Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Farewell, Bandit

Four neighbors came to tell me Bandit had gone to the Bridge early this morning. He was hit by a car on Westpark Drive. Margaret and I got a box and wrappings and got him off the busy road.

My first photos of Bandit were taken in July 2007.
We had a routine where he showed up about 6 p.m. everynight for supper. He would walk me to get the mail, rubbing up against my leg and mewing.
He could never be persuaded to give up his outdoor lifestyle, though countless people tried to adopt him, including me. I was the only one he would allow to rub his tummy and play with, at least that was what he told me.

He will be very missed.

55 comments:

The Island Cats said...

Oh we are so sad to hear about Bandit...purrs to everyone that loved him...

momsbusy said...

we are sending comforting purrs to all the beans that cared for bandit.

y2k & momsbusy

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Poor Bandit. He might not have lived in your house but he was evidently at least partly your cat. He sure was handsome.

The Meezers said...

oh we are so sorry MommyML!! we are sending lots of purrrss to you.

ML said...

I'm just sitting here thinking "what if". I could never get Bandit to stay in the house. He was an absolutely gorgeous kitty, being from Momma Tortie's litter before the one with Faith Boomerang. All her kitties are beautiful. At least ten different people tried to adopt him over the years, but he would not stay indoors.
I was on the phone earlier this morning, and Smokey and BJ were just went crazy, scratching and clawing at the door, as if to get out.
That was probably the time Bandit was hit.

Zoolatry said...

Purrs and prayers... we often give as much love to those who live beyond our doorstep as those who live within.

castle diva said...

We're sorry to hear the sad news about Bandit. While he might not have lived inside your home, the love you gave him made a huge difference in his life. He was lucky to have you and fortunate that you didn't try to force him to stay indoors.

Purrs to you and everyone who cared for him.

Ms. P and Cinza

The Creek Cats said...

We are so very sorry to hear this sad news of Bandit! Please know we are purring and sending comforting vibes to all of you during this very sad time. You're all in our thoughts.

Cliff and Olivia said...

Oh no. We're sad. R.I.P. Bandit!

Alasandra said...

We are very sad to hear about Bandit. Purrs and tail wags to all those who loved him and are mourning his loss.

While he may not have ever allowed you to claim him, we are sure he knew he was love and appreciated your care of him. ~Socks, Scylla, Charybdis & Fenris

PB 'n J said...

This is sad news, we're sending tons of purrs to you and all of Bandit's other "families".

Parker said...

How very sad, we send our love and purrs for you and for Bandit to have a gentle journey as he goes to the Bridge.

Laila and Minchie said...

Such sad news. We are so sorry.

JB's Big World said...

So sorry to hear about Bandit! We are sad, so many have gone to the Bridge. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
My sister, Misty, got helped to the Bridge yesterday.
Mom is still crying.
Purrs
--JB

Mo said...

Oh, ML, I'm so sorry for your loss.
*HUGS*

JB's Big World said...

Thank you for your comment, and thank you for posting about Misty for us. It has been so sad. We are crying for Bandit too.
--JB and mom

Fat Eric said...

We are sorry to hear about Bandit...sending purrs and good thoughts to all.

Ikaika said...

We are so sad to hear about sweet Bandit and send comforting purrs to all of you. You did the very best you could for him, ML, so there can be no "what ifs."

Hugs,

'Kaika and his mom

Team Tabby said...

We are very sorry to hear about Bandit. We think he really appreciated your love and care.

Mindy, Moe, Bono

Asta said...

I'm sad to heaw that Bandit had to cwoss the bwidge..I hope his leaving was fast and he didn't feel the feaw and pain..he lived the life that he wanted and was lucky enuff to get love fwom you. He suwe was magnificent..I don't think he would have wanted to be an indoow cat just to be safe..I hope he's wunning fwee in heaven
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Kimo and Sabi said...

Bye bye sweet Bandit - we will see ya on da other side someday. Purrrs.

meowers from missouri said...

woe, woe. purrs 'n purrrayers to all of you who loved li'l bandit. you were so lucky to have shared each others' lives, even a little bit. sometimes "a little bit" is all we can give, but that doesn't make it any less meaningful or lovin'!

*hugs*

the meowers & mom

caspersmom said...

Funny how cats know what's going on before humans. So sorry to hear about Bandit. Such a handsome kitty. Some cats just don't want to be an inside cat. Purrs to all we loved him.

Casper and Crew

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh we are sad to hear about Bandit.

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

We are very sorry ta hear about Bandit. Our best purrs to the Beins what fed and petted him!

Sunny's Mommy said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, and everyone else's, who tried to adopt Bandit. Unfortunately, outside kitties face many things that are harmful to them. We've experienced this too many times here (not our kitties), and it hurts so much to see them go to the bridge :(

Sweet Praline said...

