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Sunday, November 15, 2020

R.I.P. Sweet Barty Boy

 On October 28, 2020 we had to let our sweet Barty boy go...

Tried hard to comfort him and to keep him healthy, with some more meds from vet Amanda.

He did not eat his wet food with the antibiotics after two days of 'accepting' it being added.

Other meds, I managed but there was no improvement.

I'd stayed with him for a total of two weeks, in the Rose Suite, a kind of a kitty hospice... for letting him have his rest, feeling loved and cared for. Yes, like a baby, feeding him many times little meals.

But on Wednesday, October 28, we had vet Amanda come to our home and inside the Rose Suite, in my arms he went to eternity... peacefully.

I'd carried him outside one final time to meet all of his siblings by adoption and for being one last time inside the gazebo, his favorite spot. 

Then I let him lounge on the lawn, close to the walkway from the driveway towards the Rose Suite.

He was so happy, so at peace and that felt good!

~

Before supper time for his siblings, I placed him inside the kitty bed in the garage so they all knew he was gone... We have done so also with Sacha girl before.

After having our tea and mixed nuts, we went together to the spot behind the greenhouse, for his burial.

That was it. 

Barty Vedder: March 17, 2004 - October 28, 2020

On Thursday afternoon, June 17, 2004 over a cup of tea, we spotted this adorable kitten 'SALEM'... (right) in our local newspaper.
He so resembled my Dutch kitten Bartje...
So next day, after Rotary Club lunch, Pieter went to the Humane Society to look at them, he got to see also NOISY, his sister.
Then we both went back to get SALEM!
It was love at first sight, Barty as we called him instead, did suck on my earlobe while holding him and also on my pinky... 
We took  this 1.4 kg (3 pound) kitten home with us.
I held him and never put him back in his cage. His sister already got adopted, so I've never seen her.
We took him home to our other Spooky boy, who met his baby brother with such love.
He gave him a 'bath' and cuddled him like he was his Mama, and that for a male cat.
June 27, Spooky our tuxedo boy with Barty-baby on the oak hocker with cotton mat, in front of our veranda door.
SO ADORABLE!
On July 08, 2005, Pieter holding our now mature Barty boy...
He had big eyes!
August 11, 2005, me holding Barty
His big eyes could look right into one's soul...
Barty had a few white hair on his chest and also his whiskers on one side were lighter.
Here he is on March 29, 2007 on the wood trail in our garden.
This is so adorable!
Barty holding and comforting his baby brother Bandido on August 13, 2007 after Bandido got neutered...
Like: 'Come here; I know how that feels!'
Seen here is Barty's white pluck of hair on his under belly...
June 30, 2008 shows Barty on top of the oak wall unit in the living room.
He jumped on top, from the backrest of our leather love seat!
Barty was quite an artist in jumping high...
September 12, 2008 Barty in the gazebo, his favorite spot...
Photo taken by Anita, our Foster Daughter from Indonesia, who stayed with us at the time.
She also stayed with us when Barty still was a young kitten and they both loved each other very much!
Barty on his 5th Birthday, March 17 of 2009, in front of the  open window with screen, in our bathroom.
He sure loved that spot, where he could hear and watch the birdies...
August 16, 2011 on the walkway to the Rose Suite with our gazebo in the back.
Just about 20 minutes before his death, I had let him lounge in the grass, exactly in this spot, seen to the right...
Whenever we were in the garden, most of our kittens were following us.
So did Barty on October 7, 2011 when he wanted to show off his climbing skills.
He rushed up into this Crepe Myrtle tree, behind our gazebo.
Here too, you clearly can see his white spot on the underbelly...
October 7, 2011 after Barty jumped down and looking like; did you see this Mami?
Yes, we saw you do this and we also see your white underbelly...
A pensive Barty on August 18, 2012 on the lawn...
Here Barty is in dreamland... underneath the wooden cherubs.
He slept on the European square pillow, which is under our standard pillow.
Photo from July 13, 2012
July 13, 2012 closeup of Barty smiling... He sure was a happy kitten!
March 10, 2013, once again on the wood trail...
Barty lounging in front of our gazebo on April 3, 2014. 
He also loved to lounge on the two side benches or on a chair.
Barty on his Birthday, March 17 of 2015, on the tiny brick patio below the stairs to our veranda.
In the evening, Barty very much was my office kitty!
Here he lounges on my previous office chair on August 24, 2015
Barty was a perfect lap kitty!!!
Barty on February 20, 2016, on top of the retainer wall alongside the driveway.
Lounging inside the gazebo on April 2, 2017...
Barty lounging on top of the guest bed, on one of their kitty blankets.
This was April 5, 2018
This is Barty on May 5, 2020... already a lot skinnier and you clearly can see his white whiskers.
On his final day his weight was 3 kg or 6.6 pound...
This very sweet and gentle boy will be so missed!
He has been my special cat nurse, see post below: Angels Birthdays & Fortunes.
No doubt they do have a great sense for feeling someone's well being!
He could literally put his 'arms' around my neck, so comforting... Will sure miss that but we both are grateful for having had him this long. 
He was like a special black angel; almost hard to believe that he was a kitty!
Those that never have had such a special pet, probably can't understand, but those that do know, will recognize this special affection and their loyal love.

R.I.P. Sweet Barty Boy

Related links:

{You like to meet our 3 Feline Boys?} | previous post also about Barty with Anita

{Our Felines - Sweet Barty...} | previous post with daughter Anita and Barty

{Our Copy Cats} | previous post about Barty the alpha male cat

{World Cat-Day 2013} | previous post showing our cat dining room with Barty in front...

{Pipe under Brick Walkway & Trench for Water Control} | Helping their Papi out with dirty work, Barty leading...

{Angels Birthdates & Fortunes} } Cat nurse Barty... the sweetest thing EVER!

{CATWALK} | previous post as they followed us through the wood garden and rolling in the sand...

{Cat Dining Room} | All six kitties lined up...

Daycare for Kitties | previous post showing Barty

LOVED singing in Händel's Messiah | bottom photo of Barty at Christmas day...

Spoiled Fur Babies Chilling Out | Barty on Pieter's lap...

{Our Rose Suite Bedroom} | Where Barty stayed his final 14 days with me, exactly with the same rose bed linens... 

54 comments:

  1. Your baby was regal dear friend ! You have so many memories here of him. I'm sorry you had to let him rest, we had to do the same to our Pug Ben; it is the saddest situation ever.
    My heart goes out to you and Pieter.
    Big hugs,
    Fabby

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    1. Dearest Fabby,
      Thank you and yes Barty was regal and lived a good life where he knew love. It is so hard for letting them go but the only humane way.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. Rest in peace precious Barty Boy. I love you all the way over here where I am as I know you and your fur siblings from your Momma speaking of you and they so often. You were very very loved Barty Boy. Your Mamma stayed with you so many times all night on the floor with you so as to comfort you when you were sick. You will be there and when you see your Mamma and Pappa one day, you will run to them happy and well.

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    1. Dearest Katie Isabella,
      Thank you so much and yes, he was very loved, also by blogger friends that have kitties themselves. That is so comforting.
      When Barty was still young, he came running over the lawn, from the greenhouse area, his favorite spot. I called him and held my arms wide open to 'catch' him as he cam flying into my arms... Precious memories!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Helen,
      Thank you so much, Barty no doubt is at peace.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. I’m so sorry for the loss of your precious Barty, Mariette. But thank you for this post...it’s wonderful to know that he lived a long, happy life, being loved dearly. So many sweet memories. Photos of him cuddling with Spooky and comforting Bandido are so adorable. He had such wonderful parents and siblings.
    Rest in peace, sweet Barty. You will always be remembered and loved xo

