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Thank you so much for opening your heart to the special girl! Love your story!! Thanks so much for sharing. I just found out my feral cat that I found suffering badly trying to survive on her own has it. She was the meanest cat when I found her and now she is the most loving and sweet kitty ever.

Do you think he might have mild ch? Hi Meghan, Thanks for checking out my blog! Of course I have no way of really knowing if Thrice has CH, but it sounds like something is going on. Have you discussed his behaviors with your vet? What does he think? Hope you and Thrice are doing well! Whatever it is called, I believe there is hope to undo it, but not through conventional veterinary care, which could not take the time to work individually without charging millions!

Hi Jill, Thanks for commenting! Give her a hug for us! Still in all i have 6 cats rescued a kitten tied up in placstic bags he turned out fine. However 6 cats and one broke dude over 3 years and never enough time to play with them all. I need forever homes for the special ones , I made i promise to them all not to abadone them. Any resources or direction would be helpful Greg Dolphin. Hi Greg, Thanks for reaching out!

I recently looked into adopting a kitten from a local shelter with CH. I only wish people were more accepting of these special animals and people alike. Hi Tiffany! I will keep everyone updated as I get closer to adoption, just need my landlord to sign a paper saying I can have a cat and the shelter said I can take her home. Im having him sign it Friday, so excited.

Im hoping I will have a new addition to my house by next week. My service dog will be sad she has to share me. My kitty Naia has always walked funny. After seeing the Charley video, I knew my kitty had CH. She may not be very sweet, but she is a beautiful cat. Thank you for allowing me easy access to this information and letting me put and worries of her condition to rest.. I dream of becoming a veterinarian when I grow up, and thanks to this, I have a step up to my own vet. Perhaps you can share what you find on CH with your veterinarian; in my experience few ever see a CH cat, if they even know what it is.

Hello all, So, we have three adult kitties and I wanted a new one and went to a vet where they had a litter. They originally had 9 kittens 4 were left, and 2 had the CH. We have him sequestered in the guest bathroom so all can adjust without direct contact. So my question is, when we get ready for all cats to meet, are there any special actions we should take to do so?

The adult male is already hissing at the two adult females, but this is not new for him. The others are also declawed. I can hear him playing up in the bathroom right now batting his ball around and it makes me smile. Are these un-nessesary worries? Many see that their CH cats use their claws on a daily basis not only for balance, but also to get around.

For example, mine cannot jump, so instead they climb onto the couch, bed, etc. To declaw them would be to limit their worlds significantly. Keep these things in the back of your head as you watch Charlie do his thing. Claw caps help even un-CH cats. Declawing is the removal of the first joint of their toes, not just the claws themselves, and can cause trauma to the cat, emotionally and physically it changes how they walk and can make their feet hurt all the time.

Please do not declaw! AH, yes, I could see where a declaw would be limiting. I have had cats with and without claws at rage same time with no injuries. The cats with claws retracted their nails when playing…as if they knew. I too am a cat lover. I have had much fine furniture over the years, and must say that declawing a cat is nothing more than barbaric animal cruelty. Their are many more options available to you if you do the research. Their are caps that can be put on your cats claws. Much like you have your nails done at the salon, you can do this at home.

I hope some day people learn that Breaking an animals front feet and then expecting them to walk on them, is paramount to me breaking all of your toes and making you walk on them with No support. Now imagine the pain they are in for the sake of your furniture. Please if you are going to be so concerned about your furniture, do not have a cat. Otherwise, be prepared to use Claw caps. Jessica, I know, another comment. But this one is to say thank you, and YES, get steps!!! All of my cats even my non-CH cats use steps gratefully and gleefully, especially when they got older and their joints started hurting.

I can usually let Henry go immediately after so he can walk, and he gets a treat for behaving. The big thing is getting the right size of caps, depending on the size of the cat! Declawing is amputation and extremelt painful. Scratching posts and redirection a better choice for any cat CH or not. My having had bodywork training and experience surely helped me understand her limitations, palpate her hypertoned musculature, and explore her range of motion, so that in doing the gentle exercises to strengthen her neurological system, I did not hurt her , nor overextend her.

