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A Tribute to A Little Black Cat named Jakey

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As some of you know, I have been very worried about my little cat Jakey who last weekend became very ill. This morning Jakey crossed the rainbow bridge and he is now Home.

This blog is a tribute to my beloved little Jakey.

It was a little over a year ago in late autumn when I first met Jakey. I was driving down a neighborhood street when I heard a woman scream. I quickly looked her way and much to my surprise spotted a tiny black cat. He was standing on nails the length of stilts with long hair severely knotted. But it was his incessant yowling in a deep, gravely voice that really caught my attention. So I quickly got out of my car and grabbed him. And there we sat in the front seat of my rusty 95 Corolla, staring at each other. Somewhere during the time I was admiring his four fangs that pointed in four directions, Jakey made the decision to keep me and I in turn fell in love.
So off we went to the vet for a check up and a shave. The news was not good.
Jakey was very underweight and needed medication for an overactive thyroid, hence the yowl. I was ok with this. But then the vet told me that Jakey was old and that just about broke my heart. So I bought him the best food on the market and took him home determined to love him with such an intensity that he would leave this world knowing that he was valued and cherished.
My life with Jakey began the day the lion-shaved crotchety cat arrived home, gave one major hiss at his siblings that left them scattering and claimed my bedroom as his living quarters. It was there that he ate his meals, took his naps and occasionally looked out the window to catch up on the neighborhood gossip. Once the yowling was under control I began to get to know Jakey. What he lacked in weight and size he made up in personality. He was brilliant, opinionated and obstinate and on a regular basis tried to bite me with fangs that fortunately could not make serious contact. And every night he would redeem himself by curling up beside my head and wrapping his tail around my hand like a little monkey. And as the months passed, Jakey's tail quietly wrapped itself around my heart.
Deciding when it is time to let a beloved pet go has got to be one of the most painful and difficult decisions for a pet owner. But today I was blessed as I learnt that Jakey was emaciated due to cancer and that I was letting him go before he had begun to suffer. He has now crossed the Rainbow Bridge and is in the fine company of many of your beloved pets.
Welcome Home sweet Jakey.

  
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YOGATIME 2/18/2013 10:16PM

    What a wonderful tribute to Jakey! You write so beautifully of your special bond. He was blessed that you found him and you are certainly blessed by his existence.

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LORIMAGI5 2/5/2013 5:00PM

    So, So sorry to hear of your loss of your beloved kitty. He was lucky to have you for his human emoticon emoticon

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MJLUVSANIMALS 1/20/2013 10:06PM

    My heart never sunk as much, as when I was reading about this endearing little cat. He will be chasing butterflys and playing with all the other animals on Rainbow bridge. I was shedding tears and holding one of my precious little guys really close while I was reading about Jakey.

Funny how I had already commented previously on this. It just caught my eye again. Losing one always hurts.

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BECCABOO127 9/8/2012 9:51PM

    This made me cry too. My cat Tippy, also a rescue, had hyperthyroid, so I can totally relate to the loud MEOWS! She went to the rainbow bridge in April of this year. She got diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She appeared to be fine until the last day of her life. I had to make the decision to put her to sleep, too, but I was there with her, and kissing her warm fuzzy head telling her that I would love her forever.

You are a good writer--very moving words. Thanks for sharing your love for Jakey.

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MJLUVSANIMALS 5/5/2012 10:51PM

    This made me cry. I love my little fur balls so much. Well, I do have a few more than you. I rescued 5 kittens from next door, with their Mother and an older kitten, from the same Mother. The house burned down, and the people left the cats/kittens. I was amazed that someone could do this. Poor little guys were lost, and kept returning to the burned down hulk of what was their home. Anyway needless to say Neighbor started feeding them (Me) but in turn I was feeding the neighborhood ferals as well, because the Mama kept getting preggers. I took Mom and the older kitten to where they lived now. And tried to figure out what to do with the kittens. Well after a couple of months one got pregnant and I took her in and got her through it she had 5 and they all were given away except my Lily. Anyway between her and her Sister who was still outside and 2 more batches of kittens. I ended up with 7 cats to accompany my 3 older cats I had inside. And I love them all. 3 are outside cats. But I took them all to the Vet for their rabies shots and spays and neuters. So no more kittens sigh......

