Remembering Hollywood Nights — Part 1

Remembering Hollywood Nights -- Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day


When Miss Deb of Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles invited folks to participate in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day, mom and I said yes right away. She has been wanting me to write a post about her soul kitty, Hollywood, for some time and this seemed like the purrfect opportunity. Now you might think that this would bother me, that mom had another soul kitty (can you have more than one in a Thumbnail-Rainbow-Bridge-Day1lifetime?) but it doesn’t. In fact, mom has told me many stories about her and Hollywood is a bit of an inspiration to me.

For the past day or two, I’ve been seeing the human mom’s saying that writing about their kitties over the bridge made them have leaky eyes. Mom has promised me she won’t do that, but if it happens, I will understand. In hopes of keeping things dry, we have agreed to make this a happy story, with only the good stuff. One thing that helps is that it has been quite a few years so mom’s heart has had time to heal.

Many years before I was born, mom and her boyfriend would go to this particular pet store for supplies for their fish tank. For weeks, this fluffy Himalayan kitten was hanging around — usually in the rawhide dog bone display! She was never in a cage and greeted all the customers with purrs. Mom would pet and play with her while her boyfriend chatted with the owner and got their supplies. This went on for a couple of months and the kitten was about six months old by then. One day, a lady came in with her daughter and they paid particular attention to the kitten. They talked to each other about taking her home. A few minutes later, mom’s boyfriend walked up to mom and said, “Go get your kitten.” Mom said, “What?” Turns out, her boyfriend didn’t care much for the lady and child and decided to save the kitten from them by buying her for mom.

Remembering Hollywood Nights -- Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

Hollywood when she first came to live with mom, about 6 months old.

At that time, mom and her boyfriend had just completed shooting a video and the boyfriend spent lots of long nights in Hollywood editing the video. They decided her registered name would be Miss Hollywood Nights. She was always Hollywood, never Holly for short. If she was in trouble, which wasn’t often mom says because she was nearly perfect, it was Hol-ly-WOOD!

One of the times she scared mom the most while she was still a kitten was an afternoon when they couldn’t find her. They searched and searched in the house. They thought maybe she had somehow gotten outside, so they searched and searched out there. After hours of searching and mom in tears, they heard a tiny little mew. They waited to hear it again to see where it was coming from. Finally, they realized it was coming from inside the sofa. Hollywood had gotten closed up in the convertible sofa!! Mom was so grateful she hadn’t gotten hurt or suffocated she cried some more.

The thing about Hollywood that inspires me most is what a brave kitty she was. When mom took her out of the Remembering Hollywood Nights -- Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Dayhouse, she never put her in a carrier. Even when she went to the vet, mom carried her in and she sat in her lap. (Remember, this was many, many years ago!) She was never afraid and never tried to get away. And she wasn’t afraid of woofies!

She learned to walk on a leash and loved it. She traveled a lot with mom, but that is a whole other story. As I’m writing this, I realize I have a lot more to tell you about Hollywood. She had a long, interesting life with lots of adventures, so I’ll tell you more about her next Friday.

If you haven’t already commented on my blogoversary post, please click on over and do so. I’d love to get more of mom’s green papers to donate to A-Pal Humane Society!

Wishing you all happy memories of furiends gone to the bridge.

Christy Paws

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35 Responses to Remembering Hollywood Nights — Part 1

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  3. Mary Haight says:

    What happy memories of a beautiful kitty. Nice boyfriend to save her from the wrong people! Great post for Remembrance Day =)

  4. Cathy Armato says:

    What a great story! Hollywood definitely was a special kitty, thanks for sharing her story with us!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  5. Thank you for sharing your memories of Miss Hollywood Nights. She sounds like she was a wonderful kitty!

    The Mom cried a lot here on Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day as it was also the one-year anniversary of Jewel’s passing.

    Purrs <3

  6. What a wonderful memory of a beautiful kitty! Sharing our memories is so healing <3
    If would like to be a guest blogger, I would be honored . I wrote a book Furry Philosophy and Memoirs Set in Stone that featured many stories like yours and the art created for the pet to honor them , I am planning on do a revised version years from now and am going to include some of my guest bloggers . If you want to share please message me and I would be so honored but if you don't I understand , but your story was so beautiful I had to ask. Sending luv hugs and happy memories

  7. Annabelle says:

    What beautiful memories of Hollywood.
    One day our Mom hopes that she has more smiles than tears over Abby. She misses her so much.

