oh Ella, many hugs to you and Edward. :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Fly free Rusty, land softly:rb_icon::rb_icon:
  34. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2016
    Just seeing this. I am so sorry!! Rusty was a very loved special guy! Prayers for
  35. Bronx's dad (GA)

    Bronx's dad (GA) Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2016

    Can't believe I am reading this, always thought Rusty would outlive us all. He was such a special kitty with a life that was as good as any cat ever with such loving beans to take care of him. This is so sad, words can't describe. Rusty will be missed so much by all of us here in L&L land, never thought this day would come. I am so very sorry.
  36. Rachel & Chyna (GA)

    Rachel & Chyna (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2012
    I'm so sorry you had to say goodbye to your Rusty:(. Many hugs to you, Ella :bighug::bighug::bighug:. He is running and jumping and breathing clear, partying with all the kitties who went before him. Fly free, lagoonmeister Rusty:rb_icon:
  37. Ele & Blackie (GA)

    Ele & Blackie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    (((Ella & Edward))) I am so very sorry for your loss of Rusty. That sweet boy will be missed by many, but your love will carry him across the bridge to join so many cats that have gone before. Sending you prayers of peace and comfort. Fly Free Rusty and Land Softly.
  38. Idjit's mom

    Idjit's mom Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    I am so very sorry to read this, and my heart goes out to you. Peace and comfort, you loved and were loved in return. cat_wings>o
  39. Carol & Murphy

    Carol & Murphy Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2015
    I too am heartbroken to read this, Ella. rest in peace, Big Fine Kitty. I am so sorry :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  40. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Hearts are breaking all around the world today. I am so very sorry it was Rusty's time to cross. All of you have been a true inspiration, and no doubt his legend will live on here in L&LL for a very, very long time. Prayers and our deepest sympathies.....
  41. Tracey&Jones (GA)

    Tracey&Jones (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2016
    I am so sorry for your loss of Rusty. :bighug::bighug::bighug:

    Rusty fly safe to the angels.
  42. Sonia & Leo

    Sonia & Leo Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2018
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your sweet Rusty kitty. cat_wings>o
  43. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

    Jun 16, 2017
    I am so sorry Ella. I burst into tears when I saw the thread title, so it's taken me a bit to be able to comment. I haven't been a part of the L&L Land very long, but Rusty has already taken a piece of my heart. I loved following his adventures, and he threw the best parties. I hope you and your family find peace during this time.

    cat_wings>o Fly free LagoonMeister Rusty and land softly. You were much loved and you will be missed dear boy. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  44. Vicki and Jerry

    Vicki and Jerry Member

    Oct 20, 2015
    I just saw this post. My heart is breaking for you right now Ella. Chef Rusty was so kind to of just graciously fixed Jerry a feast for his OTJ party. He has been a such special one in LL land. What a inspiration the Rusty team has been for all those that need help and were so lucky to have found him and you here. He will be greatly missed by so many. Thoughts are with you and for all the LL members that loved him too. Peace be with you sweet Rusty. :bighug:
  45. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

    rhiannon and shadow (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I just saw this over on facebook and it wouldn't let me post for some reason....

    I'm so sorry that his time has come. Many hugs and prayers for your grieving hearts. I know what a presence he has been in your lives and so many of us outsiders too. He is now with his very large family and friends and waiting until he gets to see you again.
    Fly Free Magnificent Porch Lion.
    We will all miss you so. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  46. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

    Ann & Maggie11 (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    (((Ella and Edward))) It's so hard to fund the words, just chills and tears. So many friends will be waiting there at the Bridge for your beautiful boy. He rallied so many times when you thought it was his time. Lots of comfort vines, hugs and prayers.
  47. Susan&Felix

    Susan&Felix Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    I am so very sorry, Ella and Edward. Knowing he's been frail for quite a while, my mind was prepared for this, but viscerally it's a sickening shock. I can't thank you enough for sharing your lives and interpreting Rusty for us so that we could all know him and love him (and you!). Wishing you comfort and serenity.
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  48. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    OMG....No words....just tears
  49. Nina and KB

    Nina and KB Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I remember Rusty's transport to you. The beginning of his adventures with you.
    You were lucky to have found each other.
    Fly free, dear boy.
  50. Shawna & Davidson (GA)