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SILLYHP1953 4/26/2012 9:46AM

    Yes, he's playing and napping with quite a few of my cats.
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SILVERANGEL6 4/23/2012 12:42AM

    Everything that could be said has been said & I echo them, you are indeed a compassionate woman, and I'm sure Jakey thought so too,,,,
Blessings, dearest Naomi....


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SHEILA234 4/21/2012 1:55AM

    That is so beautiful. I also have tears in my eyes. It was wonderful that you rescued this poor little soul and gave him love and a home for the last part of his life. I'm sorry that you didn't have longer with him. I hope you have many memories of the happy times you had together. Bless you.

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CHATTIEGIRL 2/11/2012 9:04PM

    Hi Naomi;

Jakey was very blessed to have you find him and give him a life of royalty for a short time. I had to put one of my dogs down and it broke my heart. I have a dog now that is 12 years old and has her sister that is 10 but I know time is near because the older one has heart, thyroid, lymed partially deaf so I take care of her and love both of them all I can. She runs and acts like a pup but she is so very loving. They are like children and we do get so attached. Stay healthy, exercise and make 2012 you best year in reaching your goals. God bless you and he is Jakey always.

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BLESSED714 2/4/2012 6:48AM

    Oh I am so sorry Naomi. I am sitting here crying very hard. Your story touched my heart. You are truly a special person to take Jakey in. God bless you always. I am so happy that the 2 of you had time to bond. You took care of him and loved him, and whatever time you had together was so special, that you gave him such happiness and love. Now, he is at rest and in peace, no suffering at the Rainbow Bridge. Much Love and hugs to you. Again, I am so sorry.



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SHANTYBIRD 2/2/2012 11:43AM

    Thank you for taking him in! Who knows what his life had been like before you found him--it takes a really special person to give an older cat like him a wonderful last year of his life.

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POINDEXTRA 1/31/2012 7:38PM

    I'm SO sorry. It was so wonderful of you to take Jakey in - his last year was full of love because of you.

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 1/31/2012 10:42AM

    I am crying so hard right now.

Sending you comfort. Wrap in your rainbow shawl.

You sent him off on a boat of love.

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MARYHOLMAN 1/30/2012 2:18PM

    This is beautifully written from your soul and I can feel the love that you and sweet Jakey had for each other.

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CELIAMINER 1/28/2012 9:17PM

    Tears, Naomi. You are such an amazing woman with boundless love for underdogs of all shapes, sizes, and species. What a beautiful tribute!
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1COUNTRY_GAL 1/28/2012 9:04PM

    oH Naomi,I am in tears and my heart aches for you.I am sorry you didn't get to spend more time with Jakey.You gave him the best and he will never forget you,I am happy that you gave him so much love and compassion and he went to Rainbow Bridge loved and cared for.May you always remember him and the pain of letting him go,get less painful and you feel peace for what you did for him.Bless You and Bless Jakey. emoticon emoticonDiana

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IAMWINNING 1/28/2012 6:34PM

    Naomi, I wanted to cry as I read your blog, right up until I realized that you gave Jakey the best year of his life, and then helped him over the Rainbow Bridge before he began to suffer. Thank you for being such a loving lady.

You've written a beautiful tribute.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/28/2012 6:21PM

    Much love and rainbow light to you and Jakey and the rest of your furry family. emoticon

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WENDENANNIE 1/28/2012 1:16AM

    It is so hard to make the decision to let a beloved pet go...I had to do that 3 years ago with my little red dog Kody whom I'd had for eleven years. I feel for you and understand what you are going through...and believe it or not I've had a new little guy in my life for the past two years...he is black...and tan, but is of the canine variety...betcha can't guess what his name is?! Yup, its "Jakey"....thats what caught my eye on your blog...was the name. My Jakey is a little chihuahua, is 4 years old.....also rescued from a sad situation. He too, is quite the character like your Jakey was. I think you did the right thing letting him go when you did so that he didn't suffer...thats admirable and the true sign of a caring pet owner.

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SILLYHP1953 1/27/2012 8:25PM

    You did a wonderful thing. I'm sorry you didn't have more time with him.
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CRYSTALJEM 1/27/2012 3:55PM

    I'm so sorry about Jakey. He sounds like a real character and it reminds me of when we got our Matt. He adopted our spare room and was my best buddy until the day he let me know it was time to go. I laid him down before we went to bed and he just never woke up again. I know he's doing just fine, but I miss him all the same. He laid around most of the time, but he stole my heart as well.

