by Janet Blue on July 28, 2020

Visiting Mau

As Stinky waits for Periwinkle to arrive, he worries she will be disappointed with their adventure. His mom isn’t letting them do anything strenuous because of the extreme heat and his recent seizures.

Hearing that familiar whosh, Stinky opens his arms and waits for Periwinkle to fly in for a big hug. She does, and they hug for a long time.

“We have a tame adventure today, Periwinkle. I sure hope I won’t let you down,” says Stinky.

“I am happy as long as we are together,” she replies.

Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to a bench in the garden.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


“This is a beautiful place. Are we going to do something special here?” Periwinkle asks.

“We are going to sit quietly and think about my brofur, Mau, and enjoy the yard he loved so much. That little metal tuxie cat marks his grave.”

Periwinkle gathers Stinky into her arms for another big hug. “I know how much you all loved your brofur, as did my sisfur Allie, and my whole family,” says Periwinkle as she comforts Stinky.“This is a nice spot just to relax. It’s too bad you cannot come here whenever you want.”

“I know, but we can see everything through the window anytime.”


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


“All the Kitties Blue except Fiona and Lily Olivia are buried in our yard and two Doggies Blue as well,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Did you know them all?” Periwinkle asks.

“No, just Mau and Lily Olivia. She was very old and went to the Bridge shortly after I came to live here, but she told me all about the other Kitties Blue. She knew all of them personally, except one, Twinkle.”

“That’s pretty cool, Stinky. How many have there been?”

“I am number 19,“ replies Stinky.

“Wow, that’s a lot of kitties. Do you know all their names?”

Stinky counts on his toe beans as he recites their names, “Skooter, Steamer, Daphne, Thelma, Louise, Chloe, Twinkle, Lily Olivia, Madison, MacKenzie and Fiona. They are all the angels along with Mau.”

Remembering Mau

“Do you think the whole gang was there to meet Mau at the Bridge?“ Periwinkle asks.

“I sure hope so! Do you want to visit all the other spots where my brofurs and sisfurs are buried?” Stinky asks.

Periwinkle declines and tells Stinky they can do that another time. She wants to stay where they are and memorize every sight and sound to tell Allie when she gets home.

While sitting quietly near Mau, Periwinkle hears a tinkling sound. She sees a blue bottle hanging from a dogwood tree and asks Stinky about it. Stinky tells her that it is a wind chime and was a gift from Teddy, Angel Sammy and Mom Pam in remembrance of Mauricio.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


Periwinkle wipes tears from her eyes, takes Stinky’s paw again and replies, “Oh, what a beautiful and thoughtful gift. Every time you hear it, you will know that Mau is thinking of all of you. Do you know what is engraved on it?”

Stinky recites to her from memory, “’May you hear the patter of my paws through the sound of the wind.’”

“That is so special. My mom said there was a really nice memorial for Mau at Cat Scouts,” remarks Periwinkle.

“Yep, Cooper Murphy told me all about it,” says Stinky.

“Cat Scouts are so nice and helpful, and everyone loved Mau. Do you remember how he helped us deliver noms and treats on Halloweenie to the Black Kitties House and when he taught us how to bake pies for Thanksgiving at the Bake Shop?”



“Of course, I do. He definitely was an exemplary Scout and amazing big brofur. Cooper said he shared at Scouts some of the stories and songs Mau wrote. I have memorized a few. Would you like to hear one.”

“Oh yes,” replies Periwinkle.

“Most things he wrote are pretty long, so I will share one of the shorter poems,” says Stinky and starts to recite:

Kitten Season

When spring appears we give a cheer.
It is our favorite time of year.
As kitties, our thoughts turn to romance.
We’ll try to sneak out if given a chance.
That’s why it’s important to spay and neuter,
So we don’t end up with an ardent suitor,
Add more kittens that cannot find homes
And may be forced the neighborhood to roam.
Please, oh please, be a responsible pet parent
And don’t subject unwanted kittens to a death warrant.

“That is such a great poem, Stinky, with an important message. Your brofur was wise and talented.”

After sitting in silence for a long time and remembering Mau, Stinky invites Periwinkle to have a snack and nap on the catio.
When they finish, Stinky and Periwinkle walk paw-in-paw to the teleportation tunnel where they share lots of hugs and whisker kisses. With final whispers to each other, Periwinkle enters the tunnel for her trip home and with a whosh is gone. Stinky is already anticipating their next adventure.

