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My Best Friend……

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I suffered a tremendous and heartbreaking loss this weekend. My 16 year old sweet feline, who was recovering from Mammary Cancer, passed away. In November she was diagnosed with mammary cancer, had a mastectomy and received chemotherapy and then got sick with acute renal crisis. It has been three days and I can’t stop crying. The love of my life. My feline friend who shared her life with me. I have to share the story of the “Rainbow Bridge” with my readers.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….

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Her Majesty


Callie, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Update on my cat Callie. She is still recovering from breast cancer after having a mastectomy in November and having completed three rounds of chemotherapy. She still has two more treatments scheduled. Over all she is doing well, as well as can be expected. I wish her a successful recovery!

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl,
but she doesn’t have a lot to say
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
but she changes from day to day
I want to tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a bellyful of wine

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
Someday I’m going to make her mine, oh yeh,
someday I’m going to make her mine.

~The Beatles~

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It has been a rough couple of weeks, in fact a rough year to be exact. But Thanksgiving week my world changed once more. My 15 year old cat met me at the door one evening and I noticed dried blood on her paw. After close examination, I found that the blood was coming form one of her nipples, I immediately panicked and on Monday morning of that week called the vet and got Callie in to see her the nest day. The vet completed a needle biopsy and announced my worst fear. My cat most likely had breast cancer. The next week I took Callie back in for a mastectomy on her right side. At that time I was told that it may or not be a malignancy and that the results would not be back for a week or so. I cried non stop for a week. How could my beloved pet and family member be suffering from a human disease?

A week passed and yesterday I was called with the results. My cat has Mammary Papillary Cystadenocarcioma, indeed a malignant tumor. I am devastated. I love my cat. I have had to make a tough decision but I am willing to try to the treatment on her. She will begin chemotherapy on Thursday after having some chest xrays beforehand. How can I ever repay her for the love she has given my for the last 15 years? Totally and completely without conditions.

Indeed cats and dogs can suffer form breast cancer as well as humans. Please remember to check your pets every so often. Statistics show that the younger you have your pets spayed and neutered the lower the incidence of breast cancer in older aged animals.

Callie we are praying for your recovery honey!

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I miss you Spaz, my Kentucky wildcat

Yesterday marked the five week anniversary of the passing of our beloved cat Spaz. I received this beautiful email from my husband the non-cat lover. You see Spaz, was really not a cat. He was a benevolent human, only disguised as a cat! He came into our lives for a reason. He brought us so much joy and contentment and he had a way of melting my husband’s heart. They had a mutual understanding and love for each other. This is my husband’s story….

The Passing of a King

The end could not have been less regal. Stripped of his health, this once powerful King drew his final breath, alone, without the comforting presence of consoling witnesses, outside the reach of those that loved him or those that served him. Taken by an unseen and unknown enemy, this sleek warrior slipped from this life, not on the battlefield, but in a sterile sanctuary meant for the aged and infirmed. In the end his fierce roar was not heard, and his once imposing majesty held no sway on the Black Hand that pulled him from this life.

He reigned, in this life, a short, thirteen years. But those thirteen years were enough to spawn his legend. He will be missed, but it is his life that will be remembered.

As I walk the lonely corridors of his castle—left empty by his passing—it’s impossible to miss the signs of his life as I move from room to room. I find myself conversing with him, out of habit, even though I know he’s gone. What an imprint he made on me during his life, and I didn’t even realize it until he was gone.

Have I mourned him? I’d be lying if I said no. Would you call him a king? If you had known him in life, you’d be hard-pressed to deny him his status as the king of his kind.

King Spaz, cat of all cats, good bye.

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Every time i think of him it is difficult to fight back the tears. He brought so much joy into our lives on a daily basis, that the yearning to see him again will never end. We lost our beloved kitty on the morning of August 17th, 2010.

