Sue, I'm so sorry you lost your dear Buzz.  I can only imagine how hard this 
is for you.

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

> 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 
> anyon
> e 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 n
> ext 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 las
> t 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.
> Sue
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