    Shawna & Davidson (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Oh Ella;
    Davidson, Harley and I are so sorry for your loss of sweet Rusty! Our hearts are broken and sadness has overcome us. You have our comfort at this time and know you will forever have some wonderful memories that last forever. Our thoughts are with you.
  51. Carol in Chicago

    Carol in Chicago Member

    Apr 5, 2017
    Dear Ella and Edward - I am so very sorry it was time for Rusty to leave you. He was loved by so many. His daily presence will be greatly missed. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. With great sadness and sympathy - carol
  52. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Fly Free Rusty.

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    Ella and Edward,

    I am so so sorry to read that it was time for Rusty to make his final journey. I am devastated, tears have been flowing.... As I am sure they are for you too. I wish I could have been more of a presence here on the Board the past year or so, regret that life got in the way of my doing so, as I so wanted to be as supportive of you both, and Rusty, as you were for me and Mannie. I am forever indebted to you for your guidance, and insight. I know that Rusty felt the same. He knew he had the best care givers ever. Take heart Ella, knowing that Rusty knew you were there for him. It is always so hard when it is time for our furbabies to leave us. You and Edward were/are simply the best ever.

    The memories of Rusty are endless... I can remember his transport to your home, how so many people on the board were following his journey. What a happy time it was, for you, for Rusty, and for all those followers. I can remember that as if it were yesterday. Such awesome memories. There so many others as well... The KTSS, the radiators, the snow forts in Rusty's yard, the trips to NYC with all those hot dogs and trips to the parks, The Blue Mannie group, ice fishing, all those adventures at Camp Stu, Rusty's barn, The travels of Rusty, Mannie, Tess and Gracie, and Stu where it all began. I can so fondly remember the Full moon parties, the OTJ parties, the Circles of Remembrance. And of course, Master Chef Rusty. Mannie was so proud to be Stu's successor, and to have Rusty take over for him when he crossed. I can only imagine what a kitchen is operating at the Bridge now, what with master Chefs Stu, Mannie and Rusty, Pastry Chef Tess, and Bartender Master Gracie, and all their amazing sous chefs. I thank you and Rusty for memories that are endless. There are many a day when I think of them with a smile, and miss them fondly.

    I shall never ever forget you Rusty. You were one of a kind. I thank you for so many things, and know that I will never ever forget you. Mannie is without a doubt waiting for your arrival at the Bridge. It is a day he has dreaded, as it comes with some sadness, but welcomes with open paws. He has missed you. Travel safely, land softly. Remember to send your beans a sign that you made it.

    Forever in my heart Rusty.

    "To have loved and then said farewell is better than to have never loved at all.
    For all of the times that you stooped and touched my head, fed me my favorite treat and returned the love that I so unconditionally gave to you.
    For the care that you gave to me so unselfishly.
    For all of these things I am grateful and thankful.
    I ask that you grieve not for the loss but rejoice in the fact that we lived, loved and touched each other's lives.
    My life was fuller because you were there, not as owner, but as my friend. Today, I am as I was in my youth. The grass is always green, butterflies flit among the flowers and the sun shines gently down upon all of God's creatures. I can run, jump and play and do all of the things that I did in my youth. There is no sickness, no aching joints and no regrets and no aging. We await the arrival of our lifelong companions and know that togetherness is forever. You live in our hearts as we do in yours. Companions such as you are very rare and unique. Don't hold the love that you have within yourself.
    Give it to another like me and then I will live forever. For love never really dies,
    and you are loved and missed as surely as we are." (author unknown)

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    For Rusty, so that he may always have grass at his feet, trees to climb, meadows to run in, sun on his back, and rainbows overhead.
  53. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2015
    OM not Rusty. So so sorry. I don't have words. I'm sure he is cooking up some tasty fuds for all his friends that are with him. We will see you at the next full moon party, friend. Be ever so free!
  54. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

    Jun 15, 2015
    Dear Ella and Edward,

    I am at a lost for words to offer to lessen any sadness and pain. I can offer prayers of peace and comfort to you both and send Reiki to Rusty for his journey. His presence will be so missed here and I can only imagine the huge void his absence will be in your world.

