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HELLO NEMO

December 4th 2011 8:37 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

Today is Nemo's Gotchaversary. It's Sunday. It was also a Sunday when we picked up Nemo from Vancouver SPCA.

Tonight we took Nemo for a walk nearby by the river and near a train track, where he accompanied us on the leash a few times before. We spread some of his ashes at a spot where he stood tall in front of me, hissing and trying to protect me from a barking dog. I still remember that day when that totally harmless dog approached us, barking with excitement. I picked Nemo up right away when I saw the dog approached. I held him in my arm tightly while the dog stood wagging his tail, wanting to play. All of a sudden Nemo squirmed out of my hold and jumped onto the ground. Instead of running away to hide, he stood between me and the dog and started hissing viciously at him. That's our Nemo. He didn't back down from any situation. He protected everyone he loved.

I think of Nemo all the time. I thank him for coming to us and changing our life. I thank him for bringing TinTin to us. He knew we needed a cat exactly like TinTin after he's gone.

I know Nemo is out there helping other people. I thank him everyday for gracing the world.

 

HELLO NEMO

December 4th 2011 7:39 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

Today is Nemo's Gotchaversary. It's Sunday. It was also a Sunday when we picked up Nemo from Vancouver SPCA.

Tonight we took Nemo for a walk nearby by the river and near a train track, where he accompanied us on the leash a few times before. We spread some of his ashes at a spot where he stood tall in front of me, hissing and trying to protect me from a barking dog. I still remember that day when that totally harmless dog approached us, barking with excitement. I picked Nemo up right away when I saw the dog approached. I held him in my arm tightly while the dog stood wagging his tail, wanting to play. All of a sudden Nemo squirmed out of my hold and jumped onto the ground. Instead of running away to hide, he stood between me and the dog and started hissing viciously at him. That's our Nemo. He didn't back down from any situation. He protected everyone he loved.

I think of Nemo all the time. I thank him for coming to us and changing our life. I thank him for bringing TinTin to us. He knew we needed a cat exactly like TinTin after he's gone.

I know Nemo is out there helping other people. I thank him everyday for gracing the world.

 

Pender Island

July 4th 2011 9:49 pm
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Nemo passed away one year ago today. We decided to take him to all the places he'd been and leave a little bit of his ashes there so he could finally roam free.

In 2009 we took Nemo and TinTin to Pender Island. Yesterday we took Nemo there again. This time the tide will take him out to the ocean to where he could never be while he was on earth. This is a video of our trip yesterday. http://youtu.be/2nHjTsIDKyg

Can't wait to meet again, Nemo. Will you wait for us?

 

July 8th 2010 12:12 am
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SUSIE SAYS:

Nemo is home. We picked him up from the memorial centre yesterday. We have decided to bring him back to all the places he has set foot on and leave a little bit of him there. He loved adventures. We think he will like to revisit these places again: Canadian Rockies, Cox Bay in Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park), Pender Island, a park about half a mile from our home, and the trail and train track down by the river walk where we live. Only this time he will not be restrained by a leash. There will be no more: “No Nemo, let’s not go there, it’s dangerous”. He will be able to roam free.

 

NEMO THE TRAVELING CAT

July 6th 2010 3:46 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

A wonderful poem composed by a dear friend, the furmom of Saavikof, Tasha Yar, and Jadzia Dax of Rainbow Bridge

Nemo the Traveling Cat

Of all the cats in Vancouver, BC,
Not one is as well-traveled as he!
Nemo has been out and about
Though not just as a roam-about-lout.

That was his past
--not to be regaled or revived--
Searching alleys for repast
And fighting to stay alive.

It was a special day at the Humane Society
When a large brown tabby found the right knee.
Little did he know he'd see faraway sites
(He was just looking for a home and regular bites.)
Nemo was intelligent, handsome, and wise,
And learned many tricks (to most humans' surprise)
Such as "sit" and "shake," and walking on a lead.
Nemo listened when other cats wouldn't heed.

This was the start of adventures so sweet
For a cat who once only traveled the streets
On the lead, in a backpack, and by RV,
Nemo first saw the Canadian Rockies.
He walked the trails and saw the peaks
(And found the dashboard a nice place to sleep).
At the Pacific Rim he saw some snow--
It was wet and cold between his toes.
Many photos were taken there.
(Though truly, they were taken everywhere!)
He saw a baby seal at Fender Park,
And heard something other than canine bark.
He basked in the sun and enjoyed the view,
Warm and bathed in golden hue.

