Sue I am so sorry for your loss of sweet Buzz.You both were so lucky to have 
eachother.Thank you for sharing your heartfelt story with us.Hugs to you.

"We who choose to surround ourselves with lives more temporary
than our own,
Live within a fragile circle,easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps.
We still would have it no other way"

--- On Fri, 11/21/08, Sue & Frank Koren <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

From: Sue & Frank Koren <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Buzz is gone
Date: Friday, November 21, 2008, 4:20 PM

Today I had to have my sweet little kitty Buzz PTS.  I feel like a very large
piece of me is missing.

The first time I saw Buzz I fell in love with him.  He was terrified, cowering
between two up-ended mattresses in an unused bedroom at my brothers' house. 
He had been abused by neighborhood boys in an urban area where my brother used
to live.  When my sister in law, Lee, rescued him he was very sick, full of
parasites, starving and near death.  She and my brother nursed him back to
physical health but he was still terrified of people. They named him Buzz Saw
because of the way his claws flew whenever anyone got near him.  That day Lee
caught him in a blanket and handed him to me.  I sat with him and gently pet him
and talked to him.  Within about 20 minutes he was purring. Before we left that
day he reached up to me and touched noses.

After about a week I talked my husband into keeping him.  When I brought him
home I put him into our study so he had a smaller space to get used to, and to
keep him separate from the other cats. When I took him to the vet a few days
later his feline leukemia test came back positive.  Buzz was going to live in
the study for quite a while so I filled it with cat toys and a cat tree and
pretty much spoiled him as much as much as I could. Every evening I would spend
hours with him.  I was working on a computer project and he kept me company with
that. That is how it was from January of '07 to April.  At that point it was
clear that keeping him separate was not working.  We vaccinated the other cats
for feline leukemia and released Buzzy into the rest of the house.  He loved his
new freedom and became every ones quiet little shadow. He loved to watch what
was going on.  His favorite place was a window bench that looks out on the bird
feeder.  At night he either slept on a ledge right behind my head or cuddled up
next to me, purring.  When July came I noticed that he seemed to have no energy
and was not eating.  When we took him to the vet the diagnosis was anemia.  With
heavy doses of prednesolone his health and red blood count began to come back. 
I was so happy watching my sweet boy gaining back his energy and appetite. 
While he was recuperating I would take him out to sit on the deck on my lap.  He
loved sniffing the outdoor smells and feeling the warm sunshine on his fur.  He
would sit and purr out there for as long as I could sit and hold him.  In the
evenings Buzzy loved to chase DaBird and the laser pointer.  His blood was being
tested every couple of weeks and soon it was in the normal range.  We began to
back off on the prednesolone.  For several weeks everything was going well until
the week that his blood count started going the wrong direction.  I prayed that
it was just the one time but unfortunately not.  That horrible disease was in
his bone marrow and the medication was no longer helping.  For the last several
weeks I watched as he became more and more lethargic.  We offered him every
special treat we could think of to keep him eating and he would nibble on those
tidbits almost to the end.  He would sit all day on his window seat and for the
last week we carried him to the litter box.  He always watched every move I made
as I moved around the kitchen. Today when he just put his head down in
exhaustion instead of watching, I knew it was time to say goodbye to my darling
boy. When I took him to the vet I told him how much I have loved him and asked
him to meet me at the bridge.  Then he went to sleep in my arms.  I will miss
him so very much, but now he is in a place where there is no feline leukemia.


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