Saturday, February 26, 2011

Furriends Forever

Recently mommy's friend Liza passed away from cancer.  It was a vewy sad time for mommy and me cuz Liza was my friend too.  When she would come to visit us we always did fun and special things togeva.  One day mommy was sitting on da sofa reading a book and I was cuddling right next to her likes I always do.  I asked her how long she was gonna be sad for.  She said she would always be a little sad because she couldn't see her friend but mostly evertime she thought bout Liza she would smile.  She said dat was always gonna happen cuz she has so many fun and happy memories of Liza dat she couldn't helps but smile.

My furriend Tez decided to go for long walk away from his house last week. All his fambly and furriends has been looking for him eva since.  I told mommy dat it made me sad cuz maybe if Tez not come home I might neva see him again.  Mommy asked me to tell her bout all da times Tez and me and our furriends did stuff togeva.  So I started to thinks bout does times.

Likes da time Tez and me and our furriends gots to pull Santa's sleigh at Christmastime.

and da time dat we all went to visit Tez in Ibiza afta Paris Shopping twip for @Petiethecat and @Pandafur Shower.

and da time dat Tez, me and da boyz started da Bad Boyz of Twitter!

and den der was my wedding wif @Tallulahsmom
Of course Tez was a groomsmancat
We all had so much fun!

When I thinks of deese times I find myself smiling and I not feel so bad.

I talked to Tez's mommy bout missing Tez.  She has bin like a mommy to me and Tez's furriends and we loves her and her whole fambly.  She decided to write a special letter to Tez's furriends and wif her purrmission I gots to put it here in my bloggie, so here it is:

My dear, lovely friends,

Well, it is now a week since we last saw Tez, and whilst I realise that this is not too long in comparison to other cats' disappearances, I  feel I owe it to you all to be honest and let you know my true feelings here.

I have had the joy of living with Tez for over sixteen years, and in that time, I have developed a very strong, almost psychic, connection with him.  I have spent a lot of time over these last few days, sitting quietly and “tuning in” to him and I have to tell you that the sense I get is that Tez has chosen this to be his time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  I know that this is upsetting – I'm crying as I write – but in actual fact, the reason that I sense this, is very positive...I get absolutely no sense of Tez being injured, or lost, or trapped, or scared, or in any kind of danger; the only sense I get is one of deep peace and contentment. 

Let's not forget, Tez is 16 years old, which is the equivalent of an 80 year old person.  As most of you know, he had been ill a couple of weeks ago with gastroenteritis which he seemed to recover fully from, but I'm wondering if the stress of going the vets every day (and he hated going in the car), having to be force-fed and all the antibiotics & other meds he had to take actually had a more damaging effect than we realised.  At the end of the day, he wasn't used to it...previous to that, do you know how many times in 16 years we had to take Tez to the vets because he was ill?  Answer...none.  He quite literally was never, ever ill and I don't know about you, but if I get to 80 years old and never ail for anything, then I'll be more than happy.

Please don't think for a minute that we are giving up on Tez.  His dad and I will be out searching and shouting for him for a long, long time yet and I hope and pray that he'll come strutting through the door and prove me wrong here, but the special bond that we have always shared feels to be gently telling me that he knew it was his time to take himself off somewhere peaceful and drift into his forever sleep...and also reassuring me that he's very happy about it. 

The other sense I get is that Tez sees absolutely no reason why this should stop him tweeting.  Lots of anipals tweet from over the Rainbow Bridge, and whilst I am a bit reluctant just yet to add Tez to this wonderful group of furriends...because, obviously, we don't know for sure...I think that the sensible, mature and practical thing to do here, is to acknowledge that Tez has, in fact, been abducted by the most loving, friendly and intelligent aliens (!!).  Tez will be coming back very soon to tweet as himself, but rather than as a “16 year tabby boy etc” he will be “The Intergalactic Cat of Mystery” which, I think we can all agree, suits him to a tee.  More to the point, he will now be playing a stronger role in helping all anipals and their humans whenever they need it – his mission (which is why he was abducted and has been in training for the last week) is to work for the greater good of all animals, the world over.  He will be there to help, support, comfort, heal, problem-solve, trouble-shoot, or simply to lend an ear for anyone at all who needs it.  And, of course, it goes without saying, he will be hanging out with his beloved mousecateer buddies and all his other wonderful furriends, getting drunk with Leo, going to pawties, weddings, nipclub etc etc. 

If anyone is familiar with the Law of Attraction, you'll know that this states that if we want to attract something into our life, then we should act as though we already have it so, who knows, perhaps by stopping seeing Tez as “missing” this might be the very thing that brings him back into our lives – if he is still just wandering about somewhere.  And if not, well, we will still have brought him back, just in a different, better guise, and this should help us in feeling less sad and upset all the time...which Tez would definitely not want.

I do hope that I've expressed myself OK here, and that this makes sense.  TabbyTezTweets lives on in determination to have an even more pawsitive effect on the world and his many furriends.  Words could never express how grateful I am to this amazing Twitter community, and I hope that by becoming more active in helping wherever possible, Tez and I can, in some way, pay it forward.  Bethany and Mishka will be opening their own Twitter account soon, too – so we are all united and happy together again.

