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I had to send my darling Carey on her journey today. She was 15 and a couple of months ago was chugging along just fine -- I so thought she had a lot more time. But she started going downhill sometime during July and while we never got a precise diagnosis, it was almost certainly lymphoma or another form of intestinal cancer. My comfort such as it is is that I think I got the day to do it as close to perfectly right as you can get these things -- I almost put her to sleep a little over a month ago but she rallied on prednisone and we had four weeks of good time, with her only going downhill again starting Friday. Her passing was as peaceful as you could ask for.


I still so vividly remember being in the in-home shelter run by two sisters in NJ where I lived at the time -- little Carey, five months old, came toddling down the stairs and was so adorable. I picked her up, she batted at my earring, and I was toast. But she totally dominated all the young male kittens there and seemed so much fuller of personality -- I ended up getting my Quinn, who was ten months old, a strong personality too, and could hold his own. Her feisty nature made the name I wanted to use really suit her -- she was named for M. Carey Thomas, famous feminist president of Bryn Mawr, my alma mater. I remember too when I took her to the vet for the first time, and he said "she's just a little peanut!" -- the Dancing Peanut became one of her many nicknames, along with Care-Bear, Cariboo, the Little Blueberry as my friend dubbed her, and countless others.


Carey was the most loving and social kitty, always snuggly and adaptable to new situations. Quinn turned out to be pretty rough on her, but she'd scramble out from under his attacks and give him a look like "I wasn't scared of that!" With Quinn and without, she traveled between Iowa and New York many times and was always ready for petting and food as soon as she got out of the carrier. Quinn was more temperamental and high-stress, but when he went three years ago, I felt Carey would be able to adapt to living with a dog, and she did, though it took a little while for her to settle down about it. Even after three years I was seeing new signs of what looked like grudging affection on her part toward Beth -- the final, miraculous development just a couple of nights ago.


I will be getting another cat or cats as soon as possible -- I can't bear the emptiness of the house without one and much as I love Beth a dog is different. But I can't imagine life without my babycita, and as I told her today I will never ever forget her or stop loving her for a moment the rest of my life.


When I first got her:



A few years ago:





Helping me grade papers:



A couple of weeks ago:



The final miracle -- the very last time she lay on my bed a few nights ago (Beth slept through it!):


Edited by PrairieProf

With Cocoa (DC Chocolatedrop), missing B for Beth (2006-2015)
And kitties C.J., Klara, Bernadette, John-Boy, & Sinbad

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I'm so sorry for your loss. I, too, can never imagine my life without kitties. Your sweetie was beautiful.

Mary, mom to kitty Rebel.
Always missing Sherri (SO DELICIOUS) (12/6/2005-8/29/2018) kitties Marley (4/2000-12/3/2015) and Beady (4/1998-2/24/2006) and Dalmatian Daisy (7/25/1984-5/13/1999).

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work

and give to those who would not - Thomas Jefferson

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What a beautiful little girl! I'm so sorry for your loss.


Godspeed, Carey.

Star aka Starz Ovation (Ronco x Oneco Maggie*, litter #48538), Coco aka Low Key (Kiowa Mon Manny x Party Hardy, litter # 59881), and mom in Illinois
We miss Reko Batman (Trouper Zeke x Marque Louisiana), 11/15/95-6/29/06, Rocco the thistledown whippet, 04/29/93-10/14/08, Reko Zema (Mo Kick x Reko Princess), 8/16/98-4/18/10, the most beautiful girl in the whole USA, my good egg Joseph aka Won by a Nose (Oneco Cufflink x Buy Back), 09/22/2003-03/01/2013, and our gentle sweet Gidget (Digitizer, Dodgem by Design x Sobe Mulberry), 1/29/2006-11/22/2014, gone much too soon. Never forgetting CJC's Buckshot, 1/2/07-10/25/10.

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What a cutie! I am so sorry that it was her time.


Cindy with Miss Fancypants, Paris Bueller, Zeke, and Angus 
Dante (Dg's Boyd), Zoe (In a While), Brady (Devilish Effect), Goose (BG Shotgun), Maverick (BG ShoMe), Maggie (All Trades Jax), Sherman (LNB Herman Bad) and Indy (BYB whippet) forever in my heart
The flame that burns the brightest, burns the fastest and leaves the biggest shadow

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I'm so sorry... kitties are very special, and she was a beauty!


