Here are some excerpts from a few of the many touching letters of condolence we have received.

Thank you very much for sharing this absolutely wonderful tribute with us. It is so full of great memories, and so clearly shows the love you and your family have for Joey and the love that he gave to you, it is heartwarming and tender and even funny at times. In short, a most magnificent effort. Thank you again for allowing us to be a distant witness!!

Oh, how very sorry we are for your loss of your handsome Joseph. You have both done such a wonderful service with this website---another loss just does not seem fair in the Karmic balance.
Our hearts go out to you. We are certain that Avatar and Duncan are taking care of Joseph now.
You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

Although I have been keeping up to date with your Joey reports, I am shocked and saddened to read this email. Sending you our heartfelt sympathy at this very sad time.
Thank you for the beautiful photo of beautiful Joey. Felt close to tears when I read your poignant quotes. Please pass on a reassuring cuddle to Neutrino from us.

A conversation between two brothers.
Joey...Hey Duncan!!! Where have you been?
Duncan...Right here my brother, waiting for you. It's so good to see you.
Joey...You too. Where is this place? Wow, it's beautiful here!
Duncan...This is your new forever home. It's even better than you think.
Joey...Is my dear Carol here too?
Duncan...Not yet; She will be. She still has lots of things to do before she joins us.
Joey...But, I want to see her.
Duncan...Then, close your eyes and you will.
Joey...Wow, that's amazing. I love her so much. But, why is she crying?
Duncan...It's because she misses you. She still cries when she thinks about me.
Joey...But, I don't like it when she cries.
Duncan...Me either. But, she smiles too, when she thinks of us. You'll see.
Joey...Are we alone here?
Duncan...Oh no. Come with me. "Hey Avatar. Hey Skunk. Come see who I just found."

I was about to go to bed and just clicked on my email button. I just knew what I was about to read when I saw the paper clip attachment.. I read over your mail letting us all know about Joey's departure to Rainbow Bridge... I so feel very saddened by the news. I am very emotional for you all, I want to send my sincere condolences... The hole they leave in our hearts is never ending... I know how much you love your family felines, they are your babies... so special. I'll always have a special place in my heart for your two boys, Duncan and Joey.... The most beautiful cats I have ever seen, indeed.
Thinking of you all, xxx
How incredibly beautiful and loving Joey's Tribute was. In parts I laughed - how he would growl when you or Dave sang and then he would attack Duncan - but mostly I just tearfully thought of all the joy he brought to you with everything he did. He too, will always be in your heart never to be forgotten.

My Dear Carol , David & Neutrino
It saddens me to learn of your beautiful Joseph passing away today, July 04, 2012. Only an animal lover can even begin to understand that loving bond between our animal friends and ourselves. They are truly our feline & canine partners in life and when they are no longer in our midst, it hurts. So Carol, David and Neutrino, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all of you. May your sweet Joseph rest in eternal peace and we will all be together again when we meet at beautiful Rainbow Bridge. May inner peace be with you.

I am so sorry. He was such a handsome guy with those beautiful blue eyes. He had the best Mommy possible - you gave him excellent care and did everything possible for him in his final illness. He was very brave but it just got to be too much. I know how empty the house will be after more than fourteen years but you will have your memories of a young, energetic Joey. And he will be frolicking again with Duncan whom he loved. I'm sure Trino will miss his brother too. I will miss him very much when I visit. He was a sweetheart.

Joey: "We'll see you on the other side of the mountain; where the sweet green grass grows."

So sorry for your loss. We animal lovers understand that they are members of the family, not just pets.

Lots of love being sent your way, a very hard time.. your boy had the most amazing parents, so so loved and cared for like a king xxx

I'm so sorry. What a beautiful boy. Thinking of you.

His Auntie Jean will miss him very much - he was a sweet, beautiful boy.

My sincerest condolences for your loss. They take such a huge piece of our hearts.

Oh my, carol, so, so sorry for you and your family, I know he was your love.

Carol I'm so sorry, haven't been reading the news feed this week and just saw your loss.. My heart goes out to you, he was such a beautiful boy. However, I know he is in really good company as my little Kali will be showing him all the ropes.

From Joseph's vets and techs:

The whole VRCC family is so sorry for your loss of Joseph....he was such a special kitty and loved by so many. Our hearts are with you in your time of sorrow.

You and your brother can now catch all the mice you want! So grateful for having the chance to care for such awesome cats! Thank you Mr. and Mrs. DiFiori.

What a wonderful tribute! We all miss Joseph very much. He was so lucky to have 2 incredible human beings as his mom and dad. Thanks for sharing this very personal story.
Joseph was an awesome cat with awesome owners. I'll make sure I tell the man upstairs to take extra good care of him.
Joseph was the most wonderful cat. He loved to be held and would climb up my shoulders. Remember you gave him the best life and did everything you could for him. May time and great memories heal your broken heart.
I am so sorry for your loss of Joseph. He was such a great cat. I know he will be missed.
Joseph was a lovely kitty. I'm so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Joseph was simply the most wonderful kitty that I ever met. He was so sweet and always up for some ear rubs even when he wasn't feeling well. He never failed to bring a smile to my face. I know Joseph was very special to you and my thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. He will never be forgotten.
I am so sorry for your loss of Joseph. I know you did everything you possibly could for him. I hope you know how much we all loved him and enjoyed his presence here. You are in my thoughts in this difficult time.
I am so sorry for your loss. Joseph was a great kitty and we will all miss him very much.
Joseph was a wonderful kitty man. He will be missed.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Joseph. He was truly a very sweet and special boy.
Joseph was the best kitty. He was always sweet and loved to snuggle.
Joseph was a favorite here at VRCC. He will be missed.
Joseph was one of my favorite patients. He was such a sweet boy with a great meow. I am very sorry for your loss.
I am so sorry for your loss of Joseph. He was such a sweet boy and so very lucky to have had such a loving family as yours. May happy memories sustain you during this difficult time.
You are in my thoughts and prayers and am grateful for being allowed to care for Joseph and Duncan throughout the years! St. Francis is now watching over them.
Joseph will be missed by all the lives he touched while with us.


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