View Full Version : Nin died :(

07-23-2009, 11:13 AM
Probably old news on here, but I didn't see anything about it until today.

He died on July 14th :(


07-23-2009, 11:36 AM
Sad, hopefully he's found a nice scratching post that overlooks the OBS

07-23-2009, 12:12 PM
Actually, not old news, we just posted this story today on our site and to the public.

07-23-2009, 12:16 PM
Always hard to lose an old friend. :(

07-23-2009, 12:45 PM
Saw this on another forum, so sad.

I had the honor of seeing Nin twice on the summit. Thank you Nin, for letting me scratch your ears that time.

May you play with Inga in the clouds.

07-23-2009, 01:37 PM
May you play with Inga in the clouds.

and play with Pushka too.

07-23-2009, 03:25 PM
I met Nin during a winter overnight trip back in 07. Nin sat on my lap while I scratched his head. Every time I stopped Nin politely nudged me to continue petting him. I'm glad I got a chance to meet Nin before he retired and he will be missed.

07-23-2009, 05:23 PM
Bummer... I used to play with Nin on the night shift, playing hide-and-seek on the state park side.

It was nice of Mike and Diane to take in Nin in his retirement... I always figured Sunshine would be the one.

KD Talbot
07-23-2009, 06:05 PM
I had the pleasure of cooking Nin his last Thanksgiving dinner on the summit.
Nin waits with his friend Red while Chris carves the turkey.

Boy, did he love turkey! Photo by Lynn-tern, (Thanks!)

What do you do after eating a big turkey dinner?

I'll miss you, old buddy! :(


07-23-2009, 06:08 PM
I was so upset to see that Nin passed away. I feel like I did when I lost my my kittys. I always looked forward to seeing what Nin was doing. Never had the chance to meet Nin, only saw pictures on the OBS website.
Nin will be missed by all.
Marty has big "paws" to fill....( tho Marty has had some memorable adventures since being on the mountain)
Rest easy Nin.

07-23-2009, 06:18 PM
On our archive photo site there is an album of summit cats & dogs pictures from multiple sources.


07-23-2009, 06:21 PM
I'm very sorry for Nin's departure. I hope his human friends are getting along as best they can without him. :(

07-23-2009, 06:38 PM
Another sorry voice to add to the chorus. Nothing tougher than losing a much loved old friend. Kevin - your pictures are the perfect memorial. Here's wishing Nin an eternity of turkey dinners and long naps...

07-23-2009, 06:53 PM
We, too, are very sorry to hear about Nin's passing. He was very lucky to have such an incredible life and so many loving friends, and that's really all we can give our pets.


07-23-2009, 07:06 PM
I was very upset to learn that Nin has passed away. I feel like I have lost one of my own kittys again. I only saw Nin in pictures on the OBS website. And was always interested in seeing and hearing of his lastest adventures. He will surely be missed.
Marty has big "paws" to fill... (Tho he is doing a good job)
Rest easy Nin....

07-23-2009, 08:27 PM
Here are some pix I took the 2nd I saw Nin



Bill O
07-23-2009, 09:11 PM
Nin...getting the job done. Pay no attention to the other images.


07-23-2009, 09:48 PM
Bill,,,,um...wow. Awesome :)

Arthur Dent
07-24-2009, 02:25 PM
Nin was always in the weather room 'observing'.


Steve M
07-24-2009, 07:08 PM
Sorry to hear about Nin...I first met him with my son in 2006. It was a big deal for my son since he was only 5 yrs old. The whole trip to NH all he talked about was meeting Nin the mountain cat. We got his picture taken with Neil holding Nin. It was so cute, the expression on my sons face, he looked like he had received the best present of all at Christmas.

07-24-2009, 08:29 PM
Sorry to hear about Nin...I first met him with my son in 2006. It was a big deal for my son since he was only 5 yrs old. The whole trip to NH all he talked about was meeting Nin the mountain cat. We got his picture taken with Neil holding Nin. It was so cute, the expression on my sons face, he looked like he had received the best present of all at Christmas.

That is so sweet :)

Anna LeBlanc
07-25-2009, 07:41 AM
I was extremely sad to hear about Nin.Even tho I never got to meet him I always loved reading about his antics and seeing his pictures and seeing him on the Obscasts.We have 10 cats of our own,all strays that we have taken in and know how terrible it is to lose them.They are our children

07-25-2009, 09:19 PM
I was so sad to read this news early this week.

When I went up the Mt. last October, I bought the last Nin cup that they had. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Dianne, the people that took him him. I could tell how well they took care of him, you could hear the love in their voice. He had a great life for a kitty cat, on the mountain and in retirement.

He was such a beautiful cat, so regal.

Snow Miser
07-26-2009, 11:26 AM
So sorry to hear about Nin's passing. Though I never had the pleasure to meet him, I could tell from all the comments and photos that he was very much loved by all who knew him. I'm sure he will have many warm laps and cat treats up in kitty heaven.

07-26-2009, 12:37 PM
I miss Nin. You'll never meet a friendlier, funnier cat. Wish I had a chance to see the little guy one more time.