Though he's been atop mountains and seen the ocean,
Nemo's greatest journey has just begun.
He's passed through cancer's pain and FIV
(The latter claimed all four fang-teeth).
He onced pit-stopped for corn litter treats
But now he's dining on yummier eats.

Until we meet again, our friend,
Our missing you shall never end.
In your memory, we'll respect your wish,
And NEVER compare you to "that fish!"

RIP Nemo Yang Veldboer
--Melissa McGinnis
July 5, 2010

 

July 5th 2010 11:39 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

Nemo had no regrets. In his last days he got on to all his perches to look out. After a week without any food or water he still took his dehydrated body to the outdoor enclosure we built for him, just like any other day. His eyes were bright and his spirit high. Even until the last minutes of his life he was still looking out the window, enjoying the precious sun. I have never met anyone who loves life the way Nemo did. Nothing bothered him. Nothing dampened his uplifting spirit.

On Wednesday when I was working on Nemo’s pictures in Photoshop all of a sudden I saw, for the first time in my 16+ years of working with Photoshop, “Close and go to Bridge” option under File. For days we cried and tried to make, and avoid, the most difficult decision we ever had to make. We thought Nemo probably would prefer to end his life on a high note. He wouldn’t want us to wait until the day he couldn’t even function anymore. We almost made the appointment with Dr.Krakauer for Saturday but Nemo seemed to be enjoying his time on earth so much. We needed a clear sign and Nemo gave it to us. Nemo gave us his last gift—he spared us of the doubt that we may have made a mistake of letting him go too hastily.

We adopted Nemo hoping to have a companion. We got a teacher, a healer, and a soul mate for life after life.

 

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

July 4th 2010 8:14 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

It was another peaceful day today. The sun came out just long enough to take Nemo to the bridge. He loved the sun.

Last night Nemo let us know he was ready by vomiting violently and having diarrhea. He repeated it again this morning. We promised to protect him from pain and misery. I thanked him for giving us such a clear sign and we helped him cross at 5pm today, the 4th of July.

He went peacefully with a smile on his face. We put him in his favourite basket and took him to the memorial centre. He rested comfortably in the basket as if he was just taking an afternoon nap.

On the way home I realized not only will he have no FIV to worry about, he also will have his fangs back next time around! Unless, of course, he becomes a human then it will be quite bad to have fangs…at least he will be immortal.

I can not imagine I will never call out the name Nemo anymore.

 

June 30th 2010 10:15 am
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SUSIE SAYS:

Dr.Krakauer came to check on Nemo last night. She thought Nemo seemed to be doing very well. She agreed with our decision not to give Nemo steroids. From now on we will focus on keeping Nemo comfortable until he tells us it’s time.

I am excited for Nemo. I’m excited that he will soon be rid of this diseased body; He will soon be free of FIV. Maybe his next human companion will also figure out what an adventurous soul he is and takes him to walk in the meadows, on the beach, and in the snow. I am excited that soon he will be able to eat whatever he wants. When I meet another earplug and corn litter loving animal, or human(!), I will know it’s Nemo.

 

June 27th 2010 3:34 am
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SUSIE SAYS:

We’ve been giving Nemo appetite stimulant for the last week. He did well in the beginning, ate more food than usual, but he has stopped responding to it. He is now back to eating almost nothing.

Tonight we finally made the decision not to give Nemo steroids. Nemo doesn’t want to be kept alive with heroic measures. He knows he is at the end of his life and he is happy. I think there is probably one last remedy we can try to keep him comfortable. Nemo is probably not ready yet. We will let him decide when it is time. If he needs help we’ll use remedies. They will not make him cross but they will give him the courage and peace to let go of his diseased body and move on to the next journey.

 

June 18th 2010 12:01 pm
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SUSIE SAYS:

The sitter/day feeder turns out to be a good idea. She was able to get him to eat a little on the first day (though nothing yesterday). Feeding aside, Nemo loves her. He was happy to have visitors. He purred for a long time when she petted him. He also got to look out and have some fresh air when she opened the window.

Other than to feed Nemo, another reason for having Deborah over is to have a fresh pair of eyes to observe Nemo and have some new ideas about what food to have Nemo try.

We’ve decided to play the good-cop bad-cop routine. Deborah the sitter will be the good cop to just pet him and spend peaceful time with him. Mike and I will be the bad cop to syringe feed him and give fluids. So far it’s going well. To be honest I feel bad that we need someone outside the family to comfort Nemo. It makes us doubt ourselves. But I know we are not wrong. Nemo's welfare is much more important than being in his favor at the moment. I guess any parents would agree with me. As long as he has some happy human interactions I'm sure Nemo will understand.

 
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