Esmeraldo's friend, Ouvio, and everyone else at Rancho Europa, misses...

Esmeraldo (...and he purrs)

Esmeraldo, age 6 months (and well before Clark), discovered Y on January 18th, 1989, on a cold and stormy night in Burbank, California. He was dripping wet and chose to stand by Y as she was speaking to a group of people under a chandelier in the lobby of the Royal Equestrian residences. Their eyes met and Y fell in love with him. After Y's intensive investigation, it was clear that he had been abandoned. She took full responsibility from that day forward to love, cherish, and nourish him until his demise.

Esmeraldo lived a long life, during which he loved his guardians and they loved him. He died, after multiple hospital visits during his final two months, on February 22nd, 2005, at 4:44 p.m. at Rancho Europa, while in Clark's favorite chair.

Esmeraldo was named for his green eyes. So Y's favorite colored stone, the emerald, was combined with Costa Smeralda, in Sardinia, to name this miraculous feline. His final resting place is a silver ice bucket from Sardinia, a birthday gift given to Y in Sardinia many years ago.

Many thanks to Dr. Estacio in Pasadena, California, Dr. Eppinger in Nederland, Colorado, the doctors at Alpine Hospital in Boulder, Bruce Heath of Silverthorne, Colorado, and especially to Jennifer Stewart of Nederland (Esmeraldo's best friend and guardian while Clark and Y were on travel) for all of their special TLC for Esmeraldo Chapman.

A portfolio of pictures of "the little guy" at Rancho Europa

A self-satisfied, tattooed Web-cat (in Clark's chair, late 1990s)

Esmeraldo in the dining room

Esmeraldo in a small box

Esmeraldo on Clark's shoe

Clark scratching Esmeraldo's tummy

Esmeraldo in post office box

Memorial flowers for Esmeraldo from Alan and Rose Harris

This memorial page for Esmeraldo will soon be moved to our forthcoming web-site:

(Update, 27 February 2005)

To reach us on e-mail: cchapman{at} for Clark, ychapman{at} for Y (aka LYnda McGoon Chapman). Our mailing address (Rancho Europa) is: 2083 Lazy Z Road, Nederland CO 80466.