Mom’s Promise to Puffy

Hey It’s Jet Here.

Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts for sending such supportive and comforting comments over the last few days.  Mom promises to respond to each one; give her a few days.  Today, we share a proper tribute to Puffy, Puff, the Puffster, the Puffmeister, Puffarooni, Huffy Puffy, Puffaroo, ….

We’re staying on the lighthearted side; Puffy and Fluffy had promised to share their Real Story with my BFF (best feline friend), Savannah in her insprining series: Real Rescue Cats and Dogs are Talking, Life Changing Interviews with Savannah. Savannah will share their stories posthumously (VBP – vocab builder project).

… With one EXCEPTION:  When Mom and my human sister adopted the “boys” from Cat Network in 2003, Mom made a solemn (VBP) promise to them the very first night.  She looked into their beautiful feline faces and PROMISED them that from that day forward, they would never suffer again, they would live like Princes… and they did.

Puffy was this thingie called aloof (VBP – I’m on a roll today!).  Unless he was wrestling with Fluffy, chasing Fluffy, beating Fluffy to Mom’s 2nd office chair for the main snooze of the day, or perched in the high jalousie windows in the dining room or living room during the winter, he mostly avoided contact with humans and canines.

Puff always maintained his manly man dashing good looks, grooming himself frequently.  My Madrina (Godmother) always told Mom she loved the heart above his eye.  Here are some of Puffy’s best antics:

  • Too cool for treats and toys – Mom tried a diverse selection over the years, sometimes the newest and coolest… when it came down to it, he liked the occasional plant/flower (then threw up), cardboard boxes and kneading the plastic shopping bags to make just the right sounds.
  • “I only drink from regal receptacles” (VBP) – Puffy rebuffed (VBP) most water dishes, he required Mom’s Dansk ramekin (VBP) or preferably her sink with fresh running water as requested ON DEMAND multiple times throughout the day.
  • The Puppet Master – Oh did he boss Koko around… Puffy devised all sorts of Kitchen plots and found a way to involve the creature pleasing Koko. I have to hand this part over to Mom, as I had not joined the family yet.

Here’s one of my NOW favorite memories:
About 6-7 years ago, I made a 2 lb. turkey roast (you know the kind that has a net around it?) in my favorite Dansk loaf pan and had removed it to cool.  Locating it deep on my counter top to acknowledge the skills of my counter surfing golden girl, I left my house at 9 p.m. to take Rachel to her Dad’s house.  I returned exactly 15 minutes later.  Upon arrival, I found the pan in smithereens on the floor.  I cleaned it up avoiding foot and paw damage.  It then occurred to me that the roast was missing.
I was too tired to deal with that and decided to take a few minutes to collect myself in my room after giving Koko the extended version of the naughty speech.  As I approached my bed, I smelled an herbal scent and immediately located the roast remains on my PILLOW with a hunk missing.  I’ll leave the Koko details out at this time by saying she received another extended naughty speech peppered with a sprinkle of amazement and laughter in my head. 

Months later, I’m watching TV in the family room and I see Puffy jump up onto the kitchen counter (the kitchen being the ONE place he was not allowed on the counters… MOL… if only I had a Kitty Cam back in those days!)  On the stovetop, he was batting something around using his front right paw as a hockey stick.  The light bulb went off!  I always wondered how Koko reached the roast.  Answer: Puffy cleverly pushed the turkey roast to a place where Koko could reach it.  She did the deed and received all the blame.  I imagined him lording (VBP) over her on the stovetop laughing in his head, saying “Cats Rule, Dogs Drool”! 
Puffy at times courageously joined everyone on the bed. At night, his chosen spot fell right below, in between or on my feet.  Sometimes, when all the other fur family members were elsewhere and I was reading in bed, he would jump up and allow me to pet him for a while.  Sometimes he would cuddle up by my right hip where I could still reach his chin.  The only requirement: I couldn’t look at him; I had to stay focused on my book. 

I respected Puffy’s need for distance and safety.  I loved him as he was and was so thankful he learned to trust me over time.  I considered all human interactions a victory.

Another Forever Puffy day.

We recently joined the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop hosted by Pepi Smart Dog (formerly by Cokie the Cat!)


81 thoughts on “Mom’s Promise to Puffy

    • Hey Cody, Hey Dakota, Jet here. Hi Miss Caren.

      Aww, shucks, we would accept gratefully. We decided on lighthearted to help lift our spirits, too. We, well, Mom WAY more than JJ and I, felt blessed to have shared Casa Jet with Puffy. Thank you for saying endearing, means the world to us. 🙂

    • Hey Texas, Jet here. Hi Miss Carine.