I am so sorry about Bandit.

Pixel said...

sorry about Bandit... We know he was special..
purrs Pixel and Samba

Ps. Thank you so much for the chram
Pixel

Derby said...

Oh dear, so sorry to hear about Bandit. Purrs.

Furkidsmom said...

We're so sorry to hear about Bandit.

Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

The Tower Hill Mob said...

We are sorry to hear about Bandit. You all will be remembered in our thoughts and prayers.

Cory said...

We are so sorry to hear about Bandit. We lost our neighborhood cruiser bruiser "Moose" last fall when he was hit by a car. We think he just went from house to house and was happy with that arrangement, but we were all sad when he was hit. We are sending purrs your way.

Fin said...

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Purrs to all of you and Mom hugs to your Mom.

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We are very sad to hear about Bandit
We looked like a sweet kitty. We are happy he got belly rubs and love :)
Purrs for all who loved him.
Purrs Mickey,Georgia & Tillie

Victor Tabbycat said...

We is so sorry to read this bout sweet Bandit. He lifed free an had lotsa folks who cared fur hims. He'll be waitin fur you at the Bridge, but we no you'll miss him lots now. Purrs and hugs,
~ Victor, Nina & Tabbymom Jen

William said...

Poor Bandit. We are so sorry. :-(

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

We are so sorry to hear about Bandit! He was a handsome boy!! Purrrs to you all and all who fed and loved him!
Your FL furiends,

Camie's Kitties said...

We are so sorry to hear about Bandit. We are purring for you.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Oh ML how very sad to read about sweet Banditwho stole your hearts and so many others in his short life. He seemed to live like he wanted to and have the best of both worlds. It is never easy to watch a loved bundle of fur go out of this world. They go on to another world where all is well forever. he touched many lives...you loved him well. That is what counts...
Soft huigs from Miss Peach

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry to hear about Bandit going to the Bridge. I send my condolences to you and all the others who cared for him. Some cats just don't want to be inside cats and there is nothing you can do about it.

Karen Jo said...

I forgot to say that I'm glad you like BJ's limerick. I put up ones for Sol and Smokey, too, but they are quite a ways before BJ's.

Chesney Cats said...

We are so sorry about Bandit, what a beautiful boy he was. We're sending lots of hugs & purrs to you.

Eric and Flynn said...

We are so sorry to hear about Bandit. He lived life the way he wanted to, but also knew the love you gave him.
Sad purrs to all of you who made his life happy.

Kaz's Cats said...

Mommy ML, We're so sorry for the loss of little Bandit. He was obviously much-loved, and must had trusted you a lot to let you rub his tummy. That was so nice of you and Margaret to pick him up and bury him, even though your hearts were hurting. Please accept our purry condolences on your loss,

{{{hugs}}}

Gypsy & Tasha

CatHerder said...

oh no! Im SO SORRY for your loss...we have a neighbor cat that refuses to be kept in since they got a new cat..he spends time between our backyards, but im so afraid he is going to get hit by a car..all my guys stay in. It breaks my heart when a cat REFUSES to be brought inside...we can only do so much...sorry for your loss

Forty Paws said...

We are so sorry about Bandit. We are sending you many {{{hugs}}} and purrs from us to you and your babies.

Luf, Us and Maw

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

we are so so sorry to hear about Bandit. we are glad that thanks to you and your friends, Bandit knew love and affection. he will wait for you over the Bridge.

purrrrs of comfort to you all

The Crew said...

Oh my, the poor little guy. Please accept our condolences on his loss.

The Crew & Crew's Mom

Riley & Tiki said...

We are very sorry about Bandit. Some kitties just need to be free no matter what. Sending you many purrs.

Shadow / Molly said...

We is sorry Bandit hadid to go. Fatty was dat way, she had a routine dat her and the mom wud follow. Perhaps Bandit and Fatty will be good furiends at the bridge?

Purrs
headbutts
(((hugs)))

Molly
Shadow
Troo
I is Jake
Mommy Bean Laure

HotMBC said...

Awwwww we's sorry to heer about Bandit. *headbumpies* We's sendin lotsa purrs to see Bandit happy on the Bridge and lots more purrs for yall feelin sad.
PURRRRRRRRRRRS,
Sanjee and the resta the Hotties

Hansel said...

o noos.... we are very sad to learn about bandit's passing. We will light a candle tonight thinking about him and others that have lost a furbaby this week.

The Cat Realm said...

WE are very sorry and sad to hear about Bandit's passing. Purrs for you - he was lucky to have so many good friends!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Oh no, we're so sorry! We've been deprived of computer time again and didn't know till now. Such a sweet fluffy boy. Even though he didn't live in your house, he picked you as his most special person. Love & purrs from all of us.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Bandit lived and died they way he wanted to. We're sorry his life was so short.

ppuurrrrrrrr