Jessie and Jane … update

We are relieved to report that Aunty Freya has received a call from Suzanne, one of Hugh’s two daughters. Using some of Freya’s words:


Much to our relief and delight, Jessie is loved by the family and will be kept within its protective circle. At the moment she is living in the country with Hugh’s other daughter, Catherine. There are also two kitties living there and Jessie is a bit wary of them but Catherine is doing all she can to help her adjust. However, if she doesn’t settle properly in time then Uncle Hugh will take her home (he has been described as “big, warm, and cats love him”).


Suzanne has kindly given us a bit more information about what actually happened. On Christmas Eve, Jane had been feeling unwell and a doctor was called to her house. He returned on Christmas day and she was taken to hospital that day. The family was called and by that evening she was unconscious. Unfortunately she was suffering from a rare infection that was very aggressive and untreatable, and on Boxing Day she passed away.

Jane had not been in pain and received excellent care at the hospital, but sadly there was just nothing that anyone could do.

Suzanne said the family is overwhelmed and in shock. They are a small family; Jane’s parents died of old age and they have been untouched by tragedy before this.

They have been going through Jane’s address book but have only now been able to access her computer; unfortunately they don’t have the password to her twitter account. However, some of us may hear from Hugh and they are working on an email to send out.

The family is very moved at the extent of our caring and asked Freya to pass on their thanks for our efforts to find Jane and contact the family. Freya explained that Jane was very loved and had close friends all around the world. Suzanne said there were many Christmas cards in Jane’s house and it touched them immensely.

We guess they didn’t really know much about her online life, so Freya has given them the address for a Google search to look at some of the images that Jane created. She has also advised them of Jane’s twitter name and suggested they look at the #RIPJane hashtag.

Freya told Suzanne that Jane was a wonderful and caring friend to many of us and she got a lot of enjoyment out of our anipal twitter, which is imaginative and a lot of fun for people. She tried to explain that on twitter we got to see the fun side of Jessie & Jane, and that there was always someone to talk to and lots of people to follow the footy or tennis with without having to leave home. She also explained that twitter was a place of escape and fantasy, where Jessie was the adored Nanny of Winnie & Chloe.

She stressed that there is a lot of love from a number of people going out to the family (and Jessie) and that we are trying to find positive ways to honour Jane’s memory and continue the kindness that she showed.

Below is a copy of the memorial notice to the family. They were very grateful to read it in the paper and to see the link to Animals Australia in her name.

Melbourne Herald tribute

We hope that everyone can take some comfort from the knowledge that both Jane and Jessie are safe, loved and cared for. And while the tears will fall for a long time yet, the grief is mingled with determination to honour our friend by being the best we can be to make the world a better place for all.


25 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. 3aussiecats
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 02:24:30

    Thankyou so much for posting this Thomas. It is a relief to know that Jessie is loved and that Jane passed with her family around her.
    Love and *smoochies*


  3. De Cunningham. (@skye613)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 02:28:20

    Thank you for letting us know about Jane and that Jessie is safe and well loved. And yes the tears will continue to fall for our dear friend, but there are two lessons to learn. If you love them please tell them. And please if you are ” alone ” online please give your contact info to a close friend.


  4. tilda2
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 02:28:34

    We’re so glad to know that Jessie will be well taken care of and that Jane’s family knows how much she mattered to the Twitter community. Thank you for posting this!


  5. Cathy Keisha (@CathyKeisha)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 03:16:19

    We are blubbering again. Thank you for letting us know earlier in the day. I’m going to link to this blog tomorrow as many of my readers are worried about Jessie. I’m doing a happy dance that Jessie will be cared for and loved by family as she is loved by her Twitter furrends. I hope one day to see @JessieJaney pop up on my Timeline but know that prolly won’t happen. I’m glad to know Jane didn’t die alone and that she had loving family around her. The hurt of our loss won’t go away for a long time.


  6. AutumnTheDoxie
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 03:37:56

    Thank you for posting this and to those anipals who would not give up until they knew what happened. It’s humbling to be a part of a community so caring.

    My heart goes out to Jane’s family, you are all in my prayers


  7. Janis Felidae
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 04:32:22

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    I´m so relieved that Jane could go without pain and suffer, in good care and surrounded by loved ones. And Jessie now being a country kitty, oh these hunting options *jealous ears*


  8. Scrumptious & Aunty P
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 05:01:44

    Thank you Gentleman Thomas for filling in the gaps.
    Our earthly angel Jane is now resting so we will tread softly, breathe peacefully that she is at peace, and then in time, we will laugh at her adventurous antics with Jessie.
    Wishing Jessie Feline wonderful new adventures.


