I have featured our angels, Madison and MacKenzie, in previous posts, usually on Wordless Wednesdays, so most of you know little about them.
The two boys joined our household almost simultaneously. Madison had wandered our neighborhood for at least six months, spending most of that time on our back deck. He was suspicious of us and wouldn’t let us pet him, but he kept returning again and again. With his magnificent blue eyes, it was almost love at first sight for me, but I vowed that I was not going to allow him to adopt us. I thought, if we didn’t encourage him, he would eventually move on.
He didn’t, and finally he began to let us approach him and then touch him. By that time, he had wormed his way into our hearts and soon after was invited to join the current clan, which consisted of Steamer, Daphne, Thelma, Louise, Chloe and Lily Olivia. We did not give him his name until then as we knew (even then), once you name a cat, that cat is yours!
One of the reasons we were not going to offer Madison a spot in our household was the recent adoption of an adorable and itty-bitty marmalade tabby we dubbed MacKenzie. Named Cyrus when he was delivered to us, we promptly abandoned that name for a nice Scottish one to go with all that orange fur.
A city ordinance only allows for six cats per household if they have been spayed/neutered and four if not. We were already at our legal limit prior to either of these boys joining us. But we had lost our first kitty and only boy, Skooter, and I felt our little kitty clan was not complete. So the two boys became part of our odd lot of felines we adopted as well as ones who had adopted us.
Though they didn’t always see eye to eye in the beginning, these two became best friends, even though Mac was a kitten and Madison was already about two years old. Once they had bonded, they were nearly inseparable, except when MacKenzie was acting as my shadow. He followed me everywhere and snoopervised every little thing that I did, even though he was supposed to be his dad’s cat.
But then, just as they both joined us in 2001, they both left us in 2011 with little warning. Madison passed away in January very shortly after being diagnosed with lymphoma. MacKenzie died later in the year from inoperable cancer in his abdomen. Being best buddies in life, they are now best buddies at the Bridge.
They both continue to live in our hearts and memories. You can find out a little more about these boys on the Felines page.
Such a bunderfull story about Madison n MacKenzie kittehz…..Mum had da leaky eyez while readin diz…she sayz dat dey waz soul kittehz cause they came to around da same time n left around da same time…
Mum iz SO-O dramatick!!!! (But maybee she is right???)
Phankz fer sharin yer lubly boyz wif us!
Nylablue n SherriEllen xo
Awww! I am sorry they have left for the Bridge! But they were so cared for while they were with you. Beautiful kitties xx
What handsome angels! Thank you for sharing their stories, and for taking them into your home and heart. Purrs…
A wonderful story! Thank you for sharing these great fellows with us all. Every home needs a White and an Orange kitty be it an Angel or Current member.
We love the story of Madison and Mackenzie. Those pictures of Mackenzie biting and bugging Madison reminds me so much of Tutu and Boomer. LOL.
Oh I love the last picture of them snuggled together! They remind the Human of some of her Kitties Who Came Before. They were beautiful boys and had a wonderful life with you!
What handsome guys. Thanks for sharing their story with us.
I always enjoy reading stories about the cats that came before. I had started a series but didn’t keep it up. I’m sure they’re looking down happy that they finally went viral.
What a precious story about these two wonderful kitties. I really enjoyed reading about these friends. I’m sorry that they have left you but what lovely memories you have of them.
Thank you so very much for your kind words about Simba. I appreciate it.
How wonderful that they were such good friends here and, undoubtedly, are at the Bridge too.
The Florida Furkids
What beautiful boys. So glad they had a wonderful furever home.
What beautiful boys. We are glad they were friends in life that that they are no doubt together in the afterlife! Friends forever!
the critters in the cottage xo
Thank you for sharing the story of these wonderful mancats.
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! Such a touching story about two handsome kitties.
We love that they bonded so well.
We can see why you miss them so much.
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Treasure,Tiger,JJ and Julie
That was a lovely story and tribute to your two handsome mancats.
We enjoyed the lovely tribute to Madison and MacKenzie. They were both very handsome Mancats. We know they’ll live in your hearts forever!
That was such a loving tribute and they were sure special.
They are both super handsome mancats! It’s so great to remember the cats and other pets of our past 🙂
Such a wonderful posting about Madison and Mackenzie. We love both of those names. The coincidence of them arriving and leaving so close together was uncanny. They were two very special buds and so handsome. Thank you for sharing more about them in your post today.
Thank you for sharing your special boys with us today.
guys….we loved heer in thiz storee bout madison N mackenzie…N they love tellin everee one over at boe boe’s fish N fry how kewl ther mom N dad wuz, iz N all ways will bee….
N wanted ta let ewe noe they opened a bait N tackull shoppe heer at de bridge….ther spesh ul tee…
dude k, RB cloud 777313 & sauce of fishbone RB cloud 777315
I love stories like these. Thanks for telling us about them.
What a great story…..bittersweet. They sure were good buddies weren’t they (after they got used to each other that is). I think sometimes that cat best friends are like a couple who have been together for YEARS and YEARS and when one goes the other is right behind. Life just isn’t the same. Sorry they both left so suddenly but sometimes it’s better than long drawn out goodbyes isn’t it. Thanks for sharing their stories!
What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I love this. Hugs.
Awww… They did seem to be super good buddies!
this was a most beautiful story. “Madison and MacKenzie” love those names. It is almost eerie that they passed in such close proximity of each other. This was truly a most beautiful story ((((hugs))))
Awww, what a beautiful tribute to both kitties. So happy you have wonderful pictures and fond memories of both.