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feeling the love!

May 14th 2010 6:23 pm
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When it was my time, there was such an outpouring of love, like no other time. I want to share with you some of the notes I received from others. I would just share the poems & sayings, but I want to give everyone credit...so I included their entire message.

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Dear Ginngie,
Mommie wanted me to send you a copy of my poem. (We call it my poem, because she put it on my page. I didn't write it!) I am sure you and your Mom and Dad will appreciate what it says, although I want to warn you that it may make your humans eyes leak, so they might want to be careful about when they read it. Anyway, here it is:

How can I bear to lose you, my precious gentle one,
To know that you will not be here when my day is done?
So much of my heart, my love, have I given up to you,
How then can I stand the pain now that your life is through?
My sorrow overwhelms me, the tears so freely flow,
How can I carry on my life, with a heart that's laden so?
Then the answer comes to me from the stillness in my soul.
Remembering the love we shared will help to make me whole.
I'll hold you in a special place, so deep within my heart
And in these loving memories we'll never be apart.
You will not be so far away, your presence I will feel.
I'll wrap myself in your memory and so very slowly I will heal.
The years we shared, the little joys, the laugher and the tears
My love for you will never die, but strengthen with the years
So fare you well, my precious love, I gently let you go
And pray to all the Gods there be that you will always know
I loved you so, my little one, that love will never cease
I gave you warmth, I gave you love, and now I give you peace.
~~ Constance Jenkins~~

Remember, it is the gift that is hardest for them to give us, but the one that ultimately shows how much they love us.
Now, my friend, please stop by my house when you get a chance. Kate and the kits have been making tons of catnip cookies. They're the best! Purrrs, BeeJay

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Ginngie & Momma,
We are so saddened by this news and now that my momma has stopped crying hysterically she can help me write this message.

Ginngie, even though we knew this day would come, we have cherished every moment we've been able to spend together. Like I told you before, I am honored to share my birthday with you and every birthday I have, I will always put my paws together and say a special birthday message just to you.

I know how difficult this must be fur your mom, I remember when Tiger went to the Bridge how sad mom was. We are sending all our love and purrs to you and your mom, dad, Maggie, Rudy, Chip and Romeo. You will have to grab the wings we sent you so you can come back and let them know that you are okay and will always watch over them.

We feel like we lost a member of our furmily too, as all of you are our furmily. Please come by us too, we'd like to know that you are okay.

We will always cherish our memories together. Momma says that we leave pawprints on our furmilies hearts and that we always live on in their hearts. It is true.

Sad and loving purrs,
Bella and furmily

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I am very said to hear of your news of you being on your way to the bridge. I hope your mommy and daddy will be ok..you will all be together again one day. I am thinking of you..with love.
Phoebexx

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Hi Ginnger and family we are happy to be your new friends and sad to learn that you did make the journey today to the bridge....We know your family is very sad, we are purring for them and you....

I am fighting cancer too and I don't know how long I have, I first had mammery cancer and survived that, but knew that there was a good possibility that the tumors would attack my lungs and we found out in February that indeed they did...

Mom is so sad and doesn't understand why so many cats are getting cancer and dying form it...it is so hard to believe...and she wants to find out what research if any is being done.....

God Bless you all and god speed my new friend...you are a handsome angel now watch over your family.....sending our love too.

QT and family

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Hello Handsome Angel Ginnger...I am taking you to the KitKatKafe
tonight so you can visit with ALL your Furfriends from Catster.....we will have such fun.....and I will help you find your way around Kitty Heaven....and we will fly down TOMORROW night and visit your mommie and give her lots and lots of whisker kisses so she won't be so sad.....I am with you, Angel Ginnger..take my paw......................
I love you, my Angel Pal, Ginnger!!!
Your Angel Buddie

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My deepest sympathies for your loss.

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Liz, I'm very sorry to hear that you have lost your beautiful Ginnger. It is so hard when you know you have to say goodbye because it is better for your baby, but at the same time you just really want to hold on tight and keep them with you. Ginnger is better now--no more pain or suffering. He will miss you as you miss him, but he will still be there in spirit. Hold on to the love that you shared for so long and it will comfort you.

Hugs,
Kat Lentz & the Zoo Crew
(Mom to Mystie May, the black kitty you brought up from Debbie Bay last year.)
***this was the kitty momma & daddy took to Michigan last year***

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we are so sorry about the lost of your ginngie. we are send you our purrs, condolences, and sympathy for your loss. may these poem help you though your saddness and grief.