Memories...you know how cartoon characters like Coyote and Roadrunner will spin their arms and legs frantically without going anywhere? Nin could do that sometimes, trying to turn the corner too fast in the weather room. His legs would be churning in one spot on the floor for a few seconds, then he'd finally get traction and zoom away. Just like a cartoon.

During a slide show during an EduTrip, suddenly a giant silhouette of Nin filled the screen. He knew exactly where to stand to find the center of attention. One morning he jumped up on my desk right in the middle of one of the live radio forecasts and sprawled across all my notes and maps, purring. I think I made some joke about being "obscured by Nin." Good ol' Nin. But when the crew played Scrabble, somehow he always knew not to disturb the tiles. He just lay down right at the edge of the board and kept us company while we played.

One night on the summit I was very sick, half-sleeping in misery on the couch. Nin came and sat with me, not lying down the way he'd usually do with a sleeping person, but sitting upright staring at my face. The night observer said Nin stayed like that for hours, as if keeping a hospital vigil.

We'll miss you, Nin.


(Picture: Nin hard at work in the weather room.)

T Mac
07-27-2009, 03:44 PM
I'll never forget the first night I spent on the Summit as a volunteer. After dinner I got to see the movie Napoleon Dynamite for the first time. I sat there with Jim and Dan and Tom and, of course, Nin who sat on my lap for most of the duration of the movie. Nin obviously wanted to introduce himself to me and he did a great job of making me feel at home in an unfamiliar place, in a way that no human really is capable of.

Meeting Nin one time is all it took to feel like you made a friendship that will last forever. He is truly a special animal with a special soul and a spirit like no other.

Nin, thanks for making me feel at home. I will never forget you.

07-27-2009, 08:16 PM
first time we are posting here although we have been reading forums for quite sometime ...
so very sad to hear about Nin - July 14th was a very hard day for us as well as we suddenly lost our dear orange tabby Rusty - not fair that Rusty will meet Nin before us. Hopefully, they will get along ...

07-28-2009, 12:37 AM
Thanks for all the many comments about Nin. He may have been the summits cat but in many ways he was the peoples cat. There have been many cats on the summit but he was the first cat to grab the national (if not the worlds) eye. He was around when comments became the norm on the summit. He lived in a time of Edutrips, Obscasts and Youtube bringing the outside community even closer to where he lived. And it is because he was the peoples cat that I am asking for your assistance. I am tasked with creating a memorial Obscast for him similar to when we said goodbye to him when he left the summit back in '07. Now, we have plenty of pics to pull from that we have taken but I would like some pics from you guys. If you want to be part of this Obscast (which is a video blog we produce weekly) either post your pics here on the forums or via a link to somewhere I can download them. A private message works as well. The deadline is Sunday August 2, 2009 at noon so anything posted after this date/time will be in the forums but will not likely show up in the video. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I will give credit at the end of the video via use of your screen name or if you want your real name, you can Private Message me on here with what you would like me to use (example of PM to send would be Knapper = Ryan Knapp). Thanks and we look forward to your input.

07-28-2009, 07:38 AM
Ryan, what a great idea! I will be looking forward to seeing it! :D

07-28-2009, 10:32 PM
good idea
here is a painting my wife did of him and is now hanging up in there meeting room next to the weather room


Anna LeBlanc
08-06-2009, 12:36 PM
Ryan just wondering if you had any idea yet when Nin's Obscast would be ready.I know the deadline for pictures was Aug.2nd.Have you had a great deal of responses?

08-16-2009, 01:11 PM
Great job on the August 3rd ObsCast. A very fitting tribute to an exceptional cat....Nin, may he rest in peace.

Snow Miser
08-16-2009, 01:28 PM
Wow! What a very, very nice tribute to Nin! May he always live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him >^..^<

08-16-2009, 10:17 PM
very very nice tribute

Anna LeBlanc
08-17-2009, 08:00 AM
Thank you Ryan for an increadible tribute to our beloved Nin.I'm sure Diane and Mike are very happy that you included all of the pictures of him at home with them.He was a very special cat who was loved by many,many people.After meeting Marty last week I'd say Nin would be proud of him,he's a great little guy too.

08-20-2009, 09:39 AM
Grrr, I missed the tribute :(

Must remember to look when I get home!

Snow Miser
08-20-2009, 11:03 AM
Grrr, I missed the tribute :(

Must remember to look when I get home!

It's a must see. You may want a Kleenex closeby though.

Anna LeBlanc
08-20-2009, 03:26 PM
If you were like me when you watch it you'll want a whole box of Kleenex nearby.Especially if you're a cat lover.:(

08-20-2009, 06:54 PM
Can't believe that I hadn't watched this before. Kleenex definitely needed.

I'm really sorry that I never knew Nin. It's obvious from this tribute how much he meant to all those who did.

And Charlie - the painting that your wife did is another wonderful tribute. Beautiful!

08-20-2009, 07:54 PM
And Charlie - the painting that your wife did is another wonderful tribute. Beautiful!

and see says she is nit good at painting yet :eek:

08-20-2009, 09:27 PM
Wonderfully done.

And def needed a tissue.

10-25-2009, 07:15 PM
I finally got to see this Obcast on my new lap top. What a terrific job you did, the tears are flowing. Such a beautiful and loved kitty...

I have alot to catch up on.