If anyone wants to contact me, please do feel free to DM, or mail me at

Sending you all our love,

Jinny & Tez

Tez is my vewy special furriend and I loves him so.  I not exactly sure where he is right now and I thinks, knowing Tez, dat he is planning sum tin vewy special to supwise us wif.  

So I is gonna sit quietly now and thinks more bout how special Tez is to me and my furriends and look forward to when I is gonna see him again.  Tez, yoo is my furriend forever!


  1. This is a beautiful blog Otis! Mom has leaky eyes reading it but you're right-Tez is our special furiend and we will always have our wonderful memories of him no matter what. Tez isn't just my furiend-he's my Tabby brofur so I love him in a very special way. Thanks for the pics, we had so much fun pulling Santa's sleigh didn't we? We'll never say goodbye to him because he'll always be with us in our hearts.
    I love you Tez!

  2. That's such a lovely post, Otis - as I was reading it I was half-crying over Tez, and half-laughing at all the fun he's brought into our lives.

    I'm so glad that wherever Tez is he's going to keep on tweeting, and I'm looking forward to chatting with his sisfurs, Bethany & Mishka, too.

    I so agree with Lily - Tez will always be in our hearts.

    Thinking of him and his family with love and purrayers.

  3. Bootiful bloggie Otis. Well spoken for all of us. Iz haf a hard time writing dis cause iz luv hard & iz sad hard. Wif leaky eyes me & mom finks on da fun too. Iz got to be wif him after da Paris shopping trip bots to see da bootiful house, countryside & swimming in da water wif him on my back. Den rode beside him as a #Pink Angel & at da wedding. Do yea Wez had a great time & wish it could haf been more. But wherever yoo are TeZ iz know uz will always be so close to my heart - & uz mom & dad too. Iz lookin forward to playin wif Bethany & Mishka. Dey won't be shy too long! Wez gonna show dem how to haf fun too. Iz know uz gonna be back wif us from da RB if dats where uz went & my heart also tells me dats why uz left. Anipals like to go to der forever sleep where dey fink it won't hurt der ppls as much & iz understand if dats what uz did, but iz gonna keep a candle burning just in case uz need to find ur way back home. Iz luv yoo TeZ with all my heart & uz be der forever da special kittie yoo are. Luv & hugs to ur family & da fun times will come again! Luv, Duchess xxxxxx

  4. The blog was beautiful. The letter was beautiful. If this isn't proof of special Twitter bonds of love and support, nothing is! Love you guys!

  5. hang in there. Sorry to hear the sadness but at least you have such great memories...

  6. Thanks to you Otis for publishing this great article and to Tez's mom for allowing you to publish the letter. I'm sure everyone who knew Tez will want to read it and should. You did a great tribute to a dear friend.

  7. Thank yoo so much Otis fur writing this bootiful bloggy about our bestest furiend Tez. Mai thoughts of Tez are so hard to put in writing because Iz just not accepted he won't be back. Iz keep tellin MoM when she getz leaky eyes dat he isn't gone...he will always be in our hearts forever. I so thank yoo Otis fur reminding us all about da good times and da vary special furiends we have. DaMouseCateers live on furever! Luv yoo Tez!

  8. What a lovely letter. I would love for him to come home but he is an old kitty and perhaps he has chosen his way OTRB. Whatever he will live on in hearts. Love to his family both human and furry.

  9. This was a very sweet post and a very thoughtful letter from Tez's mom. Whether Tez returns in physical form or not, the fact that this post and letter were even necessary shows that Tez is a legend that will live forever.

  10. This blog and Tez's Mum's letter are so beautifully written it took us 2 or 3 reads to get to the end without crying, in fact we still have leaky eyes. It's so hard to lose someone who was so close to us all on Twitter but Tez Mum was the closest to him and she feels that he is at peace which means that we should be too. It's lovely to have so many memories of him and Otis is a true friend to write this blog . We are now following Tez sisfurs Bethany and Mishka now and look forward to getting to know them. love to Tez family from Keely and family xxx

  11. Oh Otis. i sorry about your mommy and you furrriend Liza. Ty for your post and what you say about Tez. Tez mommy wrote the most beautiful letter, I feel at peace with wot she did say and feel i can really resonates with that, if I was stronger when it was time OTRB, i would has done the same thing. Whether Tez is taking a break or OTRB one thing is sure, he is in all our hearts and that is where he always be no matters what xoxoxox

  12. What a wonderful post Otis, your mom is very wise! We're so sorry for her friend, but it's wonderful to remember all the good times, just like your memories of Tez. The letter from Tez's mom was so sweet. Tez, his family and yours will be in our thoughts and prayers.
    (aka @tildatoo)

  13. Otis, what a beautiful tribute to Tez. We haven't had a chance to know him well but we are so honored to be helping with his tribute pawty on Sunday. We hope that wherever Tez is he is happy. Pawhugs to his family and all his Twitter friends.

    Harley & Maynard

  14. What a wonderful tribute to Tez. I wish I had seen this sooner. It really does make you feel better to think of good times shared with loved ones.

  15. I cried and smiled throughout your posting and with the lovely letter from Tez's mama. Thank you for a wonderful tribute to a dear friend to us all.
    xo Paws to heart - hugs