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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:38 PM
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And now we come to the end of the story of Pickles, who went for a final time to the vet today.
Edited on Fri Nov-11-11 10:31 PM by GreenPartyVoter
Renal failure took her away from us at age 17 and a half. Pickles, the sassiest little tame wildcat in the world. I called her "Mini M'Ow." I hope she is now across the rainbow bridge with her brother Pretzel.





She drove hubby nuts with the way she would shred the spines of his record album covers. I caught her doing it once, and I slowly crept up behind her, and slapped the newspaper she was sitting Sphinx-like on. She did a complete back flip! It was like a real life Claude the cat.





She loved to play fetch with a small ball in her youth, and always made this ridiculous "mrooow" sound trying to meow with her mouth full as she brought it back. One time instead of bringing back the ball, she returned dragging a plastic grocery bag by the handle. The ball had somehow gotten into the bag, and when she couldn't get it out she brought everything!


When she was tiny, she was obsessed with watching Nintendo games and figure skating. Sometimes she would sit on top of the old set and bat at the screen while we played games. As an adult she became an "office" cat, who always had to inspect the printer while it was printing.





She hated other kitties. She fought through the window with one. Sometimes he would sneak his paw in under the door of the old farmhouse we were living in, and she would beat it up.

On one of our moves, we thought we'd lost her. Hubby thought it was perfectly reasonable to pack the kitties in the tool box of his truck because weren't going very far at all. But when we arrived, there was only one kitty in the box! I was so upset until I heard her crying. She was a tiny kitty (7lbs on a good day) and had managed to wiggle herself up into the sliding drawer with the wrenches! (She could also slide underneath the trailer doors the same way.)

She did actually escape a few times, but never made it further than a few steps from the house. She was so agitated and angry at the world for being a scary place! LOL She'd go all "Halloween cat" and hiss and spit at absolutely nothing at all!

When she was a kitten she got ear mites, so I had to wrap her up in a towel and give her drops. She was so furious at me for doing this that she promptly jumped up into the beanbag and, glaring at me the entire time, she peed all over it! It wasn't funny at the time, but now it makes me laugh. She was _such_ an alpha cat. (And she had a HUGE voice for such a little kitty. She would get right in my face, wrinkle her nose and, "rowr" at me. Sometimes she would stick her tongue out while doing it.)





Had she been an outside kitty she would have been a tree cat. As a young cat, she loved to climb doors and drape herself across the top of them. (I wish I had a picture of her doing this! It was so funny! Here she is tightrope walking across a curtain rod.)





She was a nurse, and looked after the kids when they were babies, and checked on any family member who was sick. She was also a hairdresser, and loved to groom her people. (I used to call her "Prickles" when she did that.)





She loved to be wherever the family was, especially if we were playing board games or cards. She was always keen to help!





In the last few years, as she became an elderly cat, she began a new nightly habit of sleeping on my pillow (and head and face.) It was actually very soothing, she was soft and warm and a very loud purrer. I am not sure how I will get to sleep tonight without her, my little Princess. :cry:





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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:42 PM
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1. I am sorry for the loss of your beloved Pickles.
She was a tabby character for sure. It hurts to lose them. :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:50 PM
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3. Thank you! She had so much spirit in such a teeny tiny little body. *hugs*
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JohnnyLib2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:45 PM
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2. My sympathy.

:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:50 PM
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4. Thanks! *hugs*
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MiddleFingerMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:55 PM
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5. Wonderful pictures and an even WONDERFULLER tribute.
.
.
.
Your "moving story" made me laugh. I "lost" a kitty in much
the same way during a move. Boxed her up with the other
cat and she had disappeared somewhere along the way. For
a moment, I even glared at the other cat... like she had done
something horrifying.
.
Turned out she had slipped OUT of the box the MOMENT I
turned my back at our starting point. When I finally drove back (
and climbed up on the roof as I had left my keys inside the
apartment), I found her exactly in the middle of the bare to
the wooden floor living room, patiently waiting for my "return".
.
.
.
I envy you all your time together. You were very, very lucky
to have had each other -- and for so long. The ones who are
"trouble" are often the secretly favorite ones.
.
Soothing vibes to you -- and safe passage vibes to Pickles.
.
.
.
:hug:
.
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:grouphug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:57 PM
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8. Thanks, MFM! Thank goodness you figured out where your kitty was! *hugs*
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:55 PM
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6. Great memories.
the worst thing about pets is that they die. But most of them leave good memories.
Sounds like you have some great memories.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:58 PM
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9. Thank you. I was lucky to have her for so long. She did indeed leave us with so many memories!
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Pool Hall Ace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 09:55 PM
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7. I am so sorry, GPV. {{hugs}}
I have no doubt that Pretzel has greeted her at the Rainbow Bridge. :hug:

