Faye Rapoport DesPres

We will miss you forever, Frazier.

I have some sad cat-and-book-related news. Earlier this month we learned that Frazier, star of my third children’s book, FRAZIER: THE VERY SPECIAL CAT, left his human mom to head for the rainbow bridge.

If you’ve read the book you know the basics, but here are more details from his true story: I rescued Frazier, who was injured, more than 10 years ago. He was living on the streets and had an infected eye and other injuries. With the help of a non-profit rescue organization, he got the veterinary care he needed — including having the damaged eye removed. He then spent six months in his own air-conditioned room in quarantine at an amazing no-kill, cage-free shelter (he had to be quarantined by law because he had injuries of unknown origin). That’s where his adoptive mom met him; she was a shelter volunteer. As soon as Frazier was eligible for adoption, she put in an application. Then she brought that sweet boy home.

Frazier lived an adored, safe, happy life from that day forward. That’s what I wanted for him, and I am so grateful to his adoptive mom.

The vet guessed Frazier was at least 16. My husband and I enjoyed visiting him about a year ago, and I’m so glad we had a chance to see him. He was purring up a storm and ruling his roost, with two feline sisters (one blind) in tow.

We will love you forever, Frazier. I’m honored to have told your story and so glad you will live on in the hearts of future children (and adults) who read it. They will learn to be brave and to count legs, tails, ears, and eyes from a very special boy.