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Thank You, Contributors!

Thanks to all who contributed to my fundraising efforts for the 2010 Cause for Paws, benefiting the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. About 500 people (plus dogs!) participated in either the run or the walk, and together we raised $50K to help the shelter help animals and their owners alike…

Cause for Paws 2010 Pledge Request

Hi folks; asking for money. It's not for me, it's for the animals. I am raising pledges for A Cause for Paws Doggie Dash on September 11th. Your support will help the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provide food, shelter, medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation to animals in need. I'm…

Emma: One Year

Emma was Brenda's pet cat. Well, that's what she started out as. Brenda got her shortly after the two of us got together, and Emma immediately spent much of her time showing her displeasure at having to share Brenda with me (especially the first year, when I was finishing school…

News: Heartless Bitches can Raise Children and Pets (or, why I want to be a vet)

This shit makes me crazy. The local paper ran an article today about the booming pet care business, especially in dog-crazy Boulder. Here in Boulder, there is a "law" that encourages Boulder pet owners to refer to themselves as their pet's "guardians", not "owners". You know how I feel about…

Update in Photos

Life goes on around here, the main story being the cat and dog, who continue to work through their issues. The gate remains, but Ellie is definitely interested in coming down and joining us. If only that damned dog wasn't down here: When one of us does take Hooper out…

Meet Noelle (We Call her Ellie)

Say hello to Ellie: Yes, we got another cat. On December 23rd. And we named her Noelle, a play on the season. But this was not an impulse buy. Brenda & I have talked about getting another cat since the dawn of discussions about life after Emma. We actually had…

Sign

After our heartbreaking experience at the shelter on Sunday, I woke up Monday to an email from my friend Elissa who works at the Humane Society; Emma's ashes were ready to be picked up. So yesterday after work I headed back to the shelter, to pick up what was left…

The Rough Road Ahead is Paved With Love

Emma is gone, and there isn't a damned thing we can do about it. I miss her; there are a hundred things a day that remind me she's gone: the ingrained look-down before I take a step, for fear of stepping on her; the look to the bathroom to make…

A Life, in Photographs

I have so, so many things to say about Emma, but for now I just wanted to share all the photos we've been looking at the past couple weeks. I've scanned a bunch of photos from the pre-digital years, and compiled a few other ditties from Emma's "modern era". I've…

Emma the Cat -- 1990-2007

She was loved, she was our child; she will be missed. …

Decline

You spend sixteen years with someone, you learn to read signs. The funny thing is, your optimism also gets the better of you. And so, we're playing that game now. Good moments are blown way out of proportion, bad moments are horrifyingly painful to watch--and quickly pushed back to the…

Irony

From the information sheet on Emma's latest cancer medication: WARNING: Although this is a cancer medication, chlorambucil can cause another type of cancer... Greaaaat. I wonder if the medication for the cancer that chlorambucil causes, causes cancer too? Round and round we go, Roche, Pfizer, Merck-Medco! Sheesh. …

Plan

So, the harsh reality is that Emma's cancer is so progressed, she's not ever gonna beat this. We discussed our various options with the vet today, and have decided to continue with the Prednisone and she got a shot of something else today too, some Elspar-something-or-other. IV fluids and "Pred…

Diagnosis

It's Lymphoma; both the mediastinal kind and the alimentary kind. Stage IVb. And as we all know from Johnny Sack, there really is no Stage V. Emma's in serious trouble. Emma gets oral prednisone and IV fluids for the weekend, to hopefully keep her comfortable. Monday we see the vet…

The Big Casino

Welp, it looks like Emma's probably got cancer. Fluids were drained, things were biopsied. More tests underway; expecting results tomorrow or Saturday. Nothing to do between now and then but pet the cat. Shit.…

Emma Update

Well, we just returned from the vet, and our fears have been confirmed. Emma is at least in the beginning stages of kidney disease, and she may have cancer to boot. We've heard this crap before, and Emma's always dodged the bullets, but white blood cell counts and BUN values…

Emma Alert

Our beloved cat Emma is just not herself lately. She's eating less, and as a result, activity at the other end has dropped off sharply as well. She's lost weight, quite a bit. She's also broken her last remaining fang, and at 17 years old the vet doesn't want to…

Emma's a Star

Our beloved cat Emma has had a bout with celebrity of late, appearing in the latest issue of Delicious Living Magazine. Emma was one of two test subjects for an organic pet treats article for the mag. My buddy Lauren occasionaly freelances for this magazine, and while their dog Begbie…

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