by Janet Blue on January 31, 2022


Kitties Blue and I dedicate today’s post to the memory of our friend, Pete Cusack. Pete passed away in November. Today would have been his 69th birthday. Instead of spending it here on earth with his beloved cats, Toby, Rumpy, Einstein and Miss Fitz, he is spending it in heaven with his heart cat, Timmy, as well as Buddy Budd, Mr Buttons and a long list of other cherished angel felines.

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Remembering Pete

Timmy and Dad Pete

Pete was a kind, generous, thoughtful man, who was a friend to everybody. To my mind, not enough superlatives exist to describe him. He was always ready to help out anyone in need. His passing struck an indelible blow to the hearts of all of us who knew him.

Pete was one of seven bloggers who joined our very first Sunday Selfies on August 17, 2014, with Mr. Buttons, and he continued to be a regular participant. Mau and Cooper Murphy were fortunate enough to get to know Timmy and Einstein through participation in Cat Scouts.

To honor Pete today, we are sharing links to two of our favorite posts from Tom Cat Commentary by Tim. The first is entitled, “Unknown Unknowable,” and was posted on October 16, 2013, a few days after Pete took in kitten Einstein and nursed him back to health.

The second post is from October 8, 2019, and was entitled, “Einstein’s Birthday and Gotcha Day Celebration.” I selected it for all the adorable photos of Einstein as a kitten and because it shows what a wonderful life Pete was giving the youngster.

Pete was so kind when Sawyer was missing, by checking in often with concern and support. He knew what we were going through having experienced it himself with his cat, Ming.

We know lots of other bloggers will be sharing their favorite posts today, and we look forward to seeing what they have selected as their favorites.

More About Today’s Spark

The author of this week’s Spark, Francis de Sales, lived from 1567 to 1622. He was a Bishop of Geneva. He’s revered in the Catholic Church and noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land resulting from the Protestant Reformation. He became a saint when canonized by Pope Alexander VII on April 19, 1665, and his feast day is celebrated on January 24.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Tomorrow is our favorite day of the week, as it’s when Periwinkle and Stinky share an adventure. Stinky has planned another exciting, local activity, and he would be delighted if you join Periwinkle and him. These two tabbies have lots of fun when they are together and love sharing their adventures with all of you.


Canadian Cats February 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm

A great post. Having spoken with Pete I could never forget him. One ,marvelous dude.

meowmeowmans February 1, 2022 at 9:29 pm

This is a wonderful tribute to our beloved friend, Dad Pete. He was an amazing friend, cat dad, and human being. He will be in our hearts forever.
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Andy January 31, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Thank you for this post. There are not enough superlatives to describe Pete. I feel fortunate that we were able to get to know him through Cat Scouts. He touched our lives and we will never forget him. Hugs Andy & Mom Judy

Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs January 31, 2022 at 7:54 pm

I do think Mr Pete would be so touched to see all these posts we made in his honor today…his first Heavenly Birthday.
He sure did things exactly the way St Francis might have. So yes, a wonderfully appropriate spark.
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Brian Frum January 31, 2022 at 7:08 pm

That was such a beautiful tribute to Dad Pete. He really was a special human and we’re all better off because he touched our lives. We miss hearing from him each and every day.
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Memories of Eric and Flynn January 31, 2022 at 5:07 pm

That is a lovely birthday tribute to Pete. I put my link in my last Friday’s post.
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The Island Cats January 31, 2022 at 3:57 pm

Pete was a special guy…a great Cat daddy. He will be missed by us all. ~Ernie and the mom
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Sue Brandes January 31, 2022 at 3:31 pm

We sure miss him. He reached out to me after Tubby’s passing. It was very touching. I miss seeing posts of his kitties too.

Kathe W. January 31, 2022 at 3:25 pm

Unfortunately I did not know Pete- reading about him today- I wish I had known him. What a sweet man.
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databbiesotrouttowne January 31, 2022 at 2:52 pm

guyz….ewe picked sum grate postz two day !!! we still rememburr Einey bee in …”wee small dood ” ….. happee birthday two ewe pops !! ♥♥

BellaDharma an BellaSita Mum January 31, 2022 at 11:00 am

What a wunderfull tributte to wunder PawPaw Pete!! It still feelss so weerd without him here! Wee miss him so much….wee ALL miss him so much….Happy 69th Birfday PawPaw Pete where efurr you are! WEE LOVE YOU!
An Aunty Janet yore SPARK iss fo fittin with yore post today!!
***nose rubss*** BellaDharma an {{huggiess}} BellaSita Mum

Pee S: Thanx fore linky up two! 😉
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Sandee January 31, 2022 at 10:46 am

I’m so glad I got to meet Pete and his kitties and I chose Einstein too. What a wonderful tribute to Pete’s birthday in heaven.

Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches all around, smooches to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and a big hug to mom. ♥
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Wing Commander Basil & The B Team January 31, 2022 at 10:26 am

Beautiful post today, an epically epic tribute to Pete!
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Ellen Pilch January 31, 2022 at 10:00 am

Beautiful spark. I like the posts you chose, one was from before I read blogs so it was nice to see when Einstein first arrived. Pete will not be forgotten. XO
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mommakatandherbearcat January 31, 2022 at 9:54 am

Beautiful post in memory of Pete.
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Leah January 31, 2022 at 9:14 am

We are so sad about the loss of Pete …. This is a nice tribute to him.
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The Florida Furkids January 31, 2022 at 8:56 am

Those were both great posts. Thanks for sharing them. We miss Pete a lot and are so happy to see so many posts honoring him on his birthday.

Periwinkle can’t wait for tomorrow!

The Florida Furkids with love and whisker kisses to Sawyer from Noelle
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katie Isabella January 31, 2022 at 7:28 am

I enjoyed your post so much as I will each one today about Pete.

Charles Huss January 31, 2022 at 6:40 am

This is a great way to honor a great man.
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Pam January 31, 2022 at 5:09 am

Wonderful choice of favorite posts in honor of Pete. Every post of his was great in its’ own way – even on a “routine” day with nothing happening, Pete shared special moments with his cats with everyone. They were an amazing family; closer than close. I know he will smile today as he sees all of his friends honoring his birthday this way. We’ll look forward to seeing what Stinky and Periwinkle are up to this week!!

Hugs, Pam and Teddy too
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Loulou January 31, 2022 at 3:39 am

Thank you for your sparks about this amazing man. The world needs more of his kind!
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