The End



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Chip Hauckcat August 2, 2020 at 1:26 pm

Such a beautiful garden! The wind chime is pawsum, especially the message scratched into the glass! Mau was speshul, to me, and to my brofur, Cat Scout Angel Hermes!! I miss them. All of them. 🐾


Stephanie B July 31, 2020 at 8:05 am

Loved this so much!!! Thank you for sharing 💗😊💗


Charles Huss July 30, 2020 at 9:20 am

That was an interesting story and I love the memory garden. I also thought the gift from Teddy, Angel Sammy and Mom Pam was very thoughtful.
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Spitty the Kitty July 29, 2020 at 11:00 pm

Aww, that was a beautiful story. The Human gotted a little leaky reading it. She think Mau would like one of our Before Kitties named Mr. Teeth. He is a big ol’ gray boy and he is so fun! We think he’ll look Mau up. However, if Mau runs into a tiny tabby girl named BooBoo, he should back away slowly and find another part of the Bridge, ha ha ha. Love you all!
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Gracie July 29, 2020 at 10:40 am

What a wonderful adventure. Your garden at the Blues is beautiful and where Mau is such a quiet and peaceful place. Your mom has a lovely garden and so nice that you can see the garden from the house. I love the bench in the garden by Mau. It was so sweet and thoughtful that Teddy and his family sent wind chimes. I think out of all your adventures this is the best. Hope your seizures go long times in between. Love to you and your families.
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meowmeowmans July 28, 2020 at 10:27 pm

Such a beautiful memorial garden, and a special place to remember Mau and all the other Kitties Blue. XO
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Raven July 28, 2020 at 8:12 pm

That’s a beautiful location for Mau and you honored him well.


The Island Cats July 28, 2020 at 5:35 pm

What a beautiful garden and resting place for the Kitties Blue…especially Mau. We hope you hear the patter of his paws often.
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Ellen Pilch July 28, 2020 at 5:23 pm

That was a sweet visit. Such a beautiful memorial garden. XO


George Clooney July 28, 2020 at 3:52 pm

How beautiful to sit quietly and honour your brother Mau. That is such a beautiful wind chime. Such a lovely story so sweetly told, thank you.
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AngelicClowder July 28, 2020 at 2:26 pm

It was a wonderful meaningful adventure even if it was tame. We enjoyed the trip with you guys. Beautiful garden and the blue bottle is beautiful too
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Brian Frum July 28, 2020 at 1:44 pm

That really was a special day today, you two did it just right. Hugs.
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Kathe W. July 28, 2020 at 12:08 pm

we never ever forget our beloved family members no longer here but always in our hearts.
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Timmy Tomcat July 28, 2020 at 11:53 am

This was such a very special visit for us and we hope you enjoyed it Periwinkle. Mau was a wonderful fellow and Scout and we miss him so. We thank you Stinky for being so gracious to share his special spot with us all. Sending our love and purrs
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Sandee July 28, 2020 at 10:42 am

It may be a tame adventure, but a wonderful walk down memory lane. So appropriate for their adventure today. I love the wind chime. What a thoughtful thing to do.

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Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches to all the kitties and a big healing hug to the mom. ♥


databbiesotrouttowne July 28, 2020 at 10:07 am

guyz….sum times goin ” noe wear” iz WAY better N goin “sum wear” !!

de gardin total lee rox & we noe thiz add venture will be rated in de top two 🙂

ther haz been dawgs in trout towne az well, kleer bak even bee for gram paw dudez time ♥♥♥

thanx for sharin thiz journee two day; that was way awesum oh ted o nator, sam o bacon & ther mom ta send de wind chime ♥♥♥


Eastside Cats July 28, 2020 at 9:10 am

Our missing friends continue to live in our hearts.
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Periwinkle July 28, 2020 at 8:37 am

Stinky, I am so glad you shared your peaceful garden with me and that we got to spend time together talking about Mau. He was a very special brofur and husband and Cat Scout. The wind chime and the bench are beautiful. It’s nice that you can look out the window any time and feel like you are with Mau.

Paw pats. headbonks and whisker kisses,
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mommakatandherbearcat July 28, 2020 at 6:06 am

Thank you for allowing us to tag along on your adventure to remember Mau. He won’t be forgotten, ever!
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Sushi July 28, 2020 at 5:51 am

Hi. I am shocked with the news I received from an email from Cat Scout. I still receive emails from them. I read about Mau’s memorial service. Oh my! I’m lost for words… I haven’t been blogging anymore, but I’m very active on IG which I share with my brofur, Nori. I’m really sad about this news. Mau, i will forever remember you in my blogging days and in Cat Scout… *salutes*.
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Memories of Eric and Flynn July 28, 2020 at 5:32 am

That is a lovely peaceful place to sit and remember Mau.
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Lone Star Cats July 28, 2020 at 5:24 am

The garden looks like a nice place to remember Mau.
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Ted and Mom Pam July 28, 2020 at 4:50 am

Such a beautiful visit those two had this week…..your Mom has the garden looking really beautiful and peaceful….we love the new bench and are proud to see the wind chime in a spot where you can hear Mauricio saying “hello” whenever you visit! We know Mau is resting in TRUE peace at the Bridge.

Hugs, Teddy and Mom
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Mango and Mom July 28, 2020 at 3:11 am

We do miss Mauricio! And his funny half mustachel! He was unique! Like his friend Sammy Kimmel! I am certain these two are arranging AngelCatscouts and inviting Our Aspen!


Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs July 28, 2020 at 3:02 am

Awww, what a touching and beautiful time you had in the Garden as you remembered your dear brofur, Mau…and of course all the others who went before.

What a lovely wind chime that is in remembrance of Mau. I don’t think I have ever seen one like that.
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