What an awesome friend you were to him. It sounds like you were a blessing to each other. Sending you hugs. CJ

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/27/2012 10:25AM

    What a treasure he had in his time with you, Naomi. That you opened yourself to him knowing this letting go was also part of the bargain speaks oceans of your bright light.

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THAIBEAUKITTY 1/27/2012 8:52AM

    I'm so sorry about Jakey's passing, but you can find some comfort in knowing that you gave him a wonderful life.

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HDHAWK 1/27/2012 3:29AM

    It's always so hard to lose a pet. You gave him a wonderful life this past year. He knew he was loved. You can't ask for more than that. emoticon

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1HAPPYWOMAN 1/27/2012 2:23AM

    How much love you have for you sweet kitty! It was so brave and kind of you to know when to let Jakey go.
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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 1/27/2012 1:28AM

    Naomi, my heart hurts for you. I'm so sorry you lost your little Jakey. You made the last year of his life so wonderful for him.
Take care my friend!

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CATWOOMAN 1/27/2012 12:57AM

    So sorry for your loss. Eventually, the sweet memories of Jakey will be more joyful rather than sad, time does heal, eventually.

My furry kitty, Lucky was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism a few months ago. It was a rough few months but he seems to be feeling better just lately. Love him lots. He is my buddy - acts just like a dog the way he hangs out with me.

Sending you hugs.

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RYDERB 1/26/2012 9:41PM

    Naomi, my heart breaks for you. I know too well the loss you're feeling. I understand that even knowing that that you gave Jakey enough love in your short time together to make up for Jakey's life time of neglect, does not release you from the pain of living without your beloved pet & friend. Sending you my love, and prayers that your heart heals, and you find comfort in the well wishes and love of your friends.
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DAISY443 1/26/2012 7:39PM

    Tears for Jakey and you!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/26/2012 7:23PM

    How awesome to let him go before he had the pain with cancer. I also would let them go when it came to this state in their life. I couldn't see being so selfish to keep them alive for my benefit.
Jakey is now with all kinds of friends now.

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RIDMYCOCOON 1/26/2012 7:11PM

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and what I am thinking

In addition to my feelings, I am feeling for you and I know how hard this is. You are a love. Tell Christopher I said it's his job to be beside you now.

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SURLYGIRL 1/26/2012 6:54PM

    I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your Jakey. My Kea-Dog has only been at Rainbow Bridge for 8 days and I am still mourning her loss. Our pets fill a whole in our lives we didn't even know was there. Keep all the happy memories you have of Jakey close - it helps to remember and honor our beloved fur-babies.

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VALERIEMAHA 1/26/2012 6:20PM

    Beautifully *penned,* with love oozing all over my computer. ALL HAIL The JAKEY!
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VINGRAM 1/26/2012 5:57PM

    Jakey joins some of mine, also. You must be a GOOD person to have such a sweet heart for animals. I join you in your loss. vista emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 1/26/2012 5:45PM

    I am sorry to hear of your loss of your furry friend. It is so hard when we grow so close and lose them. Jakey is in the company of my furry kitties that have crossed that bridge as well.

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GOIN4GR8 1/26/2012 5:20PM

    Your sweet tribute made me tear up.; I'm SO sorry for your loss. I, too, know how hard it is ... and thank you so much for giving Jakey so much love before he left us.

Rainbow Bridge sure is going to be a wonderful place when we get there, with all our beloved friends waiting for us.

Thank you for sharing.

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CURRY63 1/26/2012 3:57PM

    Dearest Naomi, I am so sorry to hear about Jakey but I understand that it was your love for him that wanted to give him a home where he would not hurt anymore. Aunt Lila still doesn't want to let Maggie go. Maggie is the last living connection she has to the life she lived before my uncle died. Remember that I am with you in spirit. God Bless. Love and hugs, Janice emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JEWELY_ROADS 1/26/2012 3:38PM

    Oh, I'm so sorry for your loss Naomi. I too know how much it hurts to loose a beloved pet... Jakey was well loved thanks to your kindness. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IDLETYME 1/26/2012 3:11PM

    I'm sorry you lost Jakey but he's so happy now - feels good and is with friends. It's hard, but he's fine! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 1/26/2012 2:56PM

    Ohh what a lovely way for Jakey to to go home to rainbow bridge ..
I am so sorry for your loss of such a lovely little cat.
but had you not taken him home and loved him his fate would have been much worse ..
So very sorry you lost him so soon!!
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NIKOBLUE 1/26/2012 2:36PM

    You and Jakey are in my thoughts, Naomi. I am so glad he knew your love before he crossed the bridge.

