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Mona's Preparing to Join her Doggie Friends
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It’s a sad day for me but Mona is enjoying herself! Mona was having a hard time enjoying her food and losing interest in going outside (well, it is raining). Mona wasn’t responding well to the thyroid medication and she’s been having trouble swallowing and is losing weight. She developed a small pupil yesterday and I realized I needed to prepare her for the Rainbow Bridge . She’s especially excited to meet dogs who will be kind and not chase her.

This morning she saw Dr. Robin who examined her and gave her saline. It’s assumed that her thyroid tumour is in the 2% category this is malignant and it’s growing. She’s having problems swallowing and the tumour is likely pressing on a nerve affecting her eye. So, what did we do? We went to the beach to see the ducks and few gulls!!!

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Here was her sweet cuddle time with me last night: 

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When Mona got home she did her claws on her scratching box, got brushed, some hair cut for my memory book, went pee, and now sleeping on the heated tile in her bathroom. 

Although I’m sad, she’s still making me laugh. I love this girl!!!sp_hearticon2

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16 November 2020 - 5:03 pm
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Oh Kerren, I’m so sorry and shocked to read this. Mona is such a fighter! It’s hard to say good bye to our pets, but they tell us when it’s time. You just have to listen with your heart as I know you always do. When Brownie passed people would tell me he is still with you. I thought they were just saying that to make me feel better. I’ve lost many pets that I loved. I grieved and moved on. But you know what? They were right. Brownies passing was different. I do feel him still with me. I believe It’s the bond we had. I never had that bond before. So even though Mona is shedding her earth clothes I guarantee you she will still be with you. The two of you have that bond that will last forever and will never die or be forgotten.

The two of you are in my prayers…

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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16 November 2020 - 5:21 pm
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I’m sorry Mona is ready to cross, you have given her everything!

I haven’t had time to post much lately but I have been following Mona’s story.  I was always hopeful that there is more quality time…

Tell Mona to look for TriPug Maggie when she gets there.  When I first had Mag my parents had a cat named Hester that Maggie tried to make friends with, she would bring Hester her toys to try and entice her to play.  And Mag was always very respectful of Hester’s place, if Mag was on Dad’s lap and Hester wanted it Maggie got off.  And Maggie was a champion napper.  I think they will be good friends.

This is such a hard part of being a guardian, you know it’s the right thing to do but it doesn’t make it easier.  The Tripawds family will hold you up as you make your way down this new path.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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16 November 2020 - 7:01 pm
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I haven’t been on all day.  Work is such a bear these days.  

I totally love that video.  I was hoping and praying so hard that this would be a simple fix.  

Sending hugs and so much love to all of you.  I bet my Gazoo will be there to welcome her.  They are going to pawty … I will be listening for the thunder. 

Im really glad that you’re getting some quality time before she crosses.  That’s just a gift❤

I have tears running down my face trying to make this proper,  you know my thoughts and heart are with you. 

Lots of love, 

Jackie and Huck (and the rest of the crew) ❤❤❤

Hugs,

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Kerren, I dont even know what to say.  The way you have handled this, the way you are handling it,  is such a monumental  testament to the love you have for Mona.  We know your heart is breaking, and will shatter more in the days to come.  Yet you are able to focus on KNOWING Mona deserves the gift of release while she is still able to be Mona.  She KNOWS she can count on you for that.  She KNOWS you love her that much. 

To be able to smile through your tears and you watch her fantasize  about Gull Stew.  She enjoyed her day all while you had to struggle with “medical stuff”..  She was focused on just being Mona and being  treated like the Queen she was born to be.

It love that you are still sharing  so many goods times to hold in your heart furever.  I loved the cuddle video.  And ya’s know what, even though she has “eye issues”, she still has the most loving eyes that speak volumes of contentment.  I’m glad she is giving you good memories to hold onto as she prepares for her journey.  Or. more like as you prepare for her journey.  Mona is sich an enlightend Soul and she knows this next adventure  oit of her earth clothes will be even more exciting  and joyous than when here in her earth clothes.  She knows she will still be connected with you,  but on four legs, and as healthy  and fit as can be…..and eating  non stop and staying her svelte  self the whole time!

And when Mona does head to the Bridge she shall have the best welcome home pawty a kotty could ever hope for!!  She will reunite with all the ,itty members  she has helped and inspired all through the years.  Rusty the Bunnyma. will be there.  Ya’ll know what, I’m gonna stop naming names because  I want her to be surprised as each of her students show up to greet her.

All the celebration  ceremonies  will be headed up by Jerry and Wyatt Ray .  You are so lucky to be able to see those two together and listen to all the earth stories  the three of you share.

