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Mona's Preparing to Join her Doggie Friends
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17 November 2020 - 8:11 pm
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Many of us understand the heart ache after losing our pet. Just remember how happy she was. It was time for her to start her new journey. It was time for her to go home.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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17 November 2020 - 10:20 pm
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Ohhhhhhhh wow. It’s just hard to believe she got her wings. If it wasn’t for the Rainbow Bridge Red Carpet thunderbombwhatchacallit, I still wouldn’t believe that beautiful Mona is now the most beautiful angel kitty in the heavens. The way the lights came on for her in the clinic was a sure sign that the petparazzi was waiting for her at her heavenly premiere.

Kerren and Eli, our heart and condolences go out to you, we are deeply saddened, Mona was a special kitty to all of us and the definition of HOPE for all kitties facing amputation. You two have done so much to educate us about life on three for cats, especially mature ones, about cancer, about a whole host of conditions and situations that we were completely unaware of until you filled our heads with knowledge. We are furever grateful for all you do for this community, and want you to know that Mona made a huge difference in this world. She will never, ever be forgotten, and her memory always a treasured part of our community. 

We are thinking of you and holding lots of love and appreciation for your very special girl. Mona, you are loved for eternity.

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18 November 2020 - 7:36 am
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Kerren… I am sending you nothing but love and hugs.  There are no words that I can express for any of this…  Mona was a fighter right up until the end. You were too.  Your love for her knew no bounds.   It hurts my heart to type this and I am just simply at a loss.  There is never enough time.  Fuzz is struggling now too.  I am a mess and right now doing the best I can for him.  I wish I knew what to say.  I wish I knew what to type.  I wish I knew what to do.  I wish this horrible disease and conditions never entered our lives and especially for our feline companions.  It is simply unfair.  It is simply bullshit (apologies for the expletive)  I am just at the anger part in  my stages of grief.  I wish I could make you feel better.  You are in my thoughts and in my heart.

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18 November 2020 - 1:09 pm
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Melissa and Fuzz,

Thank you for the love and hugs. I want to offer you love and support with Fuzz’s struggle. I’d like to offer you some thoughts that helped me.

I made a list of things I saw as important to Mona and what made her life worth living, examples are eating, drinking, a daily stroll in the garden, being brushed and stroked, using her scratching box at least once a day, interest in neighbour cats, using the litter box, breathing comfortably, etc. As long as I noticed her doing the things on the list I knew she was good and so was I.

I contacted vet once or twice a week to talk about her progress or lack of progress. I wanted to know what a possible decline would look like. I needed to know the signs so that she wouldn’t need emergency care. 

One of the greatest gifts I have learned from Tripawds is that it’s better to let our pet go one “week early rather than one day late”. My greatest fear was having Mona suffer and seeing her struggle. 

The thing that gave me the most comfort was to live in the moment. I was prepared for the future but did not think about it. I got to enjoy every last moment with Mona. 

I understand your anger. Please update Fuzz’s post and tell us where he is at, how you feel and what you need. There are many here who understand and can be of support.

Thank you so much for the suggestion of Tiki Cat Mousse. Mona could eat it with minimal problems. I’ve passed her remaining packages to a cat whose throat was damaged from poison. I hope it works well for him too.

Hugs and love to you and Fuzz.

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18 November 2020 - 4:57 pm
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And here you are with your emotions so raw, reaching out to help Fuzz.  And  your insight is so wise and enlightened.💖💖   Mona, the gift that keeps on giving……

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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18 November 2020 - 7:45 pm
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I’ve been here a couple times today.  Melissa,  please update.  I think of you guys often.  Kerren… what Sally said..i couldn’t say it any better. 

I know that helping others helps the grief.  I hate that you both are going through this.  Im sending you both lots of love,  and know you’re in my thoughts multiple times daily. 

If I can do anything,  any time…y’all know how to reach me❤❤❤ 

I can’t fix anything,  but you have my and many of our support.  Please lean on us.  

Sending lots of love 💘💘💘

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Jackie, David, Bo, Andy, Oscar, Phoebe, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry

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7 December 2020 - 12:22 pm
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Awww I’m so sorry to read this as I’m a little behind on posts. I looked to Mona’s story for hope as I coped with my own kitty’s fibrosarcoma diagnosis. She was an inspiration defying all odds against her. Thank you for sharing your sweet kitty’s story. She will continue to live in us all.

-Hugs, Alissa and Trikitty Amber



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7 December 2020 - 12:40 pm
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Alissa and Amber,

You are absolutely right! Mona did survive the fibrosarcoma diagnosis only because of her amputation. She lived 77 glorious months cancer-free after the amputation. There is much hope for your lovely Amber.

Kerren

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28 December 2020 - 4:45 pm
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gosh….my heart hurts at reading this. I havent been on for some time now and my subscriptions werent coming through. 

As jerry said, words also escape me. You both were an inspiration to me. a full Life with a rich story drenches with a rare depth in connection.

sending you love sending Mona love. 

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