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Old 03-23-2008, 01:55 PM   #31
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Toots - I'm sending a virtual box chock full of great memories you had with Mr. Hayden.
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Old 03-23-2008, 07:20 PM   #32
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Toots I know how you're feeling. I still miss Disney and it's been almost 2 years. She was 13. It's never easy and I feel for you right now. I'm so sorry.
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:30 PM   #33
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Thanks again for all of the kind words and messages. I got out a box of old pictures and found some good ones of Hayden, we want to remember him in happier times when he was a cute and frisky boy. He went downhill so fast. He was in perfect health (or so I thought) until late November. At least he is not suffering anymore.
Cats and dogs (and other pets) don't live long enough, thats for sure.
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:05 AM   #34
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aww, man toots. i'm really sorry to hear it.

i'm really choked up reading this knowing our oldest cat will be gone soon. she's given us so much.

ah, well, there's nothing more to say.

sorry about your loss. keep him in your heart always.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:25 PM   #35
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:( Sorry for your loss... I enjoy every moment I spend with "my" cats (they are my parents' cats). One of them is a bit sickly, and my parents refuse to take her to the vet. She's almost 10 years old, and I can't see her lasting more than a few years.

When my fiancee and I go over to spend the weekend, we sleep in the basement with the cats and give them tons of treats and spoil them with love. They sleep in bed with us, Itty Bitty (my favorite, and I'm her favorite) sleeps right above my head on my pillow with her head on my hand, and Buttercup curls up under the blanket next to my fiancee. Poppi, the weird goofy one, comes and goes.

Point is...I can relate. I love the cats so much - they aren't pets, they're members of the family. I wish they could live forever, but they can't. I make it a point to enjoy and cherish every moment I have with them, making sure they know that at least two people truly love them. When they're gone, I'll laugh and smile at the memories of how goofy they are. :)

Here's Poppi...

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Old 03-24-2008, 01:58 PM   #36
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I'm so sorry for your loss. I just recently lost my 12 year old Miniature Pinscher, and not a day goes by that I don't cry about it. I miss him so much. I also have a 16 year old cat, and I worry about him as well. It's so hard to let go.

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:46 PM   #37
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Ive been avoiding this post because I knew it would make me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
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Wow, that's beautiful, jp! Makes me weepy.

My father says he believes this. Well, he wants to, anyway. So do I.

Thanks for posting it!

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Old 04-07-2008, 06:15 AM   #38
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My daughter in law just informed us that Sushi, the oldest of our cats that we acquired in Egypt is getting more feeble by the day.........she is a Siamese and was known to leap tall buildings in a single bound.......she is 14 years old......the thought of losing her is too painful to even think about as we got her as a very mischievous kitten......I'm sniffling as I write this...........even my daughter in law who NEVER grew up with cats loves her dearly..........we got Sushi to cheer my 8 year old daughter up as she had to leave so many friends behind in Texas to move to Egypt...she has a personality all her own and her favorite pursuit was to sniff the flowers out in the garden and chase butterflies---never caught one as far as I know
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Sorry to hear this Expatgirl. Has Sushi got an illness or is it just age? I remember a friend of mine had a Siamese and she suggested that this breed has a few health issues but I'm not overly familiar with them. I hope it is just a treatable complaint. Keep us posted please.
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Old 04-07-2008, 06:48 AM   #40
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Thanks so much Bilby for your concern-----I knew better than to get on this thread this afternoon.......I'm feeling down as it is and this one just did me in.....if my d-i-l notices that Sushi is getting more feeble day by day (this is my d-i-l that was in full labor with contractions 2 minutes apart and wasn't sure if she was in labor) I'm very worried......she was looking grizzled and very slow moving when I was home 4 months ago so yes, I think that it is just a matter of time....we'll be home in 6 weeks
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