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Thank you for your very meaningful words. Yes, Barty sure was precious and very much loved. A happy kitty all his life and thank goodness, that was a long one. Now we got the videos of him playing on his first day and being oh so active and on and on. You have kitties of your own and understand this very special bond.
      They will be remembered as having been part of the family!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Hello Mariette and Pieter, You must be devastated by the loss of such a wonderful pet. You have here celebrated his life in pictures and stories, so we understand why he was such a special cat. Certainly, his good looks we can judge from the pictures alone! He will be terribly missed, but remember how you made his life on earth so ideal.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Thank you and yes, it is kind of devastated when such a happy life of a beloved pet comes to an end. But he sure got the very best out of it here on earth.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  6. Dear Mariette,

    so sad :-( But 16 yrs is a good age

    Best regards
    Bernhard

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    1. Dearest Bernhard,
      Yes, it is sad but he lived a long life and was loved very much!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Thank you and yes, it feels still kind of raw and we miss him...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. I'm so very sorry for Barty's illness and passing. I know All Beings pass in their time, but that doesn't make it easier. He was a handsome house panther, and seems to have been a very special soul indeed. Hugs to you, and purrs from my Derry. ❤

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    1. Dearest Kim,
      Thank you for your words here, you sure know the feeling as you went through this for your sweet Nicki boy.
      Yes, all beings pass but when there is so much love and warmth we cannot let go...
      Barty was a lovely house panther and the most playful kitten. Over the weekend we watched his baby video from the first day we brought him home from the Humane Society and Pieter captured him waking up in bed with me, on his very first morning... Precious memories!
      Hold Derry tight and so glad his surgery and recovery went well!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Compartimos el amor por esos adorables animales. Ahora no tengo ninguno, pero hubo un tiempo en mi vida que no faltaba esa companía en casa. Algunas vecer era uno y otras dos o tres. Yo me encariñaba con ellos y ellos tenían bastante ercanía a mí.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Gracias por tus palabras, ya que tu también compartes este mismo amor y cuidado por ellos. Rescatamos a una mamá gato en Acapulco, México y la trajimos a casa en el avión con nosotros. Estaba embarazada, no lo sabíamos en ese momento. Pero estando con ella durante el parto, no pude pasar por encima de mi corazón para regalar a esos bebés. Siguen con nosotros, excepto una chica que fue asesinada por un auto. No había heridos, pero estaba muerta... La esbelta y hermosa mamá desapareció, supongo que la secuestraron. He llorado tanto por su pérdida que la tuvimos sólo durante nueve meses. Ella estaba lista después de ser esterilizado, para finalmente comenzar su propia vida. Algunas personas pueden ser tan crueles...
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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  10. We are so very sorry to hear about your dear Barty Boy, Katie Isabella told us the sad news. It's never easy. We all send purrs, love and hugs to you.

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    1. Dearest Brian,
      Thank you for stopping by to pay your homage to Barty boy.
      Yes, Katie Isabella and her Mom are friends and we have met in the flesh...
      It is tough but on purpose I did wait some time for digesting most of it before posting about him.
      Big purrs back from our crew of five and hugs,
      Mariette

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    2. Farewell, Angel Barty
      Hugs and purrs to your humans and fursibs who are left on Earth.
      We are just coming up to the 3rd anniversary of losing our Chuck, who was a black cat, with a white jabot and another patch on his lower belly...never a white whisker, though.

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    3. Dearest Eastside Cats,
      Thank you for this heartfelt comment here, yes those that love fur babies do understand how this feels.
      Sorry for your precious Chuck, they are all so special to their human parents.
      Hugs,
      Mariette, Pieter and the five fursibs

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  11. Barty, we did not have the honor of knowing you, yet wanted to say
    how truly sorry we are. You were one handsome house panther and your
    mom wrote a beautiful tribute to you. May your journey to heaven be swift;
    we send hugs to you, and your family during this extremely sad time. ♥♥♥♥♥

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    1. Dearest da tabbies o trout town,
      What a lovely and heartfelt message and thank you so much!
      We know that we are never alone in going through such sad times, grateful for those that care as much for their fur babies as we do!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. I am so sorry for your loss. You have made a beautiful tribute to Barty and I hope all of the lovely photos and memories help you through this very sad time. He has not left you, he lives on in your heart.

