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Possum & Petunia
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22 June 2024 - 7:54 pm
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Hey Tripawd family! I’ve been meaning to come on here for a while now, but emotions were so high everytime that I had to leave. To be honest, it’s still so difficult, and not only because I lost Petunia in February, but also because I lost Possum on May 8th. She had her dental surgery in the beginning of March, dental work that was put off because of all the costs that accrued with Petunia, and although there might not be a direct correlation, but her health started going downhill shortly after the procedure. A part of me also feels she felt sadness because Petunia was gone. One of the hardest part of saying goodbye to Possum that I wasn’t prepared for was coming home to a bowl with food uneaten, and knowing it will not be consumed by any cat. I noticed the quiet house the moment I walked in. They surely had a huge presence. Possum did get to celebrate her 17th birthday on March 28th! I’ve been doing okay. It comes in waves. I am actually fostering 4 kittens right now. I cannot bring myself to adopt for a long while, but I also hated how quiet this house was, so I thought I could help support the local shelter and become a foster mama. One of them actually looks like Petunia, white with black spots. I got them two weeks ago at 5 weeks old. 

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My brother recently got me a gift for my birthday, and he told me he is still waiting for Possum’s to be delivered. It is absolutely AMAZING! I bawled my eyes out the moment I saw Petunia’s face. Such a lovely gift that I will always cherish. 


I have questioned why come on here to deliver such bad news, but at the same time, Holly, Sally, and Rene, you helped me through the toughest months I’ve ever had to go through, and I cannot express enough how much it meant to me. This website made me feel safe and heard, and a part of me felt like I should give this update. My mental capacity took a toll, but I couldn’t imagine where it would be if it wasn’t for you 3. Thank you for being there and walking alongside me.  🩷


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22 June 2024 - 10:41 pm
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Our dear, dear, dear, Samantha♥️♥️♥️ now I'm bawling my eyes out reading every single word of your experiences you have just shared. You and petunia and possum are such a beloved, truly beloved and inspirational part of the tripod family.

I cannot even begin to formulate my thoughts that I truly want to write to you. I just took a Benadryl, not necessarily because of allergies, but because someone told me it could help you go to sleep. I have to get up early in the morning to go to work and I logged in very quickly just before I was getting ready to doze off.

Then to hear from you and to learn that possum has gone to join petunia just broke my heart. I just wanted to very quickly send you love and cyber hugs and let you know I am definitely coming back tomorrow.  

Before I go though, I have to say what a thoughtful brother you have. I actually have one of those beautiful sex for one of my Trading memories. So I know, as beautiful as it is in the photograph, it's even more beautiful in person. I also know that as you turn it you can see petunia following you.

I understand completely how hard it was to come here and I am so glad you did though, your connection and the connection we have to petunia and possum to will never be broken. We have a common thread  of love and devotion to our animals that can never be broken. Goodness knows, you are the epitome of that kind of devotion. Love to petunia and possum too.

Anyway, I'm coming back tomorrow but I just had to quickly send you our love, so much love and the comfort of knowing that possum and petunia are together.

With love

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

PS I'll let Holly know as she's not on the site quite as much right now. I know Renee is getting ready to do some packing as they continue their travels through alaska, so I'll make sure she knows 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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24 June 2024 - 11:04 am
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Samantha, oh my gosh please know you can come back anytime to share whatever news you want. There is really sad news in your post, and beautiful, hopeful news too, so don't feel like you were being a downer. You were NOT.

I am soooo sorry about Possum. Woah! That was so fast! Losing one fur kid is so hard, but another so close afterward is unimaginable. What a rough, heartbreaking time for you, I can't imagine how much that hurt. But what I can see is that you are strong, and putting your life back together, and finding hope in better days. 

Those foster kitties ... oh! sf-kiss What a brave move to foster, thank you! Fosters are desperately needed right now, you are doing so much good! And I feel like these kitties came your way for a reason, to help your heart heal and feel whole again. Even though you will never be the same without Possum and Petunia, you will learn to see all the good in this world as you go on, and know that they opened your eyes to so much of it. Those kitties are there to help you continue on your journey to healing and continuing doing all the good work in the world that Possum and Petunia wanted you to do. 

I'm so glad you felt supported enough to come back and let us know how you are doing. Thank you for the kind words, you really made my morning. Please do keep in touch. 

P.S. I'd love to know where your brother got that gift. I'm not even sure what to call it if I were to search for it online, but it's spectacular! 

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