One of the first things I did is work with gentle paw reflexology and gentle , brief hip area massage , which reduced her spasticity, thus giving her more control over her movements. Her head bobble soon disappeared and never returned. I would put her on my chest, both of us lying down, and gently work with range of motion alternating with massage. I believe a sensitive and trained massage therapist with some animal training could help others with this, but I also think merely reading about it and trying to do it may lead to complications.

Just knowing it is possible to intervene and help the neuromuscular system change is a helpful concept. Hi Marina. I am a nurse and just adopted a Maine Coon mix who I believe has CH- all of the symptoms match and he has no signs of contagious illness. I was wondering if you would consider sharing the therapy you used with me in more detail or if you can refer me to a site that has more info.

I have a CH cat—Jack. He used to run and wipe out. Then I noticed as he got older he would run for a little distance and then lay down. And now he runs without wiping out. Although he still sometimes fails on a jump or falls off the couch. He seemed to figure out the balance to run on his own and I read on a website that they usually will figure out how to improve their balance to a certain degree.

And I have to agree with the article above about them being sweet cats. Jack is really affectionate and loves to be cuddled. I have 2 CH kitties that look just like Charley. I am a foster mom for a TNR group. Then we realized they had a problem walking. They were diagnosed with CH. They are doing great now!!!!! All of my kitties love them! I am blessed to have these precious souls.

We try placing him in the box but he freaks out when we do. This is a new thing for him. We love. His usual spots are under the couch or dining room table. Is this a CHitten thing or a kitten thing? Any thoughts, suggestions or comments are more than welcome. Hi Samantha! That can be rough. You said he just started going outside of the pan? Can you attribute any change to this change in behavior? Perhaps you changed the location of the pan? It sounds like he associates his current pan with something unpleasant. Have you tried purchasing another type of pan for him to use? This can also likely be the case.

Good luck with him. Have your vet check for that or other problems, and treat them if they are present Sneaker finally had to have surgery and is now on a special diet. I have the most amazing cat ever and she has Cerebellar Hypoplasia. I was getting cat food for my cat at a pet store who were having a cat adoption day. She was just laying in the middle of the store looking around. I was automaticlly curious. I went up to the adoption rep and asked about the cat. She giggled at me and told me to go pet the cat.

She was flopping and falling all over. The people around started at this poor cat. I could hear the cruel things they were all saying about this sweet and beautiful black cat. I went up to the agency rep and asked her what the odds were of this cat being adopted. The rep explained to me that this 8 month old cat was born in the agency and no one has even taken a second look at her until me. At that moment i knew i had to take this special cat home. My amazing cat is named Von, and we have been together for over a year with my other cat Jade. Definitly a toss up between me, Jade, and Von. What a great story, Kelly!

Hi Amanda. I just adopted a shelter kitten we estimated to be weeks old. He is a Maine Coon mix and as I only saw him lying down in his cage He seemed fine. He had no signs of contagious illness. When he got home I immediately noticed how uncoordinated he was. My first thought was that he was much younger than we had guessed. The more I observed him the more I noticed symptoms fitting your description of mild CH- staggering walk, head tremors when concentrating, etc. That said, I called a friend who has been doing rescue for years and she told me she has only seen kittens with neuro symptoms die rapidly.

Imagine my relief when I found your site! He is one happy little guy- always purring madly and trying to follow us. He has us wrapped around his fuzzy paws. He even manages to get in and out of our tall litterboxes, although he falls out more often than not. Bless you for having this blog, I was devastated at the thought of losing him.

She is our baby out of our 7 house cats. In addition to CH, she grows very slowly—is half the size of our little boy kitten. We love her very much and is indeed specail in our eyes. Her brother loves her and plays with her. She found a forever home with us! How wonderful! Have only put a name to my cats condition today after visiting a new vet for his annual health check and boosters. No one had ever mentioned it before.

We took alfie on 4 years ago when my brother had to move abroad. No one ever mentioned the condition. He was presumed normal but a little odd. We thought he was very odd. Loving and cuddly yet wobbly with an almost constant tremor. It goes without saying that he cannot really jump. He has got a little worse recently. He is 10 now and cannot cope in a standard cat chalet at the kennels. He has to have a specially adapted pen with stairs to get up to his sleep7ng quarters. I transferred to a new practise after the sad death of our previous vet and the new guy put his finger on it straight away.

