1-24-17 Rickles

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I want to put the sad news up front so y’all aren’t blindsided: on January 10th, Rickles (from the Fools litter) passed away. He had a normal day, and in the afternoon was found curled up, still warm, but gone. His family is devastated, and his sister Roseanne misses him, too. Our hearts go out to his family as they mourn that wonderful boy.


I thought I would post some of Rickles’ sweet baby and toddler pictures, and I have some pictures of both him and Roseanne after they were adopted that his family was kind enough to allow me to post.

Rickles – and Roseanne, Belushi, Shecky, Louis, Gilda, and Skelton – were born here on April 1, 2015, kittens to Lucy (Lucille Ball). Since they were born on April 1st, everyone was named after comedians, and we called the litter “The Fools.”

He was a beautiful little charmer, right from the beginning.

Roseanne and Rickles.

Knew what he wanted, and went after it! (1 month old)


A photogenic little charmer.

“HUGS!” I loved this picture so much (as did y’all) that I made it into a banner.

Rickles (with Belushi and Carlin in the background), from Lucy’s Fools.

Another of my favorites – I still use this as my desktop background sometimes.

Sleepy boy.

With Roseanne (right), and Louis cleaning his ears.

“Let us OUT!”

Sweet boy.

Third from left, with all his siblings. (Let’s see, can I do this from memory? From left: Gilda, Carlin, Rickles, Shecky, Roseanne, Louis, Skelton & Belushi. Yep, still got it!)

Of course, Rickles was the star of our most-viewed video ever, Kitten Gone Wild:

YouTube link

Or here it is in .gif form (if it doesn’t show up for you below, go here) :

Boop! Jazz hands! Do a barrel roll! Jazz hands! Retreat!

Rickles was adopted by a wonderful family – and we were thrilled when they came back and adopted Roseanne, too! Here they are in their forever home.

Michelle said: He was a cat full of personality and made us laugh often. His favorite place was looking out the window or curled up next to his sister Roseanne. He loved belly rubs and would lay down and pick his back leg up to get them. He was loved so much and his death was devastating to our family especially our youngest son, Evan. He will be greatly missed and our home feels empty without him.

Michelle, thank you so much for allowing me to share your pictures. Our condolences to you and your family (and Roseanne), we know you miss that sweet boy terribly.


2016: I guess he’s got me trained.
2015: No entry.
2014: “Hallo, shweetheart.”
2013: “I can’t believe I had to wear a stupid tie to work today. Stupid meetings. Stupid ties. Stupid bosses.”
2012: Someone asked in the comments yesterday if Lucy is still “cockeyed”, and the answer is that yes, she is still slightly cross-eyed.
2011: It was a slipper. No wonder it wouldn’t purr.
2010: No entry.
2009: No entry.
2008: The Annoying of the Poo.
2007: She follows him downstairs and hangs out, giving him the Eyes of Love and all the other cats the Eyes of You-Go-To-Hell.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



1-24-17 Rickles — 39 Comments

  1. Oh, I’m so very sorry, Michelle, Evan, Roseanne, and family. My heartfelt condolences. Sincerely.

  2. Rest in peace, sweet Rickles. You were a beautiful boy and surely had a great life filled with love from the very beginning to the very end – but why was it so short? Many, many hugs to Michelle, and you, Robyn, and everybody in the L&H community mourning this gorgeous, gorgeous boy.

  3. I’m so sorry. My deepest sympathies and thoughts are with you and your family. He was a blessed cat to have two families love him so.

  4. oh dear – such a shock – far too young – so sad to lose a furry family member. go well Michelle and family – he brought me smiles too through the interwebs

  5. So sorry to hear this, but it looks like he had a happy life and was loved, that is what is important.

  6. Sad day. The video of Rickles makes me laugh every. single. time. Much love and peace to Roseanne and his humans. <3

  7. I am speechless. I loved Rickles. His “hugs” banner was my favorite of all the banners. Michelle and Evan, my heart goes out to you both. He was so young…it never makes any sense. Hugs to you and Rosanne. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Thank you for loving him and giving him a wonderful life while he was here with us. Godspeed, little man.

  8. Heartfelt sympathy to Michelle and family on the loss of beautiful, sweet, funny Rickles. All the L&H followers enjoyed watching the adorable “Fools” grow and get adopted in loving homes. He was loved and had the best from care from birth to adoption. May the many laughs and smiles he gave to all of us forever be a lasting memory to comfort you and your family at this sad and difficult time.

  9. More heartfelt sympathy to Michelle and her family. Especially her youngest son, Evan, and poor Roseanne.

  10. Condolences to you, Michelle, and to your family. Rickles was a handsome, funny fellow who charmed us all and was so fortunate to be loved by you. His life was far too short – but it was very well lived, thanks to the home you gave him and Roseanne.

  11. Hugs and purrs to Roseanne and Rickles’ humans. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  12. I can’t believe it! I am so SO sorry. Love and condolences to Roseanne and the family. 🙁

  13. Oh no! So, so young and such a happy, loved boy! He made everyone smile who saw him. My deepest sympathies to Rickles’ family and all who loved him. But we know he is doing jazz hand somersaults at the Rainbow Bridge… :'(

  14. So sorry to hear this. I just adored Rickles. He was full of personality and left indelible images in my mind through the pictures and videos. I send my sympathies to Michelle and her family. It is awful when they go so soon but as has been said, he had a life full of love and comfort and for that we can be thankful.

  15. Oh no! I am sooo so sorry to hear this. Hugs to his family from Red and Georgie (aka Skelton and Carlin)….. hugging my fur babies tight this morning.

  16. Not even two years old 🙁 So sad to hear this horrible news. I’m heartbroken for his family and his sisfur.

  17. Awww, Michelle. I am so very sorry. It is so heartbreaking to lose a furry kid, especially so unexpectedly. Hugs to you, your family, and Roseanne.

  18. I’m broken hearted for Roseanne and Rickles’s human family. That boy was so loved, and his delightful soul will live on — little consolation at present, but many of life’s greatest gifts are all too ephemeral.

  19. Very sorry to hear this news, although I take some solace in the fact that he departed peacefully in his sleep.

    I think it’s fitting that such a charming kittycat shall forever be immortalized by his famous jazzhands-somersault move, and that it will continue to bring joy to people for many years to come.

    Let’s face it, unless the internet dies, that adorable video/gif may float around out there forever. I think that’s a great legacy. 🙂

  20. Oh no! Sincere condolences to you, Michelle and to your family. So heartbreaking to loose a little one!
    We have his Mama Gilly (Lucy) and she is the sweetest, funniest little thing ever–I think me may have taken after his Mama.) we will be thinking of you all. So glad there are so many wonderful photos and memories of him.

  21. Oh dear. So sorry to you and your family Michelle. ((hugs)) but as others have said, his spirit (and jazz hands) will live on.

  22. Aw, sweet Rickles… You rest peacefully, and make sure to look in on your family from time to time, ok? And your sister Roseanne too.

  23. I am so very very sorry. He was such a handsome charming cat, and so loved. I’ve experienced this very thing so I think it’s fair to say I really do know how it feels. Huge hugs to Michelle and all of her family.

    That video is fabulous. It’s a lovely legacy.