Thank you so much to all of you who have sent comments and emails about Roger. Mike and I are both grateful for all the heartwarming support. It’s especially comforting to know that so many of us have gone through similar experiences, and I thank you for understanding how hard it is to lose a pet. I have such great friends out there! I love you all.
Yesterday I collected some photos of Roger through the years. Actually I regret not taking more photos of my little guy. I have tons of pictures of the dog, but not nearly enough of the cats. I treasure the few photos that I have. Most of my pictures of him were taken on film, and maybe someday I’ll scan them to share. In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy getting to know Roger through the photos that I already had digitized. He was sweet-natured, friendly, cuddly, and laid-back. If you had come over to our house, he’d probably try to sit in your lap as soon as you arrived. In his later years, he was gentle with me as I gave him his shots, eye drops, and daily baths. He was always happy to see me. Cats don’t get sweeter than Rog.
Edited to add: Wow, thank you so much, everyone. I really appreciate all the support and compassion. It means a lot to me to know that you care. Much love to you all!
I adopted Roger and Janie in 1999, from a coworker who had found them in his barn. They were seven weeks old, and completely precious. I can’t seem to find any larger scanned versions of these photos, but I took lots of film photos of them those first few weeks.
This is still one of my favorite photos of Roger and Janie. They were only about three months old. We had moved into my apartment in Charlottesville, where I was starting grad school. I was living on my own for the first time, and they helped me through the happy and sad times.
The next several photos were taken with my webcam while I was a grad student. I didn’t have a digital camera yet, so these webcam photos are some of the only digital images I have of the cats during that time period. The cam photos are pretty fun, though!
Roger was one of the cuddliest cats I’d ever known. He loved to be cradled like a baby in my arms. Janie likes to be near me, but not quite all over me like Roger.
Roger used to sleep on my desk, with his paw on top of my hand that was using the mouse.
By this point, Mike had entered our lives. Janie wasn’t so sure at first about whether there was room for a fourth family member, but Roger loved Mike instantly.
This was the day that we moved into our house in Colorado. The cats had lived in apartments their whole lives, but now we had a fenced backyard for them to explore. This was the moment that Roger got to go outside that day.
Later in the year he learned about snow!
Our first Christmas in our Colorado home.
Ha! I always laugh at this one. This was the day we adopted our dog, Ally. Roger hid.
Roger was such a laid-back cat that he and Ally became friends soon thereafter.
It makes me so happy that several of you remember Roger’s angel food cake incident! Here is a link to one of my all-time favorite blog posts.
He was such a handsome cat.
I kept meaning to do a real photo shoot with Rog when I realized that he was coming near his end. I’m so sad that I never did it. These photos from February of this year are the last pictures that I took of him.
The last photo I took of my little Mushball.
Goodbye, Roger. Thank you for being such a great friend through the years. I’ll miss you.