There are absolutely no words that adequately express the depths of my heartache right now. I know many of you have been anxiously awaiting a post about Stella (renamed Bella) and Venus’ transport that occurred back in April. You may recall that Bella was an owner surrender (along with her babies) to a shelter in Miami, FL. When she tested positive for FelV, Bernie pulled her ASAP. Her “sister” (not litter mates), Venus, had already been adopted out, but when her new mom had her tested for FelV and the results were positive, Bernie took her back without hesitation. (Her new family had other furkids that did not have the virus, so Venus couldn’t stay). Thankfully Susie and Dennis, who were in the process of getting the transport set up for Bella, agreed to take Venus too. The URRKN train was set into motion and the girls were on their way to Connecticut and their awesome new home. You may not know it but Dennis and Susie are angels here on Earth – they open their hearts and home to all sorts of “special needs” kitties.
The girls made it to their new home and settled in right away. Sadly, Venus’ illness got the best of her and she crossed the Rainbow Bridge on May 7th. Now, nearly a month later on June 5th, Bella has joined her. Susie let us know that “Dennis buried her in our “garden of love”, right next to Venus, and all our fur-babies that were in our lives, some, a good long time, others, way too short but were loved equally as the others.”
As you can imagine, all of our hearts at URRKN are breaking for Susie, Dennis and Bernie. Bernie gave these girls his heart (which we all know is HUGE) and then gave them their best chance at a happy life with Susie and Dennis. It takes a special kind of person to open their heart to a kitty that may or may not have a long, healthy life. These three amazing people made sure that these two little girls had the very best of everything for their short times in their Earthly bodies. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention all the conductors who had a hand in making sure these babies got safely from Florida to Connecticut ( Beth, Beverly, Celeste, Stephanie, Cherie, Jez and Shannon, Noni, Ricki, Di, and Kelly Ann). These amazing volunteers (like all the URRKN volunteers) selflessly donated their time (and gas money) to make sure that Bella and Venus would continue to know the limitless love of a furever family.
Susie had mentioned that she hopes that we can all celebrate the girls’ lives, rather than mourning their loss. I know that, personally, I am finding some comfort in knowing that Bella and Venus knew love. They knew what it was like to be a part of a family. Not just Susie and Dennis’ family, but the entire URRKN family. They were lavished with tenderness and love from Bernie before they left Florida and they lived their final days showered with love and light as part of Susie and Dennis’ family. As with all of the babies who cross the Rainbow Bridge, I believe that Bella and Venus are now running free – with no sickness and no pain. They are chasing butterflies and soaking up the beautiful sun’s rays. They are playing with each other; and with Kathy, Jack, Wyatt, Juliet and all of our own babies who have gone on before us. And they are waiting….waiting until that day when we will meet them again.
I wanted to share these two pictures – from transport day -of both girls with Bernie. You can see by the smile on his face, and the light in his eyes, just how much he loved these little girls.
And here is one of Venus at home with Dennis – I can almost *feel* the love through my laptop screen.
Because I continue to struggle to find the right words to pay tribute to these sweet, beautiful girls, I will simply leave you with this: