I want to piggyback on what Caroline said...one of the wonderful yet sad ironies of this group is that everytime one of us loses a furbaby, we actually help others who have lost their kitties beforehand. The more recent the loss, the fresher the pain, and when we cry for another's loss, we are also crying for our own, and we heal a little more each time. For Caroline, Monkee's passing was fairly recent and she feels your pain acutely because her loss is still so fresh. And yet Boo Boo's passing is actually helping her to grieve and heal. I really believe this. After Cricket died, those who lost their kitties soon afterwards were so hard for me to read about. I would start reading and get this horrible lump in my throat and it would just burn. I would cry until sometimes I didn't have anymore tears left. Reading about other's losses would rip open the wound again and I would bleed some more, but what I didn't realize was that I healed up a little better each time. So even though I know you are hurting horribly over losing Boo Boo, hopefully knowing that his loss is helping others to heal might make things a little better.
Wendy "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever has!" ~~~ Margaret Meade ~~~ ----- Original Message ---- From: Caroline Kaufmann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Monday, March 3, 2008 8:36:26 PM Subject: RE: BooBoo left us Lynne: 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. Caroline From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To: email@example.com 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. Lynne Climb to the top of the charts! Play the word scramble challenge with star power. Play now! ____________________________________________________________________________________ Never miss a thing. Make Yahoo your home page. http://www.yahoo.com/r/hs