(I understand the need to get another cat(s) soon - when my Weenie went to the bridge, I had Merling 3 weeks later - couldn't stand the house without a cat!)



Jeannine with Merlin, the crazed tabby cat and his sister, Jasmine, the brat-cat

With GTsiggieFromJenn.jpgAngel Cody(Roving Gemini), and Weenie the tortie waiting at the Bridge

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I'm so very sorry. :cry1 She was gorgeous as well as adorable.


Godspeed Carey.

Standard Poodle Daisy (12/13)
Missing Cora (RL Nevada 5/99-10/09), Piper (Cee Bar Easy 2/99-1/10), Tally (Thunder La La 9/99-3/10), Edie (Daring Reva 9/99-10/12), Dixie (Kiowa Secret Sue 11/01-1/13), Jessie (P's Real Time 11/98-3/13), token boy Graham (Zydeco Dancer 9/00-5/13), Cal (Back Already 12/99-11/13), Betsy (Back Kick Beth 11/98-12/13), Standard Poodles Minnie (1/99-1/14) + Perry (9/98-2/14), Annie (Do Marcia 9/03-10/14), Pink (Miss Pinky Baker 1/02-6/15), Poppy (Cmon Err Not 8/05-1/16), Kat (Jax Candy 5/05-5/17), Ivy (Jax Isis 10/07-7/21), Hildy (Braska Hildy 7/10-12/22), Opal (Jax Opal 7/08-4/23). Toodles (BL Toodles 7/09-4/24)

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Godspeed, little Carey.


I know exactly what you mean about "something missing" without a cat in the house.

Marc and Myun plus Starbuck (the cat)
Pinky my AWOL girl, wherever you are, I miss you.
Angels Honey (6/30/99-11/3/11) Nadia (5/11/99-6/4/12) Kara (6/5/99-7/17/12) Cleo (4/13/2000-4/19/2014)

Antnee (12/1/2002=2/20/17)

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Beautiful cat - so sorry you had to say goodbye to her :grouphug .


Rest in peace, Carey :brokenheart .


When a relationship of love is disrupted, the relationship does not cease. The love continues; therefore, the relationship continues. The work of grief is to reconcile and redeem life to a different love relationship. ~ W Scott Lineberry

Always Greyhounds Home Boarding and Greyhounds With Love House Sitting

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Thanks for sharing Carey and her story with us; I'm inspired by how you recognized her spirit and gave her the perfect family and adventures to make it soar. Your "thought-FULL-ness" ;) really is a blessing to your fur-kids!



:heart & OOO,


...sharing the journey with my best friend, Kevin, and our four greyhounds:
Littermates Sweetie* & Spicy (Possible Betsy, Possible Edna),

Moody* (Jr's Moody Man), and Dragon (Kiowa Dragonfire)

*Gone to wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge

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Anne.. I am so sorry..


play free at the bridge, beautiful girl...




edited because my brain isn't awake yet.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a very beautiful kitteh & was lucky to be so loved. Godspeed Carey! flowers_yellow.gif


Deirdre with Conor (Daring Pocobueno), Keeva (Kiowa Mimi Mona), & kittehs Gemma & robthomas.

Our beloved angels Faolin & Liath, & kittehs Mona & Caesar. Remembering Bobby, Doc McCoy, & Chip McGrath.

"He feeds you, pets you, adores you, collects your poop in a bag. There's only one explanation: you are a hairy little god." Nick Galifinakis

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How beautiful she was! It's clear from the pictures that she was a very happy, well loved kitty. Fifteen years---what a wonderful long life she had with you.

Somehow, I think she would want you to get another kitty to love.

I'm so sorry you lost your precious Carey.

Nancy, Mom to Evangelina and Kiva
Missing Lacey, Patsy, Buster, my heart dog Nick, Winnie, Pollyanna, Tess, my precious Lydia, Calvin Lee, my angel butterfly Laila, and kitties Lily, Sam and Simon
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