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A Sudden, Brutal Loss Takes it's toll......

Started by Judith in Portland. Last reply by boulderbird Aug 14. 4 Replies

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Comment by Bambi on May 24, 2014 at 11:36am

May we honor them as my son said as a sipper in Iraq they were fearless, loyal and true to their troops and handler.
Very well remembered Judith.

Comment by Judith in Portland on May 24, 2014 at 10:46am

Well said, Bambi. Let's remember our service dogs, too. They are so beautiful and so full of heart...Blessings

Comment by Bambi on May 24, 2014 at 8:46am

Linda, that was beautiful. My husband would say that reminds him of me with our wild animals, house building and development has greatly effect the balance. My small of deer from one doe is naturally growing have been invaded and now feeding deer in our town is illegal. My neighbors may not put tolerate me for long but it gives them something other than there flowers. !0 years ago I had a garden now they eat it, they even hunt them.

My reason for stopping in was to wish everyone a wonderful weekend. Remember our service men past and present as this is what we honor this weekend for.

Comment by Linda G on May 7, 2014 at 4:12am

Ah Judith....I'm reading this through watery eyes.
There was a gentleman we knew/knew of long ago....who lived "alone", away from the madness of urban life. He was kind and wise, and the guardian angel of countless fur-children who, like many of yours, did not necessarily live with him; but called upon him or nested nearby.
Bless you Judith....what an honour it is to call you my friend!

Comment by Judith in Portland on May 6, 2014 at 10:42pm

Thanks to all for the Comfort. We have taken in 40 or so strays over the years. Our little gravel cul-de-sac became a dumping ground for "kittens that stopped being cute syndrome."

We became our vet's "designated option of hope" for FIV positive kitties because we knew how to keep them cozy and cared for during whatever time they had left.

Little Mama was very special---only semi-feral, in that she decided she could trust us with her kittens, but wouldn't move in. Her sister did move in and another sister moved in with a neighbor.

She nursed her 5 litters here: Under the piano, IN the grand piano, in a heat duct, on the kitchen counter, in my study behind a chair. When they were about weaned, she and they would Disappear for 3 days. At first we thought that's it, damn, what now. But then she would bring them all back before exiting without them. We finally realized she was showing them how to get along in our pet-friendly neighborhood. That's how we came to care for her babies. We got them all fixed and found homes for many. But some we could never really socialize enough to be adopted and they are with us still for their senior years.

We interacted with her all these years---on my walks, she would come to me for the treats I always carry (doggie and kitty) and some bad winters she would move in tentatively to sleep on top of the fridge, but most importantly, she knew she was dying and moved in totally last fall so we could finally interact in more emotionally satisfying ways.

Krupdog: While I am a cat person now, I grew up with English Setters and raised St Bernards many years ago. That's why on my delightful neighborhood walks, I always have one pocket full of cat treats and one pocket full of dog treats.....

Anyway, you have all given me sustenance. We've done this many times. But it never gets easier. Some of them have been nightmarish, like Big Thing who was dying of congestive heart failure on a weekend when we had to take him to our 24-hour emergency clinic. But they gave him a little oxygen before they brought him to us and so we had to euthanize him while he was briefly looking alert and engaged......Little Mama, bless her heart was ready and it was peaceful all the way.....Blessings on all our furry support systems.....Judith

Comment by Krupdog on May 6, 2014 at 4:20pm

I'm sorry...I meant to address that last comment to "Judith"

Comment by Krupdog on May 6, 2014 at 4:19pm

So sorry to hear about the loss of your precious kitty. I may be a dog person and you are a cat person, but we are both animal lovers and I totally understand how important our pets are to us. xoxoxo

Comment by john on May 6, 2014 at 12:58pm

Regardless of how many or how few cats you may enjoy in your life, each one is special in their own way. When a cat has chosen to be part of your life for years, it becomes especially difficult to 'let them go'. I know this from deep personal experience. I have 99.9% of the time chosen to rescue a cat vs having a special breed or have one that has been bred and/or raised as a business. I believe that the ones that are rescued deserve a bit more extra attention. Each time that one has chosen to stay with me, I have felt enriched by their love. Each has always been different, and yet each has shown the same depth of love in their own way. Be glad that she chose to stay with your family as long as she did, and that she also seemed to believe that bringing her children into YOUR world was a safe bet for those kids. I know that grieving will be hard, but it is also a celebration of the life that was shared with you. Let it flow, remember all the love and you will be fine. And, from my experience, NO, you will never forget. It truly becomes easier to just remember the love. To 'see' the bits that are inherited by the children as well. It all helps to bring back the joy. May God bless you and your family through this.

Comment by Trudy on May 6, 2014 at 11:51am

I'm so sorry, Judith. She was fortunate to have you and your husband for her special friends for a lifetime.

Comment by Bambi on May 6, 2014 at 9:24am

My deepest thought to you and my she fly on angels wings to the rainbow bridge. They truly bless us and do shape our lives giving gifts each and every day, may you find knowledge she now at peace. Her babies will need attention they will know she has passed. Your in my prayers.


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