His Royal Highness

In Memory of  ASHES “ATCHEE” SPIVEY (APRIL 1, 1999 – MARCH 9, 2018)

This was our beloved cat Ashes, AKA “Atchee”. Ashes passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, three weeks shy of his 19th birthday.

Thank you to all those who have reached out to us after the loss of our sweet kitty.

The weeks leading up to the loss of our sweet kitty were not easy. As you can imagine, after nearly 19 years, not having a cat around the house is quite an adjustment. Our loss has taken the wind out of our sails. Home doesn’t quite feel like home anymore. The house is quiet and empty without our “Atchee” in it. We are trying to learn to live life without our sweet boy. Each day gets a little easier, but our grieving hearts miss him so very much!

He was (and knew he was) royalty and lived in his own mountain palace. His favorite food was chicken, although he loves turkey, tuna, and the occasional taco and slice of smoked beef brisket. His favorite days were on Wednesday and Sundays because they were “TREAT DAYS”. He enjoyed daily spankings and spending time on his “purr pad”.

Atchee taught us a lot about life and has taken away a piece of our hearts forever.

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30 thoughts on “His Royal Highness”

  • Hi Ashes! I am so happy to meet you! I have heard great things about you. I work with your mom! You take care and enjoy those treats!!

  • Too freaking cute! His face matches his attitude totally! Noms are important to all the “Royal Highnesses” we tend to. It’s now now now now NOW! Or I’ll trip you, stand in front of you, nip you, smack you and make so much noise I will drive you crazy…food hooman…NOW! Adorable!

  • Ashes, you are one very attractive kitty kat.. I’m allergic to your people but I would love to meet you and would be willing to deal with the fallout later. You are really gorgeous!
    xo monica

  • I am certain that he led a wonderful life, deeply cared for by you and your husband…. sooooo sorry for your loss. Pets are our best friends and family too. Sending love your way… xo

  • My deepest sympathies go out to you. I unfortunately know to well what you’re going through. I too lost my precious boy Titan a few weeks ago. He was a 16 1/2 year old Maine Coon who was the light of my life. My heart will forever be broken.

    • Hi Heidi, I am so sorry about your precious boy, Titan. Ashes’ great-great grandmother (a cat I got at age 14) had Maine Coon characteristics. Such beautiful cats. Thanks so much for your support during this difficult time. They are only with us for such a short period of time, but I feel blessed to get some extra years.

  • It is a most difficult loss and I am very sorry for you. My husband and I lost our beloved Lola October 28, 2017. She was a lab mix and the most devoted and loving member of our family. We still grieve for her and am not sure that sadness will ever go away. She had 12 good, pampered, spoiled years with us. Hope you know how saddened I am for you.

  • How fortunate for Ashes that he had a life with you. How fortunate for you that Ashes was in your life. Our pets are family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • “His Royal Highness” will truly be missed by The Delawder Matthews household. What will Lady Brenna do without her handsome man to stalk online? Who will she whine to when her Mommy puts her into yet another crazy costume? Who will be there to feel her tortured kitty cat pain? Yes, dear sweet Atchee will be sorely missed!!! Wishing you and David lots of Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck to get through this difficult time! Much Love – Colleen, B.O.B. Bob, & Brenna

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I know that pain all too well. Ashes was very blessed to have been a part of your lives just as you two were blessed to have had him for so long. Hugs.

  • Debbie and David, I am so sorry for your loss. I loved reading about Atchee, and I know how much you loved him, and he, you. My heart is broken for you. As you know, I am a fellow animal lover, and I know how much these loss hurts. I don’t have any advice, unfortunately. When mine pass, I grieve endlessly also, for a very long time. Some will tell you that the best way to get through this is to get a new cat or kitten, but we just can’t do that. We waited four years after our Dane died before we got Jay, and he passed away in September. I had a breakdown last night over him. You have to do what works for you, and take as long as you need to grieve. As we well no know, Atchee was not “just a cat.” He was a very loved member of your family. I will keep you in my prayers. With love, Cousin Sherri

    • Sherri, Thank you so much for the very kind words. Pets are only with us for such a short time and even the longest relationships seem too short. All we can do is keep moving forward and hope that the pain is less each day. Ashes was such a fighter, I learned a lot from him about life and strong will. Hugs to you! Love, Debbie

  • Oh mountain sister, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I often thought of your sweet baby, I knew he was getting up there and was sick a while back. Poor little sweet baby, you should be consoled in the fact that you gave him a VERY good life. As for advice, I have to say I lost a dog very unexpectedly 15 years ago – he was only 7 and I took the loss terribly. He was like one of my children, I loved him dearly. In telling a friend about what happened a few days later, he asked would we get another dog, and if we did what kind? I said we were thinking of a Jack Russell and this time we wanted a female, and not a puppy but a little older and already housebroken. Turned out his cousin had a female Jack Russell, 6 months old, that he was looking to find a home for. We drove out to NJ and came home with our Lily girl – it was within a week of my dog passing away and honestly it helped sooooo much to have a new sweet angel to focus on. Lily is now 15 1/2 and I know her time with us is getting shorter, which makes me so sad….but I know we gave her a very, very good life and her daughter (the Monkey) and our new sweet Molly also have good lives. That’s all we can do, right? Sending you hugs, Mountain Sister – xoxo

  • Im so very sorry to hear about your sweet baby. Only those of us with furbabies of any kind understand the Unconditional love and unique place they have in our hearts and homes. We lost our sweet Angel a 14 year old Lab to cancer just a few weeks ago and we are still grieving. It is hard to come home and not have her meet me at the door. She was a constant companion to my husband who is at home with a disability. As soon as he is ready we will get another pet , not to replace her but to honor all the love she gave us, that we can give back to another that sits alone in a pound. Hugs to you and your family.

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