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Gone to the Rainbow Bridge in 2012 at the age of 18.

Bandi lived in the apartment above mine, along with way too many cats, kittens, and small dogs. Every morning in warm weather she would jump off her balcony and go spend the day along the nearby river. In the afternoon she came home and waited for her owner to return.

Her owner moved away and took all her animals with her. Bandi returned, and her owner never looked for her. A neighbour and I fed and groomed her. After a few weeks we decided she should move in with me and my cats. I renamed her River Spirit and adopted her through a local shelter to make it legal. I took her to the vet for a checkup and spaying. Sadly, she was pregnant, so she had an abortion too, and I always wondered if it was doubly traumatic for her to lose her kittens.

Although River had always gotten along well with my cats outside, and had even protected them from other cats, when she moved in we had fireworks. My cats absolutely didn't want her in their home. After a few weeks everything settled down and everybody bonded. A couple of years later, when we all moved in with my partner, she was the first to adjust to her new home. We had many good years together.
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If only cats could talk....I am sure she would say "Thank you, Mama Patsy, thank you for your love and were my beloved human".


May you rest in piece River Spirit, you will be missed by your owner and many others.


I'm sorry for your loss but she is a beautiful cat!


Very sad, I´m sorry for your loss, Patsy!

We never thought of River as a little girl. She was larger and much more muscular than than my other two cats, especially in the first few years when she spent a lot of time outside and near the river. In her last couple of years she had health issues and lost a lot of that muscle. The other two cats predeceased her and lost weight with health issues too, so River was always the largest of the three. It was only in recent years when I looked at photos of her I realized that River really had become much smaller (and softer), and perhaps more beautiful.

What a lovely story! You are such a nice person--it touches my heart.

What a beautiful cat, and what a lovely story of a hard life turned happy. Well done. You were lucky to find each other.


I am sorry you had to say good bye to your beautiful River Spirit. She was well named. It sounds like she was lucky to have found a good home with you and that she was well loved. Our little ones who have moved on will live forever in our hearts.


I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a lovely little girl. I thank you for sharing her story and for giving her a home for the rest of her life. I'm sure she was well-loved. Sherry


Hi Patsy! Thanks for sharing Brandi / River Spirit's story. Sounds like it was meant to be, her finding you and eventually living there. I enjoyed seeing this beautiful photo. Take care.


Sounds like River had a good long life. Thank you f or sharing. Reminds me of my Daphane.


That's a beautiful story to go with a beautiful photo of her. Love the dappled sunlight on the steps and her beautiful fur. Thank you.

Thanks for you're story and the beautiful cat I've had several cats in my life and loved them all like part of the family. None of them lived for 18 years though!


A beautiful cat, and a special one. I'm so sorry.


I'm so sorry you lost your special friend. Thank you for sharing her story.


She was lovely.
I'm sorry for your loss.

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