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Michigan


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9 February 2024 - 9:23 am
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Checking on you & Tuni
I know the vet was calling today. Update us when and if you are up to it.

I will check back later and see if posted.
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9 February 2024 - 10:04 am
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Who is running the hotline today?

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9 February 2024 - 10:10 am
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Not sure..  I'm sending you a PM 4ight 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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9 February 2024 - 11:17 am
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Sweet Petunia will be released from her failing earth  clothes later today.  Samantha has been guided by a wonderful Vet and she knows this is the best timing for Tuni.  

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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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9 February 2024 - 2:54 pm
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Poem For Cats

And God asked the feline spirit Are you ready to come home? oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul And, as a cat, I am most able To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God. Soon, replied the whiskered angel But I must come slowly. For my human friends are troubled.

For you see, they need me, quite certainly. But don't they understand? asked God That you'll never leave them? That your souls are intertwined for all eternity? That nothing is created or destroyed? It just is... forever and ever and ever.

Eventually, they will understand, Replied the glorious cat. For I will whisper into their hearts That I am always with them I just am...forever and ever and ever.

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This will burn here forever, just as Petunia's memory will be with all of us we had the privilege of getting to know and love her. I didn't see Sally had one going already. I will add ours, too;

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Samantha, there are no words for times like this other than how SORRY we are for losing Petunia and all it means going forward in this life and her absence. It will be challenging, and grief is tough!!! I want you to know with all of your being, you did everything in your power, plus to help Petunia; NOTHING you did caused this. The girls have been lucky to have you and to be their advocate for 16.5 almost 17 years.

We also know how you feel and question things; we all do, and sometimes there are no answers. Yes, and trust me when I say that is tough, too.

Please take care of yourself and Possum. She will grieve, too. Know we are here, with you in spirit & have been all day. 

Tuni, we love you and will see you on the other side. Saxton will come and greet you. Come and show your Mom you are okay and in a different form, sweet girl. It has been our pleasure to get to know you & we will miss you.

We are family here, and yes, when we lose one of our own, we hurt and grieve, too.

We are surrounding you with love and peace today. 

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9 February 2024 - 7:38 pm
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Holly, that beautiful poem and your  heartfelt words will bring comfort to Samantha.   

As you said, we are all family here and we hurt and grieve with Samantha  today.  Our hearts break with hers  and our tears fall with hers.

The impact Petunia has had here is invaluable.   She taught us so mich about resilience and about jow to make the most out of each day, regardless of the hurdles.

Add to that the knowledge you shared with Samantha  about "everything cat" merely increases  the many invaluable  aspects of her legacy.

Samantha  left no stone unturned when it came to doing everything  possible.  Her research, her impeccable care day in and day out, the way she was so tuned into Tuni.....all this was almost not of this world.  Samantha's connection  with Petunia was Soul deep and truly eternal.

We are here for you Samantha.  We know there are no words.  We know the heartache  will take you to your knees many times over.  We can only let you know we understand. 

We can only let you know how truly privileged  we feel to have been on this journey  with Pwtunia.  We k ow there are so many more treasured  memories  to share and we cant  wait to hear them

Surro you with Petunia's beautiful  purr

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

PS.   Yes, Saxton definitely  was at the Bridge to greet Tuni.  One of the first things they did was gorge  on a feast of all the forbidden foods not allowed here on earth....ice cream cupcakes, butter, hit fudge Sundays as an appetizer. 

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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10 February 2024 - 9:14 pm
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Ohhh! icon_cryI'm really sorry I just saw this news, I'm stunned things happened so quickly. And my heart is breaking knowing that you went through the agony of setting her free. I wish I had something eloquent to say, other than my heart goes out to you. 

Petunia had such a great life thanks to you. You went above and beyond, to the moon and back, for her emotional and physical needs. You did everything right, and she knew she was soooo loved. It is the life every animal deserves and you lived up to that. There is no greater gift. 

We are here for you. After getting to know you and Tuni and Possum, you are like family here now, and you always will be. If we can support you in any way, please just ask. You are not alone.

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Holly, Sally and Rene, thank you for your sweet words. I had to take a break from this site because it felt so hard to come here. I know Saxton was there to greet my sweet Petunia. It’s still hard to believe she’s gone. Sometimes I feel like I’m just away on military duty and I will be reunited.  

I brought her home last week. Paw print and a cut of her hair was included. I bought a heart-shaped glass bottle to put her hair in there. The cat clinic was so caring. The receptionist came in when I left so Petunia wouldn’t be alone. She gave me a hug. My brother came with me, and the experience I had compared to when I went with him to say goodbye to his kitty at the other vet was unmatched. Thank you Holly for bringing to my attention of cat clinics. This is what Tuni deserved. This is what I wanted. The clinic even sent me a card in the mail with their condolences. Just the other day the vet doc that saw Possum emailed me about the next steps with her (dental), and she even mentioned that she’s sorry to hear about Petunia (I learned after that the vet doc who saw Petunia and the vet doc who saw Possum are actually married and the ones that opened this clinic together). I did talk a lot about Petunia that appt and even wondered if I should have brought her in instead. 