Nice to know we werent imagining it. Not that it is a problem or affects quality of life. Vet told me to try and give him extra vit b. We now have 2 disabled cats as we already have a little boy who was blinded in a serious road accident. Funny old life. Hi Fiona, Thanks for sharing! I hope Alfie is doing well. So a little update on my CH cat named Von. My vet and decided to try something a little different to help Von move a little better. Von loves it! Has anyone heard of doing this before? My Spike is 13 yrs old and has broken both fangs on one side from doing what I call Bambi on ice when he shakes his head.

He has run into walls but pick himself up and goes about his way. He does have what seems like a seizure once in a while if he greats very excited but I just talk to him in a soothing voice and it only last a couple of seconds. I figure he has maybe hit his head one to many times. I have found that a laser light has helped with his coordination.

I would get another CH kitty again in a heartbeat. I look forward to the rests of Spikes life and enjoyment with him. I would say he is mild to moderate with his CH and I knew he had it when I got him. He can be very stubborn at times as well but is very cuddly. I live in Tangier, Morocco……Recently someone left a box of kittens outside our building. Children playing in the street would pick up the kittens and play with them.

The roads are dangerous as cars drive fast. While waiting for the vet I saw the helper open a cage and take out a Simease cat and put it down……….. I asked what was wrong with it and was told it has brain damage. Lucky is 3 months old and spent most of that life in a cage! A cat from the local shelter with CH has stolen my heart. Thank you for sharing your information as it make the decision to adopt easy. We will be able to lean on each for support! I have a sweet boy that goes byWobbles, Wobert, or Wobby. At first he seemed fine, but within a couple of months after he was born I noticed his back legs splaying out.

At first I thought it was just him learning to walk on the tile floors. Then he was having trouble eating and drinking. I would hold him in my lap to eat, but I was afraid he may drown fallng into the water dish. He has a couple of broken teeth from hitting the tile floor. I did eventually take him and was told it was probably an inner ear problem. They never mentioned this condition. Well anyway, he is now about 7 years old. He has no problem pushing my other cats out of the way to get to the food dish now. I love my Wobby very much!

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Your Wobbles sounds just like my Weebles! Had her since birth. She will be 12 in May. Same thing as a tile floor. She is in no pain, and as always found comfort in sleeping in boxes. I do think she is becoming deaf, but she will forever be taken care of! I recently took in a pregnant stray kitty who was abandoned with the intention of finding her and her kittens new homes. She had four kittens and one has CH, I call him Remmy.

They are all in need of forever homes, but I want to find a really loving home for the this little wobbly guy. If anyone is interested he and his siblings and momma will be ready for a family in just a few weeks. All have their first set of shots. Thank you!! Hi Lisa, Thanks for your comment and trying to find these special kittens homes! Good luck! We have two CH cats the Mom was a stray and gave birth in our garage. I have had a wobbler for the last 2 years. I adopted him from a high-kill shelter. The volunteers there told me about his condition. Sometimes he falls over when he sneezes, and when he comes to a stop his head shakes for a few seconds.

He looks and acts a lot like Charley in the YouTube video. Very, very cute! He is super affectionate, kneading and purring madly. A friend who is a veterinary neurologist told me he finds CH cats to be the most equanimous cats he has ever seen — calm, confident, laid back. I can certainly say that about my Sammy! I would adopt another CH cat in a heartbeat. I just love him to pieces!

Thanks all of you who have adopted CH cats. He has gotten much stronger, and his head only shakes when he is excited. Or like a cartoon character trying to run, except his front feet get going and the rear end takes a while to figure it out- and then goes sideways.

Our furniture suffers, but he is more than worth it.

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He is spoiled ridiculously rotten. My fiance and I have a CH cat that we love and spoil. They are suggesting more tests that we are having trouble affording. We also are trying to pay for a wedding, have just moved and simply cannot watch him as much as he needs. Does anyone have any ideas for adoption or no kill shelters? Please send any thoughts to mpellas fastmail. Hope it helps! Oh, please tell me what product that you are referring to that will protect my furniture from a cats claws yet not hurt the cat. Within a few months my kitten was running like the wind- straight, not falling down, quite coordinated.

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Clearly that was and is an indication of neuromuscular repatterning. She also is fortunate to be in a house with a staircase with treads , and going up and down this helped her develop neuromuscularly. We also played little chase games which she enjoyed and which helped her develop her different feline skills. It was important that she was very small and young when we began. She is now 5. Excepting the fact that she cannot squat to pee properly ; , and even that is remedied with my form of physical therapy, although not as much as I would like , she runs and plays and is quite fast and never falls over.

One would never know she ever had this problem, really. I foster for our Humane Society. Six weeks ago, I was given seven newborns and the mama to foster. Two of the kitties have very mild CH. However, one of the kitties has a more severe case. Eating is another case, however. I am with her when she eats, steadying her shoulders so she can eat. And so, my question is…Do you have some tips to help me help this little one eat on her own? Drinking is also a problem, for the same tremor problems.

She is too sweet. Thanks for your help. Debbie, When the kitten sits, is she more steady? I noticed that my furry wobbler loves to drink from the waterfall part of his fountain more than from bowls, and he often sits there to play with the falling water. I know this is kind of late to help you as you posted in , but it might help other people with CH cats having trouble drinking from bowls. This may have been answered in another comment or link but, my parents have just recently saved a baby kitten who we just found out has CH.

He has a lot of difficulty going to the bathroom as he loses his balance and falls over, making a mess of the floor and himself. Are there any tips, tricks or suggestions you may have that can help him out. The poor thing is only a few months old and struggles so much with his potty time. Here are a few links that may help. My boyfriend had two CH cats before we met. Shiver is deaf, but does very well at hiding it. We decided about a month ago that we were ready for another kitten.

We immediately went on the website for the group that he got Shiver through. Turns out they had three more CH kittens! We visited with all three and finally got picked by a cute little six month old orange and white kitten. We decided to name him Hobbes. He has a mild CH but does wobble when he walks. He is a wonderful addition to our little family.

He plays with Shiver and cuddles with Twitch. I would recommend to anyone questioning if they should get a CH cat, to do some research and then open your home and heart to a little bundle if CH fur. We recently has a neutered, declawed 6-year old show up on our doorstep. The vet suspected Toxoplasmosis but after 3 weeks of antibiotics, she is still very unsteady on her feet. I take her back to the vet tomorrow for a follow-up visit. Hi Nanci — Thanks for commenting. Have you discussed the possibility of cerebellar hypoplasia with your vet? I can understand your concern about her being declawed, too.

You can find more ideas like that on this blog. Hi my name is jhuana i have 7, and 5 days old baby kittens. I have a pregnant cat that shows signs of CH. She is very close to time to deliver her kittens. How severe do you think her CH is? Now I know that my adorable cat has CH- thanks for your very helpful infos. Before, my cat only waddles, now she loses her balance more often and she falls. Will her condition worsen?

Hi there! Thanks for commenting. If your cat has CH, it should not worsen. In fact, some people say their CH cats get better over time. Hi, I rescued a young cat from my dogs and noticed that it walks funny. I believe it is a female, perhaps months old. She kind of sits like a kangaroo, using her front legs a lot. She uses the litter box fine.

When she stops, she kind of flops over on her side. Otherwise, seems very healthy. Clear eyes, ears and nose. She is extremely affectionate and sweet. I am not sure where to turn. Hi Deb, thanks for your comment. Hi my is Kat, I found a kitten in the bushes on August 4, was only a week or two old.

On Monday took it to the animal shelter in Riverside, Ca and they said it was to young and they would put it to sleep, so I left and said No! The next day my daughter took it to the animal shelter in Moreno Valley, Ca and they too told my daughter that they will kill it so my daughter got really mad and walked out. They then weighed him and he only weigh a 1lb, so we left him and went back 5hrs later to pick him up and they gave him IV and a shot that made him walk a little better.. He now weighs 4lbs but the only thing is he stop using the litter box and got diarrhea, so can you suggest something for him on how to get him back to litter box and his diarrhea.

Mira — short for Miracle was abandoned by her mother on the door step of a real estate office. After 4 years of caring for her, the office closed its doors and nobody wanted to be responsible for her. She was brought the friends for life forever farm, a sanctuary for senior and special needs companion animals. It proved to be too much for Mira though and she was terribly unhappy.

I was vp for the organization at the time so I brought Mira home. She is completely blind and can not walk at all. She has to be hand fed and can not drink so I have to mix water into her food twice daily to make sure her kidneys continue to function. I take her outside once a day at the same time each day and she will pull herself along until she gets to the right spot and she will flip up her tail and urinate. Every other day whe will also go poo. She knows and understands her schedule.

She stays in a playpen when she is not with me on my lap. She can not just be on her own in the house because she hurts herself when she flops around. But this is all that Mira has ever known and she is content and happy. Like the others, she purrs constantly! She is laying on my lap as I type this. She is my heart….. Thanks for your comment!

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We think he might have diabetes and are going to get him to the vet. Thanks for the reply. Thank you for your blog, it has given me a lot of comfort! Did you make any accommodations for your cat? Any suggestions or do we just let him work things out for himself? Hi Teresa, My first recommendation would be to take the kitten to the vet just to make sure everything checks out. In terms of seizures, I have heard of a few CH cats who get them.

That said, a majority of CH cats do not have seizures. For specific ideas, scroll to the blue tag cloud on the right and pick the topic that matches your interest. For example, you mentioned litter box tips. First, thanks for this wonderful blog, Amanda. We are currently fostering a very affectionate, fearless and totally enchanting 9-month old male neutered kitten named Josiah we call him Jo Jo.

He had an upper respiratory infection URI , and our shelter the Asheville Humane Society in Buncombe County, NC likes to put those cats in foster homes to reduce their own stress and to keep them from spreading the infection. Animals are our ancient brothers and sisters. They enjoy a seamless presence — a lyrical unity with the earth. Animals live outside in the wind, in the waters, in the mountains, and in the clay. The knowing of the earth is in them. The Zen-like silence and thereness of the landscape is mirrored in the silence and solitude of animals.

They live outside the politics of human intention. Somehow they already inhabit the eternal. Millions of people need this kind of love — love without judgment, artifice, or stinginess — in a universe of emotional and spiritual isolation. Animals bridge the gap between our hearts and minds. As became apparent after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters, many people will die rather than lose a relationship for which there is no human substitute. I came to have a peep. I could see that you were crying. You found it hard to sleep. I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear, "It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here.

I watched you pour the tea. You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me. I was with you at the shops today. Your arms were getting sore. I was with you at my grave today. You tend it with such care. I want to re-assure you that I'm not lying there. I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for your key. I gently put my paw on you. I smiled and said "It's me. I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there. It's possible for me to be so near you everyday. To say to you with certainty, "I never went away.

I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in. Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.

I didn't want her to know that I hadn't been walked today. Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them. As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship.

A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well. Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one. I rescued a human today. They are learning about God's ways by observing the animals who bless their lives and share their homes.

The Divine is working through animals as vehicles to bring more love, wisdom, courage, and comfort into the world. Animals are good for human health -- physically, mentally, and emotionally. I stood and watched the beauty as it passed me by the shore, and when I looked around to see who was on it; there it was no more. I stood and wondered why this vision had come my way, and then God reminded me we must all pass away some day.

Now this young boy was poor, great wealth he did lack, but he has always been happy in spite of the fact. Until one day it happened: his best friend went away, and it left him heartbroken, with nothing to say. So the task of the angel was a great one indeed: to give hope to a heart that was so much in need. And though great power and wealth were at the angel's command, he sent a lost puppy and the healing began.

The boy cheered the puppy as he chased down a stick and he started to giggle as his face he would lick. They ran and they jumped and they played for so long that before they both knew it the whole day was gone. We will always be friends and together we'll play.

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And the boy was now happy - though he still remained poor for he had a new friend, someone to care for. You see riches and power are fine things indeed, but for a broken heart that is not what you need. The angel was wise, for he knew in the end how to mend a broken heart with the touch of a friend. Is there a place in Heaven Where dog companions go Before I'd want to go there I'd really need to know. A being pure of spirit And a being without sin Is surely one that should be there But does God let him in? The theologians argue A soul is what they lack But one who's always there for you Should be given something back I could not face eternity Without paws and tails And if that's what religion thinks Then that is where it fails I hope God doesn't let me down I'm sure He knows their worth For we who have been loved by them Have Heaven here on Earth!