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NEW-CAZ 1/26/2012 2:35PM

    I feel for you hun, it's so sad to have to let go but Jakey is at peace now.
You have my sympathy, pets become a part of our family life and give unconditional love.
Sending hugs
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MISS_VIV 1/26/2012 2:31PM

    Sweet Jakey is in the company of some of my very best companions. I know he is safe and pain free now. Thank you for sharing your closest thoughts.

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Saying Goodbye to Sarina

Monday, September 26, 2011

My best friend Sarina died last Thursday after fighting an impossible battle with ovarian cancer. Although she fought with everything that she had she actually never had a chance. Her cancer was aggressive and relentless resisting all chemotherapy and experimental treatments. It slowly took her life piece by piece. She fought because she believed that life was precious and she fought for those who loved her.
It is a very special thing to have a best friend for 35 years. It also makes it unbearable to say good-bye.
I always told Sarina that she was a brilliant light and that this world needed her desperately. I told her that it was inconceivable to imagine a world without her in it. Yet she is gone and the world is going on without her.
Last night coming home from my adopted family, I met a new tenant on the elevator. Actually I did not want to meet him, but he held the elevator as I parked the car.
When I looked at him to say thank you I saw bulges and deep scars along his head and I immediately looked away. He asked me if I had a good day. I smiled and lied saying it was wonderful. He then turned to me, looked me deep in the eyes and said that last week he had the best day of his life. This caught my interest and I found myself asking him why. He told me that last week he learnt that he was still cancer free, six year later. He was literally bursting with joy. So I got off the elevator with him and I told him about my friend who died last Thursday who at the end of her life suffered terribly from brain tumors. I looked into his smiling, victorious eyes and simply said: Please, for Sarina's sake, live your life full and live it well. He smiled. And we went our separate ways.

  
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PROVERBS31JULIA 4/10/2012 9:30AM

    So sorry for your loss! I just now read this blog. I'm of a mind to believe in the promises that we will see our loved ones again in the future.
1 Corinthians 15:52

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TREESA57 4/8/2012 6:53AM

    I think it slightly fitting, I find your blog about Sarnia, on Easter morning.
Take the advice of the man, and live your life to the fullest and always look up to the sky and give a smile to her daily. She is living the true life now and is waiting for you.

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TRANSFORMWE 4/1/2012 12:09AM

    I clicked on your page because you quote my favorite Leonard Cohen song, and happened to read this blog. My baby sister recently lost her battle with leukemia. It is still inconceivable to me that I won't see her or talk with her again.
Thank you for sharing your story and my deepest condolences on your loss.
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LUNADRAGON 1/26/2012 5:43PM

    It sounds like God knew just what you needed when that stranger crossed your path. Losing friends and loved ones to cancer and death can be so strong. Your friend is never really lost, because you hold all her attributes in her heart. You and your bff are close, and her memories and strength will always be with you. Blessings for you as you cope with your loss. I too have suffered these losses, and am eternally grateful for what I learned and gained from my friends. Blessings and peace.

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GOIN4GR8 1/26/2012 5:24PM

    This post gave me chills. I can't imagine your pain at Sarina's loss. I wish there was more I could say, but instead I'll just send you a hug.
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WOLFKITTY 11/2/2011 2:28PM

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Each moment is precious.
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LIVINGFREE19 10/27/2011 12:02AM

    Sounds like your friend had to suffer so much. How sad.
I wish I could hug you.
She is looking down on you smiling.
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JEWELY_ROADS 10/21/2011 12:30PM

    Wow, your story has touched me deeply, got me crying. Remembering the lover I lost years ago and I swore on his grave to live a good life. While it's been a struggle and I have overcome and triumphed on many levels. I still have inhibitions to let go of. I want to be free and express myself truly and have no regrets.

