My bunch talks to me all the time, sometimes vocally and sometimes by body 
language.  But, talk they do.
---- Bonnie Hogue <> wrote: 
> Ben
I'm so sorry to hear of little Dexter's health problem.  I pray that, no matter 
what happens, he does not suffer...nor do you.  It is obvious you have a heart 
connection with Dex, and that is a precious gift many never open themselves to. 
 It's nearly impossible to feel one is making the "right decision" in the 
moment -- for humans or other animals who are in our care.  We pray for wisdom, 
listen for guidance, and do the best we can.  Here's to love and peace 
surrounding you both.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ben Williams
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2011 7:13 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter

They most certainly can communicate and they do it all the time.  Cats 
naturally don't communicate verbally with each other, so when your cat meows at 
you, he's trying to speak your language, so to speak.  If that's not direct 
communication, I don't know what is...

We have Dex at his vet clinic now... He's calmer and more relaxed. He's 
starting chemo immediately.  

Thanks everyone...

On Jul 5, 2011, at 8:29 AM, "Sara Kasteleyn" <> wrote:

> So happy you are all together again!   Oh...those poor unfortunate people who 
> think animals can't communicate!  Best of luck today.  Sara
> ------Original Mail------
> From: "Ben Williams" <>
> To: "" <>
> Sent: Tue, 5 Jul 2011 07:42:25 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter
> Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement... We spent some time 
> with Dex at the clinic last night and we told ourselves that Dex would tell 
> us what to do; that he'd let us know, somehow, what he wanted. Dex has always 
> been a fighter - he came to us under the hood of a car that had carried him, 
> at only 4 weeks of age, across town, on highways and bumpy roads. He clung to 
> the engine of that car and came out covered in dirt, but full of love. He's 
> been with us since then (only a year and a half) and we have become so close 
> to him. We were told he didn't have a chance last October when his red blood 
> cell counts were at 3 and we discovered he was felv and fiv positive. He 
> bounced back quickly from the blood transfusion and seemed to return to 
> normal quickly. It's been tough for the last three weeks as we've tried 
> immunoregulin, acemannan and lymphocyte t-cell immunomodulator. He's been a 
> trooper through it all and always has a sweet chirp and a purr. So, last 
> night, his wagging tail and happiness at seeing us, combined with the 
> relative calm he experienced when we were with him and the look of hope in 
> his eyes told us we couldn't give up. So, I'm picking him up now and we are 
> taking him to Dr. Wright at Lakewood Vet Center to hopefully start some other 
> treatment to pull him out of this. He's a beautiful boy and we owe him every 
> chance to live happily. Thanks, everyone. On Jul 5, 2011, at 1:42 AM, Maureen 
> Olvey <> wrote: > > I think talking with a feline cancer 
> group will be helpful. I couldn't tell you because I don't know a lot about 
> lymphosarcoma. I'm sure the vets are telling you to let him go but you have 
> to make the call and don't do it until you're sure so you won't regret it and 
> wonder later on. I guess it depends on the success rate of doing chemo on 
> lymphosarcoma at this stage. Maybe you should try to consult with a vet 
> oncologist immediately about his chances. If the chemo could give him several 
> more months is it worth it? If the chemo could give him another year is it wo
rth it? Chemo can be rough but I'm in a dog cancer group and usually after a 
few days of being sick after the chemo treatments the dogs are okay until the 
next round. I'm not sure how it affects cats though. My dog was diagnosed a 
couple months ago with bone cancer and chemo wasn't an option but radiation was 
an option for just a few extra months with him. I asked myself those questions 
about how long would it give him and would the pain he would endure be worth 
it. It's different for me because my dog is old so I had to take that into 
consideration. Seems like I read in one of the e-mails that Dexter isn't that 
old. Anyway, I had a little time because my dog wasn't in pain so I talked with 
two different oncologist and they both said the same thing. Talking with an 
specialist made me feel better about my decision.One thing I have learned from 
the dog bone cancer group I'm in is that there are no wrong decisions. You do 
what you think is right for Dexter. You know Dexter better than any vet so it's 
your call and it won't be a wrong decision.Maureen > > “I am not interested to 
know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race 
or doesn’t….the pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis 
of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity 
without looking further.” – Mark Twain > >> From: >> 
To: >> Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2011 21:55:58 -0700 >> 
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Dexter >> >> Ben, my husband and I are praying that the 
best decision for Dex will become obvious to you, whatever that is. The most 
difficult decision is deciding that his quality of life...tubes, pills, 
anything out of the ordinary on a morre than temporary basis, would serve only 
those who will be left behind. God bless you and your family as you wrestle 
with this difficult decision. Dexter....we love you. Please..let your beloved 
Daddy look in your eyes and tell him what you need. Sara >> >> >> >> 
------Original Mail----
-- >> From: "Ben Williams" <> >> To: 
"" <> >> Sent: Mon, 4 Jul 
2011 21:25:37 -0500 >> Subject: [Felvtalk] Dexter >> >> We are having a hard 
time making a very tough decision for Dexter. In the past three days, Dex has 
suffered facial and paw swelling and has started having difficulty breathing. 
Today has been bad and he is now receiving oxygen at the Dallas emergency vet 
clinic. X-rays show that he has lymph node involvement in every area and his 
liver and spleen are enlarged and have move out of the proper body cavity. This 
puts him in, I think, stage 4 of lymphosarcoma. He is whimpering and obviously 
in pain. We don't want to give up and we are willing to do chemo for him. We 
want to do what's best for Dexter, but it is so hard to make that final 
decision. Is it time for his suffering to be over? Does he have a chance? >> 
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