    Fly high, land softly Rusty. Your were the best Lagoon Meister ever and the lagoon will never be the same with out you. cat_wings>o
  55. Natalia & Enana

    Natalia & Enana Well-Known Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    Oh Ella, I'm so sorry. It's so hard to let them go and at the same time you rejoice that they are not in pain anymore. «Hugs»
  56. tiffmaxee

    tiffmaxee Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2013
    I’m so very sorry to read this. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  57. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

    Feb 28, 2012
    {{{Ella and Edward}}} Mere words don't do justice to how sorry I am that it was time for Rusty to earn his wings. :bighug::bighug: He (and you) were there for me (and Neko) when I started here. Rusty has been an example for many a kitty on FDMB, indeed a Legend. A very handsome and loving cat to his beans, and much loved by many a person on this board. I shall also try to remember him as the strong and healthy cat he was, and will be once again.

    So many of our GAs will be there to greet him tonight. The skies will be ringing with the sounds of his friends anticipating his arrival. We are mid way between the Full Moons, the sky should be bright with stars tonight to light his way to the Bridge. cat_wings>o

    Watch out Chip Chip, Sir Rusty is once again whole and ready to begin the chase again.
  58. Randi & Max (GA)

    Randi & Max (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    ((((Ella & Edward))))
    I am so saddened to hear that sweet dear Rusty has gone to join too many of his old pals at the Rainbow Bridge. I know he will be welcomed by all, sadly too many to even name.
    My heart breaks with you. The sky will shine brighter tonight having a new angel to look down upon us.
  59. Bron and Sheba (GA)

    Bron and Sheba (GA) Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    Dear ((((Ella and Edward))))
    I can't tell you how very very sad I was to see your post.
    My heart hurts for the pain you are feeling at the moment with the loss of your beautiful Rusty.
    You and Rusty have been here for so long and been such a big part of so many of our lives here on FDMB.
    Rusty will be very much missed by so many of us.
    God speed Rusty and a safe journey to the rainbow bridge where so many of our kitties are waiting for you.:rb_icon:cat_wings>o
    Love and hugs to you and Edward :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  60. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Oh no, I am so very, very sorry, (((Ella and Edward))). My heart is breaking for you. I can't seem to stop crying, and I don't know what to say. You and Rusty have been such a huge part of our lives here at FDMB, and those of us who got to know him will never forget him. Please know that you were the best beans Rusty could ever have had, and that he always knew how much he was loved and cared for.

    Sending peace, strength, and love. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:



    Dear Rusty, our beloved LagoonMeister, Deputy Squallie and I wish you safe travels on your journey to your new life at the Rainbow Bridge, where there are so many other beloved kitties anxiously awaiting you with loving welcome. I know we will see you at the next Circle of Remembrance. :bighug::cat::bighug:
    Fly free, sweet boy, soar high on your new wings and land softly at the Bridge.

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  61. Tiger(GA) and Ruth

    Tiger(GA) and Ruth Well-Known Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    (((((((((Ella & Edward)))))))))))) I am so sorry to read this, my heart breaks for both of you. Rusty touched so many lives......I'm not sure who was the luckier, you and Edward for having such a fine boy, or Rusty for being able to live with the best beans a cat could ever hope for, or all of LL Land, for being fortunate enough to make your acquaintance on this forum. You set the highest example of what being a cat mom and dad should be. I will never ever forget my first months on this forum, your comforting words of encouragement and wisdom shared made all the difference.

    I know that Rusty's legend will live on forever. The only solace for me is that he is now free of the pain and on his journey toward living the good life on the Rainbow Bridge. That's how I will always remember him and I know that my Tiger as well as the other GA's will be looking for him. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  62. rawia

    rawia Member

    Aug 24, 2017
    I am so sorry for your lost, there is no enough words to say.
  63. JL and Chip

    JL and Chip Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Ella, I'm so sorry. There's nothing like the love of a cat to being so many old-timers out of the woodwork.

    I remembers when you adopted Rusty. What a wonderful thing you did stepping up for him. And what a joy it has been to follow along quietly over the ensuing years.

