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Virginia




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We are yoir family now and we are here to support you, okau?  You jave been on an unbelievable  roller coaster!  On tips of every thing else, yoir sweet kottynos still trying  to recover  from major surgery  jist a few days ago!!

I can only DITTO all the food advice and support everyone  has given .

Stay strong!  Stay connected !   Things will start to turn around in a good way...sloooowly but surely!

Sending  positive energy  and extra hugs 

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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I just got a text from my husband.... apparently I was misinformed and it wasnt a 24 hour facilitt.... he died some time last night... alone in a cage.... I never got to say goodbye

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1 October 2018 - 6:18 am
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Oh NO! I am so very sorry! I have no words. Nothing I can say can help right now! I am gutted with you.

Please accept our deepest condolences and when you are able or wish to discuss more and share more about your sweet Hiroaki please know we hear to listen ok.

Say goodbye to Hiroki now Spirit kitties can hear you! 

(((((Hugs)))))
Holly & Purrkins❤️

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1 October 2018 - 9:20 am
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Noooooo! What a terrible shock, I am so sorry for you and your husband. My heart grieves for you, we all do. It's unimaginable.

Know that you did all you could for him, you advocated and spoke up for him when he needed it most. Your sweet angel got his wings too soon, but he knew he was loved and treasured when he left his body, and for that there is no greater gift. Your baby will always be by your side.

I wish there was something more we could do, I'm so sorry. Do come and share more about him and talk if you feel up to it, we will be here.

((((hugs)))))

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1 October 2018 - 10:08 am
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We are stunned to hear this and so sad, so very, very sad.  Our tears fall with yours.  As Holly said, there are no words.  For now, we can only let you know we are here for you and with you.❤

We can also let you know that no one could have   done more for your Hiroki.  And Hiroki knew that too. No cat could have been more loved or more cared for.

Yes, Hiroki's earth body became tired and was no longer able to serve Hiroki.  His Soul needed to shed his earth clothes and needed to run free, healthy and whole.

And know this.  Your bond with Hiroke can never be broken.  And with a bond like that, Hiroki was able to feel your loving presence, just as you felt his, regardless of whether you were physically  together or not.  Bonded Souls like that are ALWAYS connected.  Hiroki  was surrounded by your love whether he was in the clinic or not.  As hard as it is for is humans to understand ,  it's  true that  Hiroki's  Soul knew no fear and eagerly left his earth clothes that no longer serves him. 

We all know that, for now, your heart is so broken you can't  even wrap your head around everything.   Eventually  you will take comfort  in knowing  you did  e everything  possible  Eventually  you WILL feel Hiroki's  loving energy by your side.  He will send you a sign he is still connected  with you, just in a different form.

And absolutely , as Holly said, speak with Hiroki's Spirit. When you can,  light a candle for Hiroki and sit quietly in a space where you feel most connected.   As hard as it is, let him know you understand he had to exit the way he did.  Let him know you understand  he was letting everyone know he was ready to transition and needed to do it his way, without anymore human intervention.   Let him know you respect the way he chose to return  back to Spirit form.   And maybe you don't  really understand at this point, but he needs to hear  that you do, or you will.   

And PLEASE stay connected  with us.  We are family and we fell in love with your precious Hiroki.  We wouls ve so thrilled ro jear more avout him when you can, with pictures of his handsome self.  Is Hiroki one of those cats who will actually  come when called?  

Surrounding  you with our love

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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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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1 October 2018 - 3:48 pm
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I am so sorry to hear about your terrible news! I know you loved Hiroki so much and he knew too.

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Thank you to everyone who has been supportive through this and for all the thoughts and prayers. As much as my heart aches for losing one of my babies I’m trying to remind myself that he’s no longer in pain. Sitting here at my computer, I keep expecting to see him run up the stairs and around the corner and meow at me to get in my lap.

I would like to start by apologizing if this turns out to be a novel, and I wouldn’t blame anyone if it never gets read completely. I have never been a strong writer but I wanted to, and felt the need to, tell his story. Not only for me but for him. Also I am going to attempt to attach pictures throughout so I apologize if I do it wrong and none of them show up.

For us, Hiroaki’s story started in August 2011. While bowling for our league a friend posted a picture on facebook of a cute little kitty she found outside her house. He was so tiny and helpless, and she named him Tom Cat or Tom for short.

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She was not able to take him in at the time and was looking for a home. After some begging I convinced Sebastian (my husband) to take in this kitten. He would be our second cat, his older sister is named Emmy and was adopted from the shelter in May 2010. After deciding he was ours we wanted to pick a new name. Both Sebastian and I are anime/japan fans so I googled Japanese names for boys and came across Hiroaki, which according to google means abundant light. Little did I know how true that name would fit him.

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Hiroaki was always an odd little kitty. He would often jump in grocery bags or the laundry hamper then look at us and give us a cute little meow. He also loved to give us headbutts. Hiroaki is the only one of our 3 cats that ever did this, to me it made him Hiroaki. Hiroaki also made a habit of trying to be an escape artist whenever we would leave. We learned quickly that we would have to look for him before leaving.

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The only trouble he ever gave us was when we realized it was time to neuter, he started to spray. I was always worried that going through the surgery would change his personality. Thankfully it never did. He was the same cute little furball. He always loved to lay with his daddy, he was a true daddy’s boy. He was also very fond of those little crinkly balls.

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A little more than a year into his life with us, we saved our youngest kitty Keiko(blessed child), May 2012. Keiko was found with her litter mates being thrown into a local river by another friend. I had to have one. Sadly since Emmy and Hiroaki were already bonded, they were not fond of Keiko. Hiroaki did warm up to her though.

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We have moved a lot in the 7 years, I’m sorry I believe in my original post I said 6, but Hiroaki always coped the best with the moves. On the car drive over he would lay in the back window of the car, I liked to avoid the carriers if I could. He would hide for an hour then be back to himself while the girls still hid, unless we brought out treats.

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When we added our dog Luna to the family in January 2018, none of the cats were too happy. Luna loved them and wanted to play so bad but they did not like her. Emmy warmed up to Luna, when she is sleeping, but the other two learned to live with her. Unfortunately this also means I have no pictures of Luna and Hiroaki together.

Flash forward to the end of August 2018, Hiroaki started to limp around. He would completely avoid using his front left leg. I palpated the leg as much as he would let me and checked his joints and found no signs of a break. I’ll add in here that no I am not a vet but I am in school to be a tech. I don’t know much yet, but I know what to look for in injuries. Since I did not see evidence of a break or any open wounds I assumed that it was a sprain and restricted him to the bedroom so he could not jump up and down from high places.

Before I knew it a month had passed and he was still limping so I decided it needed looked into. I can’t help but wonder if he would still be here if I had gone sooner.

Since I never imagined it would be anything bad I continued with my pre-planned road trip to Memphis, from Dayton Ohio, and Sebastian would take him to the vet. This was on Monday September 24. I had made it 6 hours into the drive, only 2 hours left, when I got the news that it was Osteosarcoma in the toe and that they would need to amputate. Since I was in a different state I was not there to ask any questions so we still do not know if they ever did a full body scan that day or just the 2 legs that I was told of. The vet reassured Sebastian that after removing the leg he was 90% sure that Hiroaki would live at least another 5 years before passing of something else. Surgery was planned for Wednesday September 26 and my plans were to be home Thursday night. I ended up leaving early Wednesday morning.

The vet texted Sebastian with updates, when they started, during, and at the end that everything went perfect and he could pick him up at 6PM. When I arrived home at 10PM I could not contain myself. I never imagined I would have a baby with 3 legs. We expected that first night to be a little rough for all of us. After spending the night reading everything I could find I thought for sure he would recover and be fine. By around 3PM Thursday, he had not gotten up at all except to try and get comfortable again. He had not attempted to eat or drink anything, begin the intense worry. To google I went and this is when I came to the forums on Tripawds for advice.

