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  1. Gretchen
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:00 am

    Condolences Victoria, you are a good cat mom…..it takes time to learn how to deal with furbabies dying..and what’s best for them

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    • judy
      March 3, 2019 @ 12:59 pm

      Where are you? If it involves dancing I am very sad-kittens jealous. Come back,say howdy show us some huge ear rings,anything but please come back. Thank you. I feel much better and hopeful???

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  2. RobynB
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:02 am

    Much love to you. You’ve had a difficult run recently. I’m so sorry for your loss(es). But yes, a peaceful and pain-free death is indeed the best kindness. Marilyn was a very lucky floof. Hugs and kitten kisses to you!

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  3. Di
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:05 am

    Looks like you gave Marilyn the last couple of her 9 lives with love and luxury.

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  4. Neely M
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:08 am

    thoughts & prayers to you & your family. My favorite poem to share with those going thru a loss.

    Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads,
    there lived a little water beetle in a community of water
    beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond
    with few disturbances and interruptions.

    Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of
    their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and
    would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
    friend was dead, gone forever.

    Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge
    to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would
    not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what
    he had found at the top.

    When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the
    surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so
    warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body
    changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful
    blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
    designed for flying.

    So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole
    new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never
    known existed.

    Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking
    by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and
    explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been
    before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

    But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could
    not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he
    understood that their time would come, when they, too, would
    know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off
    into his joyous new life!

    ~Author Unknown~

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    • Sheila
      February 7, 2019 @ 12:38 pm

      You did right by Marilyn, now you grieve them and time will work it’s balm. That was lovely, Neely M. I saved it to share and remind myself when I eventually have to say goodbye to more of my aging fur family.

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    • Darling Lily
      February 7, 2019 @ 3:23 pm

      This is so wonderful, thank you.

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    • Blanca Martinez.
      March 25, 2019 @ 1:16 pm

      Neely M
      What a beautiful poem, loved it
      I will keep it.
      God bless you.
      Blanca M.

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  5. Mary V
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:10 am

    That is all we should hope for, a happy home, where you are fed , kept warm and loved. Then a peaceful end, having had to do this many times it never gets easier. You are right, kittens playing is the answer to all sadness.

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  6. Marsha Sega
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:15 am

    I am sorry for your loss. I had to euthanize my 18 year old permanent foster about 2 weeks ago. The vet sedated her to check her throat for an infection thinking the lump on her neck was a lymph node. She wouldn’t let the vet open her mouth so sedation was the only option. The vet realized it was cancer when he couldn’t get a tube down her throat for an airway. I did not have him revive her. So she seemed happy and comfortable till the end. It is hard when our fur babies cross the Rainbow Bridge.

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  7. Barbara Chapman
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:17 am

    Hello Victoria,
    A lovely tribute to your sweet fur friend… I shared her to my Animal Friends board, of which Elvis is on there somewhere. Lol! We had Pippin and Merry who were porch cats who came with a house and five acres my parents bought in 1976 in Northern California. Pippin ended up with feline leukemia at a time when there was no known cure, maybe there still isn’t. Merry lived there and was probably very old when my parents moved. I am still angry with my mother for leaving Merry with the house as the new people may or may not have taken care of her. The other cats moved with my parents to Connecticut, but Mom thought Merry wouldn’t make the move well. A double-edged sword…

    I am glad your sweet Marilyn enjoyed her home and I am glad she had the good sense to come inside and stay at her end, knowing you wouldn’t kick her out. Crying now as I still miss our old cats… <3

    Hugs and blessings to you,
    Barb 🙂

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  8. Beth Joyce
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:19 am

    Sweet, beautiful Marilyn. You gave her the BEST life. Don’t beat yourself up about Elvis. You did the best you knew how at the time. I let my childhood cat live to be 18. Popcorn (big white and yellow part-Persian floof who looked like buttered popcorn) was utterly miserable the last year. I learned from that and now know better.
    It’s hard no matter when, though. Big hugs to you!

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  9. fiverx313
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:31 am

    i’m so sorry for your loss 🙁

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  10. Sunnie Mitchell
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:31 am

    Knowing when to say enough is never easy. Condolences on your loss.

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  11. Lisa
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:39 am

    God bless you. Thank you for loving her and caring for her!!!!

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  12. Elizabeth Hull
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:41 am

    I am so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. It’s the sacred duty of every animal guardian to give them the best life possible, and then the best death possible when the time comes. You did both. So glad that Marilyn had people who loved and treasured her and made sure she was not an anonymous outdoor cat who lived and died alone.

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  13. Sue Fiorentini
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:45 am

    My sympathies to both of you.

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  14. Joy
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:45 am

    So sorry. She was a beauty.

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  15. Pattie C
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:46 am

    Sorry to hear about your baby. I don’t know why it hurts so much but she looks like she had a happy life and peaceful end.

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  16. Deborah Burns
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:49 am

    Thank you for taking care of Marilyn and giving her a good life all these years.
    You also gave her a loving send off when she was ready, rest in peace sweet Marilyn.
    It is so sad to say good-bye…..

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  17. Sarah
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:54 am

    Aww, what a sweet beautiful girl kitty. You and your husband gave her love and shelter. A wonderful tribute post.

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  18. michele wagner adams
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:56 am

    When I had to let my Big Sam go to the Rainbow Bridge, the Vet told me that this was the kindest thing I could do for him. Somehow that statement gave me permission to let go of my guilt so that I could grieve. I think about my big guy frequently, sometimes with a smile and other times with tears. May you find comfort in the memory of her wonderful life with you and because of you.

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  19. Kathleen
    February 7, 2019 @ 11:57 am

    You gave Marilyn just what she wanted … the best life a cat who adopts YOU could have. Few would do what you did to care for her, fill her needs, Victoria. You are the best fur mommy.
    I feel your pain … lost a 23-yo (yes, actually 23!) rescue years ago, and still miss him, along with his “pewter Persian” rescued buddy who was very old too … Our mistake was thinking we could wait till we were “over them” to bring more babies home. That never happens: time won’t erase your fond memories of all your babies, but you always have room to love others … so don’t wait, people! Those “floofy” kittens need us!

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  20. Laura Roe
    February 7, 2019 @ 12:02 pm

    I am so sad for you, but you have given the older one a dignified gift. She is no longer in any discomfort. She will be fondly remembered by her people. Still, it is so hard. Praying for peace and comfort for you.

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