In Memory of Dexter

December 25, 2001, June 23, 2008
aka: Tiger Baby and Big Paws O’Malley

He had us at meow!

Dexter was a beautiful little kitten; the first time we saw him he took our breath away. We were standing in Robin’s yard in North Carolina. Dexter walked up to us and then promptly rolled over to show us how pretty his belly was. When we found out he didn’t have a family of his own, we knew he would be going back to Georgia with us.

In 2003 we moved to Virginia and lived in a farm house in the country. He LOVED it there! Each afternoon we would all go outside where Dexter, Teaka and Bogey would roll around in the grass, chase butterflies and sometimes mice. He was such a good hunter! He loved to bring us the treasures he found, i… little field mice that somehow made it into the house. He was generous and let Bogey play with them, too. There were a couple nights when we thanked him, then had to trap the mouse and put it back outside. Dexter was so adaptable, even after moving back to Georgia in 2006 he was content with the screened porch that he could go out on each day. No mice to hunt but lots of sunshine and fresh air.

Dexter was such a sweet, gentle, loving, happy and patient cat. He always walked with his tail he’d high and loved for you to pull — it when he walked by. He loved being with people and he also loved his brothers and sister, Teaka, Bogey, Duncan and Tessa. The night before Bogey passed away, (June 2005; we hate Mondays in June) Dexter slept on the floor in front of the pallet Bogey was sleeping on. He was also right by our side when Bogey died, trying to comfort us.

He had always been healthy but recently had a couple of urinary tract infections that he couldn’t seem to shake. We never dreamed we would lose him so soon. Dexter passed away at the vet while being sedated for treatment of a urinary blockage. His death was so unexpected and we still can’t quite believe he is gone.

We miss him and his sweet little kitty kisses — so much and always will.

Renee, Grace, Michael, Teaka, Tessa and Duncan

We Only Wanted You
They say memories are golden, well maybe that is true.
We never wanted memories, we only wanted you.
A million times we needed you, a million times we cried.
If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died.
In life we loved you dearly; in death we love you still.
In our hearts you hold a place no one could ever fill.
If tears could build a stairway and heartache make a lane,
we’d walk the path to heaven and bring you back again.
Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

—Author Unknown