    My thoughts are with you. These furry little guys really do take a chunk of our hearts with them...
  64. Marilyn and Polly

    Marilyn and Polly Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Oh no. Ella and Edward, my heart hurts for you both. And for all of us who have loved your sweet boy all these years. Full moons, food cart hot dogs, ice skating under the moon, chipmunks in the yard, a little green pillow...and beans who loved him so. He will be with us for all our time. Your brave boy. A legacy here. Tears from here.

  65. Sue and Luci

    Sue and Luci Well-Known Member

    Nov 3, 2017
    I'm so very sorry to read this sad news. I've been reading your we knew last week or so that the time was almost near. It's never the right time or a good time to let go of our precious one's. My heart aches for you. Be well Ella and Edward - rest and play peacefully on the other side of the rainbow bridge with the other GA's...mine are there too... :( So sad for you to carry this pain in your heart for him. Wish I could help...but know we are all here sending love and care for you and LagoonMeister Rusty...cat_wings>o
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  66. suki & crystal (GA)

    suki & crystal (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2014
    (((Ella & Edward))) I am so very sad to hear of Rusty's passing, he was truly a grand old gentleman and we all mourn his loss. Gentle journey sweet boy, there will be many friends to greet you at the Bridge.

    Love and hugs
  67. JeffJ

    JeffJ Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2016
    It is testament to your care, that Rusty was with you for so long. He knew a good home and was loved. What a great journey you had with Rusty. And inspiration to FDMB with 8 years of spreadsheets, and 8 years of diabetes treatment.

    Rest in Peace dear Rusty. May you fly freely and land softly at the Bridge. You were loved.cat_wings>o
  68. Christie & Willie (GA)

    Christie & Willie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    We are so incredibly sad to hear that our dear friend, Rusty of Legend, has made his way to the Bridge. When FD brought Willie and I to this wonderful place in 2010, Ella and Edward were so gracious and kind with their advice, wisdom and unfailing support. Rusty was one of those special, special souls that touches all, as witnessed by all the tributes here.

    Herbie, Niblet and I will be lighting our special candle tonight, used only for lighting the final journey of our special friends. I'm sure the gang has Rusty's apron at the ready, the grill is fired up, the meat stacked high, the niptinis flowing and the kitty croquet course ready to go.

    We'll be keeping you close in our hearts over the coming days and weeks as you grieve the loss of your sweet boy. It's always too soon. Take solace in the fact that you gave him the most amazing of lives.

    Fly free and land softly, sweet Rusty. You were loved by many.
  69. HWright

    HWright Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2016
    (((((Ella and Edward))))
    Last night when I read yours that Rusty had gone ahead to meet his now fellow GA’s, all loved by each and all both here in this realm and in the next, in the deep sorrow was reflection of the joy found in a long life well honored, lived and loved.

    That Rusty found you so many years ago is no accident and that your lives together touched so many with your kindness and steadfast companionship and care has been a blessing that lights the way for us all, in this world and the next.

    May the billowing clouds carry Rusty, of the ancient Nordic forests, to the fellowship of friends welcoming him in Chorus and joy. A feast beyond the veil by the entire kitchen krew is surely ongoing (including an extra special surprise dessert by Sootie and with thanks for your kindness to her and us) to celebrate Rusty’s arrival and to thank and honor you, his Beans, for sharing and giving him the gift of a good and loving life.

    Fly high, gallant Rusty, land softly and let your family know you are well....whether in dreams, in earthly seasons of flora and fauna, the breezes of summer air or winter blasts, the fluttering of bees and hummingbirds, all is one and of the universes of being. :rb_icon:

    ❤️Thank you, Ella, Edward and Rusty,

    Sina and Sootie’s Tribe, of the here and now and of the Spirit.❤️

    Last edited: Jul 15, 2018
  70. Deanna & Billie

    Deanna & Billie Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2014
    (((Ella and Edward)))
    My heart is with you, and so are my tears. I remember Rusty being a legend here already when Billie was diagnosed in 2014. We learned a lot from you and Rusty. I always enjoyed reading about his adventures like road trips and deer-watching. And, I always admired your love for him. The kind of cat parent who holds their kitty's bowl while he eats because he likes to eat that way...that's the kind of cat parent I try to be. What a wonderful life he had.
  71. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2010
    Dear Friends,
    Edward and I are overcome by the outpouring of love and sympathy in this, Rusty's GA condo. We can never thank you all enough for being on this journey with us. Rusty is so blessed to have so many friends here in L&LL--kitty friends and bean friends. He was, indeed, for us a miracle--an incredibly wise soul, so loving, so graceful, so fun-loving.

