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My Tail of Devotion for Jasmine...Jazzi for short

July 16th 2006 11:52 am
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I was born somewhere in the Kiamichi Mountains in SE Oklahoma. I lived outside and was pretty wild. I have sensed learned, I was feral. I loved the pines trees, the outdoor adventures, and all the country living...but it was hard finding food and shelter. One day this really nice lady moved onto 80 acres of beautiful land, full of trees, wildlife and fun hiding places. She really enjoyed wildlife and would feed the deer, squirrles, raccoons, etc. I especially loved all the different bird feeders she put out..made my meals easier to find. hee hee! I was a great hunter!! One day I was hiding underneath her ground dove feeder snatching her doves and enjoying them for lunch. It was so easy...all I had to do was lay in the shade and reach up and grab the unsuspecting birds. She hated that and tried to distract me by throwing tennis balls...she put out food for me, but I didn't trust her at all...so I just kept eating the doves. She was really frustrated with the situation. We made eye contact across the front yard a few times, but she could not come close to me since she was in a horrible accident and was not able to able to walk at that time. When her mother visited to help her, I got caught...The lady (now Granny Joy) went out to that feeder and grabbed me up...I put all my crawls and teeth in her thigh and bite through her jeans. I was scared. We laugh now, cause her came Granny Joy into the house with a feral scared cat attached to her thigh!! What a sight. The two of them put me in the glass spa room. It was a beautiful room with all glass windows and cedar...but it was all so new. I really didn't feel like hot tubbing!! They put in a litter box and lots of food and water...they would come in a talk to me, but I wasn't too much into the human thing. After a few days, I tammed down some and decided that getting petted was okay. I was then put in a carrier and driven to this person called a vet...UGH!!!! I got shots, dewormed, spayed, wow....lots of horrible stuff!! I survived it all. That didn't do a lot for my trust level. I still make nasty noises at the vet now...need to always let them know who is in charge. I had two sisters, CheyAnne and Sugar. They were my best friends. They were Lhaso Apsos. We all kept mommy happy and helped her through a very difficult time in her life. Although this people thing was new to me, I was catching on quickly and beginning to realize I was loved and needed. I became the Queen....Queen Jasmine that is. When mom's husband left her because she was too "injured" from her accident, it was hard...we didn't have money and weren't sure where our lives would lead. ..but we had each other. We packed and headed for Dallas to live with our Granny Joy and Grandpa Frank. They had two dogs and a kitty in their house so that was quite an adjustment for us all. Mom had several more surgeries and I would come out to see her, but spent a lot of time under the bed. I was terrified of that darn door bell and stangers who would come over. Wow, what a culture shock. Mom got a little better and we got a condo of our own. It was close to Granny Joy and Grandpa Frank 's so they could care for mommy...she will always be fragile and require assistance. She is a really strong and determined woman...her courage taught me to trust and be brave...I began to blossom and experience the world of being a domesticated cat. Wow!! I love it. ..especially "the Queen" part. A few years later, my sister Sugar was taken to the vet and never returned. My mommy cried for days and was so sad...Sugar had cancer. Mommy said losing a best friend will always hurt. Sugar is waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge. After Sugar was gone, it was just us three girls. Mommy met a really nice man, but he terrified me. (Now, he is my super daddy and I love him alot.) He really helpd mommy. He and mommy rescued an abused feral kitty used as bait and named him CK. Unfortunately CK and I never adjusted to one another because his behavior is so unpreditable. He is really mean sometimes, not cause he wants to be but because he knows nothing else. Mom and dad told me we needed to give him a chance cause no one would take him and they didn't think he should go to the rainbow bridge since none of this was his fault....so he still lives with us. We have learned patience and the ability to tolerate each other, but never bonded as real buddies. I understand my mommy's need to help other animals like she helped me and I love her for that. A few years later, my sweet CheyAnne got chronic renal failure and despite all our efforts and many years of medical treatments, the day came when we had to let her go. A day we will all remember. CheyAnne was my mom's first real "baby" and they were inseperable. It broke my mom's heart, but I was strong for her. I really missed her, too. The house was so empty and my mommy's face lost the smile I loved seeing. She and I really grew close. I would do silly things to make her laugh. I knew she needed me more than ever. I started sleeping in bed with her and cuddling with her. I still sleep next to her now and even tap her shoulder if she is not getting up in time for work. Mommy suffers from lots of health issues and I know when she needs help. For instance, my mommy was not feeling well yesterdayand I knew it...so I gave her lots of kitties kisses and laid next to her. When I am really concerned I go get my daddy and stare at him and meow until he gets it!! My mommy tells me I "am incredible..." what ever that means. We have a very unique and close connection. Our hearts are now one. Mommy rescued my new sister, Sissy, and she is cool. We get along good. Mom and daddy got married and now it is one big happy family. Daddy is so wonderful...I now really trust and love him. He feds me treats and plays with me. I have really learned to trust and I am truly the Queen of the household............My 10 year journey (with extra mileage) is one of hardships, growing, bonding, loss, change... and more importantly, learning the unique gift of unconditional love. Hopefully this road I am traveling will continue to bless me and my family for as long as possible. Mom and daddy get a little uneasy cause I have recently developed chronic pancretitis which makes me really sick sometimes, but they nurse me through and I am doing great now. I even got a kitty stroller to take walks in. I am one lucky girl. I came from rags to riches...and my heart is full of joy, love and peace. I am one lucky girl...but mom says, they are the lucky ones!


