Today is Nerissa the Cat’s five month Angelversary. Seems like only yesterday when we were hanging out, with Niss going on about politics and the Canadian gov’mint, and expounding on his admiration for Anderson Cooper.
Niss loved adventures, and was always asking me to go on them with Savannah and Dash, but I was too caught up in helping my mom write books, and never got the chance. I always thought we had time. Turns out my best friend was out of time, at least here on earth.
One of the first things I remember about Niss, way back in 2011 when we first started hanging out, was his love of his garden. He often shared photos of his garden with me, and he even sent me giant homemade mouses stuffed with home-grown nip from his garden. I still have them mouses and…MOUSES! The nip continues to work its magic on me and my fur sibs.
Niss coined the phrase, ‘MOUSES’ and had hopes that by getting all of his friends to use it, someday it would be added to the dictionary. So in honor of Niss, let’s all step it up by exclaiming MOUSES!
If you hang out on Niss’s blog you will see what an incredibly active cat he was. Not only going on some pretty amazing adventures, and his love of politics – he was running for Canadian Senate when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge – but also his relentless involvement with saving homeless cats. He tweeted and Facebooked about every cat he heard about on death row, desperate for a Forever Home. I don’t know how many he rescued with his tweets and Facebooking…but I know he raised awareness by posting their faces and pleading for someone to help them.
I admired Niss so much. Not only was he my Best Mancat at my wedding when I meowied Belle, he was a loyal friend, more than anyone will ever know. He reached out to me so many times when I was feeling low about something. You couldn’t ask for a better pal than Niss. But if you know who Nerissa the Cat is, you already know what an amazing friend he was.
I was so very proud of Niss for winning his awards. He won the Blogpaws 2013 Nose-to-Nose for Best Blog Writingk, and in 2015 Blogpaws awarded him with a Special award for Excellence in a Collaborative Blogging Effort. I was at the Blogpaws banquet when Chloe DeVita announced this award. I was so stunned to hear my Besties name that I couldn’t text him fast enough to tell me he had won an award he didn’t even know existed. Niss also won two 2013 Canadian Blog Awards for Humor writing and Pet Blogging.
Niss also had his life story published in Rescued: The Stories of 12 Cats, Through Their Eyes. I was so proud of him and his Peep #1 for that accomplishment.
In April 2013 Niss had leg problems, and the end result was damage to his knee. He had to have a bionic knee, and got to wear really cool glasses. Read Niss’s post on his cool glasses here. He went through surgery and we all thought okay, he’s gonna be fine and go on his adventures, etc. But maybe the knee was the beginning of the end. Maybe somehow his bionic knee caused an infection and somehow that contributed to the Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency that weaken him beyond recovery, and made him decide to walk over the Rainbow Bridge on April 30, 2015 before we were all ready to see him go.
Unlike many of our pals who now reside Over the Rainbow Bridge, Niss decided his work on this side was done, and he turned his award-winning blog over to his brother, Seville aka the Orange Dude. Sev is doing a great job, but I sure miss my pal, Niss.
You can read Seville’s tribute to his brother here.
Losing Niss hurt my heart. It’s taken me this long to pull myself together to write this tribute. I’m weeping with loss as I write this, as if he was leaving us for a second time. But you know…Niss will never really be gone. As long as we remember him, and read his adventures, and support rescuing cats on death row…Niss will live forever.
You were one in a zillion, Niss. I’m honored to have been your friend. Goodbye…for now.