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2 August 2017 - 11:00 am
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We found Harry’s cousin yesterday 🙂 she’s tired but in good shape and super happy to be home. 


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2 August 2017 - 12:28 pm
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Great pictures of Harry!!

Great news on finding Harry’s cousin ! Tired & in good shape & ecstatic to be home I am sure! 


You guys can all rest now!!


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Just a final update for those who have been following Harry’s journey this year: Harry was put to sleep on Tuesday. He was in pain and deteriorating quickly. I didn’t want any more tests for him. I know that it was the very nasty and aggressive cancer and that any further options would have just been cruel and confusing for him for the sake of very limited time anyway. And I wanted him to have peace before he was in such pain that he was completely unable to walk or eat. I am incredibly sad, and miss my special boy painfully, but am sure that it was the right choice. I’ve only just realized that it was exactly ten months from his amputation on Tuesday…tomorrow I am picking up his ashes. It’s so surreal. I am forever grateful that I got to be his human.   

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I’m so sorry to hear this. Although difficult, it’s clear you made the best decision for him at the right time. 

I’m not sure if I told you that male, black, short-hair cats are my favourite because of their huge personality. Obviously Harry had a huge impact on your life. Please know that his little shadow will always be with you.

I’m tearfully sad for you. Know that he was grateful that you were his human.

May peace be with you,

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I am so very, very, sorry to read this.  So sorry.  It just breaks my heart, but yiu ABSOLUTELY gave him the gift of release before it got to a crisis.  It doesn’t always turn out that way, but it’s a the timing kf the gift of release we all hope we are able to do.

Harry was dealt a bad hand but he sure did make the best out of it!  He did, indeed, beat the odds!   Regardless of what hurdles were thrown his way, you and Harry plpwed through them and got on with living….living, loving and spoiling!   I know his purrs meant the world to you.  Such a beautiful sign from Harry.

Picking up his ashes will be bittersweet.  I know, for me, it brings  me great comfort to have them back home with me.  Many have made lovely tribute corners with phitrks, etc and some have planted little celebration of life gardens.

We understand how much this hurts, even though you know it was the right gift and the right time.   The void will seem unbearable for awhile.  Anc yes, you were privileged to have had Harry in your life AND he was just as privileged to have you in his!!  

Stay connected and share mkre about Harry when you can, okay?  It helps us all heal when we can celebrate such a great life full of happy memories together.   And let us know what signs he sends you that he has arrived at the Bridge healthy a d pain free! 

Surrounding you with. love and Harry’s purr that is in your heart purreverheart

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I am so sorry to hear, but you made the right, difficult decision.  Harry was a special cat.  Thank you for sharing his story with us. 

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Such heartbreaking news, I’m really sorry to hear this. Yes of course you did right by him, there’s no doubt you had his best interests in mind the entire time, and you didn’t let him suffer one single minute. It’s a very hard decision we take on when we bring an animal into our lives, but you made sure he left this world with dignity and a human who loved him right up until the end. No living creature could ever ask for more. He was such a fortunate kitty to have you there for him. 

You are surrounded by lots of people who understand your grief. We are here if you want to share more about the good times in Harry’s life OK? He was one special kitty, and we celebrate his life with you, now and always. {{{{hugs}}}}

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I am so sorry to read Harry’s journey has ended!  I  know you gave Harry the ultimate gift by setting him free of his pain!

I’m just sorry for both of you the time was so soon! You both gave it your best & cancer is not one to play fair.

Harry is running on all four & will wait for you to see him again some day!

Know he will always be remembered here!


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