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:01 PM
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10. Thanks, PHA! *hugs*
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polly7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:02 PM
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11. I'm so sorry. :(
What an amazing, sweet kitty. So many wonderful memories to cherish.

It's just so hard. Take good care of yourselves.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:02 PM
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12. Thanks, Polly!
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:04 PM
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13. I'm so sorry.
love never dies.
:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:06 PM
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14. Thank you *hugs* She will be my baby girl forever and ever.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:09 PM
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15. had she been sick long? n/t
Edited on Fri Nov-11-11 10:10 PM by MrsBrady
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:16 PM
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17. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a few years ago, and we controlled it with meds as long as we
could, but this time there was no bringing her back. She started losing interest in her food a couple of weeks ago. Instead of chowing down right away it would take her hours of short visits for little nibbles to finish her food. The this week she started rejecting her food altogether. She tried drinking but I don't think she got much into her.

Essentially she'd just wound down, and her time had come. We figured that at 17 years old it might not be worth it to her to push her onward with IVs and all of that. As the vet said, kitties don't think about tomorrows so she wasn't the one mourning the loss of them. That made it a little easier to let her go.
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:22 PM
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19. I know the new house gives you lots to do
I know it won't 'fix' anything....but at least you have plenty to do.

more :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:24 PM
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20. Yes, it will keep us busy for quite a while. The kids are already talking about kittens, because
they've never had any baby ones before. I told them we will get some this summer after I've had time to adjust and they are out of school. What's the point of adopting baby critters that grow by the hour if you're going to be in school and missing everything, right? :)
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MrsBrady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:25 PM
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21. that's a good idea.
and even though it won't be fun...you'll have time to grieve.

But summer and kitties....what could be better????
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:27 PM
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22. Yeah, I think it'll be for the best that way. Plus, we'll need time to kittenproof the house! It's
been ages since we had tiny fluffballs underfoot, and it takes some work making it safe for them.
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 10:25 PM
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96. her story sounds like my Tabby
Who took his final trip to the vet at the same age (17 years, 10 months) in April.

Tabby will keep her good company.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:47 PM
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109. Apparently it's a common ailment in older kittehs. :^( I couldn't afford the surgery, so we
went on as long as we could with the pills.

Glad she will have so many new friends to play with. :)
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:12 PM
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16. Such a sweet kitty - RIP, Pickles.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:17 PM
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18. Thank you. She was surely was.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:31 PM
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23. So beautiful
She was lucky to have you and you were lucky to have her. I know it's painful to lose a pet; I've had 8 cats in my lifetime. But I see a happy side to this in that Pickles had a long life and was well-loved and cared for. Many cats are not nearly so lucky to have that kind of caring, loving home. You can comfort yourself that you did everything for her and gave her a good life. I hope you feel better soon.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:37 PM
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26. Thank you! I wonder sometimes what happened to the rest of her family. They were all
abandoned by some tenants in our building. I wish I could have kept them all but 6 cats was just more than we could manage at the time. :(

But yes, she and her brother had good long lives. They were spoiled and adored, which they knew, and now they are missed terribly, which I suspect they also know. (I swear Pretzel came back for a few days after he was put to sleep. I am hoping Pickles does the same, just to say goodby like he did.)
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:32 PM
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24. I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to your beloved Pickles. Safe passage to her
:hug: to both you and Pickles, as was.

I've lost two of my beloved kitties in the last few years and it is very painful; I miss them both so much.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:38 PM
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27. Thank you! *hugs* It is so dreadfully hard. Luckily I have a huggy kid who
keeps jumping into my lap every so often. It helps. :)
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:36 PM
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25. She was such a precious baby!
You had so many great adventures with her, too...