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    1. Dearest Memories of Eric and Flynn,
      Yes, we kitty parents all know how this feels...
      Thank you for your kind words and yes, it stings for a while but we never ever forget them.
      Thanks to photos and even better, some videos.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. So many lovely photos it is always said when we lose a pet

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Because our fur babies are true family members!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Such a beautiful cat. So sad when a pet dies.

    God bless, Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, indeed a sad fact when we lose a beloved pet...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Oh I absolutely know how you feel Mariette, we miss them so much when they pass because as you say they become an important member of the family.. thank heavens for the memories, big hugs from Perth 💙💜

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    1. Dearest Grace,
      At one time or another, all of us have to go through this and it is tough.
      But we're so grateful for the time granted to be with them.
      Photos and videos do remain of them and that soothes the loss...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  16. Our pets become part of our families...Hopefully time will ease the pain of your loss.

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    1. Dearest Janey,
      Yes they do and Barty was with me for one quart of my life... that is quite something.
      Time will no doubt ease the pain of this recent loss.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Travis,
      Thank you and you yourself know what losing a beloved pet companion means.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. I'm so sorry to learn of the loss of your Barty Boy. He was a beautiful kitty and your tribute to him is lovely. Purrs and comfort going out to you.

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    1. Dearest Leah,
      Thank you for your kind comment and coming from the author of the book Catwoods, it is even more meaningful.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  19. We are so sorry to read that Sweet Barty Boy had to leave. He certainly knew and gave much love and will n ot be forgotten.

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    1. Dearest Catladymac,
      Thank you for your kind words and yes his time with us has been one of mutual love!
      He will never be forgotten...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. We came from Katie Isabella's blog. We are so sorry about your beautiful boy having to leave for the Bridge. After your wonderful tribute, we feel like we knew him. Purrs to you in the sad time.

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    1. Dearest William's Kith & Kin,
      Thank you so much for stopping by here.
      Yes, that most dreadful time is oh so hard on all of us that love our fur babies so much.
      It sure helped in composing this post... And so many comments are very uplifting.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  21. We, too, came from Katie's blog. We are so very sorry to read of your Barty Boy's passing. What a handsome and special boy he was. Thank you for loving him so much, and so well. Please accept our gentle purrs and prayers of comfort as you remember your beloved friend.

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    1. Dearest Meowmeowmans,
      Thank you for your visit and meaningful comment here. Knowing that you volunteer for PAWS, it is heartwarming to know that there are lots of kitty loving people out there.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  22. I read of Barty's death on Katie Isabella's blog. I'm sorry that he is gone. It's such a sinking feeling when they stop showing interest in food and water, in everything. At least he was able to have one last moment outside, a memory to take with him. Godspeed, Barty.

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    1. Dearest John,
      Thank you for stopping by here and for leaving a meaningful comment on behalf of Barty's passing. Yes, he lived a life filled with love and he gave back until he no longer could, without ever complaining.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  23. Dear Mariette - Barty looked to be a lovely cat with his black coat, pointed ears and bright eyes - a picture perfect cat.
    It is always very distressing when we loose our beloved pets, but he seems to have enjoyed a good life, and was obviously dearly loved by you both.

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    1. Dearest Rosemary,
      Yes, he was picture perfect and very cute when young, lovely when older.
      It is hard for letting them go but we sure can look back on his happy, long life with us!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. WE hopped here from Katie Isabella. We are so sorry for your loss, another angel we gained. Purrs to you.

    Emma and Buster

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    1. Dearest Emma and Buster,
      Thank you for your comment and visit here. Already 3 weeks now since Barty became a sweet Angel... hard to grasp! Miss him but when logging into my MAC I see his sweet face and he's in my heart!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. So very sorry to read about the loss of your lovely Barty. Our pets will always stay in our hearts.
    A big hug Mariette.

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    1. Dearest Sami,
      Thank you for your words and yes, they live on with us, inside our hearts...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  26. We send our purrs and prayers of support. That was a loving tribute to a sweet fellow. Fly Free Barty Boy and we will see you again when it is our time

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    1. Dearest Timmy Tomcat,
      Thank you for stopping by to send some purrs and prayers of support; very much appreciated.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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