Purrs & Prayers

Greg & Kitties


I know God has taken you home. I'm just someone that's taken care of you," "It's hard to believe that you're gone. But you're in a more peaceful place than here. I'll see you when I can. Wait for me at the gates of heaven."


How can I bear to lose you, my precious gentle one,
To know that you will not be here when my day is done?
So much of my heart, my love, have I given up to you,
How then can I stand the pain now that your life is through?
My sorrow overwhelms me, the tears so freely flow,
How can I carry on my life, with a heart that's laden so?
Then the answer comes to me from the stillness in my soul.
Remembering the love we shared will help to make me whole.
I'll hold you in a special place, so deep within my heart
And in these loving memories we'll never be apart.
You will not be so far away, your presence I will feel.
I'll wrap myself in your memory and so very slowly I will heal.
The years we shared, the little joys, the laugher and the tears
My love for you will never die, but strengthen with the years
So fare you well, my precious love, I gently let you go
And pray to all the Gods there be that you will always know
I loved you so, my little one, that love will never cease
I gave you warmth, I gave you love, and now I give you peace.
~ Constance Jenkins~


A Cat's Prayer

To Those Who Love & Those Who Love Me

When I am gone, release me, let me go-
I have so many things to see and do.
You must not tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you have shown.
But now it is time I traveled alone.
So grieve awhile for me if grieve you must,
Then let your grief be comforted by trust,
It is only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart,
I will not be far away, for life goes on,
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can not see or touch me, I will be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you will hear
All my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I will greet you with a smile and "Welcome Home".




Goodbye

With heavy hearts; and a tear in our eyes
after all these years; we must say goodbye
Please understand; we've done all we could
if there was anything we could do; you know we would

I'm sitting right here; gently rub your ears
while I talk to you softly; trying to hold back the tears
The memories you gave us; we'll never forget
especially the ones; of the day we all met

One last hug; and one last kiss
you have no idea; how much you'll be missed
To look into your eyes; this one last time
you tell me it's ok; you know it's your time

Close your eyes now; and go to sleep
we'll pray to the Lord; you're soul he'll keep
Go in peace now; our good friend
we'll stay right here with you; until the end

Dream of that special day and time
when we'll meet at the Bridge; and all will be fine
We'll run and play; side by side
with a soft warm feeling; deep down inside

Your memory will live on; in each one of us
you'll always be number 1; to all of us
Have a safe journey; through the night
I promise when you awake; you'll be in God's light

So with heavy hearts; and tears in our eyes
just for now my friend; we say goodbye

John Quealy

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Hi,to family of the beloved cat named Ginnger, i am sorry to hear about the loss of your loving cat named Ginnger,who must of gave you lots of love to you for all the love and kindness, please remember all the great times, that you got to spend with Ginnger,please remember the memory of your beloved cat named ginnger in your hearts and souls .
i am sure ginnger is watching over you,from she is on the bridge,making sure,all of you are very safe and sound.
from jeepers.

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I sure hope all these kitties don't mind me posting their notes, but it meant so much to us the outpouring of love that we've received.
Momma couldn't read some of these and today being my one week anniversary, I'm not sure she can read some of the poems yet.

I just wanted to share what wonderful messages I have received.

Thank you all!!!

 

Thank you SO much!

May 13th 2010 5:27 pm
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Where do I start. I have felt so much love & support ever since I first got sick...but wow, the gifts this week have been a bit overwhelming.
Now, momma usually insists that we send individual thank yous when we receive gifts, rosettes, etc. But, I'm going to take the somewhat easy way out this time.

After I went to the vet last week I got lots of gifts with purrs just for that.
Thank you to:
Natasha & Buddie for the Catmail
Buddie for the Blue Ribbon
OWP for the lemonade
Simon & Reuben, Nala Sue, Hooch, Ciao Li & Calvin (and their families) for the Power of the Paw Charm
Ginger, Big Harry, Stinker, Tigger & Toni (and their families) for the Heart
Baby & family for the Candle
Misha for the Rainbow

Then came the time that I went to the Bridge...
I got Catmail from Paisan, BeeJay, Bella, Phoebe, Queen Tallulah, Buddie, Noodles, Cesar, Mi Ping Lentz & Mr. Jeepers. In 3 special Pawmails I got a beautiful memory picture from Wyatt James and beautiful wings from Calvin & KC. Thank you all VERY much for those. They are so beautiful!

