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In June I lost my 18 year old cat, Lula, who'd traveled with me to Central America and back. I was heartbroken and you all helped me through it with so much love and sharing your own pet stories. I also learned about the Rainbow Bridge, which though I don't really have any after life beliefs gave me a format to use to "talk to Lula" and has helped tremendously!

I was finally ready to adopt again and found my new little boy who I've named Dulce which means "sweet" in Spanish. I wasn't going to get a kitten because I didn't know if I have another full kitten life in me. I realized I was assuming I wouldn't live into my 80s, but thinking about it, understood I shouldn't make such assumptions when so many Type 1's live long and healthy lives!

So I thought since you were all so here for me in my loss, I'd share my new found happiness. While Dulce is never going to be a Diabetes cat, he keeps me from feeling totally alone! I tried to upload his picture directly into the text but it just loaded gibberish. So I attached a file instead. If someone can tell me how to upload an image I'll change it. Thanks!

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OMG Zoe, are you sure you want to keep him? I'd be happy to take him off your hands LOL.

SUCH a cutie. I'm sure you'll enjoy each other for many years ;)

Thanks, pup! When he goes wild for about 20 minutes in typical kitten frenzy I wonder if I'm too old for all this, but then he sprawls across my body and looks up at me and I'm in.

Oh, thanks, Shawmarie!

After you upload your picture you can push the HTML button above the box where you enter your reply. Your browser will then show you what your picture will look like after you save your post. Push it again and you will see even more gibberish as it shows you all the HTML, possibly useful if you know a little HTML, but otherwise potentially dangerous.

Cute kitty BTW.

Congrats on your new family member. Maybe he'll surprise you and be a diabetes cat.

The color of "dulce de leche" - a sweet cat.

Actually, now that I look at it, that picture is a bit deceptive, Maurie. He's actually black with this silver around his neck and across his back!

May you and Dulce enjoy the vida dulce!

Oh, Zoe, what a pretty kitten your Dulce is. I am sure he will be a wonderful friend to you, certainly he looks mischievous enough to keep you on your toes.

Thanks everyone. I just got back from his first wellness exam (he had a tick!! Yuck!). And there was a man at the counter whose dog has diabetes, "type 1" he said - I didn't even know they talked about type with animals, but it would make sense they would!

Zoe-Congrats on your new family member. He is so beautiful and I am sure the 2 of you will have a long life together. I am certain that Lula is looking down on the both of you b/c another cat has found a wonderful home.




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