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GREENTHUMB70 10/15/2011 9:41PM

    You were on my mind tonight so I looked you up to see how you were. I had somehow missed your blog until tonight. I am very sorry for your loss. Ovarian cancer is difficult. I lost a friend last year only one week after she was dxd. Its not fair for her or for you. We must live life to the fullest for ourselves and our friends. Tale care.
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SUNFLOWERSAVAGE 10/6/2011 9:53PM

    ((( Naomi)))

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RITZIBROWN 10/3/2011 9:14PM

    Hey my sweet friend,
Just read Sarina's blog. I can only trust that she is revelling in the light and leaving rainbows in her wake. Your healing time may be difficult; how kind & loving of Sarina to send you the "elevator man" to encourage you.
I love you and send the power of healing to you.
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IDLETYME 10/3/2011 3:13PM

    So sorry for the loss of your friend. I do believe Sarina had something to do with your meeting of the man by the elevator. He was right. She would want you to live your life to the fullest!
Remember all of your good times together! She's watching over you. Make her proud!
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CRYSTALJEM 10/3/2011 12:19PM

    I'm so very sorry for your loss. The universe does work in mysterious ways - I don't think for a moment that this meeting was simply by chance. Be at peace my friend, I feel certain that Sarina is. Namaste.

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CURRY63 10/1/2011 2:03PM

    My dear friend, As I have told you so many times before, "Believe". I can feel that is what Sarina wants for you, to live everyday to its fullest and believe that she will be waiting for you to share again as only friends can do. Isn't it amazing that just when you were at a low, someone just appeared to show you what belief is. Love and hugs and sweet thoughts to you, mon amie. Janice emoticon emoticon emoticon (You know what the turtle is for!)

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 9/30/2011 8:42AM

    Your post made me cry. What an experience.

I am so sorry for your loss. What an amazing run in you had with that person in the elevator.

Be gentle with yourself as you grieve and heal. Grief is ragged. May your friend's memory always bless you.

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ANGEL636 9/29/2011 12:13AM

    So Sorry for your heart-wrenching loss, but in your own words "Please, for Sarina's sake, live your life full and live it well." She is with you always!
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MARYHOLMAN 9/28/2011 2:27PM

    I know that you are not consolable right now. Try to remember that Sarina is an inseparable part of you. She is within you and around you and always will be. She lives on in your heart and soul and in time you will find her there. I also believe that she sent that man to you as a gift from an angel.
You'll hear more from me soon.
Love and hugs,
Mary

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CALICO_CHLOE 9/27/2011 11:28PM

    Wow im sorry you lost such a great friend. I havent got any friends Ive know that long but I was cut off from one of four years and it gutted me so I cant imagine what you are going through

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EVOLVEFISH 9/26/2011 6:41PM

    Wow. That is an heart-wrenching and heart-warming tale. I don't know whether to cheer for a man who has conquered cancer and has the opportunity to live, live, live or cry for your loss and for your friend who struggled and fought and succumbed nonetheless.

I am so sorry to learn that your best friend has died. My wish is that I could help you to feel better right now. Unfortunately, that isn't possible, and I feel quite silly saying it. But, I am certainly well-meaning. No one wants to hurt or feel negative emotions, and I want for there to be something I can do to help you not feel them.

Your friend was all the more fortunate that she had you in her life. And, you are all the more fortunate for having had her in your life. We carry our nearest and dearest along with us, even when we are separated. They are a part of who we've become. I hope you will look for those bits of her in yourself; you might find some comfort there.

All my best wishes to you,
Mary

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NIKOBLUE 9/26/2011 5:53PM

    That's a pretty incredible story, Naomi. I'd be willing to bet Sarina had something to do with the "chance" encounter. And the world is not going on without her, not as long as you and all her loved ones hold her spirit in their hearts.

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SUSIEPH1 9/26/2011 4:39PM

    I am so sorry for your loss of Serina, It must have been so hard watching her fight to stay .
I am sure she is pain free now.
what a awesome happening with a stranger,just exactly what you needed at the time !!
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KIMDONN 9/26/2011 3:05PM

    WOW!!!! What an amazing story...I am so sorry about Sarina, it can't be easy losing your best friend, she must have been such a wonderful gift in your life. What timing of having this chance meeting in the elevator. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you heal and remember all the wonder times you and Sarina shared!