    Last night we went out to look at the stars, which were bright, and picked one that we "knew" to be Rusty's. Today we are somewhat lost. The day seemed so much longer! When you care for feline diabetics for so many years, your life is very much regulated by their insulin and test schedules (Stu became diabetic in 2006; Rusty was already diabetic when he was found wandering the streets of Plymouth MA in 2008; he came to us in November 2010). Although he is at the Bridge with all of his old pals, Rusty's presence is very much here in his home. We see him in all of his favorite places, and last night I found a penny on the floor of my study, just a little way from the bed he sleeps in when he is in my study. The date was 1998. Both Edward and I think this was Rusty's way of telling us the year of his birth. We never knew how old he was, but now we can think of him as 20!

    One of my favorite things about this L&LL Forum is that for all of the time we have been here, it has concentrated not only on diabetes care and other health problems, but on the whole cat and his/her beans. We have had FUN here! The parties, the cookouts, the trips to exotic places on the L&LL Kitty Bus, the Green Lagoon, etc. etc. I know that this wonderful tradition of fun will continue to inspire us all.

    We beans will be away this coming week at Canoe Outing. We were worried about Rusty having to spend long days by himself in his frail condition, but he took this worry away when he made it plain that the time had come for him to journey to the Bridge. I know that his welcome party there was fantastic. Chef Rusty is reunited with his Mentor, Chef Mannie, Chef Mannie's Mentor, Chef Stu, and all the Specialty chefs in the Bridge Kitchen: Head Pastry Chef Tess, Sushi Chef Neko, Bartender Gracie, Dessert Chef Sootie, Cheesecake creator Maggie, Salad Specialists Butthead and Donny, and all the kitties who make up the Bridge Kitchen Krew.

    I think that sometime soon GA Rusty will send a communication to his L&LL kitty friends. And I think I know what that message will be: "Party On!"

    In closing I would like to enclose one of my favorite pictures of Rusty. Soon I will put together a photo gallery of more pictures. Here he is lounging in his favorite porch chair:
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2018
  72. Amanda & Shmee

    Amanda & Shmee Well-Known Member

    Feb 18, 2018
    So sorry to hear this sad news of gorgeous Rusty. In tears at your story about the canoe trip. Many hugs your way.

  73. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    I feel like I found one of my tribes here, that's for sure. And it is an adjustment when a sugar kitty goes ahead, after so much focus every day on their care, to suddenly not have that. It took me several months before I could just leave the house without having a little panic attack that I hadn't checked on Zener. Still miss him terribly, along with all the other kitties from our era. Hugs to you and Edward. We all loved Rusty and know how sad you are.
  74. Linda and Bear Man

    Linda and Bear Man Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    What a wonderful photo. It really captures the depth of his personality. Thank you for posting it and your addendum. I think that the penny is a sign that he is at the Bridge, telling you not to worry about him. I can imagine not only the hole that his leaving has left in your daily routine and your lives, but also a Rusty sized hole in your hearts.

    I have been remembering all of my happy visits with him. He was a cat that filled a room with his personality. He will be so sadly missed. The world is at the same time emptier without him, yet so filled with memories of him.

    I hope that being busy at Canoe Outing will help you both next week, and that all of your many happy memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. You and Edward are in my constant thoughts, as are my memories of your very fine cat.

