When my husband and I met he had a cat named Gabby. Gabby lived to be 19 years old before we had to say goodbye to her in early 2004 due to nasal cancer. My husband was beside himself with grief as he had had her since she was a kitten. It was just before Father’s Day and his birthday in June of that same year and I was looking for a kitten to get him for his birthday. Before I could find “the right one” our daughter, son-in-law and grandson (only a baby at the time) showed up on Father’s Day with this black bundle of fur. My husband, being a Charles Bronson fan, finally decided on the name Bronson for him thinking he looked like he would be a tough cat (so wrong!). Bronson was his constant companion whether my husband was in the backyard or in the house. Until he got too big he would sit on my husband’s shoulder and cuddle against his neck. Once he was too big for that he would lie on or near him as often as possible. After a few years Bronson decided he didn’t like going outside (he obviously wasn’t as brave as his namesake) and became mainly an indoor cat, with only the occasional outdoor excursion as long as my husband was close by for protection. Earlier this year we noticed he wasn’t eating as well as he always had (he loved his food) and was losing weight even though he had a huge belly (which he always had). A trip to the vet confirmed he had a mass in his stomach that was too big for removal so he came home and was spoiled (more than usual) rotten until it came time to say goodbye to him on June 15th, 2018, at 14 years old. My husband is once again devastated at losing another long time fur friend. Bronson was definitely his cat. I liked to say he tolerated me but was definitely a daddy’s boy all the way. His presence is still missed and will be for a very long time.

Special thanks to Katy Felton, DVM and the staff at Powell Blvd. Veterinary Clinic for the kindness and compassion she and they showed to Bronson and me (my husband couldn’t bring himself to go to the clinic so he said goodbye to Bronson at home) during his final visit (all visits actually) and trip to the Rainbow Bridge. It’s never easy saying “see you later” to a beloved pet but they did what they could to make sure we were both comfortable and for that I’ll always be grateful. And also for the donation they made to The Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine in recognition of our loss of Bronson. Thank you all.

MIP (Meow in Peace) Bronson. We love and miss you. xoxo

A donation was made in Bronson's memory and the memorial was created on July 3, 2018.

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