My sister came over 2 days after I lost Petunia and helped me roll up all the yoga mats, put my bed back together, and clean my house. I really needed that cause doing that by myself would have been so hard. It would have been slow and I would have been so deep in my thoughts. Before she came over, I broke down wondering how I can even bring myself to roll up these mats, but at the same time, having them still down was weighing so much on me. It was a constant reminder.

I’m doing okay right now. I hope Possum is okay, it’s hard to tell, but I feel like she knows Petunia is gone.

Sally, you truly were a blessing for me that Friday afternoon. Thank you for reaching out to me and providing your number. I don’t know who is all on the hotline, but I really needed to talk with someone who knows Tuni’s story. You gave me such great comfort in so many ways. I don’t know if I can thank you enough. 

Holly - I have learned so much from you. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for your knowledge and that you were always continuously there, front and center, with a solution. I couldn’t even dream of what it would have been like if I didn’t have you. I don’t think it would have been good. I owe you everything! Thank you.

Rene (and Jim) - THANK YOU for starting this website! Petunia has always been scared of dogs, but I do hope she has met the famous Jerry and they are playing together. He has changed so many lives! 

Holly, Sally, Rene - You truly are so amazing for what you do for so many people here! Thank you for being there for me, and others. Your knowledge, excitement, and comfort was so … it’s so … for me it made me rest easier, breathe quieter, and most importantly, gave me all the “tools.”. Thank you. 🩷

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23 February 2024 - 9:08 am
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We are honored to have been on this journey with you and cannot express how sorry we are that Petunia's earth clothes no longer served her, and her earth journey has ended. It breaks all of our hearts!!!

I am so thankful you switched to the cat clinic and had the care you deserved and needed during this horrible time. You will have this care from now on for Possum; give yourself all the credit. You decided to make the switch and try it worked out. Our cats deserve to be treated with the utmost care, and the cat clinic goes above and beyond! You have experienced it, and this is just the beginning there.

If you do not see anything in Possum, that is great. Yes, she is missing Petunia. Keep her routines as normal as possible; we know she gets extra Love and attention now. Things you may see in mourning are fussy eating, appetite loss, sleeping more than usual & yes, looking for Petunia. If they were the best of buds & siblings, it is much harder on them than cats that coexist in one home. Like us, it is tough and can be months to years. The loss/pain. Never erase for us humans or not me anyway. I carry them all with me!

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Purrkins has lost two of his furmily members Garfield; they were the best of buds, his mentor and his brother Saxton.

Purrkins was with Saxton when he gained his wings and could see, smell, and acknowledge what had happened that day. Still, he mourned his brother for months, and I know he still does.  Purrkins & Saxton were not present when we had to let Garfield go, and we brought Garfield home and buried him. They suggested that the boys see and smell Garfield to know and associate what had happened, so we did. Saxton smelled and acknowledged Garfield's earth journey was over, but Purrkins did not. He looked for Garfield in the house for months afterward and called for him. It took a year!!! It was he##!!! Saxton and Garfield were not close, and Saxton moved on very quickly; like us, we all grieve differently, and there is NO right or wrong way to grieve and no time frame for grief! KNOW THAT whatever you go through for however long is NORMAL; allow it; don't push it away. 

My vision of heaven (rainbow bridge) is all the creatures getting along and having a blast. There is no prey; no one is eaten or chased, or if chased, all PLAY,. It's always sunny; they are all WHOLE and healthy again. They return to their best self. I envision Jerry and Wyatt Ray greeting ALL the tripawds, giving them back their leg, and sharing many tales. Our network on this earth is the same there. Our Love transcends furever!!!

You have validated that Saxton did greet Petunia, and here is my sign. I have Saxton's fur in a heart jar, too!
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I hope Petunia has shown you she is with you in another form! If not, she will keep your eyes and ears open. She will, and you will KNOW!!! Be kind to yourself. Know we are here. I'm not on the norm right now. We had another health scare with Purrkins, and he had to have surgery on his back toe. We are in another recovery.

Give Possum a smooch for us, and know you're always family, Samantha!! Petunia's life mattered, and her story will help others. You bet we will direct people to her and your posts I just did!!! Thanks for letting us know you are both "ok." We have been thinking of you both and understand what you're going through. And we know how hard it is to come back here!!!

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23 February 2024 - 12:47 pm
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Samantha, thank you for checking in so we can breathe a little easier knowing you and Possum are doing as well as can be expected.

Limb loss is such a journey we go through. Being there for an especially compassionate, loving pet parent like you is the highest honor. I'm glad that you were able to gain so much knowledge from Holly and support from Sally at a time in your life when you needed it most. It not only helped you, but helped Tuni and Possum too, know that their momma had a grip on things. And you really did, I promise! You went through a really intense time and you made good decisions with all the love in your heart that truly gave her a great life. What a gift.

I believe you will be reunited with your sweet Tuni someday. True love is pure energy that never, ever goes away. The bond you shared is unbreakable.

We are always here for you so don't be a stranger. Our Tripawds Alumni Forum is a furmily reunion hangout to let us know how you and Possum are doing in the future, if you ever feel up to sharing. We all hope so! sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2sp_hearticon2

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