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My One Eyed Wonder, Little Guy, String Bean
October 21st 2000
July 25th 2000
I would like to share D-Max's story...One of courage and a will to live...While driving to meet our new baby we discussed what we would name him...Many names came up but not just the right name...My daughter asked the question what is black in photography (my husband is a dark room guy)...Pure black is D-Max short for Density Maximum...Thus the name D-Max...
D-Max came into our lives as a scared 3 month old kitten in October of 2000, but instantly became the King of our house... Three months later his brother and littermate Midnight joined our family. They became best buddies, playing, grooming each other, and cuddling... There was never a doubt that D-Max was the Top Cat and Midnight was happy being the Captain...
When D-Max was a kitten he developed a terrible wheeze which was diagnosed first as allergies and then eventually feline asthma. He started getting depo shots to help with his wheezing...As they became needed more frequently we decided to do something about the whole cat and not the symptoms and in December 2002 he began acupuncture treatments...It worked and he was a happier more active cat getting treatments about every 6 weeks rather than getting the shot...He knew when we went to Dr Steve that he was going to feel better and just purred while the needles were doing their thing...
Then in February 2004 our world fell apart as he developed a detached retina in his left eye...He was just 3.5 years old. After consulting with a veterinary ophthalmologist, and doing blood work he was diagnosed with FIP...We had no idea just what this was and what a terrible disease it was... He was instantly put on prednisone and antibiotics... We decided we were going to be proactive in his treatment... His diet was tweaked and he began treatment homeopathically...His appetite improved and he felt better...I discovered homeopathy too late to save him but it did give him a much better quality of life for his last year...
By May 2004 his eye had gone blind and developed glaucoma... The only option was to surgically remove the infected eye...The eye had a necropsy done at Cornell and came back positive for the FIP corona virus...By the day after surgery my old D-Max was back and pain free once again...The owie was removed and life was good...He became my one-eyed wonder living a completely normal happy life, playing and climbing to sleep on his favorite spot on top of my monitor...We celebrated his 4th birthday on July 25th 2004...
During the holidays his other eye began developing ominous symptoms and he began to go blind in that eye...Life became less fun, he slept more and ate less...We watched him gradually wasting away...After a week of force feeding him and sub-q fluids we helped our D-Max pass to the bridge...It was the hardest decision we ever had to make but it was the only one... On that last morning Midnight just sat there and stared at him for the longest time as if he understood more than perhaps we did what was happening...
D-Max will always be my little hero...He fought so hard to live but in the end the FIP was just too much. His wooden box sits beside me and I talk to him every day..
One Eyed Wonder
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March 27th 2014 7:34 am
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Back in 2006 my dear furriend Baggy founded the Panther Club...An exclusive group of sleek black panthers..He was immediately elected president and I was elected Vice president.. We realized we needed some other points of view so our dear furriend Ralphie was invited to join and was named Yorkie Representative...
In 2007 when White Boots made the journey to Rainbow’s Bridge he was invited to join and an initiation was held with gold lug nuts...Through the years our membership has grown...Louis,EJ and more...
The purpose of our club is to watch over our families and when someone upsets our moms we fly down and create some mischievious pranks on the offending person to let them know we are not happy with them...
This week we were honored to welcome a new honorary member...The beautiful Aggie...After we taught her the Panther dance she presented us with fruit hats and taught us all how to conga....shake shake shake...Look in my pictures and you can see us all doing the conga with Aggie because I put my camera on a tripod so we could all be in the picture...We love you Aggie...
October 25th 2013 5:53 pm
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Mom is reading me my messages, mail and comments this evening...It has been a busy week and we are late with my Thank yous...We appreciate all of the pressies, p-mails and comments....They mean a lot to us....
I also want to mention that 3 months after my Gotcha Day Mom ,Pops, and Kris made the 6 hour trip once again to bring Midnight home...He was purrfectly silent the entire trip because he was very scared till he got home and saw me and we were reunited...
My gotcha Day was special and I am thankful for all of my furriends...You are all special to me and Mom...
Thank you once again for all of the love.....
October 21st 2013 8:11 am
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OMC...Mom opened her e-mail and was wondering why I was receiving pressies today and came to my page and realized it is my Gotcha Day...
13 years ago Mom, Pops and Kris made the 6 hour drive to Ohio to meet me and take me home to PA...It was an exciting but bittersweet day for me because I was leaving all of my family and the only home I ever knew...
It was a 6 hour car ride back to PA and I cried most of the time...When we got to my new home I had lots of space to explore and Pops decided to sleep downstairs with me to make me feel safe...A few days later he had to go on a business trip and Mom took me to bed with her and that was the beginning of my life long bond with Mom that we still share...
Thank you for giving me a loving home Mom and Pops...I watch over you every day always and forever....
And thank you to my furriends who are helping me celebrate today....
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