I also want to thank the following kitties & their families for these wonderful gifts:
For the Star of an Angel ~ Aedan, BeeJay, Calvin, Wilson J Scooter, Mr. Pink, TweeKee, Hooch, Aldo, Ciao Li, Tabby, Bella & Tally, Angel Missy, Ele, Aragorn, Macallan, Baby, Tilda, Smitten, George, Leo, Elie, Penny, The Olde Furts, Andre, Scooter, Flowie, Alfie, Pooters, Angel, & Angel Amelia
For the Rainbow Star ~ Ko, Ginger & Albert
For a Star ~ Angel Buddie
For the Furever Diamond ~ Stinker & Toni
For the Forever Crown ~ Jobel, Sagan, Nikko & Scooter
For the Rainbow ~ Casey, Smoke's family, Peaches, Freckles, Blackburn's Angels, Misha, Jazzi, Annie, Angel Sam, & Scrappie Dew
For the Holy Cross ~ Eddy, Sab & Ava Corrine
For the Pink Ribbon ~ Hazel Lucy
For the Power of the Paw Charm ~ Nittany, Hook
For the Heart ~ SF Gals, Sky, Big Harry, Wanda
For the Tulips ~ Mr D & family
For the Kite ~ Simon & Reuben
For the Trophy ~ OWP
For the Power of the Paw ~ Marina & Tosca
For the Mouse ~ Mipo
For the Candle ~ Quinn C, Heckyl, Isis, Cloud, Tick
For the BEAUTIFUL Wings ~ Bella & Tally, Hector, Tabby, Paisan, Hermes, Ashley

Now ~ I hope that I didn't miss anyone. We tried really hard to keep track of all of these as we got them. We thank you all and your entire families. Your caring pawrents have been so thoughtful and so supportive to my momma & daddy. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Purrs & hugs, Ginngie

 

Did this really happen?

May 9th 2010 10:35 am
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One minute I was laying on Momma's lap, daddy was there, my favorite vet tech Alicia was there & Dr. Johnstone. The next minute I saw this beautiful rainbow, then a meadow...and hey, there's Sparky! How'd he....oh, nevermind. He didn't go anywhere, I did.
But, I didn't want to leave momma. I didn't want to leave anyone, this isn't fair. I know that I'm healthy again and that nasty tumor is gone.

Wow, look at all these kitties & doggies...and Spazzie...hey little buddy, I see you made friends with some other guinea pigs. Oh, Sweetie, I'm sorry we didn't get to meet on earth, sis. And there's Calvin with his welcome sign! Thank you for the welcome everyone. This is amazing.

This place is so beautiful, but wait, *looks back* momma & daddy are so sad. How can I tell them that I'm ok? I know that they did everything they could for me & I had an extra 9 months with them that they thought they wouldn't have. But, I was so tired. I fought as hard as I could for as long as I could. I was trying to tell momma. All Thursday night and most of the day Friday I laid on her lap. I loved laying on her lap. I just wish I would've done that the first 15 years of my life. But I sure made up for the last 2 years. Especially on Friday.

I would've written sooner but I was getting accustomed to being here at the Bridge & momma just wasn't up to it. She finally was able to change my picture to my show off my beautiful wings. Thank you KC for my wings. I also got wings from Calvin. I will be changing back & forth because I love them both so much.
And thank you to Pie's family for the beautiful tribute picture that all my siblings have on their page. Also, Wyatt James made me a beautiful tribute picture with the lyrics from a Brad Paisley song. I also have a picture that many of my friends & Tommy's friends made of the two of us since we came here just days apart. Thank you to all who made these & to all who have put them on their pages.

I got so many gifts, stars, wings, rosettes from when I went to the vet last week to when I came here to the Bridge. Momma always likes us all to send individual thank yous for our gifts, but I'm not sure that is possible this time. I will write a separate diary for that...at least one.

My dear furiend Smokey & my furiend little Tommy also came to the Bridge recently. I think we will all be exploring together and learning how to tell our families that we are ok.

I want to thank everyone for giving us all the support, purrs & love during my illness and for all that you've done for my momma & daddy here and on Facebook since I've come to the Bridge. I also want to thank my furiends in Nascar Cat for the donations they want to make in my name to my vet to help other kitties & doggies. I love you guys (& girls)!

purrs & hugs, Ginngie

 

We knew this day would come.

May 4th 2010 5:47 pm
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well, momma said today was like July 27, 2009 all over again.
Interesting thing about why I went to the vet then was because I wasn't eating. Then suddenly, Chip was coming with me.
Today, I went to the vet because I haven't been eating. and Chip went with me to, this time because he's been losing weight.