Unable to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan. His gentle breath enfolds you and he watches with those eyes. He may not have a PhD, but he is oh, so wise! His head rests on your shoulder.

You embrace him oh, so tight. He puts your world in balance, and makes it seem all right. Your tears will soon stop flowing. The tension is now eased. The garbage has been lifted, and you're quiet and at peace. So when you need the balance from circumstances in your day, the best therapy that you can seek is out there eating hay! Because remembering honors. Remembering heals. Remembering forgives. Remembering creates appreciation and gratitude — two of the most wondrous salves for your sorrows.

People sometimes think that they will feel better by denying their grief and refusing to remember what has caused it. In some cases and at certain times, that may be true. As your life continues to demand that you support yourself, care for others, and be out and about in the world, you may need to place your memories on hold. But grief is like a bill collector: You can delay facing it, but if you do so for too long, it will come to meet you at your front door.

Grief will have its day, whether you consciously allow it to or not. So it is in your best interest to heal the wounds of grief with remembrance. Refusing to remember can cause bitterness, pain, and anger to appear to fade away. But buried grief lies in wait and pounces unexpectedly. Buried grief casts an invisible veil of sadness over every future relationship. It whispers that to love means to suffer. It convinces you that life offers nothing but despair. The dammed-up river of unresolved grief makes it easier for each subsequent loss to burst through your defenses.

With organic grieving, you will not bury your grief. Instead, you will allow the rhythms of your emotions to ebb and flow naturally. By giving yourself the gift of remembering your animal companion, grief will seep back into and enrich the soil of your life instead of creating poisonous wells of unresolved sadness inside you. Take time to enjoy them and learn from them. As painful as it is to lose them, they teach us to love unselfishly, they teach us to live each day to the fullest, they teach us to grow old gracefully, and they teach us to die with dignity.

We do them disrespect to focus only on the sorrow of their death when they have given us so much joy through their life. If we wish to honor them, take what they have given us, all that love, and give it back to another animal in need of help. Greenough The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. At the same time, our heads thrust forward as we listen to the whispers of Sister Wind. Creation and destruction are the two faces of healing.

Horses know this to be true. We watch as Mother Earth grows new life and embraces the dead in her arms. We stand silently as Sister Wind blows away sadness and takes whatever has become precious. Horses carry wisdom about healing in their hearts. We give it to any humans who have the humility to hear us. And we ask for very little in return. Forever since you left my side, but oh! How your memory lingers on. That last day — it broke my heart The pain so hard to bear. But you seemed ready, all set to go To another life — elsewhere.

The love we shared, the fun we had Will be cherished forever — in me. So thanks again, my faithful friend I'll try not to be so sad But treasure the walks, the games, the love And the brilliant time we had. Death, our pets teach us, is necessary for new life to appear, both for our pets and eventually, for us too.

Intense feelings of loss can come from the ending of a marriage by separation or divorce. A move can produce feelings of grief. A rape. A job loss. Loss of a body part or body function. Financial loss. Loss of dignity and respect. Loss of a pet. One of the most difficult counseling situations I ever had involved Jonathan whose seeing-eye dog of ten years, Angel, died. Angel was Jonathan's live-in partner, his dearest family member, his closest work associate, his trusted servant, his most faithful friend, an actual extension of himself, a literal part of his being -- his eyes.

When Angel died, all of that was lost. It hurt so to see him in such pain, He could not even stand. The thoughts that raced around my head As I held him in my arms Were of his younger playful years, And his oh so many charms. Years before my sons begged for a pet, So what was this mom to do? They would not let me dare forget Until their wish came true.

Now anyone who knows me Knows that it wasn't only them Who longed to have a dog to love, To bring such joy again. And so on Independence Day in , Dudley and Buster brought such happiness Into our home and to our lives. How we felt doubly blessed! But an Angel just appeared to me And said, "You should cry no more; Dudley's romping with your father And beloved pets who've gone before. I have options you can see. Though we're burying him in our backyard, It's in my heart he'll always be. So I like to think of Dudley Walking 'round the clouds with ease As my father whistles by his side, Now both in eternal peace.

