Remembering Shamoo

 

My final portrait of Shamoo taken on Christmas Day 2016

 

Shamoo was born in October, 1997 and died December 28, 2016.

He was a wonderful cat who had a very good life. He was aware of this, and stuck around for 19 years to enjoy as much of it as he could. He spent 18 of his years with his person Amy. John provided staffing for Shamoo for 17 years. Shamoo cared about them very much in the way that cats care about their people.

Shamoo worked hard to be dignified, clean, and proper at all times, commanding the title of “Sir”. As a younger cat, he was a little cheeky, but he mellowed with age. Often things happened around him that left him feeling concerned, but he tried hard to never let anything ruffle his fur too much.

To the very end, Shamoo was a handsome cat. He routinely positioned himself in locations that would complement his dapper black and white coat. He loved the camera. Amy enjoyed taking photographs of him. In the early days of the internet LOLCat, he enjoyed a measure of notoriety, being chosen to appear regularly on the website StuffOnMyCat.com. He was included in the pages of three Stuff on My Cat books and won a Stuff on My Cat online contest with his portrayal of the letter Z.

In his life, Shamoo lived in Evansville, Indiana; Archbold, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; and (again) Evansville, Indiana. He had many roommates and temporary staff in that time who enjoyed his company. During his time in Archbold, Shamoo also shared the house with Josh the dog. The two enjoyed playing tricks on each other, chasing each other, and looking out the window together. Shamoo always felt a little sorry for Josh for being the family pet.

Shamoo enjoyed being petted while he ate fresh crunchies and watching birds. He often talked to the birds excitedly as he watched them. In his younger days, he enjoyed playing with string toys, aggravating his roommates, and jumping into window sills to look outside. In his later years, he enjoyed laying on top of his people, going on walks indoors with John, sleeping in his heated cat bed, and taking short excursions into the outdoors.

Shamoo found new experiences even as an elderly cat. He went on his first vacation to Northern Michigan at the age of 16 and returned to Michigan for two more years. He didn’t mind the car ride and enjoyed the relaxing time with his people.

Shamoo was a very good cat and he will be greatly missed.

 

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12 thoughts on “Remembering Shamoo

  1. This is a beautiful tribute to Shamoo. We will all miss hearing about your adventures and seeing your portraits.

    On Sat, 7 Jan 2017 5:56 pm Squirrels and Tomatoes wrote:

    > Amy Rich posted: ” Shamoo was born in October, 1997 and died December > 28, 2016. He was a wonderful cat who had a very good life. He was aware of > this, and stuck around for 19 years to enjoy as much of it as he could. He > spent 18 of his years with ” >

  2. Oh, my God, I have no words, Amy! Thank you for sending this–text and video! I’m weeping as I did when I first heard of Shamoo’s death. Especially during the last few years, I felt very connected to Shamoo, as you shared his experiences with me. I often asked about him; no detail about his life was too small or too mundane for me to be interested in.
    I enjoy the photos of Shamoo alone and with his people. What a powerful record you’ve created, Amy. I’ll look at this again and again!

  3. Linda urged me to experience your beautiful memorial – and so I have. What a fine tribute to a “life well lived”, as they say. Now – who will audit the “critter count”?

    Bob

  4. Shamoo had a wonderful ride this trip.

    Thank you for sharing his amazing adventures with us, Amy.

    This is a beautiful tribute.

    My condolences.

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