Saturday, April 11, 2020

Iza Tribute

My Tribute to Iza...

From Ann... 

Now, pictures of Iza's life. The best lapcat ever.  Sweetest-looking meanie ever.  Everytime I looked around, she was there staring at me with adoring eyes.  Well, except when she was napping in a sunpuddle or in a box.

At night, she would sleep in a corner of the bed.  It's a waterbed and I toss and turn a lot, but she figured out that the corner never moved much, so she slept there.  I could never sit in a chair without her immediately coming up onto my lap.  It was the place she felt happiest and most comfortable.  She was always at peace on my lap.  I loved stroking her mink-like fur while she napped on The Lap and she soothed me as I soothed her.

She was originally passed around between several Siamese breeders as a "smudged-furred Siamese" and appreciated by none.  I had an arrangement with a breeder to let me know when there was an "unloved one" not suitable for their needs.  I got Ayla that way because she was "too small to breed" and I got Iza as "poor colors".

None of that mattered to me, so (while it was breeders), it was a rescue in a way.  I want to thank my friends at for immediately recognizing that she wasn't a 'bad furred" Siamese, but a very well-colored Tonkinese.  I had never heard of Tonkinese, but when I did a net search, there was the virtual image of Iza.  She was the very definition of the breed.

Did I mention that she had fur that would make a mink envious?

I was thrilled to have her in my life, but her being a Tonkinese made her special(er).  All cats are special, but you know what I mean.  I will be making a wooden marker for her tomorrow and get brass letters of her name and a resin statue of a cat to attach to it.  Then I will decide on a place for her in the flowerbed next to those of Skeeter and LC.

In her too-short 12 years, I took so many pics, but I have 17,000+ pictures in the files and may have missed some good ones.  Well, here are many.  She deserves "many"...

She arrived one day, brought by the lady who breeds Siamese.  Iza spent her first 2 days here in The Mews Room, but was very calm about it all.  Apparently, she HAD been moved around a lot.  She just didn't know that she had arrived in her Forever Home yet.
She loved her toys and kept close watch on them.  
When she had her ladygarden operation, I made this sort of "onesie" with heartfelt messages...  I am a bad artist.
It didn't work well, but I found this "small dog" inflatable collar.  IT worked great.

She always loved fancy places to sit..
And found favorite toys.  Mostly rattley mousies , but Pink Softy Mouse and Blue Softy Mouse became her special toys.
Ayla and Iza wrassled when Iza was young.  But as Iza grew larger, they stopped. It wasn't fair to Ayla and Iza understood that.

Iza loved being outside (for short times) and doing the Thursday Garden Tour.  The Garden Tours WILL continue, but I am discussing that with Ayla and Marley about who feels best about hosting. 
She loved sitting on her back with her feet against a wall.  And showing off her silken tummy.
She adored tearing up cardboard egg cartons, but the pic won't display...

Iza wasn't quite sure about Marley when he arrived.  He may have been the first mancat she had met.  But they became great friends.
 They all got along very well.  Here, they are all sniffing the outside waiting for me to open the door.

Iza and Marley became seriously great friends.   Iza groomed Marley often.  But he has always had that "new kitten" and talcum powder smell to him, so I wasn't surprised.  Iza groomed Marley, he groomed me, and Ayla likes to lick hands. 
The inside view of the deck door.  They could always wait patiently together for the door to be opened.
And they could all get interested in "stuff" together.  I probably didn't show their togetherness as often as I should have.  But sometimes you don't have a camera in your pocket.
Iza was always a good exerciser.  Being a REALLY PLUMP KITTY, she did her best.  So she was also VERY STRONG.  On the rare occasions when she DIDN'T want to be picked up, it was like wrestling a python.
Iza loved the deck and yard.  Always watchful for Evil Skwerrels or Introoder cats. 
And she LOVED boxes!
But most of all, she loved laying on The Lap.  I could seldom sit down without her demanding laptime.  Sometimes, she would just pass out in security and pleasure.  She would settle down so completely that I could pick her up like a baby and re-arrange her when my legs went numb and she wouldn't even wake up.  She trusted me that much.
The sweet, loving face, now only in pictures and memory...

Oh my dear sweet girl, I miss you so much.  But at least, now, she is off the pain of all those ailments, and will finally meet Skeeter, who I told her about so many times as she purred on my lap.

Talk to me in my sleep, dear friend, I will hear you best in my dreams.. 


  1. I am so very sorry, Mark. I read about Iza last night but wanted to think about how to pass on my condolences as it is a task not to be rushed. Your tribute is beautiful, just as she was and her character and zest shines through. She was a mighty girlcat, as well as a lap lover and I can imagine how much that emptiness hurts. You have lost a true soulmate in her and I hope she finds Skeeter and they discuss your progress down here amongst the mortals.
    I hope Aila and Marley understand - can I say how glad I was you bought Iza home for them to see and sniff. Heartbreaking I know, but so vital for them to know.
    On a lighter note, I am sure Spitty is grieving too. I loved the fight Iza-lambie put up for his lothario antics, demanding loyalty. Spitty was loyal though I am sure - no matter how much he pretended to share his affections.
    I shall look for Iza among the northern lights and there is a candle on the Catio for her. With much love from the Felocrats of Finland (N).

  2. So sorry to hear about Iza. We loved reading about her adventures in the garden and on the lap and helping in the kitchen and sleeping in awkward places and ... We will miss her too ��

  3. A wonderful tribute, TBT. You'll never stop thinking of her!

    Sydney, Australia

  4. Oh, now the tears are filling up my eyes, yet again...What a lovely dear tribute to your beloved Iza.
    She truly was a character!
    And will be sorely missed, but forever remembered.