And when one of us is gone And one is left to carry on Well then remembering will have to do Our memories alone will get us through Think about the days of me and you Of you and me against the world. You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she's gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and lose your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she'd want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Each day they teach us little lessons in trust and steadfast affection. Whatever heaven may be, there's surely a place in it for friends as good as these. You will not see me, so you must have faith. I wait the time when we can soar together again, both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to the fullest. Come dream with me for a while as you linger In the sweet reverie of memories of you and me The days so swiftly passing and time that stops for no one. Come dream with me of youthful follies Running, jumping, chasing, climbing, a constant whirlwind of motion Smiles of exasperation lost in love. Come dream with me all curled up on the couch My head resting next to yours, the rumbling purr changing to whispers of breathing As sleep overcomes us lying there. Come dream with me of the times when no one else seems to understand A torment of tears and I appear to stay beside you, your grateful hand caressing me I dare not move until calm is restored.

Come dream with me of talks at mealtime Your dinner always looks better, a loud "Meow! Come dream with me in your sorrow The years though passing quickly do not diminish who we are, you and me I remain always in that special chamber of your heart. Come dream with me forever in a place Where tears and pain have no welcome, where joyful and glorious adventures await us Sweet reverie surrounding as we dream together. In tribute to Mercedes, Stinky and Simon — three extraordinary cats who blessed me with their antics, their uniqueness and their love.

Our culture tells us that an animal companion is an engaging toy, and that our grief over its death is alarming and ill-paced. And our culture is just flat wrong. As a survivor of advanced cancer myself, I believe that the love and comfort of animals in great measure graced me with recovery. This being the case, I would not be one to take kindly to any cultural diminishment of our relationship with 'the other. Animals are more to us than we know. Their partnership with us is a holy one that endures across a lifetime and possibly beyond.

Carmack If you can go through life without experiencing pain, you probably haven't been born yet. Your whiskers tickle my wrist, My hand enjoys the cool silkiness of your fur, As you saunter past To settle against the curve of my legs, Then ever so quietly, methodically, you begin to purr. To the keeper of my peace and contentment As we both.

He is the part of me that can reach out to sea. He has told me a thousand times over that I am his reason for being -- by the way he rests against my leg; by the way he thumps his tail at my smallest smile; by the way he shows his hurt when I leave without taking him -- I think it makes him sick with worry when he is not along to care for me. When I am wrong, he is delighted to forgive. When I am angry, he clowns to make me smile. When I am happy, he is joy unbounded. When I am a fool, he ignores it. When I succeed, he brags. Without him, I am only another man.

With him, I am all-powerful. He is loyalty itself. He has taught me the meaning of devotion. With him, I know a secret comfort and a private peace. He has brought me understanding where before I was ignorant. His head on my knee can heal human hurts. His presence by my side is protection against my fears of dark and unknown things.

He has promised to wait for me -- whenever, wherever -- in case I need him. And I expect I will, as I always have. He's just my dog.

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He painted a sign advertising the pups and set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of a little boy. Then reaching deep into his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer. Is that enough to take a look? And with that he let out a whistle. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly, followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence.

His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse. Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy.

Crying after the death of a pet is a normal and healthy way of grieving.

He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer he said, "You see, sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands. We aren't house-proud. If we were, we wouldn't abide the scratches on the door-frame, the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair.

We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes. We don't. If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the unabashed affection of our friend than immaculate sofas. Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless. Without dogs, our homes are cold receptacles for things. Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence. They wake us, greet us, protect us, and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and in our history.

On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs. May your whiskers be ruffled by only pleasant breezes, May your bowls be filled with tuna and sweet cream, May your dreams be blessed with legions of mice, And most of all, May you forever purr in peace. Do not break my spirit with a stick, for though I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me learn.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world's sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when the sound of your footstep falls upon my waiting ear. Please take me inside when it is cold and wet, for I am a domesticated animal, no longer accustomed to bitter elements.

I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting beneath your feet beside the hearth. Keep my pan filled with fresh water for I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food that I may stay well, to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side and stand ready, willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger. And my friend, when I am very old, and I no longer enjoy good health, hearing and sight, do not make heroic efforts to keep me going.

I'm not having any fun. Please see that my trusting life is taken gently. I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur. You bounced around the room with your eyes flashing and ears flopping. Once in a while you'd let out a little yelp just to let me know this was your territory.