SOMERSET – Spaz Rountree, 13 years, crossed the Rainbow Bridge in the early morning hours of Tuesday August 10th, 2010 in Somerset Kentucky after a brief illness. He was born in September 1997 in Lexington Kentucky and was chosen out of his litter by Miss Christina to share his life with us. He was the cat son of Donald and Debora Rountree and lived in Somerset his entire life. Spaz brought such tremendous joy into the lives of all around him. He enjoyed creating havoc sometimes within the house, sitting in the window watching the birds outside, playing with his duck toy, hiding in his feline cubes, climbing on his tree, and lying lazily around the house at times, and even watching the Animal Planet. He enjoyed cat treats and playing, an occasional bowl of milk, yogurt and ice cream and other treats that he waited patiently for. He was an intelligent and well trained cat often manipulating his family to get what he wanted. He also enjoyed having other felines guests over when his family was not around.The joy he brought to his home will never be duplicated. He will be sadly missed on this earth, but we know he is over the Rainbow and is enjoying eternal peace.

Spaz is survived by his human parents as well as his human sister’s Christina and Laura, his human brother Aaron, his two feline sisters, Callie and Bebe as well as many cousins including Eli and Liam, and other loved ones and friends. we would like to thank the great care and compassion he received at the Midway Animal Hospital in Somerset. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Rest in peace my friend. We will love you forever. Thank you for all the unconditional love you have given us over the 13 years we had you in our lives and teaching us to live life to the fullest.

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Message of the Day

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Today’s Message of the Day is:

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile. 🙂

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should

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Don’t Blink

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Well Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving will be right around the corner. Time sure flies!

My mom is still recovering from her broken pelvis. She is getting impatient and very cranky at times. Taking care of her is not an easy task, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I have arrange for home health and physical therapy to come into her home several times a week; however, she doe not think that she needs it. Well mother, this time you have to listen to me. I’m sure this will not be the last time I will have to take care of an aging parent.. She is 72 years old, so hopefully I will have her to at least the age 95 or so. Her mother, lived to be 96 before passing away. So longevity runs in her family.

My great niece Emma dressed as a dragon this year.  I called her mom, only to find Emma so excited about “tricks or treats” as she would say.  Where does time go?  Two generations later, my family legacy continue to grow. I guess I can’t blink, as I will surely miss something in the midst of it all.

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Sad news…two days ago, while returning back to work from my lunch break, I was pulled over by my brother who had just found a kitten that was dropped off on the side of the road. My brother stopped by a local rest area and found this kitten hiding in the trees in the middle of nowhere. So he has her at home and we are nursing her back to life. She was left to die and she was starving. What is wrong with some heartless people? This infuriates me. Anyone looking for a new kitty? She is very lovable and constantly purrrrs!


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The Cats that Changed My Life


For those that know me, know that my cats mean the world to me. When I adopted them in 1995 and 1996, I knew they had been sent to me for a reason. They were both strays that found me. Callie my oldest girl, is a striped Calico, who loves to rule the roost. She proclaimed my bedroom as her private sanctuary upon entering my home the first night. My room became her private chamber, to oversee and become safe in. When my second feline friend, Bebe came into my life, Callie had already established her pecking order within the household. So Bebe, had a difficult time finding her own space within my home. Time has passed now and my love for them has grown over the years. They have brought incredible love into my life, even before I met my husband Don. Don knows my love for my cats, and he soon became a cat aficionado as well. He adopted Spaz the yellow Tabby, that resembles Morris from the 9 Lives commercial.

Recently 9 Lives instituted a cat rescue mission to save over a Million shelter cats. Don actually got to see the mobile cat adoption agency yesterday. He called me to say the the 9Lives Rescue Mission Bus was in Kentucky. My heart grew heavy, as I heard the tale of Morris’ Rescue. Turns out Morris became the world’s most famous cat!

The Cat that Started it All

“In 1968, a street-wise orange tabby from a Hinsdale, Illinois shelter was about to be put down when staff noticed the cat had a certain “star quality.” They contacted animal handler Bob Martwick, who adopted him on the spot and named him Morris. The rest, as they say, is history.

He’s asking cat lovers everywhere to join him and his own newly adopted pal Li’l Mo in the mission to find safe, loving homes for 1 million cats. Together they’re determined to make a real difference in the lives of homeless cats everywhere.”

section_lilmo.jpg So now in 2007 we have ‘Lil’ Mo…Morris’s new buddy, and they are on a mission. A mission to save the shelter cat population. Please participate and do all you can. For you may never know the love a cat can bring to your life…..Thanks to all my feline friends out there. 🙂

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