  9. 555smokey
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 09:41:16

    Thomas thank you so much for the update. It is so good to know Jane was not alone at the end. I hope Jessie settles but good to know that Uncle Hugh is there as back-up. Do you think they know she loves cheese!!
    May be in time Catherine will bring Jessie back on twitter.
    I don’t think any of us will ever forget Jane. xxx


  10. marleyterrier57
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 10:48:36

    Dat is da best noos vailable in these orrid circumstances I fink Tommus my pal…yoo haz eart of gold …..we send more mergencee wuzzes for yoo and all da pals


  11. mariodacat
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 13:35:02

    Thank you so much for posting this pal. It’s a relief to finally know what really happened. It’s sad for us and her family, but a blessing for her to go fast and not have to suffer at all. She will never be forgotten. It’s also a relief to know Jessie is being cared for. Knowing how much Janey loved Jessie, I was hoping (if she had time), she would have made arrangements for Jessie’s care in the event something happened to her. Poor Jessie must miss her so much. No, we will never forget Janey or Jessie!


  12. jaffa
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 14:22:43

    Thanks so much Tom it really helps to read that Jessie is safe and that Jane’s family now much she is loved all over the world.


  13. Katie Isabella
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 15:09:33

    Thank you so so much for publishing this information about our loved friend and Jessie. What a relief to know that Jessie is cared for and that Janie was in her families care when she passed. I worried and worried and now I am at peace about it.


  14. Connie
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 15:24:13

    Knowing what happened to one you loved is so important. I am glad you had that closure. Safe Journeys to Jane and purrs of comfort to her family and all who loved her at this difficult time.


  15. maxwellnfaraday
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 15:46:27

    What a wonderful, wonderful memorial – and what a precious, priceless gift to give to Jane’s family — to know how well she was loved by those in social media, both twitter and on blogs. We hope our love for her helps heal the pain in the hearts of her family, too.


  16. Aimee and pets (@aimeeroo)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 15:56:34

    Thank you so much for letting us all know. She will be missed.


  17. mythreemoggies
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 16:20:00

    Thinking of you all xxx


  18. Joann (@JoanntheRedhead)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 18:03:59

    I’m still saddened by Jane’s passing, but I’m glad to at least know what happened to her. And, I’m so glad to hear that her Jessie is being cared for. Bless them all.


  19. Shiva & Jaya
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 18:45:48

    We bow our heads in respect.


  20. tiddles (@tiddlesfry)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:12:39

    I agree with the sentiments of everyone else – I am humbled by the dedication and caring of the dear people who went to so much trouble to find out what had happened and make Jane’s family aware of how much she meant to so many across the world. It’s comforting how connecting over the interwebs can make the world more feel a bit more cosy


  21. Marjorie Dawson (@whskr)
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 22:35:29

    Thank you Thomas. I am choked as I read this. THANK YOU your efforts mean a lot to those of us further away and wishing to help.


  22. Cokie the Cat
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 23:24:33

    Thank you so much Thomas for following through, letting us all know what happened to dear Jane, and that Jessie is safe with Jane’s family. I’m just imagining them discovering all the Christmas cards and things sent to Jessie and Janey from around the world. “The Secret Life of Jessie and Janey.” ; )


  23. SUNNY da Kitty (@misssunnymind)
    Jan 08, 2014 @ 02:13:20

    Fanx yoo soooooo much fur postin diz!! Good 2 hear dat Jane hadntz been in pain @ least… *leaky eyez* n whatz a relief dat Jessie iz luvd n safe!! So sad diz story iz, datz such a great newz!! Moreova what a luvly tribute… Yoo just made diz world a bit 2 a betta place… God blezz yoo! Luvz yoo all ღ¸.•°`♥´°•.¸ღ¸.•°`♥´°•.¸ღ *very leaky eyez*


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  25. Shorty's Mom (@spookyshorty)
    Jan 25, 2014 @ 17:50:39

    i mailed a sympthaty card to Janes address & i hope if her brother Hugh is still picking up the mail or they will forward to her family. I miss Jane dearly & hope Jessie is doing well with her aunty’s or her uncles.


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