Rest in Peace: Doc Holiday


DSC00427At approximately 1:40AM this morning, my beloved Doc Holiday died. At least I had her home, and I had my hands on her, trying to comfort her, when she died.

Pictured is Doc’s official POTUS campaign photo from 2004.

Doc Holiday was born on August 31, 2000.  I rescued her when she was 9 days old.  It was late in the evening of September 8.  I heard this horrified kitten, crying in distress.  I’d already changed for bed.  I put on a robe and drove around the condos, listening.  I found this little tiny kitten, its eyes barely open, lying on the the cold cement.  I quickly wrapped her in a soft towel.  Dressing, I took her to Walmart with me to buy milk to nurse her.  I bought the dry power instead of the liquid, and nearly killed her that way.  Her wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Warren Franklin, saved her life, many times.

Three weeks later, I rescued her twin sister, our beautiful Georgie W. who eventually was murdered via pet food poisoning, along with my precious little Miss Piggy.

Doc When Drunk
Doc When Drunk

Doc Holiday was so named because she was so tiny and so fragile that she needed a reputation to survive.  She grew into her name, terrorizing ever canine who came near her.  When hopped up on cat-nap, she was a nasty, mean drunk, who frequently left Rums battered and bloody.

Doc Caring for Hoss
Doc Caring for Hoss

In 2004, Doc ran for President. She finished third in the national cat nominations.  It was her only venture into politics.

During the summer and fall of 2011, Doc began losing weight.  In January of 2012 she was diagnosed with a severe pancreatic condition that was basically starving her to death.  From then, until a week ago, she was given this nasty powder, twice a day.   Dr. Lane Dixon and Dr. Franklin saved her life.

Three weeks ago she began losing more weight.  Last Friday I took her to the doctor.  She was in tremendous distress, then.  Dr. Dixon diagnosed her with Aplastic Anemia.  They feared pancreatic cancer.  She was doing well enough for me to bring her home.  She became so stressed this evening, after getting her front claws caught in the carpet, she had a catastrophic heart attack, dying within minutes.  I was comforting her at the time she died.

The great irony is it as if Doc held on for a year, to take care of Baby.  I rescued Miss Leontyne Price, AKA

Doc & Baby - 2012
Doc & Baby – 2012

Precious Little Baby Kitten, AKA Baby on March 1, 2012.  None of the other cats would go near Baby. They treated her quite badly.  Doc cared for her, loving her, grooming her, being right there for her. She snuggled baby, and basically raised her.  About a month ago, Baby began to truly interact with the rest of the family.  Looking back on it, when Baby was accepted by the rest of the family, Doc began separating herself from the world.  Mommy Cat was a total jerk to Baby.  Mommy Cat and Doc were best buds.  A month ago or so, Mommy Cat adopted Baby.  I remarked at the time that it was quite ironic the way she was taking care of Baby, crying for her when she was out of sight.  Doc’s health started failing at that time.  Baby has now been fully accepted by the family Doc protected with the ferocity of a lioness.

I was there when she was given a second chance at life, and was there when she died.  She was my baby, my beloved Doc.

She will be buried next to her beloved twin sister, Georgie W.  The service will be private, in keeping with her vile and opinionated nature.  She is survived by Mommy Cat, B(r)at Masterson, Hoss Cartwright, Bubbles Silverman, Madam de Pompadour ,and Miss Leontyne Price, AKA Precious Little Baby Kitten, AKA Baby.  Rums is not listed as next of kin because he is a toy poodle and Doc detested him.

This is the face that terrorized poodles, everywhere!
This is the face that terrorized poodles, everywhere!

63 thoughts on “Rest in Peace: Doc Holiday

  1. To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die, Doc you will live on.

    I have always found that those who love animals are more compassionate people,less selfish. They also blessed in that they understand the concept of unconditional love. It sounds like you,Doc and the rest of your furry family have been blessed.

    My heart goes out to you.


  2. I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of Doc Holiday. Grief like this is never easy, and this is a loss only time can help heal. I lost my own soul-kitty earlier this week, and I cry with you over your loss.
    Sending love from The Cat Blogosphere, and from all the Purries of Purrchance To Dream.

  3. We are so so sorry to hear of your loss of Doc. It sure sounds like Doc had a wonderful life with you and was very lucky to have you. Sending tons of purrs and prayers.

  4. So sorry to hear that sweet Doc Holiday left for the bridge. Know that forever she is now free of illness and forever will be free to run and play with her friends that were waiting for her. I know your heart is heavy and also know you will keep her close to you in your thoughts and prayers.