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NEW-CAZ 9/26/2011 2:33PM

    Naomi I am so sorry you've lost your friend hun.
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CELIAMINER 9/26/2011 2:19PM

    Ridmycocoon and Owensaunt1 said so eloquently what I feel. I'll add that I continue to remember Sarina (and you) daily and pray you will always be together, even though you are on different planes. Love you!
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OWENSAUNT1 9/26/2011 1:28PM

    Oh Naomi!!!! What a moving, touching story. I cannot imagine how your heart must ache for the loss of Sarina's light in your life. But I'm sure that when you least expect it, her spirit will be there glowing in the darkest corners of your world. Her light will radiate through your soul when you are down and troubled. She'll always be in your heart.

I'm glad that you met someone who made her story more tangible . . but we should ALL cherish every moment!

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RIDMYCOCOON 9/26/2011 11:45AM

    Wow, Naomi. I am moved by your experience. I am terribly sorry to hear of your dear friend. I send you my very best. The man in the elevator is an Angel.

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Raising Noah : a story for cat lovers

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

This blog is dedicated to Michelle who I have long suspected is my friend because she fell in love with Noah.

During the final episode of Alli McBeal my phone rings. Reluctantly I answer, and am greeted by a woman who is clearly in crisis. She starts off by saying that she got my phone number from someone who has my phone number from someone--people in animal rescue know the drill and cringe when a conversation begins like this. It is never good and I start to prepare myself for the inevitable. So, she begins...
She explains to me that she had heard some strange mewing sounds coming from her garden and had gone out in the rain to investigate. What she found, she wasn't quite sure but believed it to be a newborn kitten. I sigh. This is clearly not going well. Next she tells me that she has heard I rescue cats and since she works full- time and this kitten clearly needs 24 hour round the clock care, she will have to put it to sleep if I don't take it. I silently complement her on her delivery. The possible kitten is now mine. And so Noah arrives not only wrapped in an insole of a shoe but is actually in a shoebox. When I check him out he is really quite something. His tiny ears are pinned down, his eyes are locked closed and his tail is longer then his whole body. I look at his tiny square orange face that resembles a minuscule tiger and I fall in love. Casey, my male dog has also apparently fallen in love and is hysterical to get closer to Noah. I put the shoe box down, and he takes a quick look inside to confirm his suspicions and we go to sleep with Casey guarding Noah and his shoebox. The next morning I go about creating Noah's incubator. I place a heater in the bathroom full blast and fill a
box with layers and layers of soft liners. Noah is now upgraded from a shoe box to a UPS box, and Casey is frantic. I then stock up on mamalac amid warnings not to get too attached to Noah as he is too young to survive without his mother. I try my best not to glare at these well-intentioned people and return to my baby determined that he will make it. I wake up every 3 hours to feed him without an alarm and I rub his bum to simulate a mother's cat tongue. I bring him to the couch where he falls asleep under my chin, and then pass out for a few hours only to begin the cycle again. Seven days later, Noah's eyes open and he looks straight at me. I can see that he is not impressed. I quickly try to assure him that he takes after his father and not to panic. He is still not impressed.
By three weeks, Noah wants out of the box. He lunges at the wall of the box, pulls himself up to the rim and then topples onto the tiles. The first time I think it is a fluke, the second time I know I am in trouble. This minuscule orange kitten has decided that he wants out and there is no box that is going to be big enough to contain him. So Noah begins to walk, with Casey on top of him like a portable roof. My life has gone from the mundane to the absurd.
Next I take him to the vet for his weekly check-up and am told that Noah is underweight. I return home with Casey and baby Noah and a few cans of wet food. Noah loves the food and start scoffing it down. I watch, alarmed but fascinated until he starts to wobble. I think I am imagining this due to sleep deprivation when he hits the floor unconscious. I rush baby Noah to the vet who gives him three adrenalin shots and nothing. My vet begins to panic which is never good and I am told to rush Noah to an animal hospital, and do I think I can drive? It was a good question as given the choice I would have preferred to pass out. So, I am in the car, shaking as I drive my unconscious pediatric kitten to the hospital. As I pull into the parking area, he wakes up. Noah is completely alert and immensely pleased with himself. I am muttering under my breathe as I cross the threshold of the hospital at $175.00. A vet comes to examine him and is fascinated with his little patient. I am less amused. He suggests that Noah should stay for observation. I suggest that Noah is a piglet. Noah stays. At 4:00 am the vet calls me with an update. Noah has now been under observation for hours and has not stopped eating the whole time. He suggests that Noah is indeed a piglet. A few hundred dollars later, I take my baby piglet home.
The next time I see Noah's vet, he tells me it is now time for me to teach Noah how to use the cat litter. I honestly think he is kidding. The vet is not kidding. On the way home I decide to let the cats raise Noah from now on for both our sakes.
Today, Noah is a very strange cat. He does not run properly, making circles with his back legs as he gains speed. He looks absolutely ridiculous and like all moms, I feel responsible. Noah giggles, sulks, and he tells me off on a regular basis.
At night, he loves to run over my body in the dark which makes me crazy much to his delight and in the morning he asks for food with the soft sounds he made as a baby. There are now younger cats living with us but Noah has maintained his status as babycat of the family. Now that Casey is gone, Noah is attempting to make friends with my neighbor's huge dog. I often ask him, where is Casey and Noah will pretend to look for him. I know better. Typical kid, he's just not telling.