My news is (I'll let Chip tell his) that my tumor has grown. So much so that is looks like my time is growing short. I ate a bit tonight, which is very encouraging, but we all know that it's not like I've conquered it. My tumor is there...still there, it's not going anywhere. In fact, it will keep growing and keep making me uncomfortable.

I understand that I need to eat, but you know, I don't always feel like it. I take all this stuff to make my tummy feel good, to not feel sick, to make me hungry...but it doesn't always make me want to eat.

Momma has said all along that she doesn't want me to suffer or to be in pain. So, now it's just how much I want to show them what kind of pain I may or may not be in. I have been keeping a lot to myself lately. I hide, but in plain sight, most times. So, momma knows something is up...'cause she's momma. She's been with me for 17 years. She knows when something is up with me without me having to tell her.

So, although we both know that my time is short...our philosophy hasn't changed. We're living each day to it's fullest. We've learned a lot lately how short life really is...having some few friends go to the Bridge just recently, somewhat unexpectedly.

Thank you for your purrs, purrayers, thoughts & love!

 

9 months & counting....

April 27th 2010 5:52 pm
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Well, what can I say today that I haven't said every month in the past 9 months?

oh, I got a new brofur. LITTLE brofur. His name is Romeo. He's not quite 4 months old and thinks he has taken over the house. He's ok, I guess. He plays with Maggie & Rudy mostly, so that keeps in out of my hair. MOL

So, back to me. Considering all that has happened in the past 9 months, I'm still doing well. I still eat well, most days...but you know, what kitty isn't finicky every now & then? I've maintained my figure, uh, I mean, my weight quite well. I'm currently at 11 15.5 which is pretty average for the past 9 months.
Daddy weighs each of us every week just to track how everyone is doing and see if there's something going on with one of us.
Then there's Momma. She always still watches me like a hawk, watches for any little change or anything that I may do different.
She says she has to do that because of my CRF and because I don't take anything for that anymore. So far, so good.

I know my updates usually read the same month after month...but we still take each day at a time. If that's one thing I like to tell everyone, cherish every moment you have. Live like there's no tomorrow.

Thank you for all the purrs, love & support!

Purrs & hugs, Ginngie & momma

 

8 months & I'm still here!

March 28th 2010 11:49 am
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8 months ago yesterday I was given a death sentence. That sounds harsh, but it's true. On the Friday before, they did an ultrasound and biopsied the mass that they had found in my belly. On Monday, they called with the results....the "tumor" came back Pancreatic. So, my vet, Dr. Johnstone, told momma that she expected maybe 2 weeks. She advised that surgery wouldn't really be a good option and to just keep me happy & comfortable.

Well, needless to say, they have certainly kept me happy & comfortable. And let me tell you, it hasn't been an easy 8 months. There were several times that momma & daddy thought that I wouldn't be with them much longer. But, I showed them. I even made it to my 17th birthday. That was fun, I got a cake & candles...and momma even got me a new Tranquility blanket with a matching collar and hat. Ok, so maybe the hat isn't my favorite, but I do like the collar.

Not that I like being "sick", which, I know I am, even though I don't often act like I'm sick....but, I sure enjoy laying on momma's lap whenever I want...getting pretty much whatever food I want. And if there's something I don't like, daddy will try and try until he gets something I like.

Some may say that I'm spoiled, I don't think so. Some may think that I shouldn't be "kept alive" with meds & stuff. I say, I'm not. Any meds I take are to help me & to keep me comfortable. I take methimazole because I have hyperthyroid. I take pepcid to keep my belly happy and I take cerenia to make me want to eat, even if I don't feel like it. Let's see....is that all? hmmm, oh and I get my "happy meds" that are just to keep me happy overall. They don't make me sleepy or goofy, just keep me pretty relaxed so that if there is any pain, it doesn't bother me.

Now, don't think that I don't have other "olde furt" problems, 'cause I do. I have CRF (chronic renal failure), that I used to take meds for, but since I've had my cancer, they made me sick. So Dr. Johnstone said not to give them to me if they're making me sick. So momma just watches me for signs of crashing and takes it from there. We've made a few trips to the vet in the passed 8 months, but mostly because of momma's paranoia. Although they tell her she's not paranoid, just a worried pawrent. (they didn't use that word, I'm embellishing a bit MOL)

But, I just wanted to share a little more of my journey. I plan on being here for quite some time to come. Momma doesn't like me to try to predict how long or say, oh I'll be here for that holiday...or her birthday or even mine. We just take a day at a time and love what life we all have together. I think that's a lesson that everyone should learn and live by!

