Mr. Franklin from Georgetown

by Lora W.
(Georgetown, Ohio)

My Franklin

My Franklin

I miss him so. Mr. Franklin came to us in 2004. Our vet knew we had lost our great friend, the tuxedo cat known as Churchill to cancer 1 month before.

They called and asked if we might want to visit them as they had just gotten Mr. Franklin. He had been found by one of their customers, wandering the neighborhood, lost and alone.

Yes, yes I said. And so our adventure began.

He was wary of us, did a great job of you-can't-catch-me in the Vet's office. But we played along and then brought him home.

While we did not have 'papers' to prove it, Franklin was a handsome Turkish Van (our opinion). He was the classic red and white Van.

He was rather thin, but soon started 'bulking' up. We estimated his age at 1 year. As is typical with Vans, he did not stop growing until he was approximately 4-5 years old.

I have never met a cat like him. He was the most calm, even-tempered cat I ever knew. Nothing flummoxed him.

He could ride out the worst thunderstorms with ease. Vacuum cleaners were no match for him. He would merely eye-ball the offending machine, and move ever so deliberately a few feet at a time. Nothing could shake his dignity.

While never a lap cat, he could let you know his affection in other ways. Climbing into bed and getting so close as to make me worry about rolling over on him.

The recliner was a favorite spot. He would wait ever so patiently for my brother to sit down, and tilt the chair into position, and then stretch out, start up the mighty purring engine and sleep.

And he did snore. I captured some of his output on my phone and saved it (I listened to it this past week). And instead of tears, it brought laughter to me. Loud, raucous, hilarious snoring from your kitty is pretty funny.

There is so much more, but the grief is still too raw for much more from me right now. We lost him on 3/18/2017. He suffered a massive stroke (for want of a better term).

He had survived pancreatitis, right side paralysis, bouts with allergies, and more. But not this time. God was running a little low on Turkish Vans that day, so He gently placed him at Rainbow Bridge.

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Apr 30, 2017
mr franklin
by: luna

forever loved and; if he can he will come back to you in a kitty different; ours did

Apr 28, 2017
So sorry for your loss!
by: Elvira Cook Indiana

RIP Mr. Franklin till you shall meet at the rainbow bridge again.

I have many,many pets there I will be so glad to see when my time comes. And I still miss each and every one of them.

On a happy note! I took in a feral a few months ago and before we could get her spayed she got out on my husband and blessed us with 9 brand new babies on Good Friday! The runt did pass away about a week later. But We still have 8 healthy babies! And we will make sure all are spayed and neutered before they find new homes.

Apr 23, 2017
Thank You For Your Kindness / Re: Franklin
by: Lora W.

I am so thankful that there are other people who care so much.
I did not realize that The Rainbow Bridge could offer a place for my grief but also be somewhere to find like-minded people who truly care.
I will do my best to help others who find themselves in deep sorrow. I hope that I can offer some small solace when needed.
Thanks for being there.

Apr 23, 2017
Hope Franklin meets my 'Bukitty at the rainbow bridge
by: JKW in cental Texas

My thoughts are with you thru this - the pain is really rough to endure having a missing family member suddenly gone... it stinks! Damn it I wish there was something someone could do to make it easier than empty words over the internet. If I could make it better I would do it in a heart beat. Peace and long life to you and all your family, hope this is the last of your pain for this year cause you have a new angel guiding you now. Franklin certainly won't ever forget you so do what you have to do to remember him as well.

Best wishes!

Apr 23, 2017
by: Susan

So so sorry for your loss
Georgetown is going to miss a wonderful cat
God bless

Apr 23, 2017
The unforgettable Casper
by: lina mahmassani

Franklin's story brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me of Casper, my Turkish Angora. He was so affectionate, smart and adorable. We used to communicate together: he understood what I'd say and I understood him. He expressed everything with his eyes. He was the perfect companion. Though it has been more than a year since crossing the rainbow bridge (he had urinary trouble and then pneumonia) I still miss him.

Apr 23, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss.
by: Kurt (Admin)

RIP Mr. Franklin.

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