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Thanks for all the great birthday wishes!!

July 28th 2006 6:03 pm
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It is so nice having as many friends as I do. Thanks for wishing me well and for all the kitty treats today. I had a "not so good day" this morning...I had a flare up on my pancreatitis...I was really sick. My mommy and MeMaw gave me an IV this morning and I feel like a new woman! I got to have kitty kavier tonight!! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Not quite sure how old 16 is in human years, but I know I am getting good at aging gracefully. Mom says we have to update my bio with the correct weight and age...go figure. Wonder if mom puts her correct weight and age on stuff?!! hum...............kitty kisses to you all.

 

Mommy is walking for a cause.....

August 20th 2006 5:51 am
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Hi everyone, just wanted to give a quick update and let you know I am okay. I did have a bad bout of my pancreatits yesterday, but appear to be as perky as ever this morning. Mommy is some better, but having an incomplete spinal cord injury has a lot of problems with it. She got four spinal injections this time, but will be up and going as usual. She never slows down. My mommy is very motivated to help those who can't help themselves...that is why she is known for over doing it sometimes. She always saves animals and elderly people. I am so glad she saved me. Mommy is going to attempt to walk 3 miles to raise money for Alzhemiers Disease and she is trying to raise $2500.00 by October 15, 2006. If you would like to help, you can email her at her personal email and she will send you the donation page. Her email is lr_mt@hotmail.com. Someone every day is affected horribly by this disease, so please pass it on to those who might want to help. Thanks for caring about me, my sister, my daddy and my mommy. I love all my new friends, Jazzi

P.S. Happy Birthday Mommy!!! I love you.......kitty purrs.

 

Queen Jazzi We love You...

September 16th 2006 6:04 pm
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Thank you for bringing so much joy to the lives of many, and especially to me. I love you more than you will ever know, mommy.

P.S. please read all of Jazzi's diary and tail of devotion....it is incredible and so is she.

 

Thank you for helping us.........help others!

October 8th 2006 6:30 pm
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Dearest Special furry friends, angels and families:

I want to personally thank you all for supporting my fund raising efforts for the Dallas Alzheimers Memory Walk on November 4, 2006. Because of all your kindness and generous help, I have not only exceeded my personal fund raising goal, but Village Oaks has exceeded its' fund raising goal, as well. We are currently ranked the third fundraising team in the Dallas area. Pretty awesome. I could not have done without your help.