      Dude, Mom says she was privileged to have them trust her. Thank you for appreciating our efforts to send him off properly. We’re enjoying the purrs and hugs, too. 🙂

  1. I luvluvluv all the Puffster’s names! What a lucky cat to have suchawsome names. I will be so honored to interview you Miss Lori, when you are ready about Pluffy…for the unaware, Miss Lori often referred to Puffy and Fluffy, named by her daughter when she was a small girl, as Pluffy…whenever she used that name I always knew she meant her feline boys. Paw hugs Miss Lori, Jetty and JJ, Savannah

    • Hey Savvy, Your Champion here. Hi Miss Linda.

      Thanks Savvy, you are so generous. Miss Mary Ann referred to them the other night as Pluffy 1 (Fluffy because he crossed first) and Pluffy 2 (Puffy) which made Mom smile… she even giggled a smidgen. Thanks for reminding our readers… you’re the best, you always have my back.

      Sending Jetty hugs and JJ kisses xoxoxo and ear scritches from Mom

  2. Thank you for sharing your Puff memories. He sounds like quite the character! I cannot believe it was on your pillow! LOL!!! How nice that you can look back and have such fond memories of him and his antics. 🙂

    • Hey Blueberry, Jet here. Hi Linus.

      Most welcome, thanks for taking the time to read them. 🙂

      Yes, he was the regal feline. (about the pillow… that’s where Koko put all special things!) Yes, it helped to smile as we dictated/transcribed the memories. 🙂

  3. Puffy sounds like a wonderful gentleman cat. Thank you for sharing him with us.
    Purrs to you,
    Mistletoe & Hitch and their huMom, Dorothy

  4. Hi Jet and Miss Lori,

    I so loved reading this post, what beautiful (and mischievous) memories you have of Puffy – I had no idea he was such a great Mischief Master!! 🙂

    Sending lots of hugs ‘n’ wags your way,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hey Snoops, Jet here. Hi Miss Vivian.

      Oh, the stories of mischief Mom could tell… we’ll share them over time…. she didn’t have a camera phone back then! 😦

      Thanks for the hugs and wags dude, they mean the world.

  5. Oh Jet…we are so sorry about Puffy. It is so hard to lose a furry friend:( Our thoughts are with you and your family and we are sending lots of hugs and wet kisses. We know Puffy is running and playing and meeting lots of new friends OTRB along with meeting up with all of his old friends. RIP Puffy.

    • Hey Scout, Hey Teddy, Hey Ash, Jet here. Hi Miss Lisa.

      We know you know only too well unfortunately. We graciously accept your hugs and wet kisses, they’re comforting. We love the image your words created. Thank you.

    • Hey Emma, Jet here. Hi Katie.

      Exactly Emma, you’ve hit the nail on the head!!! We are a bit in flux right now… when things settle down, we’ll investigate the idea of sharing our lives with a feline again. 🙂

    • Hey Sugar, Jet here.

      Thank you for locking that fun thought about the turkey roast in our minds!!! Mom’s smiling.

      We graciously accept your golden love and woofs, they feel really special. 🙂

  6. We love the cat cam. Nice idea. My human brother loves this camera call GoPro and he had the great idea to make a harness for me to carry the camera with me. We got some great shots. Brother is editing my artistry as a movie directory. We’ll let you know when it posts on UTube.

    • Hey Missy, Jet here.

      Oh yes, please, how cool, maybe I can get one attached to my harness. Excuse me a moment… MMMOOOOMMMM, Missy has a camera and is directing a movie, can I, can I????? Ok, let’s see what she says!

  7. We want you to know we have been thinking of you, and keeping you in our prayers. How heartwarming to know that your mom made a promise to them. That is so loving and wonderful. We can’t stop crying and can’t believe Puffy has crossed the RB. We wish we had gotten the chance to meet, but we know Puffy was/ is an angel. Try not to be sad;one day you will meet again. Love and hugs xoxo

    • Hey Sherlock, Hey Ash, Hey Traveler, Jet here.

      Such beautiful words and expression of caring, thank you so very much. Gosh we’re so lucky to have met you…

      Sending Jetty kisses and JJ hugs of gratitude. xoxoxo

  8. I’m a reader of Savannah’s Paw Tracks. Savannah told us today about Puffy’s passing. I am so glad he and Fluffy are together again, and I know they love you and are watching over you. Thank you for being such a wonderful family for them.