Complete with pictures!

I know only too well how much you miss her...but time will heal you till all you have left are the joyous memories...:hug:

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:40 PM
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28. Thanks, Peggy! *hugs* My little photographer took the last few photos of her, and I am so
glad he did because the ones I took years ago were blurry and disintegrating.
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bluesbassman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:49 PM
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29. Sorry for your loss GPV. They really do wrap themselves around your heart don't they?
Safe passage to Pickles and a big :hug: for you.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 10:53 PM
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30. They sure do! *hugs*
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:19 PM
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31. I'm so sorry.
That she lived to seventeen and a half is a testimony to the great care you gave her. Renal failure sucks. I lost one of my kitties to it this spring.


:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:27 PM
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32. It crept up on us, and then hit her, WHAM! She weighed 4 and a half pounds today at the vet, she
was so dehydrated. :cry:
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GoCubsGo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:42 PM
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56. My kitty was down to 3 lbs.
He was 16 lbs. at his peak several years earlier. Had I realized he was down to that, I would have let him go sooner. Cats hide their discomfort so well...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:53 PM
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63. They certainly do. I thought I had learned my lesson with Pretzel about
not letting it go on too long. I did act faster with Pickles, but in retrospect I wish I had helped her even sooner. (But at the time I was hoping it was just another weight fluctuation from her hyperthyroidism that I could correct with more meds.)
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haele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:27 PM
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33. So sorry, she was a beautiful girl -
I hate the end when it comes to the fur-babbies - they fill your life for what seems like so long, and then they're gone. :(
:hug:

Haele
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:47 PM
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41. Thanks, Haele! *hugs* How could someone so tiny make such a huge tear in my heart?
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:48 PM
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34. I'm so sorry! What a sweet kitty!
:cry:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:47 PM
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42. Thanks, Odin. She really was such a sweet little girl.
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Hassin Bin Sober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-11-11 11:54 PM
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35. .
:cry:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:48 PM
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43. Thank you. *cries too*
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Bombero1956 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:37 AM
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36. have a good rest Pickles
It's not scary where you are now so have fun running around.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:49 PM
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44. Thank you for that lovely thought!
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fizzgig Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:12 AM
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37. what a beautiful girl
i am so sorry for the loss of your friend :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:50 PM
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45. Thanks, Fizzgig. She had the most amazing green eyes, and they were so huge on her. I used to call
her "Pickle with the Nickel-size eyes." My kids pointed out that this was a slight exaggeration, but I claimed poetic license. :)
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suninvited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:54 AM
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38. that last picture is wonderful
having been owned by a tuxedo cat for twenty years I know how hard the loss of a long time feline companion can be.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:53 PM
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46. Yes, it's so hard when they have been a part of your life for so long. We got her for our first
wedding anniversary. She and her brother were our first kids, you know?

I am so happy that my little boy's terrific photographic senses led him to that last picture. He did a great job capturing who she was.
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:17 AM
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39. You provided her with a great life. My deepest sympathy for your loss.
:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:53 PM
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47. Thank you! *hugs*
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:40 PM
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40. .
:cry:
Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I were beside you.....
I loved you so --
'twas Heaven here with you.

--by Ilsa Paschal Richardson
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:54 PM
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48. Aw, Skittles. You just completely wrecked me. *bawling*
:hug:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:35 PM
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55. it was on the card my vet sent me when my beloved kitty LB was put to sleep
man, they do take a piece of our heart with them :cry:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:54 PM
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64. That was very thoughtful of the vet. We have also been lucky in having kind
vets who are very good at helping people make this difficult decision.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 07:33 PM
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54. .
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 07:34 PM by Skittles
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OneGrassRoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 08:41 PM
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58. Damn, you both got me....
The BEAUTIFUL tribute to your beloved {{{{{Pickles}}}...especially the last pic....and this poem.

:cry:

I am so sorry for your loss, GPV.

