Monday, 10 September 2018

Mourning the Mightiest of Hunters


Loyal Readers, this was a shock to us all;  our majestic panther Ruska left to join Those Who Have Gone Before.   He spent the day in the sunshine on the Catio, and feasted on muikku and treats, but it was clear that he was suffering and ready to move on. None of us wishes to end our lives with a long struggle and Äiti decided the hardest decision was the right one. We will know the results from his bloodwork later today, but ystävämme eläinlääkäri had told us on Friday his blood didn't look right, and that sounded very bad indeed.*
Ruska joined us in 2010 when his  beloved human passed away; he was part of the Muhos Gang (with Rilli, Risto-Reipasand Roosa). His human had rised him from being a tiny feral kitten, and he never lost that wildness and would not allow touching for many years but he was always a fair member of the felocracy, especially loving being with Pekka and Mirsku.  And indeed he was allowed in to Roosa's room and could share meals with her. He was responsible for many mousewatch successes and Äiti will never forget the way he sucked down a squirrel tail like it was spaghetti. His life was too short, but he lived it fully as a true Finncat, out in the snow and midnight sun alike.

Ruska, we are proud to have had you in perheemme, and we tip our tails to you as a much respected and love Felocrat. We will see your tail dancing in the stars.
                                         

*we've now heard it was his liver that failed.

24 comments:

  1. We were very sad when we saw the news about Ruska on Facebook earlier today. He was a strong cat and strong personality, and I had great admiration for his hunting skills. Purrs to your family - we too will miss seeing him.

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  2. I am sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed, but now he has endless mousies at The Bridge to hunt along with all the other Mighty Hunters who wait for us there. I am sure there will also be a squirrel tail or two waiting for him. I send you my love and hugs.

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    1. I have taken the Memorial photo to put in my sidebar. I hope this is okay, if not please let me know and I will take it down.

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    2. That is perfectly fine and we hhank you for honouring Ruska.

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    3. So sorry to hear of your loss of Ruska---such a beautiful house panther. I hope that you are comforted by your memories of his life with the felocracy and in knowing he did not suffer. My thoughts,prayers and purrs are with you and I hope that one day I will see his tail among the stars!

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  3. Ah, your handsome Black Panther has run off to the stars. We are sad for your loss and sad you no longer have a House Panther in the Felocracy. We know you and the kitties will miss him for a long time. He was a Finn cat of great sisu: "He was a sworn brother of the Mouse Watch, ever faithful, and now his watch is ended." Godspeed, Ruska.

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  4. We are so very sorry to hear about Ruska and we send purrs and hugs your way.

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  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your handsome boy. XO

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  6. Sorry for the loss of handsome Ruska - he will still be watching over the Felocracy. Purrs for all who love him.

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  7. Godspeed your journey to heaven Ruska; we are truly sorry. We send hugs to your family ♥♥♥♥♥

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  8. so sorry to hear about Ruska. I'm sure he will continue to take care of any mice and squirrel tails wherever his next journey takes him!

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  9. We didn't know Ruska but we saw his graphic on the CB and came by to leave condolences. We know how hard it is to lose a beloved furry. Hugs.

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  10. Farewell, handsome and mighty Ruska! And our Best Purrs Of Comfort to those you leave behind...

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  11. What a gawjus kitty Ruska was. We are so very sorry fur your loss. We're sendin' hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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  12. Muistamme hyvät hetket,kuinka pelastimme teidät kolme pentua ennen talven tuloa

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  13. Muistan sinut ja siskosi ihanina karvapalloina sait hyvän elämän Karinin luona

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  14. Sweet Ruska, we are sorry to have not known you but we're willing to bet all the Colehaus Cats angels know you now. Run fast and free!

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  15. We're so sorry to hear about your sweet Ruska. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

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  16. Please accept my condolences upon Ruska's passing. He sounded a unique cat, and was clearly loved. Godspeed, Ruska.

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  17. I'm so sorry. Saying goodbye is just never easy. Run young and pain free again, Ruska.

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  18. So sorry of the loss of your sweet Ruska. Soft Pawkisses to comfort you. Fly free beautiful Soul💗💗💗

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  19. We are so sorry to learn of Ruska's departure OTRB, purrlease accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss... RIP Handsome Ruska 💗

    Soft purrs and gentle hugs

    The B Team xx

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