Okay,  I’m gonna  stop for now and jist meditate  on all the gifts of grace you have surrounded us with over the years.  We’ll help your Mom, okay.  And I have to admit, we’ll need a little help ourselves.    But kn you will love here and live in our hearts forever and knowing  you touched so many….yeah….we’ll smile thro our tears and be grateful  for the privilege  of sharing this hour ey with you…..and the journey ey continues…….

With love and light

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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16 November 2020 - 10:21 pm
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Woah, that was so not what I was expecting to read tonight. I can’t believe it Kerren, I’m so very sorry. Words escape me, I thought for sure she would knock out that thyroid treatment and continue charming us all with her friendly self. It’s hard to believe her time is at hand. My heart goes out to you two and of course sweet Eli.

You are all so loved by everyone here, you have helped so many! In your time of heartache, you still know how to lift us up and give us a view of the world through the eyes of a very special, one-of-a-kind Trikitty. We have learned soooo much from Mona’s journey, and all your pearls of wisdom.

Thank you for sharing those great photos. What a beautiful trip into nature to take with her, I’m sure she was just in wonderland, wide-eyed and knowing that soon, she could roam through the universe without fear or harm, catching critters to her heart’s content and yeah, even hanging out with dogs who don’t have any desire to chase her. In fact I’ll bet our Wyatt will fall in love with her when he welcomes her at the Bridge. How can you not? Mona is just so, so special. We are going to miss her.

Know that this entire community sends love and comfort to you now and always. ((((hugs))))

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16 November 2020 - 10:24 pm
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The Rainbow Bridge is getting ready for Mona!! The weather has been unbelievably crazy – something I’ve never experienced before…

After Mona got home from the beach and I made this post I think Wyatt must have checked the site and let the gang know Mona was on her way and that he’s being celebrated tomorrow. It started pouring rain (cats and dogs?), the sun had set and suddenly there was a heavy snowfall and… wait for it… blanket thunder and lightning smiley4  The tripawds must be rearranging furniture to welcome Mona and for Wyatt’s party. smiley_clap

The weather report is alerting us that a vigorous storm is approaching, heavy rain, cooling system, followed by warming air and strong winds. They missed out on the lightning and roaring thunder.

Thank you all for your loving, kind words. It makes this so much easier. 

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Everyone at the Bridge knows how special their new areivalmos!  They are truly rolling g out the red carpet out through the clouds,

And yeah, the weather they stirred  up down here is definitely  the result  of prepping for one helluva welcome home pawty.  The weather pretty much sou ds like a once in a lifetime event……just like Mona is a once in a lifetime  kitty.  Yeah, pretty sure that’s the message they are sending. 

Continue to stay in the moment with your sweet Mona.  She is doing the same with you💖

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Oh, Kerren, We are so sorry. I came here looking to see how Mona was doing and did not expect to read this. 

There is something in the universe calling all these specials souls home lately, and no doubt the red carpet is being laid down for Mona to hop down and get that leg returned. Your sister will be waiting to scoop Mona right up as the tripawds angel nation gather to meet and greet dear Sweet Mona. 

This is the most challenging part giving back our borrowed angels, allowing them to fly back home to be whole once again. You are giving Mona the ultimate last selfless gift, setting her fee to be whole once again. 

You have given Mona 14 glorious years, and 6 of those on three she is and will always be an inspiration to all trikitties. She will officially get her crown and a beautiful set of wings! She won the war on VAS! 

Thank you, Kerren and Mona, for showing us all that trikitties can and do have more fun, that life on three is a quality of life. We are furever indebted for all your help and wisdom!

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated from it.

Death cannot kill what never dies.

Nor can spirits ever be divided, that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record of their friendship.

If absence be not death, neither is theirs.

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas;

They live in one another still.”

~William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude

Please give Mona a chin, and ear scratches, a little tuna slurry if at all possible! Smooches to Eli too!

We are sending you massive hugs with a broken heart!

Holly, Mark, Purrkins & Saxton💝💝💝

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Oh you know that’s what all the weather racket was all about! Talk about giving us signals. The pawty angels are rolling out the red carpet and the disco lights are spinning away. Beautiful Mona, the elegant diva of the Rainbow Bridge is on the way sf-kiss How beautiful to imagine!

Sending lots of love to you Kerren, Mona and Eli.

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Purrkins said

“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated from it.

Death cannot kill what never dies.

Nor can spirits ever be divided, that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record of their friendship.

If absence be not death, neither is theirs.

Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas;

They live in one another still.”

~William Penn, More Fruits of Solitude

  

Thank you so much Holly, I’ve never seen this poem. It’s beautiful.

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17 November 2020 - 11:10 am
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I love that, and how true sp_hearticon2

My Beautiful Beloved Brownie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma on February 26, 2019.  With all odds against him he lived an additional one year and eight days with amputation, love, and prayer.  I was honored to be his mom, and I have never been so proud!  He will live forever in my Heart!

