By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
When my cats and I first joined UnitedCats.com¹, Cisco blogged that he wanted a yellow cape so he could be a super cat. Through the magic of Photoshop, he made his first flight as Supurr Cisco.
His picture and blog inspired comments from others wanting capes so they too could be super cats. We created distinctive costumes for cats whose humans didn’t know how and so the League of Super Cat Heroes (the LOSCH) was formed.
The cats “flew” rescue missions to benefit endangered felines around the globe.
When my cat, Treat, was killed by a car, the other cats and humans on UnitedCats.com were terribly upset. Everyone on this site knew how hard it is to lose a kitty. I previously had copied the rainbow bridge poem to comfort other members. When Treat died, the LOSCH decided that since they could fly, they should escort him to the bridge, their first “rainbow mission.” A few months later, my beloved Kittibits died of cancer, and we flew another mission.
Since then, every time a kitty veteran of United Cats dies, the LOSCH gives them a rainbow escort. If the kitty is a LOSCH member, s/he is given a 21 Tail Salute by the super cats as they fly home. On a few occasions, when a human member has died, the LOSCH has escorted that person to the bridge to be with their rainbow kitties. Once or twice the escort has honored a dog or another kind of pet, but mostly it’s kitties. It gets tough to narrate the missions, especially when they’re for a member or kitty we’ve grown especially fond of, or when three or four missions are needed, one after the other. But the missions seem to bring comfort to the grieving humans left behind so we purrsevere.
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
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