Riley | Robin | Roxeanne | Sarah | Sashie | Simba | Simon | Socks | Sylvester | Topper | Turbo | Tweak | Viola | Wally | Weezy | Willow | Winston | Yuuki
We adopted Riley at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington when he was almost 3 years old, and we already had two older cats. It soon became apparent that Riley was far too serious a name for this goofball, so he became “Riley-Diddles.” He loved to play baseball, and could bat a pompon right back to us with amazing precision – so efficiently that we rarely had to chase them. He also was the only cat I’ve ever seen smile! He would jump up onto a piece of furniture and absolutely GRIN with triumph, looking for head scratches. Diddles preferred eating in privacy, so we often gave him a food bowl on our kitchen island, or in a secluded little bedroom that he preferred. He was a “scaredy cat,” terrified of anything new, big, or noisy: plastic bags, flip-flops, someone wearing a hat, or the doorbell ringing. But over time he got better, even putting in appearances when we had several people over to the house. Diddles was especially fond of his big brother, Dipper, who looks a lot like him (another standard-issue black/brown mackerel tabby) and put up with Riley’s antics good-naturedly. Dipper misses his little brother now. So do we.
I adopted Robin while I was going through college…I couldn’t resist her black nose, rubber-band legs, and squeaky meow! Robin quickly became acquainted with my two other cats and soon earned the nickname “Mama Robin,” as she was fond of surprising them with spontaneous head and ear cleanings. It always surprised me how she could eat all her food and everyone else’s (including mine at times) and still have the energy to zoom up the cat tree or play with the laser pointer! Robin definitely ruled the house…the others knew better than to antagonize her…but she always made time in the evening to sit with me on her fluffy pillow and watch television. Robin’s health difficulties happened so suddenly, and it doesn’t feel right to look around and not see her. I miss her terribly, but I feel better knowing she is no longer suffering. We all miss and love you Robin!!!
Roxeanne Abel-Ellsworth “Bunny” 8/31/00 – 6/24/2009
We lost Roxeanne about a year ago. We adopted her from the Alexandria shelter in 2000. She was a unique character. She was part manx so she had a “bunny tail”. She was a great cat. She was extremely playful like a kitten even in her older years. We loved Roxeanne very much. She was a blessing to us. WE MISS HER!
She sits in sunlight
Twin skies gaze at me
Her breath purrs
Return to the stars
You were never ours
We were yours
Sasha was a cute kitty. She was very sweet and never lost her temper. She would jump on top of the entertainment center and watch what was going on. Sasha was born sometime in 1989 in Fairfax and we got her from the shelter there. Sasha started out as my mom’s pet, then my mom met my dad and they traveled to Hawaii. Sashie and her housemate Nikita spent four months in quarantine there before they were allowed to rejoin the family. After my parents moved back to Fairfax, they had two kids, my brother and me, so we have known Sashie our whole lives. Sashie lived to be 19 years old. She had a happy, full life and we love her dearly.
Dear Simba~we miss you terribly! Remember how much you loved when Laura fed you pizza? You were a wonderful friend and we loved you very much! Thank you for 16 years of happiness! Love, Your Family
He was with us for over 14 years. He ate like a Great Dane, played like he was still a kitten, and screeched like a bad opera singer. He is sorely missed, but we’re sure he is in Kitty Heaven with unlimited supplies of Pounce.
Thank you for choosing us to be your guardians 12 years ago. From the alley in San Diego where we found each other over the miles moved and traveled, you were our constant family and we will miss you terribly.
We miss you very much, Sylvester
Topper was born sometime near June 1, 1989. I picked him up as a kitten at a flea market near South Hill, VA. He earned his name because if I sat down, he was on top-er my lap. If I bent over, he was on top-er my back. If I lay down, he was on top-er my head or chest – he was on top-er anybody. He loved people and was good at turning skeptics into cats-aren’t-so-bad kind of people. Topper was just a few months shy of his 18th birthday. RIP 6/1/89 – 4/15/07
RIP my beautiful, sweet girl. I will never forget you.
Oct. 20, 1998-June 20, 2015
We adopted Viola, a little Lynx point Siamese mix, from Siamese Cat Rescue Center back in 1998. Early on, she decided that our son, seven at the time, would be her person. They slept together every night for almost 17 years. Our son lives at home while going to college, where he is a music student – he plays the viola! Every day, Viola would sit by his side while he practiced viola for hours.
This past spring Viola was diagnosed with small cell lymphoma. Our son has been caring for her and administering all her medications. They got to spend a lot of quality time together the past couple of months. Unfortunately, she lost her battle this morning. We will always love you, Viola!
We will always love you, Wally.
Weezy Powers lived with us and her adopted feline brothers, Dipper and Riley-Diddles, for over 10 years. Almost five years before she died, she suddenly lost her hearing due to a somewhat undefined vestibular condition — tissue, fluid, and/or polyps in her bulla (in ear). Despite her deafness, Weezy was always a feisty girl who loved to chase her tail, smack her younger brother around, and eat everyone else’s food as well as her own. She adored being brushed, allowed her older brother Dipper to lick her forehead, rummaged in any drawer or cabinet that was left open, and never gave up in her quest to get outside and eat grass. Our luck ran out in the summer of 2014, when Weezy began yelling a lot and was clearly in pain. Ultimately we concluded that her vestibular condition had probably worsened and she was most likely suffering from extreme intracranial pressure. We appreciate that Dr. Alt kindly and compassionately put an end to Weezy’s suffering.
We lost our beautiful blue-eyed ragdoll queen, Ms. Willow, on Monday, April 20, 2015. Her 15th birthday would have been May 10th. She was a wonderful companion and we will always miss her. “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur; sweet kitty, happy kitty, purr, purr, purr.”
We love you and miss you!
Our beloved Yuuki, sweet and courageous.
She was everyone’s Mama Kitty… even the dogs’.
The memory of her is a blessing.
Thank you, Dr. Alt and all the staff at Burke Veterinary Clinic, for many years of good care, and for helping to make her passing a peaceful one.