CLOUDY GRAY: EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT [HUNTER GRAY, OCTOBER 2, 2006] WITH MANY FINE COMMENTS -- AND, OUR GOOD WOOLY [MARCH 28 2008]
OUR LAIR OF HUNTERBEAR WEBSITE IS DEDICATED TO CLOUDY GRAY -- "To the end of her life, she took care of Dad." [Maria Kateri Gray]
AND SEE ALSO, http://hunterbear.org/sky_gray_comes_home.htm
TO CLOUDY AND WOOLY:
"Wherever you are, I am always with you - always
And wherever I am, you are always with me
And we're always together
Now and Forever
Forever and Ever are we always together
Good girls! Good girls!
And Everything will be all right.
WOOLY HEATH SALTER
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR]:
Our great little black cat, Wooly, named in the above narrative as almost immediately assuming Cloudy's good works, died late this afternoon in my bedroom / office. [This had always been Cloudy's room and hers.] Born at Grand Forks, N.D. early in September 1993, I had held her when she was less than one day old. Always very supportive of me and other family members, Wooly "took care" of me -- increasing this upon Cloudy's passing -- as her top priority. Thus Wooly truly "came into her own." She continued her fine and full service for 18 months -- right up until today. We faithfully ministered to her during a debilitating and worsening illness. Maria and I and Eldri were with her when she moved on to join Cloudy -- out and far beyond. And Josie arrived from work very soon thereafter. And we know we all shall see them again -- Cloudy and Wooly -- in full form, somehow, some day. Hunter Gray / Hunter Bear
[FOR SOME KIND COMMENTS ON BEHALF OF WOOLY, PLEASE SCROLL DOWN
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER JR] Mi'kmaq /St.
Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
From Maria Kateri Gray September 29, 2006:
Cloudy died this morning. She had to be put to sleep. It turned out she
a very large tumor that created all kinds of other situations. She was
active and herself until yesterday, when she began acting sick. They took
her to the vet early this morning. Dad will be getting her ashes. Until the
end of her life she took care of dad.
Our condolences, we know how important she was to Dad. -- John Salter [Beba]
We are very sorry to hear of your loss out West. We
know that Cloudy was
Peter, Dawn, and boys with Lena [Peter Gray Salter and Family]
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
Cloudy was clearly a great spirit who will find many friends awaiting her on
the other side of the rainbow bridge.
blessed be Cloudy Gray
norla [Norla Antinoro]
I'm sorry for her, and really sorry for all of you. She was a real
online presence, first online cat friend. Maybe that can continue.
Theresa [Theresa Alt]
That is terribly sad news. Cloudy was a truly wonderful cat.
sam [Sam Friedman]
Let me send my condolences to Hunter. Having just gone through this myself,
what a loss this is. I also had my companion cremated and have the ashes. It
that Cloudy was herself and active until the end.
Sad indeed and condolences for sure. I sometimes, too often, think about
how sad I'll be when our cat, Chicago, leaves us. She takes care of me,
often at the computer.
- Reber Boult
for a cat I never got to meet, that's really bad news. my best to the
life of the one-half bobcat.
Macdonald Stainsby [Canada]
It always amazes me how subtly yet powerfully animals weave themselves
into our lives. Like others , I have gained a sense of how much a source
of joy and strength Cloudy was to Hunter and the family and so I send my
condolences and thoughts of strength to you all.
Best, Stephen Harvey [Canada]
Jyri and family [Jyri Kokonnen - Finland]
Dale [Dale Jacobson]
COMMENTS ON THE CLOUDY
Heather [Heather Booth]
Hunter writes to Heather:
tu amigo, clyde [Clyde Appleton]
Dear Eldri, Hunter & Maria,
Cloudy's eulogy was wonderful--perfect for the wild creature who choose your
home and hearts. Please accept my condolences and sympathy over the loss of
your Protector, psychic companion and unconditional lover.
The night I had to leave my lifeless little black cat--Paha Sapa--in the
to sleep. Sometime in the early morning hours, I felt her purring right under
my heart! She had graced my life for eighteen and a half very hard, sad yet
good years. Her ashes are in my living room. Somehow I knew that she'd come
again--in her own time--just like you said, in so many words, about Cloudy.
Two years later, Merry Christmas--another black cat--showed up in Gales Ferry
at my office on Stoddards Wharf Road by the Thames (Pequot) River. It is
quite a rural place for being part of megalopolis-
steep ledge-rock walls and brambly undergrowth. She's the only cat I've ever had
who believes she belongs on top of our dinner table...and that what is ours is
also her's--including the grandchildren'
Animals are having a very hard time here in the St. Louis area. Last week a
double-decker truck with forty-five horses and a mule--bound for a slaughter
house near DeKalb, Illinois, flipped over, killing all the horses except for
twenty-five and the mule. Area ranches and veterinarians are caring for the
survivors while the legal issues of ownership and animal abuse are sorted out.
Thank you for a superb piece of writing, Hunter--and for sharing Cloudy's
extraordinary life and special talents with us. Indeed--everything will be
okay. Cloudy lives on in her own inimitable way.
I just had to show you a picture of Paha Sapa. It's attached.