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Susan.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to pop over and share your thoughtful words of comfort. We know the boys are happy to be together again as well, they were so deeply bonded. From Mom: It was my privilege to provide a safe and loving home.

  9. You’re written a lovely tribute to your boy–I feel like I know him a little better now and what made him unique and so very special! I really am sorry that you’ve lost your friend, and I’m glad that you’re finding comfort in your memories of Puffy.

    • Hey Golden Pines Gang, Jet here. Hi Miss Kim.

      Thanks so much for the compliment, your words mean so much to us. I really think you and Mom need to meet someday Miss Kim, you two sound like peas in the pod!

  10. What wonderful memories. And Puffy & Fluffy knew what it was like to be treated as Princes – we know that without a doubt.

  11. Hi sweet Jetty – what a loving tribute to your beloved Puffy – love the pictures and the stories make me feel like I knew him. Our furbabies are never with us long enough and it does help to heal our heart by remembering happy memories of what made them so special. I really believe he and Fluffy are together frolicing at Rainbow Bridge.

    sending comforting hugs to you JJ,. Mom, and rachel xoxoxo

    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Wendy.

      We love the image of Pluffy (Puff and Fluff) frolicking *OTRB*… we really believe they needed to be together.

      Your words are so perfectly expressed… and you are having to walk the same path unfortunately. So yes, let’s share the sweet memories and honor our furbabies that are now shining down from the RB.

      Sending appreciative Jetty kisses and JJ hugs to you, Mr. David, Jacob, Cassie and Rex. xoxoxoxo

    • Hey Island Cats, Jet here.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share such comforting words. We agree, the funny things makes us smile. I hope we get to know you better under happier circumstances.

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    • Hey it’s Jet here. Hi Miss Bernadette.

      We’re sorry we have not responded to your other comments. For a few days, each time we tried, our computer (both at work and home) screamed MALWARE and with the issues Mom’s already had, she was scared to try again. She left your comment in the queue, so she would remember to visit and read some of your lovely posts and comment.

      Thanks for saying that about Puffy. 🙂

    • Hey Y-Bo, Jet here. Hi Miss Loy.

      Thanks for saying don’t reply, however, as a proper Southern Gentleman that just wouldn’t be right. 🙂

      We so enjoy your hugs, they really feel swell. Thanks for checking in on us. Sending Jetty kisses and JJ hugs.

  13. I do so love our pals to have character and so often it is those things that stay in our mind. It sounds like you were the perfect home for Puffy and by understanding his boundaries you gave him a safe, comfortable place to develop.
    And Puffy suits him so well, what a beautiful kitty and isn’t it amazing how such quiet presences can be missed so much.
    I hope he and Zac are becoming acquainted now OTRB and waiting for us.

    • Hey PZ, Jet here. Hi Raffles.

      PZ, your wisdom shines through the Producer’s writing today. Thank you so much for the compliment. He got his name from my human sister when she was about 7 1/2. He arrived with a puffy eye, runny nose and defensive, which was partly why his name stuck… Mom said he was having a huffy puffy! He and Fluffy arrived with the names Putter and Gypsy… ewwwww…. gypsy for a boy? Puhleeze! Rachel switched that right away. 🙂

      If you do not mind us including Fluffy and Koko to your OTRB with Zac, it seems like there will be a lot of Angels looking down on us from the Bridge. 🙂

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    • Hey Leroy, Hey Sherman, Jet here. Hi Miss Jen.

      We so appreciate your bountiful hugs (slobber and all, no worries here!). Thank you for caring and supporting us. We hope you enjoyed the lighthearted insight into the mind of the Puffster. 🙂

    • Hey Sampson, Hey Delilah, Jet here. Hi Miss Jodi.

      Thanks for the gentle hugs, they help. Mom found some lingering Puffy fur on her shirt this morning and realized we’re down to only 3 fur colors at Casa Jet: black, gold, and a splash of white… no more grey or white. 😦

  16. Dear Jet and family, please know Puffy has settled in over the Rainbow Bridge. He looked so handsome in his gold helmet as we drove to his Welcome Banquet where all his family and buddies were gathered to greet him. I have the Rainbow Bridge website and I’m going to feature an article Puffy real soon. I’ll try and contact your mom by email. HUGS XXX You will be a Forever Family again…not just yet.

    • Hey Pepi, Jet here.

      Pepi, your comment brought such comfort to us. You painted a beautiful image in our minds. We will treasure the image and want you to know it meant a great deal to us.

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