Helping those with this disease in my passion and my heart. I will continue to educate, love and be an advocate for those afflicted with various forms of memory loss. These innocent people bond with me in a way very few can understand. It is truly an amazing gift.

As most of you know, I am also an animal rescuer. I find very similiar qualities and rewards in both types of work. Please don't misunderstand...I am not trying to compare animals to humans, but the inability to help onself whether it is a memory loss person or a hungry dog is often the same. They all experience pain, fear, lonliness and the inability to ask for help. They need us to help, but don't know how to ask. It takes compassion, trust, and dedication. This is my goal, always. It is a language of love spoken with few words, but more meaningful than one could ever imagine. To bond with someone or something who does not know your name but recongizes your smile or the gentleness of your touch is an unforgottable expereince. It touches you deep in your soul.

I appreciate each and everyone of you. If you still plan to give to the memory walk, you have until Oct. 15, 2006. The more money we raise, the more people we can help....My website is included below. Your donation is tax deductible.

Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me help those who are unable to help themselves.

With deepest gratitude and love, Lezli, Sissy and Jazzi

https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.as p?ievent=161091&lis=0&kntae161091=982ED850F8C24362A5ED7FD57C D75A15&supId=62178506

Peace be with you. You are in my heart, Sissy, Jazzi and Mommy



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A Sweet Message from Sissy and Mommy...............

October 29th 2006 7:19 am
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Dearest Caster/ Dogster Family and Friends,

Sissy, Jazzi and I once again want to thank you from the bottom of my hearts and on behalf of Village Oaks and the memory loss residents we serve for supporting our efforts in raising money for the Dallas Alzheimers Walk. My mommy's residents and all those with memory loss are a true blessing and inspiration to us. If you would have asked my mommy 17 years ago before her horrible accident what she would been doing today, I know she would have instinctly said, "being a wife and mother..." That's what she has always wanted to do; however, as she and I have learned life does not always give you want you want but leads you where you are needed. Just like bringing mommy and me together. We needed one another and grew in love. Mommy says she never imagined she would be working and doing what she is doing today, but she is happy. It is one of her passions and the other is us fur babies. Although mommy has been through an incredibly difficult and challening life, she is still so blessed... she now has a wonderful husband, incredible family, awesome friends and unconditionally loving pets........and an incredible opportunity to learn and grow with my memory loss victims. My mommy loves educating others and helping those with memory loss live and die with dignity and respect. Mommy always tells me, "They are not senile old people, they have a disease. "

To date, my mommy and me have raised almost $3900.00 and the walk is next Saturday. YIPEEEEEEE! Due to my mommy's recent setback in her health, it does not appear she will be able to walk the entire 3.5 miles, but she is giving up her pride and taking her wheelchair (that is tremendously hard for her). Mommy probably will not let me walk either since I am limping on my bad leg. We will rest up this week and see...if I am not there, my heart will be. My grandparents, daddy, co-workers, and friends will be walking with us and for us. What an incredible experience it will be. Mommy will take pictures...our logo on our shirts read, "Join our Journey with Memory Loss..."

You can still make donations until November 6, 2006. So If you know someone who might want to donate to this worthy cause, please forward the website to them. Remember it is tax deductible and helps find a cure for this disease we will all face in someway someday. We appreciate all your love and support. We are blessed to have each of you in our lives.

https://www.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?iev ent=161091&supId=62178506

On a different note, Mommy wanted to let those of you who know how important her furry babies are to her, our sweet eldery kitty, Jazzi, is not well. We are taking things one day at a time and keeping her comfortable. She has been through so much with mommy and they have an incredibly special bond. She is almost 17 and letting her go will be very difficult on us all...but when that day comes, we will help her go to the rainbow bridge peacefully. Mommy says loving someone enough to let them go is hard, but the greatest gift you can give.

