What a beautiful tribute to you all.  May Hobbs rest in peace.  I know he loves 
you all, and thanks you for a chance at life.


"When you are in the service of your fellow beings, you are only in the service 
of your God"
                   Mosiah 2:17

--- On Tue, 5/6/08, catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> From: catatonya <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: Hobbs, May 4, 2008
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2008, 10:04 PM
> I'm so sorry, Heather.
>   tonya
> Heather Wienker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>     I am very sad to let everyone know that Hobbs passed
> away Sunday afternoon at 12:48 p.m.
>   His caregiver, Jann, woke up Saturday and dashed around
> to replenish supplies....but when she got home he was
> clearly declining.   She felt he was suffering and made the
> decision on Sunday to cease force feedings as he was
> obviously in pain.   She did keep his mouth moist and tried
> to keep him warm, mostly just allowing him to do whatever he
> wanted or could.   She took a sleeping bag in her spare room
> & slept with him Saturday night, and spent Sunday
> morning in her yard with him in the sun, petting and
> consoling him.
>   We had been trying to find a vet to come to her home, but
> he ended up passing on his own...which we are grateful for,
> though she fears she allowed him to suffer.   I think had
> we not tried the treatments of this last week, we would be
> wondering if he might have had more time.
>   Please add Hobbs to the Candle Light Service, and keep
> Jann and his sister Sissy in your prayers, they were
> "two little peas in a pod", as Jann would say. 
> Hobbs was a year old.   I am very thankful to Jann for
> giving Hobbs & Sissy the chance to live the life of
> love that all kitties deserve, regardless of what is in
> their blood.   We found them when, after 20 years in the
> same building on a busy university campus, I moved to a new
> office on the other side of campus.   I was very nervous
> about this decision and kept telling everyone I wished that
> I'd get a "sign from God".   Upon moving, I
> had 2 injured feral cats colonies in the first two weeks,
> and also was approached by a new coworker regarding an
> injured cat, who was Hobbs' and Sissy's Mom.   She
> had an eye & ear injury and my heart immediately told
> me I had to help her; we did not know she was a nursing
> Mom.   I had been told she was declawed, and that
> they'd caught her 6 months prior along with a kitten of
> hers
>  (negative), she also was not injured then.   Why she was
> put back out unspayed, I will never know unless it was
> because they thought she might have more kittens.   When I
> trapped her, she was not declawed but was positive for
> FELV, FIV, and a nursing Mom.   I really feel that Mama,
> Sissy, Hobbs, Mickey & Sebastian were that sign from
> God I'd sought, as they would either still be out there
> reproducing and likely ill, or would have been put down due
> to testing positive for Leukemia had someone else trapped
> them.
>   I set out to find/trap the kittens and found out that 2
> ladies had already found 2 of them, I had to give them the
> news of the Mom' testing status.  Both of their kittens
> were weak double+, but did clear the FIV.   Initially Sissy
> and Hobbs were only FIV+, but they retested positive for
> Leukemia a month later, confirmed by retesting twice.
>   I was so upset by all that this Mom kitty had been
> through, and knowing that much of it--including this litter
> of kittens with leukemia, could have been prevented had she
> been spayed...there was no way I could not give them their
> chance.   However, being in a small condo with 10 cats, I
> didn't even have room for another negative cat.   It is
> Hobbs' caretaker, Jann, who gave Hobbs and Sissy the
> chance for life and love that they deserved, and I know
> they could not have had a more loving home.   I am very
> grateful for Jann, and know she is hurting badly right now.
>   I want to thank everyone for their kindness, support,
> advice and prayers.   Hobbs was a very special boy, when I
> first took them to Jann's as kittens she said she felt
> an instant connection, she has always told me this.   His
> illness and loss has been very hard for her and she has
> been very appreciative of the support.   Thank you all for
> giving these special kitties love for the time that they
> have here, it means everything in the world for them.
>   In Loving Memory of Hobbs,
>   Heather

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