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decodelighted

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Just a quick post to thank everyone who sent their condolences re: my sweet kitty Gracie''s passing on Tues. I very much appreciate your kindness & support & every single word & wish helped. Thank you!

I''d meant to come back & thank everyone individually etc but haven''t felt up to posting etc. HOWEVER, I didn''t want to leave anyone hanging re: the rabies outcome. The test was negative. THANK GOODNESS. That is a big relief. But it also brings up more questions. There were no obvious causes of death shown in her autopsy. She was a "perfectly healthy" cat. I''m worrying a lot about if I somehow caused it ... let her get into something toxic. The unknown. Worry for my other pets. We''re having some more analysis done -- but not doing the outrageous full tox screen. (1K!!!) The vet did say that maybe she "threw a clot" or had a stroke or just unexplained cardiac arrest. Whatever it was, it was f-a-s-t, so it *seems* she didn''t suffer at the end. And I know I gave her the best life I could for nine wonderful years. Her sister Clem is spending a lot of time sitting by the place it happened, as if she''ll find her there. They were constant companions for their whole lives. (Albeit sometimes warring companions). Since Gracie''s passing we''ve been keeping Clem in our room with us & T every night, so she''s not alone. (The boy cats are DH''s & she doesn''t like them too much -- though one is quite sweet on her.)

One more little piece of grace for Gracie. Just twenty minutes before her death, T had been doing something particularly cute on the sofa & I went searching for my camera for the first time since Xmas. By the time I got back, T had moved on ... but I noticed Gracie all curled up in the cat bed on the sofa next to me, where she''d spent most of the afternoon. So I took a half-dozen shots of her. As I took them I noticed that her fur seemed so very white ... whiter than it normally seemed in pictures. She was glowing. I chalked it up to the flash, the backlight, whatever & was happy to have some nice shots. Little did I know what was going to happen less than a half-hour later. I find that kind of unbelievable.

I haven''t been able to go back and look at most of the pictures yet ... too painful. But this is the one my DH uploaded for our families. Rest in peace Gracinator, our warrior princess. We''ll miss you always.

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loriken214

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Deco,

My heart is with you....what a beautiful picture of your dear, sweet Gracie!


Big hugs,

Lori
 

Maisie

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Hi Deco,

I love that photo of Gracie. What a beautiful girl. I can only imagine how hard it is for you to look at photos of her, but over time it will get easier and you will be glad to have them.

Thats great news about the rabies tests. What a relief for you all. It still doesn''t give you answers as to what happened to your precious girl but at least you are all safe.

Sending you big hugs.
 

Catmom

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Oh Deco, I''m so, so sorry. You must be so heartbroken. Gracie was a beautiful kitty. It''s so hard to lose one of our furry friends. My biggest hugs are coming your way.
 

jcarlylew

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aw deco, i am so sorry, but it really seems like you gave her the best possible! i love the story at the end!
 

stepcutgirl

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I just wanted to say I''m so sorry. I know how painful it is to lose a pet. I don''t know if you have kids but I don''t and my pets are my children. I''m glad she didn''t suffer. I''m sorry.
 

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I missed your earlier post because I''ve been at the beach this week, Deco. I am so very sorry! I have a sweet kitty that looks so much like your Gracie.

{{{{hugs}}}}
 

SuzyQZ

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I''m so sorry to hear this news.
What a beautiful kitty she was.
((hugs))
 

DiamanteBlu

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I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sweet fur baby. Lots of {{{{{HUGS}}}}}.

Just think, though, your little Gracie is up at Rainbow Bridge having fun with my little Koko and all the others while they wait for us. I am sure they are having a great time telling eachother stories about their human PSers.
 

decodelighted

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Thanks friends!


Date: 4/17/2009 7:26:58 PM
Author: stepcutgirl
my pets are my children.
Ditto.
 

Octavia

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Oh, deco, I didn''t see your other thread but I''m so sorry about Grace. What a beautiful kitty she was.
 

DiamanteBlu

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Date: 4/17/2009 7:51:23 PM
Author: decodelighted
Thanks friends!

Date: 4/17/2009 7:26:58 PM
Author: stepcutgirl
my pets are my children.
Ditto.
Yup.
 

Lynn B

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Oh deco, I am soooo very sorry. She was a beautiful girl.
Hugs,
Lynn
 

Kaleigh

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Deco,
She was a gorgeous lady. So very pretty. I am so sorry for your loss. Biggest hugs. xx Lisa
 

niccia

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I am so sorry to hear about Gracie...what a beautiful cat and I love her name. I didn''t see your other thread. I still have a hard time when I think about losing my cats and dogs, so I understand what you are going through right now. Hugs...she was very lucky to have 9 wonderful years with someone who obviously loved her so much.
 

mrssalvo

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Deco, I somehow missed your earlier post. I"m so sorry
Gracie was a beautiful kitty!
 

fatafelice

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Oh, Deco, I am so sorry. My heart goes out to you and yours. But I am glad to hear that it wasn''t rabies and I think it was such a blessing that you took those pictures of her that day. It reminds me of the last time I saw my dog Buttons - I had gone home from college to visit and when I left, I forgot to say goodbye. I was at the end of the street when I realized it, so I turned around and went back to give her a hug and a kiss. Two weeks later, my mom called to tell me she was gone. I was so sad, but also so grateful that I had taken the time to go back. Once you are able to look at the pictures, I hope that they are a comfort to you.

(((((BIG HUGS)))))
 

Linda W

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Deco,

I am so sorry for the loss of your precious Gracie. It is absolutely heartbreaking when we lose a beloved pet. My heart goes out to you

I know Gracie will always live on in your heart.
 

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deco, I missed your earlier post but wanted to say that I am so sorry for your loss. Gracie was a gorgeous girl and I''m so glad she had an awesome mom like you.
 

NewEnglandLady

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I have no words, only sympathy. She was a beautiful girl and you are a fantastic mama. I''m so very sorry, I can''t even imagine how saddened you must be at her sudden death...I''m sorry there seems to be more question than answer right now and hope the additional analysis will shed some light on this tragedy. My heart truly goes out to you.
 

strmrdr

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sorry to hear about your kitty :{
 

Italiahaircolor

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I am truly sorry...wishing you the best and peace during this heartbreaking time.
 

2Artists

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What a gorgeous glowing angel. I am so sorry. Take care of yourself. Hugs.

Mrs.2Artists
 

LaurenThePartier

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Oh my God, Deco! I''m sooooo incredibly sorry to hear about Gracie. I missed everything this week and am just now catching up. She was so lucky to have such a loving catMom.
 

Matata

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Condolences on your loss. Wish I could give you a big hug.
 

TravelingGal

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Deco, I am sorry to hear this...hugs to you, big ones!
 
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