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Bob "Betty Bobby" Taylor
August 18, 2023 ~ December 15, 2023
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Bob Taylor, age 4 months, crossed over the rainbow bridge on Friday, December 15, 2023. He was born around the middle of August and came into our lives on September 29, 2023.
Bob had a rough life from the start. He was about 5 or 6 weeks old when Wyatt found him in the middle of the road, late one night after work and stopped to pick him up. He facetimed me and said “Mom…I found something…” and then we heard the meow. I told him he could bring him home for the night, but we weren’t going to keep him! He was so tiny, covered in fleas and skinny with a round belly. We thought we would get him free of fleas and put some weight on him and then take him to the humane society where we knew he would be scooped up quickly! We already had 3 cats and just didn’t want another in the house…well that didn’t work out like we planned. He won our hearts over pretty quickly, even Dave’s who held out way longer than the rest of us!
For about 6 weeks we thought Bob was a girl and we named her Betty; once we figured out he was a boy he came to be called many names after that; Betty Bobby, Robert, Bobby Boucher, Tanesha, Bobithy, and Bobby. He came to us as a sick little fella and had some days where he felt good but mostly just never really played like a kitten his age should have. We worked diligently to get him healthy including many vet visits and medicines, but it just was not meant to be for him. We know he is in Heaven feeling like he never has before doing all the things a kitten should do, and we are so thankful for that.
Every one of our other animals loved Bob. On his good days he enjoyed going outside to chase leaves, play in the tall grass of the pasture, running after the big dogs, or stalk the chickens. He was a brave little soul, walking right under the horse’s feet like it was nothing at all. Most of all, Bob loved to cuddle with all of us. When Bob was chilly and really needed to be warmed up, he would crawl up on Dave (the human furnace) and fall asleep. He always wanted to be up by our face and would sit on our shoulder like a parrot. He slept in Adeline’s comfy bed of squish mellows or snuggled up to her almost every night.
He was a quirky little guy and liked things most cats do not. He loved water and always enjoyed his baths that Ellie gave him; he loved to be held under the faucet and just let the warm water run on him. When he drank, he would stand with his front feet in the water bowl. His love of water had him ending up in the bathtub from falling in more than a few times. He loved to have his belly rubbed. Towards the end when he was declining quickly and he wasn’t feeling well, we would wrap him in a warm blanket fresh from the dryer and he would fall right to sleep.
Even though he spread his sickness to the other cats at one point or another and ultimately ended in heartbreak, we are honored that we were able to show Bob what it was to be loved by a family who adored him. His little body was giving out and shutting down, so we made the very hard choice to have him put to rest peacefully. We would like to thank Tipton Veterinary Clinic for all the care and love they showed him and our family and for helping us fight for the past ten weeks to get him healthy and for helping to keep our other cats healthy through all of this. Sometimes it’s just not meant to be, but Bob’s short life touched each of us deeply.