Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Oh Amba, my thoughts are with you and Jacques.


My condolences. He had a great life with you.

Funky Dung

As a cat owner, I sympathize with your loss. It sounds like he had a good life and that yours was better because of him. I offer my condolences and I hope you are adopted by another cat soon.

mr. gobley

Luck is blessing with a hand behind it. Of course, "Lucky" is a much better name for a cat than "Blessy".

You were blessed to have each other -- you made each other great with love. The photo of that cat striding so confidently along a seawall is a glimpse into a real soul. Thank you for giving that soul a home.


He was Lucky; so, too, you. I love that picture so much and I know that there's going to be a time for reunion, one day.

J must have a soft heart, amba. It says very much for the two of you- your adoption story. You thought a puppy; you were blest w/a Lucky.

Tom Strong

He was beautiful. I am sad that he's gone, and glad that you found each other.


Not a coincidence that Lucky died on Veterans Day--he was a veteran of a rotten beginning. But thanks to you guys and your tenderness and understanding, his life bloomed and shone on you and even on us the times we saw him. I think of what you saved him from and what he gave to you all these years.

Love and sympathy,




This is completely inadequate to even approach the depth of your feelings, but remember this:

You gave him a wonderful life that would have been cut off.

He did not die before his time as he would have if you had not found him.

How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.

Death is indeed a part of life, but that does not remove any of the hurt.

I regret your sorrow, yet I find hope in your rescue of him all those years ago, giving him a wonderful life.

If there is such a thing as "karma" you have added to the good side of the balance.


Bless you, all, for being near us in our sadness.


Sixteen great years for all !


I feel so close to this. I too rescued a kitten from certain death, named him Jack, and he probably saved my life, at least my sanity, in a tragic divorce situation. He died of unknown causes 3 years later, but those were 3 wonderful years for both of us. I feel your loss and grieve with you. Lucky was most lucky, and so were you.


oh annie, I'm so sorry. he was always such a presence in your home. I'm sorry I didn't get to see him one last time, but I'm glad that he had such a long and happy life.


My condolences, amba. Looks like a real cool cat. The more love produced in the world the better. . . .

Jackie Dancy

I have a beatiful white and buff colored coat, 7 months old, potty trained,(he brings you his leash when ready to go outside!) He has a lot of energy, too much for a 56 year old lady! If interested please call 336-253-3830 in Greensboro, NC.

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