  75. HWright

    HWright Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2016
  76. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2013
    Fabulous picture of legendary LagoonMeister Rusty :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  77. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2015
    What a beautiful soul. So majestic looking.
  78. Gussie's mom (GA)

    Gussie's mom (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2016
    :bighug::bighug::bighug:Fly free and land softly Rusty:bighug::bighug::bighug:..I know Gussie was there with the LL GA crew to welcome him as he crossed.must have been a heck of a welcome party over there that night:bighug:
    My heart is hurting for the pain I know yours is feeling. Your condo and photo are beautiful Ella. I hope that you are able to find some smiles at the canoe races. When the world upends when one of our kits goes on ahead, nothing seems normal. It’s especially true when you have such a close bond born of the trust and relationship that dancing the sugar dance requires of both kit and caregiver. I loved the penny story you shared:bighug:, being a firm believer that they do stay nearby to make sure we are ok, that made me smile. I still at times feel Gussie nearby, not as often these days but now and then. I still miss him terribly, that new normal is still a bit foreign feeling. So I know that adjusting to Rusty going on ahead will not be easy. I hope that your memories of him will help bring more smiles than tears with time.
    (Why do words always seem so inadequate to express what the heart would like to say at a time like this??:()
    :bighug:Sending love and gentle hugs to you and Edward:bighug:
    Land softly Rusty..
  79. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2012
    I couldn't type much before. Thank you for sharing Rusty with us. He was such a special kitty. He will be greatly missed. Sending more prayers for you and Edward. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
  80. Kako & Tux

    Kako & Tux Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2016
    Oh Rusty.........

    I wasn't visiting FDMB much lately because I've been occupied nursing DH. Tonight I'm having trouble sleeping. I came and am in shock seeing GA.
    I am so sorry.
    I am not good at wording. So I just send a big hug. (((((((((Ella)))))))))

    Chef Rusty, I 'z see you at party. :cat: Tux
  81. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    What a beautiful pic:bighug: and a beautiful beautiful tribute to Rusty, my heart breaks for you guys
    I often wonder what will I do with my time when the bridge time comes, we all spend so much time looking after our babies, I think it makes it thst much worse, our days and nights are consumed with the welfare our beloved cat.
    Know he is a peace and with all his friends:bighug::bighug::bighug:
  82. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2018
  83. Sonia & Leo

    Sonia & Leo Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2018
  84. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

    Ann & Maggie11 (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2010
    That is a beautiful photo of Rusty. I believe, too, the penny was a sign from Rusty letting you know I'm still here and I am okay. I always have a hard time putting into words what i'm feeling. Love you Rusty is always how I ended my posts. Lots of love, hugs and prayers from Katie and me.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
  85. Shelly & Jersey

    Shelly & Jersey Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2014

    I'm so very sorry it was Rusty's time to leave. Thank you for sharing him with us for all of these years.

    Sending love and prayers to you and Edward. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  86. Anne & Zener GA

    Anne & Zener GA Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2011
    Oh my, my heart is breaking for you and Edward. We grieve for each kitty that leaves us as if they are our very own. And here in LL, it sure seems that we are each other's own. I am so sorry to just be reading this. I am in Germany right now and now on line much. I feel so very privileged that Liz and I got to meet him (and you both) in NYC a few years ago. I know our beloved Zener is among all the GA kitties who greeted him. Sending you love as you make the grief journey.


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  87. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2015
    ""Ella"" I am so very sorry.... You are such a wonderful caretaker of your sweet boy.

    Rusty will surely be watching over you. My shop kitty passed a few months ago and I am sure she will be running to greet him at the bridge. My heart aches for you... sending you loads of love and peace:rb_icon:
  88. jayla-n-Drevon

    jayla-n-Drevon Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2015
    this is beautiful...
  89. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    I LOVE that photo of Rusty, it captures so much of what made him Rusty. One fine cat indeed. :cat:

    Thank you for posting the addendum. I think so too on the penny. I like the thought that it was the year of his birth. Love it that you are seeing him everywhere, another sign. It was the same here when Mannie crossed. I can remember finding test strips, a syringe, a script I thought I had lost was on my desk one morning, and a few other odd items unique to him. Keep those signs coming Rusty!

    I hope canoe week will get you through the upcoming week. I know how lost one feels after all the time spent with caring for a diabetic. We all make it work, yet once it is over, the adjustment can be hard. I found I still hurried home at a certain times as that was shot time. To this day i still feed the new tribe here on what was Mannie's schedule. Funny how certain things stay with us. The memories associated with it are wonderful. I will hope it is the same for you. Rusty was such a great kitty!