  
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MJLUVSANIMALS 5/5/2012 11:01PM

    You need to write books about your journey with your furry friends. You have a talent with words and letting us in to your world and the antics your little guys have amused and saddened us. Adorable.

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LAFFWITHLINDA 11/21/2011 3:49PM

    What a great story, thanks for sharing.

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CEEG-ERRIFIC 11/21/2011 2:57PM

    Great story! I had to go look through your photos to see a picture of him - he is absolutely darling. Gotta love cats with attitude. When my Husband and I got married we adopted a cat that his sister had to play mommy to. We took him home as soon as he was on solid food. We named him Diablo because he was just a little devil. They don't stay little for long though - ours turned into one HUGE cat 20lbs of NOT fat cat. He passed away several years ago, Miss him every day.

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BLESSED714 10/31/2011 1:09PM

    What a wonderful, heart-warming story. He seems so precious Noah. I laughed & cried at the same time also. You are truly a wonderful person caring for these beautiful creatures.

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CALICO_CHLOE 9/27/2011 11:37PM

    That is a great story I cried and laughed at the same time

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MICHELLEYSPARK 9/20/2011 5:48PM

    Thanks Naomi. Loved Noah's Story!! I agree, Chicken Soup would LOVE this story. I just finished the PetLover's Book (my 1st Chicken Soup Book) & it was very good. Love to the Piglet!!!

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NIKOBLUE 9/19/2011 2:36PM

    Naomi, you should submit this to Chicken Soup. What an adorable, amazing little kitty.

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FRACTALMYTH 9/15/2011 4:17PM

    ROFL it is rare for me to actually laugh out loud, but the second piglet did it :P Well done - on all counts!

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LSBETH 9/14/2011 7:26PM

    emoticonfor taking in Noah, or really to be honest, for letting Noah adopt you and Casey.



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MILLISMA 6/6/2011 9:08AM

    I have had cats all my life and just love this story. Hugs to you and Noah!



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NEW-CAZ 6/6/2011 3:03AM

    Naomi
I am not a cat lover I confess (having nearly had my right eye scratched out by one when I was I young I stil don't trust them) but I warmed to your story.
So cute! I adore this rescue story, thank you for sharing it emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/5/2011 1:28PM

    Wonderful story! I will be off to check the photo's soon. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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MAGGIENCALI 5/30/2011 9:46PM

    Awwww. What a sweet story. My two kitty boys are both rescues and are very out of the ordinary. They let my Jack Russell think my Jack Russell think she's the boss. It's all very cute. emoticon

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WILLOW49 5/23/2011 3:08PM

    What a wonderful story! What a character!
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IDLETYME 5/18/2011 7:57AM

    You write a great blog. I love your page - so pretty and all of you pictures are great. I wish you much success on your journey with Spark People!

Have a super day!
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CRYSTALJEM 5/17/2011 1:15AM

    Awww... You were right, I loved it. What a cat, an obvious heart stealer.

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SLIMCHANCE5 5/16/2011 11:59AM

    What a beautiful story!! I love the way you tell this- and what a lucky kitten Noah is to have found you. Now I can't wait to go to your page and look at your pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
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Shirley

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CURRY63 5/13/2011 3:17PM

    I loved your blog! Having rescued kittens from the river bank and the motor of my husband's truck and some just left because they know we "just love cats", I can understand: the rush to the vets, the agony of waiting to see what happens next and falling head over heels in love with a little bundle of fur. I also know the agony of losing some of these babies but I know in my heart I did what I could to make them happy while they were here. There will always be a place in my heart for those we have lost as I am sure you miss Casey. Thank you, my friend, for letting me share.

