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Remembering RedRed,,,
Posted August 24, 2012 by Dale S Eggers
i will never forget the day i met you, RedRed.
We cared for many orange and white ferals outside at the marina, and the day we met, you came walking right up my dock to see what was here and to say hello.
At first i thought you were one of them, RedRed, but when you let me scratch your head and even give you kisses, i knew you werent feral.
Then i learned your story. i learned that your first Mom had passed away and you were entrusted to your new "dad"...you and your sister Pretty Girl even had a Trust Fund for your care. Your dad is the way he is and nothing will change him. i know he cares for animals in his heart, but he did not use your Trust Fund the way it was intended.
Instead of being treated like the Prince you were, you were an indoor/outdoor cat, at risk from so many dangers...but you were not my cat.
i remember when i first saw you, you were wearing a flea collar. i told your new dad about the dangers of them and he finally let me take it off you and treat you with Advantage. Then your new dad wanted you to wear a collar of some kind...so you came to me again for help when it was so tight you could not even eat. i had to use scissors to get it off you. You were so happy, you smiled as you walked away...back to your new home.
This was about a year and a half ago.
Fast forward to last Monday, August 20. Your dad came over and left a note here saying a cat was sick and he needed help. i had not seen you in many months RedRed. We have so many in here and my life got in the way and you didnt come to visit.
So i went to your boat and my heart broke when i saw you lying on the front of your boat. You had once been a big handsome ginger & white boy but now as you lay there, i could see every bone in your spine.
i gently picked you up and knocked on the door and your dad answered. He asked where i had found you and i told him where you were...right there.
i looked into your once bright golden eyes and saw a sadness i had not seen in you before.
i went home and got some SubQ fluids and went back to you RedRed. You were such a good boy as you stayed so still so i could give you the fluids. When i was done, you meowed to me thank you and jumped down off the counter so i knew you felt better.
Your dad said that he had not seen you so vocal or lively in about a week. i told him that what i did was not a cure but merely a treatment and that you needed to be in a hospital ASAP.
Your dad said he would take you tomorrow, Tuesday so i said okay and left. Why did i leave? Why did i not have the sense to take you in my arms and carry you to safety right then?
Tuesday came and went and still no vet for you. i came to your boat Tuesday night and spoke to your dad but did not see you RedRed. He said you were in the bilge sleeping so i again let it go and came home...all night i cried and worried about you.
Wednesday morning came and when we came looking for you and your dad, another neighbor said he had taken you in the car and left so we certainly thought that he must be taking you to get the care you so needed.
That afternoon your dad called to say that he took you to the ASPCA but that you were gone.
i asked gone from what and your dad said that the "autopsy" said that you had eaten rat poison.
i know you did not eat rat poison, RedRed, you were way too smart for that but now your dad wont tell us what really happened to you.
i fear that he never took you to a vet or did anything to try to save you, my dear boy. i blame myself for not taking you on Monday.
i will probably never know what your last breath was like, RedRed, but i pray it was peaceful and that you did not suffer.
im so sorry i let you down, RedRed.
i know you are well again at the Bridge and i hope you have been reunited with your Mom and have told her all about the person she trusted your life to.
i wish we had met sooner.
i will never forget that meow and i'll never forget you RedRed.
Please forgive me for not understanding the situation and taking you in myself.
Fly free and high, RedRed and please give our Angels Moozer, Punkin and Bob hugs from us.
Till we meet again, my beautiful boy,
love is forever~~~
your second mom
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A Cat;s Will...
Posted April 22, 2012 by Dale S Eggers
A Cat's Will

Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask...

To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:

- My happy home.
- My bowl & cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
- The lap, which I loved so much.
- The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.

I'd Will to the sad, scared shelter cat, the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand."

Instead, go find an unloved cat, one whose life has held no joy or home and give MY place to HIM.

This is the only thing I can give - The love I left behind.
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I wrote this for my dear boy last Saturday...

For Moozer ~~~3 months without you... angel

How well i remember that day in September of 1994 when our oil delivery man showed you to me.
How could i say no? You had just been captured after being dropped off at a park. You werent even
neutered. No doubt your former family had no idea why you sprayed all over the place so they dumped you.
They dont deserve to know what an incredible cat they missed having in their lives.
You might have been 2 or maybe even 3 or 4, its hard to say because you were already a full grown handsome
Tomcat. We had you neutered as soon as we could but not before you went to sow your wild oats one more time.
i was so scare that day you escaped...you were gone for 5 long days. i looked for you every day but not until the
5th day did you drag yourself home. To this day, on that street where the feral cats live, i still see cats that look like you.
im sure they are related to you after all these years.
You were always there for me when i came home from a long day of house painting or tile setting.
You knew it was hard work but i didnt mind because you and your brothers needed to eat. There were nights
when you 3 ate and Daddy and i didnt. i didnt mind. It was for you.
Seventeen years somehow went by and you were my constant rock. You came to me when i cried and slept on
my feet as we watched TV. You never minded letting me watch what i wanted to watch!
In the winter you slept under the covers with me...we were almost connected..joined at the hip.
Then old age set in for you but i must not have been able to notice because you were always my handsome mancat.
i didnt notice when you no longer slept with me. i now realize it was because you couldnt be that far away from your
water bowl during the night...or was it to somehow prepare me for the inevitable...the day you would be gone.
About 4 days before i knew your time was near, you stopped purring. This broke my heart as your purr was always so
loud and content sounding.
Did i wait to long? Were you in terrible pain?
i will never know but i know that you are no longer in pain and for that i am grateful.
My heart is still broken and i suspect it will always be but in my heart i know it was your time to go on to your
tenth life.
i dont know when, but i do know that when the day comes that its my turn to cross that Bridge, you will be leading the
pack and we will be reunited.
i live for that day.
Happy Easter in Heaven, Moozer, my forever cat. Love is forever.
Dale S Eggers
Sailor has siblings!
Posted October 2, 2011 by Dale S Eggers
Sailor came to our furmily on August 30, 2011 when i heard tiny cries coming from a neighboring boat. i removed the engine hatch and found where the cries were coming from...tiny little 4oz Sailor.

On September 21, i heard a kitten meowing by the front door...looked and saw that Sailor was in her cage so i went to investigate. i saw a tiny Cali/Tortie kitten climbing on the screen door on the outside of the boat! i quickly opened the door and grabbed the little one.

Her name is Serendipity!

Then i saw Mama outside on the dock pacing back and forth over a section of dock. Then i heard another baby crying. i looked through the cracks in the dock and saw another orange kitten like Sailor! i thought about lifting the board in the dock but though i would try to get the kitten so i leaned over the edge of the dock and reached in, calling the baby the whole time. He finally saw my hand and soon i felt fur. i grabbed that fur and gently pulled till i saw a baby orange face...Simon!!

Its been almost two weeks since this little furmily has been reunited. i think they look pretty happy...what do you think??

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Posted October 2, 2011 by Dale S Eggers
So since my last blog a very funny thing happened.

Neil and i were taking Jet & Jasper to the vet to get their pockets picked so we decided to take Sailor with us for a check up. Much to our surprise the vet told us that Sailor is a GIRL!!

We thought about changing her name but decided to leave it alone!
So we now have a rare orange marble tabby in our furmily!
Welcome Sailor!! Smile
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