    I just sent you two memento cards to honor Iza, I hope they give you a teeny bit of comfort...and I just posted them in our blog, too.

    Sending many hugs.
    Pipo adds a ton of his loud meezer purrs, and I know Angel Minko will be happy to show his doppelganger around the RB, and now they can make mischief together:)

    (((((((((( ♥ ))))))))))

  5. This is such a beautiful tribute to Iza and the love you have for her shows throughout it. I read with tears in my eyes, but when I got to the last photo with the words above it and the paragraph below, those tears became a torrent.
    I hope all your wonderful memories and photos of Iza help you through your grief.
    With love, Jackie

  6. This is such a beautiful tribute to your beautiful Iza, Mark. You have made it evident here that you share so many wonderful memories with her. The love you two share is a powerful one, and it will never go away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. That really was a loving and beautiful tribute to your dear Iza. We know how tough those are to write but your heart guided you wonderfully. Hugs.

  8. Iza was such a beautiful ladycat, and so very blessed that you brought her home. Thank you for sharing her pictures and stories.

  9. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. We loved seeing all those photos. The wiffin' one was our favorite!!

    The Florida Furkids

  10. We will miss Iza. Twelve years is too short of a time but we know that she filled that time with lots of love and wonderful care. She was lucky to have you.

  11. Just beautiful. We know you and Iza were destined to become family, and because of that, she will never leave your heart.

  12. I'm hear to pay my respects to Iza. *bows head* Though I rarely comment here, I knew all about Iza. Comporting purrz to all she leaves behind. She lived the best kitty life.

  13. A finer tribute to one so loved I have not heard. You were both very lucky and loved; that much is clear.
    May the love between you both now move another plain, and perfect forever.
    Gentle purrs
    ERin & Mrs H

  14. Iza would be honored by your tribute. You can see that she loved you as much as you loved her. I am sure she is missing you as well. I often think how hard it is to let go. We go into loving these magnificent creatures with the full knowledge that their life span will not exceed ours yet we give them our full hearts and they in turn do the same. They fill us with such wonderful memories and I believe with all of my soul that even though they pass before us, they wait up ahead around the corner in the place where light dissolves into darkness, they wait, dutifully. They wait for us to come around the corner and when we make that turn we will run to them and scoop them up and never leave them again. I believe.

  15. Forever loved and forever in your heart.

  16. We're so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl Iza. Although we didn't know her, your tribute made us feel that we did😿 Soft Pawkisses to comfort you all🐾😽💞 Fly free beautiful Soul💗

  17. Oh Mark, I am so very sorry. What a shock, I'm heart broken for you. We're sending you all the love and hugs and purrs.
    This was a beautiful tribute to a beautiful kitty. I'm glad she had you, someone who finally appreciated her and loved her.

  18. What a beautiful tribute to Iza. Thank you for sharing with us some wonderful memories. Purrs and hugs

  19. We are so terribly sorry that sweet Iza has gone OTB. She was such a beautiful kitty and twelve years is way too short. Mummy's eyes are leaking and it is hard for her to see, to type this. Her heart is breaking for you, as is Ours.
    We know that Iza is watching over you and waiting for you, and that you will be together again, one day. Till then, the Great Cat in the Sky will care for her and keep her safe.
    Fly free, beautiful Iza and know that you are always loved and will never be forgotten.

  20. What a wonderful, loving tribute to your special Iza. Thank you for sharing her with us.

  21. I know how terrible it is to lose a dear loved one, as do most of us here. This s a loving tribute to a dearly loved and treasured family member who passed beyond where we may go. Your heart will ache and you will miss her always just as you do Skeeter and all the Others Who Came Before. But she knew completely that you loved her. And better still, you know that she returned that love.

    I will join you in remembering her.

  22. Beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. I enjoyed all these photos. I am always thankful for photos of kitties so we can still at least see them when they are no longer with us. They truly leave paw prints on our hearts. XO

  23. Iza was such a beauty! And you have so many wonderful memories of her. I know your heart is hurting now but hopefully you’ll find some solace in all those memories.

  24. Such a beautiful tribute to a beautiful girl. My deepest sympathy on your loss of Iza. Keep all the good memories safely tucked away in your heart. I lost my Jack Russell, Jennie, 3 days before Iza left so I know Jennie was there to greet her and introduce her to all her furiends...

  25. Spitty has been whispering to me that he wanted to resume our irregular blog, so we did, and then he whispered that he wanted add a few words about Iza, and borrow the picture Ann made and I told him I thought that would be okay. Even though he was not the best boyfriend in the last few years, he really did lub his Iza Lambie. XOXOXO

  26. Thank you for sharing these sweet memories of Iza... and thank you for sharing her life with us for so many years. Purrs to you.

  27. Mark it is so hard to lose a loved kitty and we have the solace of memories and wonderful photos. She was a very special lady and we are so happy you had many years of being with each other. We know that all the Angels welcomed her to the Bridge and she is now young and full of energy to do all the things a kitty loves to do. We send our purrs and prayers of support to you all. Fly free dear Iza and watch over us until we all meet again
    Timmy, Toby, Rumpy, Miss Fitz, Einstein, Dad Pete and our Angels.

  28. my mum dreemed about baby kittens last nite, she found them and wuz putting them in her purse......


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