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MEDIT8OR 5/12/2011 6:28PM

    Wow, what an endearing story. I love Noah! You are a seriously gifted writer. I read this out loud to my twins! (15 years old). Thanks so much for sharing.
Soon we will most likely lose our 14 year old Akita, he is having a tough time walking now. Very sad. My partner has not come to the place where he is ready to let go, so for now we will just hug and love him and hope is not in too much pain.

Thanks sooooo much for the dedication.

Hiugs,
Michel
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GABBY308 5/11/2011 9:23PM

    What a great blog! It made me remember raising puppies. I always ended up keeping the runt and reject of the litter. There's a special bond that develops when you have to feed them with eyedroppers and rub their tummies!

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CELIAMINER 5/11/2011 8:31PM

    Naomi,

I absolutely adore this story of Noah! Do you have a blog somewhere else on your cats?

Celia
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SUNDAWNER 5/11/2011 8:24PM

  What a story! I just had to check out all your photos after reading your post -- Noah is a cutie (as are all the rest!). You took some great pictures--I just had to smile when I looked at them. My household currently includes 2 cats and 1 black lab (and they all get along wonderfully). It does make for some interesting moments, I must admit.


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DEVORA4 5/11/2011 8:06PM

  emoticonwow what a cat!

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PAMMYLBEAR 5/11/2011 8:01PM

    What an absolutely delightful story! Sounds like quite the character. And Noah is, too!

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Week 2

Friday, May 06, 2011

It's about a week now since I wrote my first blog. My friend has been very busy entertaining friends from Texas then off to an overnight in Quebec City to receive an award for her 25 years of contribution to her union. Next she has birthdays to celebrate with her family. My friend has been living in a whirlwind of activity for the last week and is so exhausted that she does not have time to think or to feel. Our conversations have been short, basically quick reports of the day as she is off to the next activity or retreating to sleep. The only indication that something is wrong is the fact that sleep eludes her. The subconscience is not fooled. It signals over and over again that there is something wrong. My friend is not listening and keeps moving at a pace that
exhausts me to listen.
So, there has been little time for anger and a lot of time for me to regroup.
Thanks to you, my wonderful friends at Sparks and the support of my girlfriends at home I have found my centre again. I am now deeply rooted into mother earth and will not be so easily thrown around should the winds and stormclouds return.
I have learnt many things this week. The most profound of my lessons has been about trust and honesty. I was vey scared to share with people who I cannot see or hear the underbelly of my life. I was terribly afraid that my spark friends would run from me, and that I would feel exposed and alone. This did not happen. The second thing I learnt is that protecting another from one's own pain because they are also suffering is disrespectful and does not allow the other the gift of giving and comforting. I know this firsthand as I watch my friends give to me as I am broke. I have to take a deep breathe and learn how to receive. So for you who are receiving perhaps too many goodies from me, know that the ability to give is a great source of pleasure and healing for me.
I have learnt that virtual friends are very much like real friends--they come in all shades of color from the palest to the deepest in shades, and that all are delightful.
I thank the bluebirds of the earth for bringing me here and have respectfully
dedicated part of my photo album to these incredible birds who inspire so much joy and hopefulness in so many.
Thank you for taking the time to read this blog.
I bow down to the Light that is within you. Namaste
Bluebirdsfly

  
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CRYSTALJEM 5/7/2011 3:58PM

    May the blue bird of happiness fly with you. Great blog. Namaste

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PAMLEARNED 5/7/2011 7:02AM

    Bravo! Thanks for this 2nd blog. I'm glad to be getting to know you. I hope this week gives you many opportunities to get outside and put your face to the sun.

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DEVORA4 5/7/2011 1:50AM

  You are an incredible lady and I am honored to be a friend to you. I am subscribing to your blog so as to bond with you and gleen from your wisdom! deb

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CELIAMINER 5/6/2011 1:20PM

    What a beautiful tribute to your ailing friend. She is very lucky to have you in her life, and I can imagine that time seems so short she must continue at a frenetic pace to accomplish what she needs to.

Also, your words on friendship are insightful and inspiring. You write so well.

Celia
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