Once again, thank you to each of you for helping us help those who can't help themselves.

XXOO

Peace to you,

Sissy, Jazzi amd Mommy

 

Me and mommy love this poem...wanted to share it with all.

October 29th 2006 11:08 am
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The Miracle of Me, by Bubba
I know I was designed to be
Adored by all who encounter me
With glossy fur and emerald eyes
My glory's sure to mesmerize
Those hapless humans who think that
A dog's a dog; a cat's a cat
Will surely come around to see
The miracle that is me.

 

The Power of the paw is helping....I am currently stable and- happy!!!

November 23rd 2006 6:38 am
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Dearest furpals and families, I just want to thank you for all the wonderful words of encouragement, prayers, tighthly held paws, emails and healing thoughts sent our way....I have stablized and had a great week. It is so nice for all of us. My IVs are now given 3 times a week instead of daily and I am eating shrimp and tuna and being pampered like the special Queen I am!!! My mommy has a little smile back on her face and we are enjoying my 9th life together. We realistically know it could change at any given moment since I have multiple issues which are not curable, but we are doing all we can to make my time here on earth with my special family and friends last as long as it can. Please rest assured, my mommy and daddy will never allow me to suffer and will graciously help me go to the bridge peacefully when I need to, but for now, I am doing better!! As mommy and I have said multiple times to all our special fur baby friends, live life to the fullest...appreciate each day...each small thing...each person....each smile...each laugh...each tear...because life is so fragile and can drastically change at any given moment. Often times without meaning to, we forget all our blessings and it is so important to remember them daily and never take anything for granted. Mommy really learned that after her accident and Daddy knows because he has survived terminal cancer for 10 years. Neither of my human parents should be alive....and they are...without them, I wouldn't be here either (and Sissy wouldn't have her special place in our family either)...so please if you take away one thing from the friendship you share with me, it is to always appreciate the simple things in life...remember to always give of yourself and the rewards you get in return are forever in your hearts. I helped mommy while lying in a hospital bed of many months...and now she is helping me. The old saying "what goes around comes around..." holds true. I want to thank all of you for loving us...and this is the perfect day to say thank you because it is Thanksgiving. My family and I are truly blessed to have all of you in our lives...please keep the prayers and the power of the paw coming...I love you, Jazzi XXOO

 

Happy Birthday to the best sister ever....Sissy

December 28th 2006 5:18 am
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On December 29, 2000....you walked into our lives. You were covered in mud, starving, sick, limping, scared, and covered in ice droplets...your body was shirving and tired. You broke our hearts. Our eyes met and an immediate trust developed. A bond...an unspoken language so powerful our hearts joined. It was truly amazing. You came into our lives when we needed you most (I needed you most...your mommy), but we didn't know that...we just knew we needed to help you. Thank you for trusting us enough to take the first steps across the church parking lot in our amrs and then into our car....thank you for chosing us for your forever home. Your are our special angel and loyal friend. Your footprints are forever in our hearts.

Happy Birthday Sissy Girl!! We love you, Mom, Dad and Jazzi

My Best Friend

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world,
the one that never deserts him,
the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness -
He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side.
He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer,
He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world.
He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. --
When all other friends desert he remains. -
When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces,
He is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

~author unknown

 

Happy-Healthy New Year To All Our Special Friends!

December 30th 2006 6:31 am
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Thanks so much for being our freinds. We are truly blessed to have each of you in our lives. You have left forever paw prints in our hearts. We hope the new year brings you peace and all the things your hearts desire. Each of you truly deserve so much. We love and appreciate you, Jazzi, Sissy and Family

"By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other." ~Dr. Louis J. Camuti

Make it your New Years Resolution to try and understand those around you with an open heart and mind....and when you see things from others' perspective, you will grow and become richer. No two animals or people are alike, and yet, add so much versatility to the world.

 
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