:hug: :hug: :hug:

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:55 PM
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65. Thank you for your hugs, and for reading about my little girl cat. *hugs*
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 12:58 PM
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49. RIP Pickles - nt
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 05:34 PM
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53. Thank you!
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:25 PM
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50. So sorry for your loss!
What a cute kitteh!
They sure leave their pawprints all over our hearts, don't they?
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:56 PM
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66. Thank you. She was a really beautful girl. Very graceful and elegant, even for a cat. :^)
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:46 PM
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51. I feel your pain. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet that is a member of your family.
Edited on Sat Nov-12-11 01:48 PM by RebelOne
In the past 10 years, I have lost 3 pets and I still grieve over each of them.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:58 PM
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67. Thank you. I still miss Pretzel, but the pain is less now. I am sure it will be the same
with Pickles eventually.

But for now, I am really, really missing her. :(
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 01:56 PM
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52. Heartfelt condolences
GreenPartyVoter ..
I scrolled through this last night, and could not reply.
I am so sorry. I cried...and could not post.
I'm now teary-eyed, but must let you know...

The photos are precious...
The memories are precious...

My heart goes out to you...

Rest in peace, Pickles....you were loved, and gave love in return.
There is nothing more beautiful.


peace~
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:00 PM
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68. Thank you so much! *hugs* I miss her terribly. She was so little, I carried her around like a baby
on her back. She slowed down a lot over the past few weeks, and put up with a lot of those hugs that she never would have sat still for in the past. I'm glad we got that cuddle time in. (Looking back, she must have known she was winding down and that was why she was so cuddly.)
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Hayabusa Donating Member (561 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 08:29 PM
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57. I'm sorry for your loss
Thanks for sharing with us the story of her life.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 09:37 AM
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74. Thank you very much for taking the time to read it. :^)
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 08:55 PM
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59. Sounds like Pickles had tons of character. What a priviledge to be owned by a cat like that.
vibes.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 09:38 AM
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75. An extreme priviledge! :^)
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peacefreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:06 PM
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60. what a good old girl.
It sounds like you shared a lovely life with her.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 09:38 AM
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76. We did, and I am so glad we had each other. :^)
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Withywindle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:10 PM
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61. I'm so, so sorry.
:hug:



What an amazing little characters. That's a beautiful tribute. You were blessed to have her, and she was blessed to have you. I hope that knowledge can give you some comfort.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 09:39 AM
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77. Thank you. *hugs* I can't imagine what life would have been like without my furbabies.
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Tikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 09:25 PM
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62. I am so sorry.....
it is so sad to lose a friend...

:hug:
Tikki
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:29 PM
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79. Thank you! *hugs* It is very, very hard.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:15 PM
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69. aww Pickles was a pretty thing
love the shot on the jeans
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:30 PM
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80. Thank you! I think hubby had just removed them, and she recognized a warm spot. LOL
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muffin1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:31 PM
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70. I am SO sorry, GreenPartyVoter.
She was just beautiful - and you gave her a wonderful kitty life. RIP, Dear Pickles. :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:30 PM
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81. Thank you so much! *hugs*
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amyrose2712 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 10:36 PM
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71. Beautiful little baby. She was loved and had a good life. Sorry for your loss.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:31 PM
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82. Thank you. She really was a beautiful baby girl. I miss having her around. :^(
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Rowdyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-12-11 11:06 PM
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72. Love is where you find it....I think Pickles found it.....
And love really is the most important thing. Peace
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:32 PM
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83. Thank you for that beautiful thought!
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 12:16 AM
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73. So sorry - hang on to the memories.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:32 PM
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84. Thank you. I surely will. :^)
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Patiod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 10:20 AM
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78. What a great life she had! Thanks for the tribute.
Went off and hugged my little monster, completely against her will.

They're wonderful little creatures, aren't they?

So sorry for you loss.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 07:34 PM
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85. Thank you. :^) I used to do that, too, when I read about a DUer whose animal friend had
gone over the rainbow bridge. Always good to remember they are only ours for a short time, so we should enjoy them.
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WildEyedLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-13-11 10:48 PM
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86. Oh, no. Poor sweet baby
:hug:

Kitties are so wonderful. Mine is 15, and he's my last surviving childhood pet. He's still in good shape, and I hope he continues that way for many years to come. I'm many miles away from home at grad school now, so I am afraid I won't get to be there when his time comes. I am glad you got to be there for your Pickles.