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I’m exhausted at the moment but wanted to report that Mona had an incredibly gentle send off and I expect a sweet welcome.

Last night I witnessed an unusual weather system and suspected it was our tripawd angels getting prepared for Wyatt’s celebration and Mona’s welcome. It was called a “meteorological bomb” which is the unusual phenomena of simultaneous snow and thunder. Well, they can call it what they want… we all know it’s the Rainbow Bridge Red Carpet. Have a look and listen (note, this is not a loop but a series of lightning/thunder):

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Imagine that’s just the preparation! I’m sad to say that I missed the 12:00 PST Wyatt Celebration. We lost our power this morning. Mona’s appointment was for 1:00 pm and as I walked up to the door their lights suddenly came on. They had cancelled all appointments this morning due to the power outage. Mona is being taken care of by her angel friends.

Mona went softly in her sweet way. I will be back soon when I can savour your heartfelt words. I feel your love. Thank you.

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Mona will be a legend forever Kerren.  She beat the odds,  lived 6 beautiful years on three,  and crossed over with the grace that only Mona has. 

Im not even surprised about the thunder.  We had winds howling here on the other side all night last night. 

You have been the best pawrent, best guardian.  You’ve done everything to keep Mona at her best and your huge heart knew when it was time.  You didn’t wait too long.  Everything fell together just as it needed to. 

Im having a hard time seeing the screen now,  but i just wanted you to know that you’re in our hearts.  

Much love, 

Jackie and Huck❤❤❤

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Coming back to us, your extended family, had to be so hard, but you know how much you and Mona mean to us and we needed to hear from you.  We needed to kmow that  miracle kitty jad a peaceful transition.  We knew she would.

Like all reading this, I’m crying all over again.  And yet, as you point out all the things her friends at the Bridge orchestrated  for her welcome home pawty, we had to smile through the tears.  We had to nod in agreement that prepping for her Red Carpet arrival was EXACTLY  what all that thunder and snow and lightening  were about.  And to know your Sister was there to help welcome e her home was an extra special  moment for her.  Mona got to see her healthy  and whole and smiling!  And your sister fot to see Mona healthy  and whole and purring and running to her arms on all four💖

You know that we know, how hard your days and nights will be for awhile.  And while there are no words, we can only hope you find some comfort in our love and in our appreciation for being part of Mona’s  miraculous journey.

Mona will ALWAYS be a Beacon of Hope and Inspiration for anyone facing this journey.  She broke all the “rules” about statistics  and prognosis.  And she sure as hell kicked cancer’s butt!.   That piece of crap disease had no idea who it was messing with!  This sweet and gentle little kitty has a fighter Warrior spirit who forged her own path and disregarded all the  negativity the medical professionals “projected” for her.

Kerren, the impact you and Mona have had on everyone here and on so many levels really is astounding!  The time and energy you have spent educating  us all about vaccine induced cancers, the invaluable  insight you have shared on Cool Tips for Tripawd Cats , the holostics there’s you have shared and, of course, the Meerkat eating positive to build core strength…so much help to is all.  And then again, as a personal aside, all the hours you and others spent restoring my treasured  Happy Hannah photos while FUbucket tried to hold is hostage!  HA!  You showed them!  

I had quite the …er…..techie glitch  trying to get on zoom today.  It had been my hope to read that lovely, lovely, lovely poem/prayer that sweet Holly posted.  I was hoping Mona and you would feel our “presence” at that moment and you would somehow  feel some peace.  I know it would have brought Jim and Rene some co fort too….althoI see Rene has seen it here and I’m so glad.  

For now Kerren, all you can do is hug  Eli and KNOW that Mona did things her way and on her own timeframe.  Being suvh a smart kitty, she knew on some Soul  level she did not want to go to that clinic.  If something  had happened there……ugh…..anyway……Mona made sure you and she woild be together in a calm state where she could be released surrounded by your love💖

Mona has touched us all and she DEFINITELY  loved, and co ti ues to love, a life of meaning.  Her Soul’s purpose in her earth clothes has closed that chapter, but her Soul’s purpose in her Spirit clothes are starting a grand new chapter!  Make no mistake about it, you and Mona are still a team and still have “miles to go  and promises to keep”.  

We love you Kerren and we are all here reaching out through the screen hugging you💖

Surrounding  you with Mona’s eternal warm bright light of love

Sally and My Chunky Spirit  Being Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

PS. Hapoh Hannah was in charge of so e of the junk food.  So she had three big bowls of ice cream waiting for her. 🍧🍧🍧  Yeah, Mona can eat a thing now👍

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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