Purrs & hugs!!!

 

just thought it was time...

March 17th 2010 4:17 am
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I haven't update you on how I'm doing lately so I thought I would.

I've still been eating well. Right around my birthday my daddy found this yummy, yummy food. I would only eat that, for about a week. Momma & Daddy were going to different stores buying up this food because they wanted to be sure I had enough since I loved it so much.
Well, now I want chicken. Just grilled chicken. Can't a guy change his mind? So, they say that I'm being finicky again. I don't know about that, I just know what I like.

But, other than that, my weight is good, I've actually gained. I'm closer to 13 lbs, kinda like Maggie. MOL

Oh, wait....here's the newest thing. I don't know what I did, but daddy doesn't come see me at lunch anymore. NOW ~ I have to stay in momma & daddy's room during the day. So, because of that, I don't come & visit them so much at night. You never know when that door might shut & I get stuck in there.
I guess I shouldn't complain about being in that room. I mean, I get quite a variety of food to eat all day, I have fresh water, my own litter box...and best of all, my Morgan's bed and my tranquility blanket.
What more could I really ask for? Well, I'll tell ya what, I could ask to be able to roam the house. But I guess if I don't want anyone else to eat my food, then I'll have to deal with it.

I better go. I need to go hide so momma can't find me before she leaves for work. Then I won't have to be in that room.

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! Don't drink too much!
I didn't, even though my picture looks like it! MOL
That's catsip in that glass!

 

What a great day!

March 1st 2010 6:42 pm
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Well, today is my 17th birthday. I have had such a great day.
Not only have I had a good appetite, I got all kinds of presents & well wishes from so many furiends, here on Catster and on Facebook.

I just can't believe how great it has been hearing from everyone.

First, I want to thank our good furiend Rachel for always making us our great photos for our pages. She made this great picture for me for my birthday.

So, aside from my birthday and getting great presents and even a cake, daddy weighed me today. I weighed 12 lbs 2.5 oz. This is up 3 oz from last week. Probably 'cause I've been eating like a piggie & even waking momma & daddy up during the night 'cause I'm hungry.

Last time I wrote, I told you about the shortage of pain meds at the vet. Well, after the first day of cutting it back, momma said she felt better about it & actually thought that I was eating better with the smaller dosage. So, the meds we got last week should last us thru Tuesday of next week. We're just hoping that they will have a new supply or something else we can use by that time.

Thank you to all of you who sent me pressies and/or Happy Birthday wishes. I will be sending out proper thank you notes, but until I can get that done, I wanted to let you know that you haven't gone unnoticed.

purrs & hugs, 17 year old Ginngie!!!

 

just to say hi!

February 24th 2010 4:08 am
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well, I don't really have anything new to report...
I'm still eating pretty well, at least in the evenings. I eat so much that by morning, I'm really not hungry. That's understandable, don't you think?

Well, momma went to pick up my pain meds yesterday & they told her that there is a problem with the supply of them in this area & they don't know when they will get more. We have enough for a week, but what happens after that? Momma & daddy decided to cut my dosage back so that it would last longer, but momma is not happy with that.
I think she will call the vet today to see what else we can do.

I'm feeling pretty good, but you know how momma's can be....they worry all the time.

But...when momma & daddy were away for a long weekend and we had our petsitter come check on us, I lost a few ounces, but within a few days of them being back & me being on my regular eating schedule, I've gained most of it back.

Thanks for reading my updates and all your purrs & support!

 

I'm an eating machine!

February 4th 2010 4:33 pm
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MOL ~ just like in my younger days, I am eating like crazy.

Probably 'cause I've been feeling pretty good. It's been almost a week since I've been taking some pain meds & I've been feeling pretty good.
And, get this...I weigh more than I've weighed since October. I weigh 12 lbs, 1 oz.

I only act a little loopy every now & then, but not like I'm dizzy or anything. Momma came home for lunch yesterday to feed me & I was sleeping. I never even heard her come in or hear my brofurs & sisfurs run past me. Finally she had to put her hand on me & call my name.
I didn't eat much for her then, but I had already eaten almost 2 packets of food in the morning, so I really wasn't hungry.

So anyway, just thought I'd update how I'm doing.
Momma is glad that I'm doing so well. She was so worried about me last week and their upcoming trip....she was all ready to cancel it if I didn't start acting like myself again. That doesn't mean she's totally at ease, but she feels better 'cause I feel better!

purrs & hugs, Ginngie

 
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