Tuesday, July 14, 2015


The Good News is:

Even the clouds wore pink,
 as they hovered over the Golden Gate bridge, 
in celebration of Tami's 12th year 
as a survivor
 and the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer.

It was a beautiful weekend,
 full of camaraderie, positiveness
sunshine and hope,
 with a fair amount of blisters thrown in.

Team Hospitality

We are not just
 another bunch of well-dressed, pretty faces.

  We are a small part
 of a 100 + strong crew
 that supported a field 
of about 2000 walkers
 this weekend in San Francisco.

 An amazing
 $4.6 million was raised
 to help continue the fight
 against breast cancer.

You may have seen this picture
 I posted on Face Book of
 and three of her 
very handsome supporters...

...and her sweet little Rosie
 who was also proudly
 showing her support
 for mom.

A huge thank you to Avon 
and to the countless numbers
 of sponsors and organizations
 around the world 
that are trying so hard
 to put an end
 to this horrible disease.


Now, the Bad News:

We lost
 our sweet and kind
 little Maggie 
last night.

Maggie came to us
 about fourteen years ago
 when the Captain found her
 living under the school house
 with one of her kittens.

 She couldn't have been 
more than a kitten herself 
at the time. 
 They had been obviously abandoned.

 To a certain extent, 
Maggie still hadn't lost
 her human connection,
 but her kitten
 was as wild as could be.

 He caught them both
 and took them to our vet
 where Maggie was found 
to be pregnant again.

 They were both fixed
 and given up-to-date shots
 and we decided to bring
 Maggie into our family 
and the school offered 
to let the kitten stay there
 and a number of kind citizens
 kept him in food.

 That kitten still lives there to this day.

Maggie was a healthy
 but shy little girl,
 never wanting to be held
 and only coming to us 
on her terms.

  When visitors came,
 she would just disappear 
for as long as they were around.

  When Buddy came to be with us,
 she tolerated being around him 
unless he made a fast move
 and then she pulled her
 famous disappearing act!

 She never scratched the furniture,
 she never begged for scraps or treats,
 and she never jumped onto tables or counters.

  If she sounds
 like a perfect little lady,  
 she was.

Her favorite places 
in the whole world
 were by the fire in the winter
 and then when summer came,
 in a pool of sunshine.

She lost her sight
 about a month ago 
but was still able to find 
her box, her food and water, and her way back to bed.

 We hoped and prayed 
that we would be able to realize
 when pain came into the picture
 and we were always on the look out.

she no longer wanted to eat and drink
 and she suffered three small seizures.

 We called a doctor in our area
 who comes to the home 
so that she could have as little stress as possible.

 The doctor was scheduled 
to arrive at 10:30 this morning
 but Maggie decided, 
on her own terms as usual,
 that she was ready to go
 during the night.

Good night
Sweet dreams to a sweet girl
We will miss you

We are so thankful
 that you were a part of our family
 and that you had a life 
that you deserved.

Be happy to see
 big brother Buddy and cousin Cooper 
when you meet again
 on the other side of 
the Rainbow Bridge.

"Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty
Little ball of fur
Happy Kitty, Sleepy Kitty
Purr, Purr, Purr."

Author Unknown


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  1. Wonderful that so many came out in support of finding a cure for Breast Cancer! I'm very sorry about your Maggie. She looked like a precious companion and sweet kitty. Thanks for sharing at Roses of Inspiration.

  2. Oh Judy, such sad news about sweet little Maggie. It makes my heart hurt. You and the Captain did a wonderful thing in rescuing her and giving her a loving home for all these years. Pets bring so much to our lives, and it's so hard to lose them. You did well to determine that her time had come, and as you say, she ended things on her own terms. Do you still have your new little kitty?

    I'm glad the walk for Breast Cancer was a success. I enjoyed your pictures. :) Take care, Judy, and I'm sorry about Maggie.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  3. Oh Judy, I am crying as I read this post. Such a loving little sweet kitty. Reminds me of when I lost Whoopie. I had made an appointment on 12/26 but Christmas eve she was very restless and then Christmas morning she moved into into the living room and laid down. - I covered her up and Waldo lay beside her. I had a Christmas dinner to go to and I would have cancelled but I was bringing food. When I got home she was dead exactly were she laid. But she went her way - it really tore me up, so I know exactly how you feel. I think they are so special when we find them and they love us to pieces for giving them a better life.

    So glad that you had a good Breast Cancer walk. My ex daughter in law always goes on that walk.
    So my dear sweet Judy and Captain, she will be waiting for you with Buddy at the Rainbow Bridge.

  4. Congratulations on the Walk, and helping to earn money for such a good cause. I am a Breast Cancer Survivor for two years now. Always hoping that they can find a cure! Let me say I am so sorry to hear about your lovely cat. I will be saying a prayer for you and sending you a hug. I know your hearts must be broken. You have some wonderful pictures to always remember your special pet.

  5. Well done on the walk! And I am so sorry to hear about Maggie. I lost my dog three months ago and she, like Maggie, went on her own terms in the end. They leave such a void and my heart really goes out to you at this time xx

  6. So sorry about your loss of Maggie, it is sad that our animals cannot live longer lives with us. We have lost several over the years and I know that my beloved spaniel will not be with us many more years and she will be missed so much! Congratulations on the walk! As you said there is always good news as well as bad!

  7. Congratulations to Tami on her 12th year as a cancer survivor. Wonderful photos of her and her support crew the day of the run. I'm sorry for the loss of your sweet kitty, Maggie. I'm glad she had such a good life in your care and left on her 'own terms'. Hugs. Pam

  8. I am so sorry for your loss! she was a beautiful cat and obviously brought many years of love and happiness into your family. My dog is 10 1/2 and can't see as well anymore. I believe he has a cataract in one of his eyes. It's sad to see them get old and feeble. Glad to hear that you had a good walk though. That's a wonderful cause and I've known so many that have had that dreadful cancer!

  9. Awe...so sorry for your loss! It's sure hard to lose a sweet and special friend like Maggie must have been! Thinking of you! Glad you were able to do the 'walk' and a beautiful weekend by the bay! Blessings, Cindy

  10. I am glad the breast cancer walk was a success!

    Very sorry about Maggie. I know the feeling. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  11. Oh Judy, I have tears running down my face.... I am so sorry about your sweet Maggie. Our pets are so precious and they touch a special place in our hearts. Thinking of you, dear friend.

    I am so glad the cancer walk did so well! What a blessing to be apart of something like that :) Have a lovely day. Hugs and blessings!

  12. i am so sorry to hear about your sweet kitty. what a lovely look back on your time with her.

  13. Oh my.. what a week.
    Yay for Tami!! She is a walking inspiration and a miracle!! It's so great that you all love her and show your support by participating in the walk.

    Sorry about Maggie. I wish I knew something more comforting to say, but just know, I am sorry for her passing.


  14. So sorry for your loss, they are such a huge part of our lives. We had two cats, sisters that were over 18 years old, one passed away in March and the second just over a week ago, it is so quiet without them, so nice she could be at home.


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