Only by opening yourself for losses, do you grow in your capacity to love.  We 
give it freely to those who need it and they love in return.  A loss hurts and 
stays with you, but another room in your heart opens up for another.  I have 
over 30 graves in my yard and each loss hurt deeply but then another shows up 
at my doorstep begging for love.  you cannot say no.

---- Randy Henke <> wrote: 
> My heart breaks to read this, Bob. You had encouraging words to give me
> about Curly and I have none to give you. Just deep condolences.
> It's a sad world when medical treatment for a human or a beloved pet comes
> down to money. I've been down both of those roads. My wife and I both work
> full-time jobs which allow us enough extra money to pay for treatments. But
> if even one of us was forced to become a full-time caretaker we couldn't
> afford the cost of treatments. I hope it doesn't come to that.
> I honestly cannot imagine opening myself up for any more losses after our
> current clan is gone. But I applaud you for being willing to give a home to
> yet another FELV cat who desperately needs it. The world needs more people
> like you,
> My thoughts are with you.
> Randy
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:31 PM, ROBERT CHAPEL <>
> wrote:
> > Over the months some of you might recall my little guy Yogi for whom I had
> > asked advice ( mostly about his eyes) on several occassions and most
> > recently for suggestions related to making money to be able to keep
> > treating him..
> > Well my little Yogi passed away in my arms on Sunday morning....He had
> > started to go downhill a few weeks ago when his HCT dropped over a few
> > weeks to 14....   I did manage to get my hands on some Winstrol thanks to
> > the efforts of others on this forum to whom I am eternally grateful but he
> > faded too fast for it to have adequate effect ( or he simply was not one of
> > the cats that was going to respond to it)
> > He got to pass peacefully at home on the bed that he knew so well and with
> > the hand of the guy that loved him and worked to keep him alive all these
> > months stroking him..  I had actually made arrangements to put him down
> > later that day after seeing the condition he was in that morning.  I'm SO
> > glad I didn't have to keep that appointment.
> > It's been a tough go...   The little guy never really knew more than a few
> > months of health.
> > There was , honestly, nothing really remarkable about him ...just a ratty
> > little skinny thing with one clouded over eye.... but he was a sweet gentle
> > little soul that never so much as  attempted to scratch me despite all the
> > things I had to put him through to keep him alive.... There was almost
> > nothing left of him at the end ( started with him at 6 months old and 7.5
> > lbs and progressively over a year lost 3 lbs ( about 40% of his body weight
> > .  I probably would have put him down on at least 3 occassions if it wasn't
> > for all the good advice and suggestions I got from all of you that helped
> > me press on .
> > So now I go from hurting every day watching him go downhill to the one big
> > hurt of losing him....  it will pass in a bit of time( though certainly not
> > today!) and it gives me the opportunity to give a home to another FeLV Cat
> > that would have spent it's life in a cage...... and to give a playmate to
> > my still healthy guy who is still very much a Kitten in his actions and
> > DYING to have someone to play with...this time I will FOSTER so that I
> > don't go broke with cat care if the next little guy/girl starts to go south
> > well ahead of time...
> > Thanks to  all of you for being there for FeLV cats...  You all are the
> > one bit of luck the kitties who have come under your care have had....
> >
> > Bob
> > Warwick NY
> >
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