Alice M. Azure
Michael Marino writes from Socialist Party of Oregon:
This section of my own
archives is very nearly
complete so far as the checklist of "thoroughly
unfinished" goes, but there is a new entry, one which
might see the light of day when I have it looking more
Does Cloudy Gray belong in the same directory as
Norman Thomas and Frank Zeidler? Well, I think so...
P.S.: Maybe I should change the title to "People I
never met, personally, but about whom I read much and
thought they sounded like great folks."
[Hunter Bear responds:
Cloudy Gray feels quite honored indeed to be in the same Archive as Norman Thomas and Frank Zeidler. She, like they, always kept fighting in the face of great adversity -- and I am very sure they continue to do so beyond the Curtain of Fog.
Thanks, Michael. [Michael Marino]
In Solidarity - H
'ol Ron [Ronald Chambers]
Your piece brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the deaths of my own sole mates in animal disguise (dogs and cats). In all cases but one, I had to make the horrible decision – I owed them that.
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. Thinking of you.
Hi Mr. Salter,
I came on several of Gandalf and started to tear up all over again. So long live Cloudy!
FROM MARTHA TURE:
FROM LINDA GALASETTI-SIMMONS:
Thank you for sharing the information with us.
I am Potowatomi, my lineage the Chief of Potowatomi Peace Party.
When 19 years old I was diagnosed with lupus -- 35 years ago.
Thank you for your website.
Cloudy loves you.
I have always been surrounded by felines and can fully empathize and sympathize with your loss of Cloudy, such a beautiful animal. My Loki is with me always, has a way of looking at me as if reading my thoughts and knows my routine before I do.
Surfing the web, looking for another things, I found you and your Cloudy. I'm very far from you, in Argentina, but I've read your words about your cat, and I knew that your relationship was wonderful. I live in Buenos Aires, in a flat, but I have a shecat (Copito) and a dog (Lennon) and I know, I do know how it is to feel the love. God bless you. Beatriz
FURTHER COMMENT FROM HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR] OCTOBER 13 2006:
This is simply a short, off-list communication -- to those friends of many eras and epochs who so very kindly sent notes of condolence on behalf of Cloudy Gray and our family, and to those who telephoned their regret and support. [There are many others, we know, who thought -- and who continue to think -- comparably good and powerful thoughts.]
All of these are extremely appreciated. The past several months especially have, for us, seen crises of significance on several fronts. Cloudy's transition was a tremendous shock -- certainly very much for me -- and the kind words of all of you have been beyond any mortal calculation.
I have posted the written comments on our Cloudy Gray website page. It is at:
[And that has "risen," I might add, to the top of at least some Google listings:
contributions have been many, many
indeed. Among other things, she has
been with me at every point in the
development of our massive social
justice website, Lair of Hunterbear:
" This website is based on fifty years of direct, grassroots activist community organizing: Native rights, union labor, civil rights, civil liberties. The site is now 7 years old, draws 1,000 visitors each day. Please scroll down to directory/index.
Dedicated To Our Enduring And Immortal Cloudy Gray [ Na´shdo´i´ba´i´ ]
Cloudy Gray lives on and we frequently feel her all about us. We know that we shall see her again in full form.
I fight on -- as do we all and always will.
And, as we do so, we look up and see the Sun and Sky and Listen to the Wind.
And we feel the Power of the Creator, the Spirits, and Humanity flowing together forever -- as great rivulets -- into a Mighty Stream.
Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]
COMMENTS: OUR GOOD WOOLY
SHEILA MICHAELS:My condolences. I'm sure she died content, knowing you were there to support her passing.
Mickey. He was a bit of a loner, and he never
forgave me for bring a pesky DOG into his home,
but his intelligence and great classic beauty
would be impossible to miss, even in heaven.
Finding each other would put them all in very
good company. My sympathy for the rest of you
who must wait for the good company to resume.
Very sorry about Wooly. Good, long, meaningful life.
DAVID WRITES AGAIN:
AGAIN FROM DAVID MCREYNOLDS:
AND DALE JACOBSON ADDS THIS FURTHER NOTE:
Among my best friends have been
the cats I've known.
The 18th century poet, Christopher Smart, has a long lovely poem in praise of his cat.
AND DAVID MCREYNOLDS SENDS THIS -- ATTACHING MUCH OF THE FOREGOING CORRESPONDENCE --
TO THE CAT DISCUSSION LIST:
Clearly this should go on to the cat list.
The account of an elderly
radical, Native American,
in the mountains of Idaho and the loss of his friend, Wooly.
CYNDI [HYBRID CATS DISCUSSION LIST]:
I’d like to comment
on your webpage for Cloudy – I read it completely
and ended with tears in my eyes over the loss of
such a wonderful companion – I’m so sorry for you
and then to lose your other one this year – it
hardly seems fair. You wrote a beautiful and very
touching tribute to Cloudy. I’m so happy that she
has returned to you in the newer form of Sky. We
had quite a discussion a while back on the intuitive
abilities of our cats – your description of Cloudy
and Sky is just another point in it’s confirmation
of their psychic abilities.
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SKY GRAY COMES HOME!
HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR/JOHN R SALTER
JR] Mi'kmaq /St. Francis
Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
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