    I too remember all the fun! The LL&L kitty bus!! I can so remember the day it was created. What an awesome memory. And the green lagoon too. I too hope that tradition will continue. It was such a vital part of caring for the whole cat.

    Rusty, one last final thought for you, and all your pals at the Bridge: PARTY ON!
  90. Ann & Tess GA

    Ann & Tess GA Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Oh Ella! I am so sorry to hear that it was Rusty's time to go to the Bridge. I'm sorry to be so late, I haven't been on FDMB much and not even Facebook for a few weeks. When I have stopped in here it has always been to check up on Rusty. He was one brave and amazing kitteh!

    I know how lost you must feel and I am glad that you have Canoe Week coming up. When Tess left us we too had a big event to occupy out waking hours. Our furbabies are so deeply entwined in our daily routines, a break helps so much to reorient.

    All the old gang are together again at the Bridge and I can imagine the reunion! With all Three Chefs and all the specialty Chefs there now the party may never end!

    Fly Free and Land Softly, Laird Rusty! cat_wings>o:rb_icon: Your whole clan is there to greet you!

    We still have Stu's rosemary bush!
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  91. PussCatPrince - GA

    PussCatPrince - GA Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2017
    So very sad it was Rusty's time to cross Ella. I wish it wasn't so .

    Cheery bye from this world Super Senior Lagoon Meister & Chef Extraordinaire Rusty.

    Keep an eye on your bean Ella for she is brave , straight & true. The best bean a handsome talented Rusty pusscat could ever have wished for.

    Party On.

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  92. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

    Sienne and Gabby (GA) Senior Member Moderator

    Dec 28, 2009
    I am among those who remember Stu and then Rusty's journey from Canada (thank you Linda and Bear Man) to join you. The chronicle of that trip still makes me smile. You met Rusty with an excitement that hasn't changed since he became a part of your family -- and the family here. There is no doubt that Rusty will be missed by many of us -- those who remember his travels from his former home, to your cabin, and to NYC and those who have gotten to know him more recently. He is an intrepid cat with all of the sweetness of an NFC.

    You have been a member of the "best place you never wanted to be" family for a long time. I sincerely hope you will come to visit when you can.
  93. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2014
    What a great photo of a very handsome boy!
    Rusty will be missed.
  94. Doodles & Karen

    Doodles & Karen Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    (((Ella)) my heart hurts for you and Edward. Sir Rusty is such a special boy and will always have a place in my heart as well as so many. Thank you for all the support you've provided to so many here at FDMB and the great parties hosted by your sweet boy. Sending much love, healing and peace for your hearts. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  95. LuvinThisPig

    LuvinThisPig Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2017
    Ella, I am so saddened to hear of this.. I have been away from the board and to come back to learn of Rusty.. :( I have not know you or Rusty as long as some, but the two of you have captured my heart in the short time I have been here. There are never any words to make it right or to take that emptiness away, but Rusty is with you and will always be. These kitties leave marks upon our souls that will never be forgotten and cannot be erased. Rusty was always such a character and brought happiness and smiles to kitties and beans miles away. That is the mark of a special soul. Big hugs and thoughts for you and yours... :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug: Your family is in our thoughts... :bighug::bighug::bighug:
  96. MaineLove

    MaineLove Member

    Jun 26, 2015
    Dear Ella and Edward - Our Beloved Friends may leave Our Arms but They will ALWAYS Remain in Our Hearts. Beautiful picture of Rusty. Prayers for your loss, Hugs, Kathe
  97. Nicole Z

    Nicole Z Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2017
    I’m so sorry to hear this. Fly free sweet boy cat_wings>o
  98. Gussie's mom (GA)

    Gussie's mom (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jun 25, 2016
  99. Jan Radar

    Jan Radar Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2015
    I hope these :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug: help you in some small way to cope with the overwhelming sadness that visits us when we have to say goodbye to our furry loved ones. May you find comfort in the memories of your sweet boy that will always be in your heart.
  100. MyTitan (GA)

    MyTitan (GA) Well-Known Member

    Jul 20, 2017
    Ella and Edward, so sad to learn of your loss, the Supream Lagoonmeister is flying free and partying on ! Peace to you both :bighug:. Ed and Paula.
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