Since then, I have thought many, many times about the outpouring of love and tributes from the people and kittehs of #Catstagram, which was a huge consolation for me.
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I’m convinced the best people online are to be found on “catstagram.” I was already overwhelmed after the #cats_of_instagram community got together to send beautiful white roses after the unexpected death of @purrkoy_the_kitten …then individuals sent cards as well, and of course they all keep visiting his Instagram account, which makes me very happy. And now I have just received this amazing artwork created by @copper.and.tin and presented to me by @teagues_n_oliver … I intend to thank everyone involved by name ASAP! #coi #babycat #exoticshorthair #rippurrkoy
I’ve also looked many, many times at artist/author Adam Ellis‘s illustration of a poem by Laura Gilpin.
In addition, I’ve returned repeatedly to artist/author Lucy Knisley’s tribute to her cat, Linney (swipe through).
The last slide of Knisley’s post is how I like to imagine Purrkoy is now, somewhere.
I do want to thank Purrkoy for taking a break from his splendiferousness to send us bébé cat Robin. He’s a lot like you, PK …
… even though he doesn’t sing any opurra. I’m not complaining about that, by the way. One purrfessional singer in the family was plenty! We do love him lots.
For the cat lovers who want to meet Purrkoy for the first time and those who want to reminisce, here are some lovely links:
- Introducing Purrkoy in 2014.
- Meeting his fans.
- Purrkoy does politics.
- RIP, Purrkoy
- Purrkoy and the wonderful people of #Catstagram.
- Purrkoy’s Instagram, now maintained by Robin (with hooman help).
Today is also five years to the day since Henry the dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge, released from the ailments of old age. Henry was the first of my pets to have a Tudor-inspired name. He just looked like Henry VIII to me: Red hair, portly, peevish expression. FitzRoy the cat, Edward the dog, Purrkoy the kitten, and Robin the bébé cat have all been named accordingly. You can learn more about the names from this video.
Finally, a message from Purrkoy to all his online friends: