Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Cole: Over the Rainbow Bridge


Cole at Cat Care

Some of you might remember this awesome mancat from my posts many years ago. I met Cole (formerly Coltrane) and Cash (formerly Crash) at Cat Care Society in 2013. I fell in love with the pair immediately! Cole looked a lot like Lita, and I understood and connected with Cash in a way most of the shelter staff didn't. 

Cole endeared everyone to him. I don't know any shelter employee or volunteer who didn't love Cole as much as I did. He was such a sweet and gentle mancat. 

I was spending a lot of time with Jewel in the vet clinic that used to be in the basement of Cat Care's building. After every visit, I'd have to wait for paratransit to show up and take us home, so I'd go up to the shelter and visit the adoptable cats. At least twice a month, I'd go upstairs, find Cole, and if he wasn't with Cash already, I'd pick him up and take him to wherever Cash was. I'd hug Cole and pet Cash and talk to them. Most of the time, Cole smelled nice, as he'd absorb the perfume everyone wore when they carried him around all day. 

I wanted to take Cole and Cash home so much, but my situation simply didn't allow for it. I knew these best friends were a pair of incredibly special mancats. 

Cash and Cole
Cash and Cole were the best of friends.
Photo credit: Karen. Photo used with permission.

About a week after Jewel passed away, I went to the shelter to visit Cole and Cash to cheer myself up. I was stunned to find out the pair had been adopted and had already gone home. As with so many adoptions for those who work with shelters or rescues, this news was bittersweet for me. Of course I was thrilled that these special boys had a loving home, but I knew I'd miss them terribly! I didn't think I'd ever hear about how they were again, but fortunately, the universe had other plans. 

Knowing how much I loved Cash and Cole, one of the shelter staff introduced me to the amazing woman who adopted Cole and Cash that summer, and a beautiful friendship was born. 

Over the years, I've gotten to hear lots of stories about Cole and Cash in their new home. It turned out, not only did Cole look a lot like Lita, he acted a lot like Lita, too. He loved his people deeply and slept with them at night. He was a bit of a scaredy cat and could often be found hiding when other folks came over to visit with his people. And, he gave amazing hugs! What more could you ask for? 

Today, Mom Karen let me know that she had to say good-bye to Cole. He was 18 years old. His little body had had enough, and it was time to go be with his best friend, Cash, at the Rainbow Bridge. Cash has been waiting for Cole there since 2022. They are together again. Now they can watch over their people together once again until they all meet again. 

I'll miss you, Cole. I love you and Cash, and I'm so grateful for all the wonderful visits we had while you were at Cat Care and all the love and care your forever people gave you. 

Cole Forever

March, 2006–July 2, 2024
Forever Loved


  1. What a lovely tribute to a fine mancat. Cole looks the most wonderful boy.

    Marjorie and Toulouse

  2. I'm so sorry about the loss of Cole, Sierra. This is a nice tribute to him. Sending purrs.

  3. Cole was very handsome. It is very good to hear that Karen kept in touch with you as to how he was getting on. That is a special friendship.

  4. Over here, we hated to see him go, but over there they were saying "Here he comes !"

  5. That is so sad. He was a handsome boy. XO

  6. My condolences to all who knew and loved both Cole and Cash. No matter how long they are with us, it's not long enough.

  7. Wee are furry sorry that Cole had to go to Purr Land. Hee at leest iss with Cash an they will bee twogether. BellaSita Mum reememburrss yore posts about those 2 hansum mancatss....wee are sorry fore yore loss an wee hope yoe memoreess will comfert you Miss S....
    ~~~head rubss~~~BellaDharma~~~
    {{{hugss}}} BellaSita Mum

  8. Awww guys, we are so sorry that Cole departed for the Rainbow Realm! We send oodles of gentle hugs and soft purrs💔🌈💔🌈💔

  9. Hmmm, did my comment go to spam?? Blogger is a pain that was lately!

    I am sorry you lost your good furry friend from long ago.

  10. We are so sad that Cole was needed at the Bridge. But we are so thankful for the love he had from you and the other folks at Cat Care Society, and Mom Karen. and now he is reunited with his best friend Cash, which gives us a little bit of comfort to know. Hugs.