Caroline, I'm certain BooBoo has made a lot of friends by now.  He's so little 
and cute the bigger guys will be good to him.  He was such a gentle natured 
dear too.  You are so right about worse situations.  BooBoo knew we loved him 
dearly and I know he loved us too.  I guess it's us I'm feeling so badly for 
now.  He most definitely is in a better place.  I sensed that as he lay on the 
table with his little paws under his chin.  I can't help but mourn his absence. 
 It comes on when I least expect it, like when my dad called tonight.  Couldn't 
get the words out, had to give the phone to Bob.  I so appreciate your kind 
words and all the kind words we've received.  It does help us to know how many 
caring people there are in this world.  

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Caroline Kaufmann 
  Sent: Monday, March 03, 2008 9:36 PM
  Subject: RE: BooBoo left us

  I just wanted to let you know that I felt so devastated this morning when I 
got to work and checked my email and saw the subject lines from this site and 
the FIP site.  I literally said out loud "oh god, no."  I know it didn't look 
good for BooBoo after the vet said it looked like FIP too, but I always wanted 
to have hope for him.  I couldn't respond this a.m. because I ended up crying 
at work after reading some of the BooBoo emails and I didn't have it in me.  
But I wanted to tell you that there are fates worse than death itself- and one 
of them is for a precious creature like BooBoo to have gone downhill with these 
illness(es) alone, outside- and at the mercy of wild animals and maybe even 
feral cats.  So the fact that you gave him the only love he ever knew, shelter 
in these most critical times (when he was extremely ill) and kept him from 
those other, more horrible fates..., really does mean everything in the world.  
The sacrifice that you make is that you open your heart as well as your home 
and when he leaves you, you are left with a broken heart.  We all say we want 
more time with them (I still say this about Monkee), but it's just not for us 
to make that decision so we have to do the right thing at the time and enjoy 
what little time we do have with them.  
  I know that BooBoo is in a good place-- hopefully, he is playing with Monkee 
(even tho I always have to tell my previously alley cat, snorting, aggressive 
big boy to "be nice!" to other kitties), Possum and Brumley.  Possee and Brum 
were the most gentle-souled, sweet natured babies ever so I am sure they are 
taking good care of BooBoo. 

    Subject: BooBoo left us
    Date: Sun, 2 Mar 2008 22:04:15 -0500

    We lost our precious baby tonight.  He developed difficulty breathing and 
we rushed him to the emergency clinic.  He was dehydrated and had just had his 
lungs aspirated Friday.  The vet recently experienced the same situation with 
his Himilayan, co-incidentally, though I sometimes think they make stuff up to 
identify with your pain.

    I held his little face in my hand and petted him as did Bob and he slipped 
away almost immediately.  I don't think I've cried this much in my life, Bob 
too.  At this moment I can't imagine ever being happy again.  Sounds stupid but 
BooBoo conveyed to me this evening it was time to go and he thanked us.  He was 
so very weak he could hardly walk but he was still purring as we pet him even 
with the damn catheter in.  We know this was best for him but the worst for us.

    Thank you all for being so very supportive.


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