Julie, thank you for taking in Dude and giving him the love and attention he 
deserved.  At least in the end he knew he was loved.  We each do what we can to 
help the FeLV kitties but you took that extra step to help a stray who 
desperately needed you.  

Thanks to you he had a peaceful passing.
Lighting a candle tonight for Dude.

--- On Tue, 8/3/10, Julie G. <kisluv...@yahoo.com> wrote:

> From: Julie G. <kisluv...@yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Felvtalk] Lost my FELV Stray dude
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Date: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 6:31 PM
> Hi I've been lurking a few weeks. 
> In July I picked up a stray that turned out 
> to be FELV+.  In his few weeks with me he gained a pound,
> had a cushy bed, 
> delicious premium canned food, and all the snuggles I had
> time to give him, 
> since he lived in the basement while I tried to figure out
> where he could live 
> (I have 4 cats).  I'd watch movies on the laptop with him
> on my lap, snoozing 
> away happily.  He always seemed a little wobbly, and his
> pupils were always 
> different sizes.  But he was relatively happy so we kept
> on.  Last night his 
> back legs didnt work.  This had happened before, my pet
> sitter said, but they 
> always came back "on" after a while.  But this morning
> they still didnt work.  
> The vet examined and confirmed that he had tumors pressing
> on his spinal cord.  
> He was in pain and his entire back end didn't do what he
> wanted it too.  So the 
> decision was made to let him go.  
> He'd been living under porches on my block for at least a
> few months when we 
> finally caught him.  I'm so glad we did, I cant imagine
> what a frustrating, 
> frightening life he'd be having out on the street right
> now, starving, full of 
> tape worm, and 2 back legs that wont work.  I'm crushed
> that we couldnt give him 
> a better life, and for longer, but I'm glad we got to him
> when he needed us, and 
> filled his belly and his heart for a few weeks.  Safe and
> comfy and within a 
> foot of food at all times. :)
> Anyway, I dont know anything about FELV, this was my first
> introduction to it... 
> so I dont exactly know how the tumors are related
> (cancer?)... but I wanted to 
> drop a line to folks who understand.  He wasnt my kitty
> for long, but he was my 
> kitty.
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