  5. We are so sorry to hear that Doc Holiday has gone to the Bridge. We hope all the joy she brought you helps ease the sadness you are feeling. Purrs and headbutts to you.

  6. We didn’t know Doc, but heard about her passing on the CB. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful life. Losing them never gets easier, but we hope these memories that you have help over time.

  7. We are so sorry to hear that Doc has gone to Rainbow Bridge and we can only imagine how heart broken you are. She will be met at the Bridge by all her friends who went before and she will be healthy and whole once more. In time if you see a shadow out the corner of your eye it will be her just checking to see that you are coping without her guidance. Take care.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  8. So very sorry to hear that you lost your sweet cat. It is never easy. I hope you find comfort in these words that I love.

    “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so…’twas heaven here with you.”
    – Isla Paschal Richardson

  9. We have not met previously but that makes no matter as this small slice of your life shows what a huge purrsonality you presented to the world.
    We know you are now running free without pain over the bridge and our Angels will be in the Queue of those wanting to show you around and help you work those wings with finesse.
    Love and support for Mom, Family and all Furs!
    Timmy Tomcat and Family

  10. We’re so sorry to hear that Doc Holiday had to run off to the Bridge. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well. We send soft and comforting purrs and prayers to you all.

  11. Ohhhhhh =(
    We’re always saddened to read about the loss of a long-time love. Grace & Company haven’t endured this yet, but I have, several times. It’s not easy, I know. Purrrrrrrrssssssss and prayers for all of you in the home Doc left behind.

    Marilynn, Grace & Company

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Doc’s passing. She lived a full rich life, something she wouldn’t have had without you. We know that she rests in your heart and we hope you will smile through your tears as we did through seeing her pictures and hearing her story.
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

  13. That is a beautiful memorial to a remarkable cat. We are so sorry that Doc has gone, your love and admiration for her shine through your words. We think that a cat like Doc, who ran a tight ship will keep an eye on you all as you grieve until happy memories return

    Rumbly purrs & Love
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

  14. We are so sorry that Doc Holiday has gone, your love and admiration for her shine through this beautiful memorial for her. We think that a cat like Doc, who ran a very tight ship will be keeping a watchful eye on you all, through your grief until happy memories return

    Love and rumbly purrs
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

  15. So sorry to hear about Doc’s passing. We heard the news from the Tabby Cat Club. She was quite a character and will be missed.

  16. Sorry to hear your sad news. After your wonderful tribute I feel that I have known Doc Holiday as well. The camaraderie of those of us who have paw marks on our hearts is strong and constant.

    Lv & Purrs,

    Harriet, Dusty & Silky

  17. We learned from Gracie about Doc Holiday and we wanted to come by with some comporting purrs and headbutts for you. She sounds like a wonderful cat soul. Run free and all healthy again at the Bridge, Doc. We will meet you there one day.

  18. what a lovely little portrait of lovely cat. We’re so sorry for the loss of your very good friend. If nothing else, she knew that she was loved, thanks to you.

  19. It is the hardest of events when we have to let go of a being so full of love. And cats are. They are just choosey. You post is very beautiful and we send purrs and hugs and hope it helps a little bit.

  20. We are visiting from Alasandra’s blog. I’m so sad to hear about Doc Holiday. She was a lovely tabby that obviously had a soft spot regardless of her reputation. We’re sending hugs and purrs.

  21. We are saddened by your loss, and send our deepest condolences. Doc sounds like she was a wonderful kitty, one who shows up once in a life time. She is so very lucky to have had a loving family, and we’re sure she was grateful for it. We hope you find comfort in your lovely memories. Deep purrs.

  22. We are so sorry that Doc has crossed the Bridge and send you gentle purrs and headbumps to comfort you in your loss. Such a lovely girl.

    Run free at the Bridge, beautiful Doc Holiday …

  23. Having rescued cats and kittens for many years, we know Doc could not possibly have been luckier than to have Cindy rescue her. Our hearts go out to Cindy for her loss, but remember there are always more kitties who need our help.

  24. Thank you. You’ve been there as a friend to Doc and the other Pink Flamingo Kitties for most of her life, the ups and downs and heart-aches. At least, as we discussed, I was able to have her here for her last moments. I just looked in the diary I keep and Siegfried also died on April 20. Coincidence?

    Bless you

  25. We’ve come over from the CB. We are so sorry to read about angel Doc Holiday. She was a wonderful character and so pretty too. We send you tons of comforting purrs. Take care

  26. I am so very sorry about Doc Holiday. She sounds like quite a character. The story about how she raised Baby is wonderful. I am glad that you have so many good memories to cherish.

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