In the morning on Friday when I was finally able to contact the vet they suggested removing his cone in hopes that he was protesting the cone. As soon as I did this he started moving around and even drank a bit of water. I was so convinced he was heading in the right direction. The vet did want to give him a few hours without the cone and if nothing by then we were to try Entyce.

2PM came and went with him still turning away from everything we offered. We easily spent over $100 on different foods and treats to try. Sebastian went to get the Entyce and we gave him the first dose. After about an hour maybe he started to gag, we are guessing from the medicine, but still never ate.

At this point he had not eaten anything since 9PM on Tuesday, to prep for surgery. I knew how dangerous this was so I insisted on Sebastian calling the vet as soon as they opened Saturday, rather than wait until 1PM like they suggested. Hiroaki went in for bloodwork to make sure everything was okay. Bloodwork came back good so they gave him fluid and meds with instructions to call if he wasn’t better by morning to plan on adding a feeding tube.

Sunday morning he had still not gotten any food, had even stopped drinking water, and was breathing heavy. I began to think he was trying to be close with us, laying as close as possible these last few days, to say goodbye. He knew he was dying. When the vet was called the decision was made to hospitalize for 1-3 days and attempt to find out why he was not eating, and get him to eat and heal.

First thing they did was a round of x-rays to find the source issue. They found a build up of fluid around his lungs and told Sebastian this was caused by stress from the surgery. After hooking him up on fluids and starting oxygen therapy they were able to get the fluid down, and find that his heart was beginning to fail. They explained it to Sebastian as his heart “was” failing and that he was rebounding. We were told he was already drinking on his own and to expect to pick him up Monday morning.

Monday October 1 at 745 AM I received one of the worst texts you could possibly get while at work, “I’m sorry baby, he died last night.” It was at this time I learned that he was in fact at the same facility and there was not anyone there to monitor him throughout the night.

We chose to have our baby cremated, as we still live in an apartment and would not be able to bury him at home. We will be able to get his ashes back today.

I have still not been able to talk to any of the vets but I believe that he did ultimately die of heart failure. I just wonder if this could have been prevented in any way, or if we would have taken him in before he went 4 days without food if he would still be here. I am trying not to think like this as it will only drive me mad with guilt but it’s where my mind keeps going back to.

For now I just need to focus on healing and reminding myself that he is at peace now and we did the best we could.

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You will always be our little kitty who brought light into our lives Hiroaki. 

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2 October 2018 - 10:45 am
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My heart is heavy knowing that you and Sebastian, and the rest of the fur kids, are grieving right now. I read every word, and just can't begin to express all the sorrow I have for your loss. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your healing journey, and sharing so much of your life with us. We now get such a better idea of where you are coming from, and the great life of Hiroaki and his siblings.

Yes, you two did the best you could, no doubt in my mind. And the fact that you are going to be a vet tech, well that speaks volumes about who you are, and how much you will help not just your own cats and dog, but the animals who cross your path in the future. Take what you have learned here and in Hiroaki's honor, apply your knowledge to those patients you help. Their humans will be forever grateful.

I didn't realize it was osteosarcoma that you were dealing with. That is such a rare disease in cats. Hiroaki was a one of a kind kitty, that's for sure.

Sending many, many hugs your way.

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2 October 2018 - 11:03 am
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Thanks for sharing your story about Hiroaki. It was beautiful and he was beautiful! It's funny how we feel we're never doing enough and feel guilty. Here we all are on this site sharing our stories and swapping information in an attempt to do everything we can. From the stories I've read here I can see all the loving people who would do anything for their pets. That includes you! You saved Hiroaki when he was just a little scrap of a kitten and gave him such a wonderful life! Be content knowing you did all that you could.

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You have written about Hiroaki beautifully & described the love you all shared!

Thank you for sharing all this with us & you figured out the pictures! No novel & not too much we love reading about your Hiroaki! You can see he was a love bug such a handsome guy!

I did look up the meaning of Hiroaki’s name yesterday and smiled at the meaning very fitting for a ginger tabby kitty. ( I was misspelling Hiroaki's name in earlier post's so sorry!)