  8. Dogvills says:

    How nice of you to tell us about Hollywood. I would love to read more about her next week.

  9. Cathy Keisha says:

    I loved reading about Hollywood! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Timmy Tomcat says:

    Oh that is a really great story about Hollywood.
    Purrs Christy
    Timmy and Family

  11. Wonderful memories about Miss Hollywood. Your Mom had a nice boyfriend too.

  12. Val Silver says:

    Hollywood sounds like a great cat and friend. Pets like her make our lives better in so many ways.

  13. What a great kitty Hollywood was. Thanks for sharing her story with us. And purrs to your mom on this day as she remembers her special girl. 🙂

  14. meowmeowmans says:

    We really enjoyed learning about Hollywood. She sounds like quite an amazing kitty … and so beautiful, too. 🙂

    Hugs to you as you remember your special angel!

  15. Hollywood sounds like a perfect lady and nosy like us Siamese so I would have liked her. Thanks for telling us about her.

    (((Shoko and Kali)))

  16. Hollywood sounds like such an awesome kitty! We can’t wait to hear more about her.

  17. Ellen Pilch says:

    Hollywood sounds like she was a wonderful kitty and she was very pretty too.

  18. What a wonderful story, can’t wait for the rest. Sending luvs to your Mama today.
    Marty and the Gang

  19. da tabbies o trout towne says:

    we loves thiz storee…yes pleez due share sum mor bout hol ly wood 🙂 …….manee hugs two yur mom two day az her rememburrz hollywood ♥♥♥♥

  20. Sounds like Miss Hollywood was meant to be with your mom

  21. What a lovely post on that special day! Hollywood looked like a very special cat. Hugs and purrs

  22. Fanks Fur sharin’ Christy. She sounds like she was a gweat kitty. Mommy sez happy or sad she always cwis when talkin’ ’bout da kitties who be gone cuz she’s just an emotional purrson. MOL And as fur heart kitties, weez not know zactly what those awe, cuz mommy sez dat each of us be diffewent and weez all special to mommy and dat weez each have a piece of hers heart.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  23. What a delightful post! I loved learning about Hollywood. You are a sweet cat, Christy Paws, to let your human share her story. Mr. Jazz tells in his book, Purr Prints of the Heart, that humans have room in their hearts for endless love when it comes to animals. Thank you so much for participating in Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day – xoxo from Mr. Jazz, Deb, Purr Prints of the Heart and the Zee/Zoey Gang

  24. Carleen says:

    What a special cat. Thanks for sharing your memories!

  25. Summer says:

    Holly sounds like a very special kitty! I would love to know more about her.

  26. I loved reading this post about Miss Hollywood NIghts and thank you for answering my first question! I was wondering how she got her name and you answered that 🙂

    You also reminded me of the time that my Bobo also got stuck in the couch and I thought I would die! It was one of those ones where the stool on the bottom comes out, yours must have been the same.

    My Angel Bobo also used to LOVE to walk outside on his leash (something that Cody wants NO part of!) I am actually glad about that, because Bobo liked it so much he always tried to get out, whereas Cody has no interest in the outdoors at all.

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful kitty with all of us. Sending you purrs of comfort and love

  27. Penelope says:

    What a great post! Hollywood sounds like my kind of girl cat!!!
    Independent and Beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing her with us!

  28. speedyrabbit says:

    Aww how cute was she,xx Speedy

  29. Tami says:

    Love this post! Hollywood was a beautiful kitty. Thanks for sharing the memories.

  30. Connie says:

    Hollywood sounds like a very special kitty

  31. This is a great way to remember Hollywood! Sending you purrs and hugs on this special day!

  32. Hollywood was a true beauty. This is such a special day to remember our precious angels.

  33. Sammy says:

    Such a sweet post…..what a beautiful cat Hollywood was too……..sending you hugs on this day of remembrance.

    Love, Sammy

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