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10 June 2017
Today marks one year since Three-Paw’s ampuversary. I remember this day vividly. It’s not just in my head either; my bones and my nerves and my blood remembers it too. We got up so early to take the train into Florence.
The tumour ( whom I had named Nick Nolte – long story) had become putrid; the smell was repulsive. I was worried about the other people in my carriage being disturbed by the odour but no one seemed to care. The only thing they noticed was how loudly Three Paw purred every time the train stopped.
I remember saying goodbye. Knowing I might not see her again. Telling her that if she wanted to go, I would understand. I remember the fear as I wandered the stone streets, waiting for news. And then finally seeing her again. Just after her operation. Pupils dilated. She looked so small – she was only half a cat now. But she leaned into my hand purring and I knew we would be fine. I remember the tremendous rush in my blood when I knew that instead of putting her to sleep that morning (as people had suggested I do) I would be bringing her home instead. And we had stolen time together and it would be magnificent. It was one of the most exhilarating and joyful days of my life.
A year later and I can still feel that rush of love through my bones when I think of how she showed me just how strong she was. I have cried a lot today. A terrible ache in my heart that makes my eyes suddenly begin leaking as I walk down the street.
Her absence is a pain for which I have no cure.
But O what a miracle she was.
O what a privilege.
1 October 2017
(((Joanna))) I know this must be a very hard day for you today. Three Paw Melek is still in our hearts, and always will be. I could not see your picture that you posted, maybe it did not upload properly?
Huckleberry and I were so happy to be calendar kitties with you and Three Paw, I will keep that calendar forever. You know you gave your girl the most incredible life, and she is whole again flying around in her beautiful wings still watching over her mama. Of that I have no doubt! She was a very lucky kitty the day she found you.
Much love and many hugs to you over the miles.
Jackie and Huckleberry
Jackie, David, Mitchell, Andy Oscar, and the coolest feral tripawd kitty Huckleberry
22 February 2013
We know it still hurts. You gave your heart and Soul to Three Paw and you miss her physical presence terribly.
You also gave her joy, and love, and care, and fun and happiness. She never would have experienced what being loved felt like had it not been for you💖
She, and you, are such inspirational heroes arpund here. We are all so touched by her journey with you.
I just read this post today that Codie Ray made and I though of Three Paw. Hope it reminds you of all the hurdles uou two overcame to fet to such a joyous time together . You’ll never know how many lives have been changed and how many kitties have been given a second chance at life because of you. The little kitty in this story may have been one of them.
Extra hugs and the sounds of Three Paws happy purrs surroundings you❤
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!
25 April 2007
Joanna, I can’t believe a whole year has passed. I remember when you joined like it was yesterday.
We don’t ever forget that day that we released our animal for amputation surgery. It is a very big deal. And you handled it with so much courage and grace, just like your sweet Three Paw. Together you two really did prove that she could have a great life. This community is stronger and smarter because of you both. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your journey.
And what a beautiful photo! I can totally see the love in your eyes, and her trust in you. Just beautiful!
10 June 2017
Thank you all for your kind words. Every time I come to this site my eyes sting with tears almost straight away. It isn’t just missing Three Paw but it is also the immense love and support that is given here. I am so grateful to all of you for everything you do. There are so many tripawd warriors out there today who may never have had the chance if it were not for your love.
Thank you again….
I LOVE my calendar too..Purrkins right now. Makes me feel like our tripawd family is home here with me.
sending you all much love
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