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 12:45 PM
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90. Oh, yes, I remember those years away from home when the childhood pets couldn't
wait long enough for me to come back one more time. :( I hope yours continues in excellent health for many years yet. :hug:

I spent the last two days of Pickles' life lounging on my bed with her. She had reached the point where patting was uncomfortable, but I think she liked having me nearby and I know it was important for my own sake to be close to her.
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TorchTheWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 04:00 AM
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87. I'm so very sorry for your loss
Pickles had a wonderful very full life with you.

:hug:


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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 12:45 PM
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91. Thank you! *hugs*
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cherish44 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 08:19 AM
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88. What a lovely tribute to Pickles!
So sorry about your loss. My 17 year old kitty Elmer made the journey to the Rainbow Bridge on October 19, 2011 so I'm united with you in grief right now. Looks like your Pickles lived a charmed life full of love thanks to you! ((hugs))
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 12:46 PM
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92. Thank you. *hugs* I am so sorry that Elmer is also gone. :^(
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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 10:45 AM
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89. She will always live in your heart.
Losing a furry friend is so very, very hard. :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 12:47 PM
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93. Thanks, hifiguy. *hugs* You are right on both counts. I will keep her memories always. The kids are
already asking about new kittens, but I told them I won't be ready for a while. :cry:
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Mendocino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 06:56 PM
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94. What a sweety!
This past Saturday I dug a hole. I know my Siberian Husky won't likely last the winter. She's almost fourteen, getting more and more feeble. But not really suffering yet, but I know it won't be long.

There is a quote, some attribute it to Mark Twain, others to Will Rogers. "It is said that dogs don't go to heaven, okay then when I die, I want to go where they go."

I'm sure it will be a place for cats too.:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:03 PM
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97. Thank you! *hugs* I am so sorry that your pup is not doing well. :^(
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 07:54 PM
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95. Awwww what an adorable sweetie......Grieve.....
It is healing. But grief never gets easy, I am so sorry that you are going through this right now. It's absolutely heart-wrenching. You're not alone....Thank you for sharing stories.

I have to hug Shrimpy, my baby, now. I always have to do that when I read about losing our furry babies. I miss my baby who went to the bridge ~4 years ago.

Before Weenie left, she was extra snugly for about a month. It was something I sensed, an urgency on both our parts to bond during that last month. She was 11 and in fine health; then, ate something that my ex and I did not know was dangerous. It was awful, and she hid her distress so well that I didn't realize how critical things were.

But I take some comfort in the feeling that she knew well ahead of time....she was *beginning* to get a bit old, and maybe, just maybe, she decided to move on so she could trade in for a nice refreshed new life....?


It is good to cry.....
and then love again.....



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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 01:13 PM
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98. Thank you. Grieving is hard for me. In the past 7 years I have lost both my parents, both my cats
and a neighbor I was close to. I don't deal with change well, so I tend to wander around chanting, "I hate the new normal. I hate the new normal." But eventually I get over it and the new normal feels, well, normal.

I'm so sorry for what happened to Weenie. :( It's so hard to protect them because we can't always know what to protect them from.

Keep hugging Shrimpy for me. :) I used to do the same thing whenever I read DU pet obituaries. They always sent me running for a kitteh or two. :hug:
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 09:35 AM
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119. that's a LOT of loss, GPV! And grief is rotten for *everyone*!
I don't know of anyone who handles it easily. I guess some sublimate it or repress it better than others....... Ha, my little whiney mantra is "grief sucks, grief sucks"

thanks for your compassion for Weenie--I didn't mean to derail your focus, just well....we've all been through grief. You say it well when you say we can't always *know* what to protect them from.


:hug: :)
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:23 PM
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121. Yeah, a lot of grief, and a lot of weight gained. That's how I sublimate it. *sigh*
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geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 02:02 PM
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99. I'm sorry for your loss.
Edited on Tue Nov-15-11 02:03 PM by geardaddy
Pickles looked like a great cat.

:hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:44 PM
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104. Thank you! She was indeed. :^)
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 02:16 PM
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100. So sorry for your loss. n/t
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:44 PM
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105. Thank you, ceile.
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ceile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:54 PM
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111. I went back and read about Pretzel.
What sweet babies...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:41 PM
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112. They really were. It's hard to believe anyone could just abandon them, but
that's how we ended up with them. Neighbors in the apartment building we lived in up and moved and left both parents and four nursing kittens behind. :mad: We were only able to take two of them. I still wonder how the rest of them fared after going to the shelter. :(
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raccoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:46 PM
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101. What a lovely cat. I'm sorry for your loss. :hug: nt
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:45 PM
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106. Thanks. She was my little beauty. :^)
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 03:58 PM
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102. Very sorry for your loss. Letting every fur-kid go is hard. I wonder why they can't have
life spans that match our own.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:45 PM
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107. Thank you. I wish they did live as long as we do. :^(
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 04:01 PM
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103. So sorry - my Tater Tot, Hannah, and 33 ferrets are showing her the good stuff on the other side.
:hug:

mikey_the_rat
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:46 PM
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108. Pickles has never met a ferret before. This ought to be interesting! :^D
:hug:
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mikeytherat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 09:00 AM
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118. Ferrets are like permanent kittens. She'll have a ball!
Hannah and some of her ferrets from 1995:

Everyone has just gotten treats; the ferrets are trying to steal it from Hannah's mouth

mikey_the_rat
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 12:22 PM
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120. So cute! LOL
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 05:50 PM
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110. Awww.....Damn it.
So sorry, sweetie. You have another kitty, it looks like. :hug:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:43 PM
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113. Thank you. *hugs* We did have another one, but he actually predeceased Pickles by nearly a year. I
promised the kidlets we can get kittens, but not until this summer. I need some time to mourn Pickles and Pretzel.

(I haven't raised baby kittehs in 17 years! I hope I remember how to do it. LOL)
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:52 PM
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114. Ah, so sorry
for the loss of your beloved Pickles, what beautiful little cat. (((HUGS)))
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:13 PM
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116. Thank you! *hugs*
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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 07:56 PM
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115. I am so sorry about Pickles
I recently had to put my dog down. It is really awful.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-11 08:13 PM
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117. Thank you, ellie. I am sorry your own heart is breaking too. *hugs*
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SwampG8r Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 01:02 PM
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122. i had a friend once,her name was kelsey
she was a big goofy redhead i adopted when she was 6 weeks old
she loved my wife more than anything in the world
bff
when i had to be the stronger person and set my kelsy free
this song helped me a lot
i dont know if you are a fan of the blues but sometimes they are the only thing that fits
and the blues aint nothin but a good man feelin bad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-CFYEGP_aI
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 08:11 PM
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123. Thanks. I think the blues would be just the ticket these days! (I'm sorry you lost your furkid too)
Edited on Wed Nov-16-11 08:12 PM by GreenPartyVoter
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pinstikfartherin Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 08:55 PM
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124. So sorry about your baby.
Sounds like she lived a wonderful life with a loving family. RIP Pickles.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 09:46 PM
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125. Thank you. :^)
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:21 PM
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126. So sorry on your loss. Clearly, a great one n/t
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-16-11 10:28 PM
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127. Thanks!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:20 AM
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128. What a perfectly delightful kitty.
You have my sympathy.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 01:46 PM
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133. Thank you!
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Tyrs WolfDaemon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 09:54 AM
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129. I'm sorry for your loss, I hope her trip across Brifrost was gentle
Freya loves cats, perhaps she can look after your kitty until you are ready to see her again.



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hifiguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:19 AM
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130. That is a lovely piece of art, Tyrs.
Kinda reminds me of Jim Fitzpatrick.
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Tyrs WolfDaemon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 10:59 AM
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131. I wish I could say I drew it, but alas I didn't.
I don't recall where I got it. I've been using it to play with in Photoshop, practicing coloring it and all.
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Tyrs WolfDaemon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 11:00 AM
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132. Dupe
Edited on Thu Nov-17-11 11:01 AM by Tyrs WolfDaemon
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-17-11 01:47 PM
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134. Thanks! I do think she would be happier with Freya than with Bast, being a Maine cat and all.
:D
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