In Memory of Bart

Zoe Marlowe

Istanbul, Turkey

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I learned late this evening that my mum’s old cat “Bart” had died. I was pretty sad and managed to find some images I’d shot of him, you see I was the one who saved Bart from an animal shelter in 2003. I ‘gave’ him to my mum because her beloved Tommy cat had passed away, and I knew she missed him. So one day I was in a pet store in Vacaville, California, and they were having one of those ‘pet adoption’ days where the shelter people come into the store with huge tons of cats for adoption. Well, when I saw this big, cuddly, fluffy cat, I realised how much he looked like a much bigger version of my mum’s cat that had died a while back. Except this cat was HUGE.

Anyway, I adopted the cat, named him Bartholomew James Bond, which we shortened to “Bart” and then after about a month to make sure he was well and happy and all that, I drove him to Las Vegas, Nevada where my mum lives. I was told when I adopted Bart that he was an ‘older cat’ but that didn’t bother me, he was loving and cuddly, sweet, and quiet. Mum loved him. She pampered him and gave him lots of love and treats, and you name it. That cat got the treatment of a king. He also gained a girlfriend in my mum’s other cat Bittie, a little orange and white cat. Bart was the king of the roost, but Bittie loved him anyway. My mum also adopted another stray herself, Tinker, who became Bart’s best friend. They were inseparable up until Bart’s death a couple of days ago. Bart was about 17 years old when he passed…he had a good life for the last few years with my mum, I know that for sure…

So, I just wanted to give Bart a proper send off with this little message about him. God bless you Bart, I hope you are in the part of Heaven reserved for all furry critters.. ;-)

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