From Japanese 大 (hiro) meaning "big, great" and 輝 (ki) meaning "brightness" or 樹 (ki) meaning “tree".

The meaning of Hiroaki is 'spreading brightness.’

As far as not knowing what was done ahead of time I think that is one thing I would need to know that doesn’t mean you need to know. My question would be did they do pre-op blood work. Was Hiroaki a candidate for surgery to begin with? That is just me & I’m not implying you do the same. Whatever we all need to know is different. No right or wrongs. I wonder if something was missed before the surgery. This may or may NOT help you to understand one way or another. Most do not have a full body scan done. Purrkins had blood work, urinalysis, chest X-ray and ultrasound done.

What we ALL KNOW is anyone who joins this site loves their animals they are our family they are not just “pets.” We do everything we can within our power to help them have a quality of life. That doesn’t mean we always win this war! But we KNOW we tried. You guys did everything to help Hiroaki, and he knew you loved him these pictures show that love. His light will illuminate your path to being a vet tech and make you a better tech in years to come I have no doubt! I’m so sorry this all happened the way it did. I can well imagine the shock and grief!

As far as cremation goes, you can always bury Hiroaki when you do get a home one day if that feels right to you then. Only you will know when that day comes. It will help when he comes home today. I think it helps to have them back home again.

Please watch for signs from Hiroaki he will show you he is around. Don’t dismiss hearing him or the glimpse of him running up those stairs ok. He will show you he is still around in some way. Let us know when he does please.

Majestic Hiroaki will always be spreading brightness.

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(((HUGS )))
Holly & Purrkins❤️❤️❤️

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They did do bloodwork and urinalysis and everything came back  in normal range. The only thing they did not do is a chest xray. 

We just got back from getting our baby. We were also surprised with an additional gift.

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Needless to say the few tears I had left fell as soon as I saw that print. 

I am 100% sure he was there with us and knew we were there for him. Just as we got out of the car it started to rain and stopped shortly after getting back in. 

My next plan from here is to find a way to make a proper name plate for the "box" he is in and get a little Hiroaki made. My sisters cat also passed in February this year of osteosarcoma, his was in the jaw, and she just told me about a website called shelter pups that makes wool stuffies made based off pictures and a description you provide. 

Once we have funds again the next plan to honor him is to get my tattoo, I have many. Knowing some day I would lose my babies I have each of their paw prints on paper so I can get a tattoo of their paw when they leave the earth. 

Again thank you to everyone's kind words. That alone has helped. 

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2 October 2018 - 8:38 pm
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I am so sorry and so sad to read this. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for him. He was so loved, you and your husband did all you could. I never really believed in the whole "your pet will send you a sign" thing until my dog Murray passed away. On our last walk before heading to the vet, a hummingbird came and practically landed on him. It followed him on the entire (albeit short) walk. When I came home from the vet without him, a hummingbird was hanging around my front lawn, flying so close. For several days, I saw what I believe was that same bird. I just knew it was Murray letting me know he was okay. So now I'm a believer. Every time one visits now, I think its Murray saying hi.

So look for the signs - even if you don't, I bet one makes itself known and you will know in your heart that Hirokai (what a great name) is okay. Hug your other furry family members and remember to take care of yourself, including letting yourself grieve. We are all thinking of you.

Kristin

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When I came home from the vet without him, a hummingbird was hanging around my front lawn, flying so close. For several days, I saw what I believe was that same bird. I just knew it was Murray letting me know he was okay. So now I'm a believer. Every time one visits now, I think its Murray saying hi.

What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing. And I totally agree that our beloved spirits come back as birds! We've had that happen to us more than a few times, and almost every culture draws a correlation between spirits and birds. It's such a beautiful, comforting thought to look at one and say "yeah, that's him!"

 We just got back from getting our baby.

I'm so sorry, that is such a hard day. How lovely that the vet clinic gave you such a touching remembrance of your sweet hero. I know you'll do something beautiful with it, along with the other plans you have for his memorial tribute. Doing those kinds of things is so  healing for the soul.

(((hugs)))

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