awwwwwwww, you DID help her, for sure. maybe not the way you wanted to, but
when the deepest pain passes, you'll realize what a gift you've given her by
noticing she was missing, and was ill, and doing all that you could, and
granting her a safe and gentle passage.

fly sweetly, bashful; you'll never be hungry or scared or cold again. and
because someone who loved you shared your story, you'll never be forgotten.


On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 1:50 PM, Heather <> wrote:

> I haven't posted much lately, sadly have had quite a few rescue losses in
> the last months as well as rescue "emergencies" which has me so behind on
> all fronts....
> However, one of our dear, fairly elderly university campus ferals, Bashful,
> will be crossing this afternoon and I wanted to share her story so that
> many
> thoughts will be with her.
> Bashful's caregiver has been taking care of her for at least 10 years, she
> disappeared a couple of weeks ago which was attributed to roofers at the
> Library where she has lived for so many years.   When she showed back up
> she
> was clearly in dire need of help.   Elaine her caregiver called me for help
> trapping, 2 friends and I set out without much success the first two
> days--it was heartbreaking, she was half under the drop trap the first
> night
> but just a bit of food made her choke & cough so horribly, we had tears in
> our eyes just hearing & watching.  Her neck was very, very swollen
> impairing
> her ability to eat and walk.
> We got her 2 nights later, began b/w, exam....cytology via needle aspirate
> confirmed a high grade, aggressive lymphoma.
> We discussed the possibility of chemo but Bashful is very feral and already
> unhappy even being at the vet, it was clear this was not going to be a way
> to give her quality time and that she was already in a very bad state.
> One of my good campus friends who came to the call to help drop trap is
> leaving now to be with Bashful for her final moments.   Bashful was not
> FELV+ (likely was FIV+), but I know many here can sympathize with the
> dreadful diagnosis of lymphoma.
> We treat feral cats for illnesses as much as we possibly can, I've actually
> got 14 campus feral kitty Bobbye on my porch now for that reason (CRF,
> FIV+,
> along with Toxoplasmosis & possible eye tumor which has not
> progressed--she's done well other than not liking the fluids of
> course)....but it just didn't seem there were any way we could put Bashful
> through chemo, weekly vet visits, and possibly never feeling good enough
> for
> the time to have been of quality for her.   She is very stressed at my vet
> and we hope things go as peacefully as possible this afternoon.
> Go with love, sweet Bashful, and know how badly we wanted to help you--you
> will not be forgotten.
> Heather
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