Guest Star: Tribute to Frogger

Hello everyone.

Today’s guest post comes from Andi and is a tribute to Frogger!

The Loss of a Friend: Saying Goodbye to Frogger

Fifteen years ago, I walked into a friend’s house and spotted the tiniest, most beautiful gray-and-white kitten I had ever seen. He was a stray that had been abandoned on a local freeway. My friend’s mom stopped and rescued him—an act of kindness that ended up connecting me to one of the great loves of my life.
20150724_171915Frogger (full name: Frogger Friend) was always meant for me. It was obvious as soon as we met. He crawled up on my chest, purred, and looked right into my eyes. It was love at first sight. My friend told me he was a girl, and I never bothered to check myself, so for the first few months of his life, I went around calling him my “beautiful princess.” I even gave him a pink collar. Imagine my surprise when it was time to get him spayed, and I found out I actually had a little prince.

Once his gender-identity crisis was figured out, he became my boy. We moved through various homes and apartments together, and he was by my side through so much. I have struggled with depression and other serious health problems, and he provided support for me. Always in tune with my emotions, he would come to me when I was upset. Sometimes, something as simple as his paw on my leg would be enough to keep me going another day.

He did so many cute things that brought everyone who knew him joy. Running across the room and leaping into the piles of newspapers on the floor. Going crazy playing with his toys until he became “overwhelmed” and had to hide behind the living room curtains for a few minutes (he did this every time!). Sucking on his paw and making sweet

Frogger had a way of looking into your soul.

little noises as he was falling asleep. Sitting and staring at me, sometimes for hours, as I worked at the computer. I never had another cat that would make unwavering eye contact like that. He loved being near me. I wouldn’t even have to be petting him. I could just turn and look at him, and he would begin purring.

There were gaps in our time together. In my late twenties, I had a difficult decision to make. I felt the intense desire to travel, which meant I would have to leave Frogger behind with my family. I spent five years away from home, experiencing many adventures and learning many lessons. Whenever I came home to visit, his eyes would light up, and he would purr. He never forgot me, even when I was away for over a year.

This last year, I decided to come home to California for good. When I arrived, Frogger was much thinner and weaker than he had been the last time I saw him. I promised him that for the rest of his life, I would be here. I wouldn’t be leaving him again.

We shared many beautiful moments during these last few months. He wasn’t the playful kitten he 20150807_131926once was, but he was still my kitten. After the vet told us there wasn’t any hope, all we could do was take him home and try to make the most of our time with him. As the end grew closer, he didn’t want to leave my side. Days were spent with him curled up beside me as I worked at my computer. Sometimes, he liked to rest his head on my mouse pad. Just to make sure I would remember to pet him. Of course I did.

Today, on February 13th at 2:10 PM, Frogger Friend took his final breath and then crossed over into God’s loving arms. I know he will be waiting for me when it’s my time to pass. Our souls have shared many existences, and we will be together again. I feel blessed to have known him and to continue to know and remember him throughout the rest of my days.

RIP Frogger Friend 2000-2016

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33 thoughts on “Guest Star: Tribute to Frogger

  1. Alena says:

    I know how ya feel Andi…he never ever forgot ya like u’ll never ever forget him…nice writtteeennn,our kitties won’t never ever forget us,can’t tell it about most of people…RIP kiddo and wait for us,we’ll find ya sooner or later… 🙁

  2. Lavinia Ross says:

    What a very beautiful story of a feline friend, Andi. Thank you so much for sharing Frogger with us all. He is not far from you, he is just on the other side of the bridge. You may enjoy this song by Don Conoscenti, “The Other Side”. I think of this song when I think about my old animal friends who have passed on.

  3. Diana says:

    Lost one of my just a few short months ago and she still resides in my heart. I can see her face and see those eyes look into mine as if she was here today.
    So sorry for your loss of your beautiful friend.

  4. Kay @KittyCat_Smile says:

    So beautiful and sad ? I know how hard it is to lose a furriend. I miss my own sweet kitty but know they’re no longer suffering. Sorry for your loss Andy. Sending hugs of comfort.

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