1. Carol in Chicago

    Carol in Chicago Member

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    We went to see the vetty bean today. Rose hasn't been eating much and last night I noticed she is retaining some fluid with 2 of 4 paws swollen. I reduced her daily fluids by 1/2 and watched her for a few hours to monitor her breathing. Respiration rate is OK but breathing is shallow. Her numbers have been going up so I have been worried about constipation and pain.

    Vet confirmed no physical sign of constipation but was very concerned about her overall physical condition to include weight loss of 1 lb in the last month. Blood work is slightly worse and xrays suggest some challenges for the lungs so we had to have "the talk". I'm going to start Mirtazapine, discontinue fluids and re-check in 2 days.

    I will make her some chicken - she usually likes that. Thanks for prayers of comfort for Rose. I don't know what else to do. I'm terrified that the fluids that have been keeping kidney disease at bay are no longer an option to help her.

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  2. Mandy & Rex

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  3. Kris & Teasel

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    Sending you positive energy ... :bighug::bighug:
     
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  4. carfurby

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    Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  5. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Well-Known Member

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    I am sorry to hear the news. :bighug::bighug::bighug: Many healing vines on their way.

    Is Rosie on an anti nausea med like ondansetron or Cerenia? Best to give an anti nausea med before giving an appy stimulant. Mirtazapine comes in a transdermal gel which is less likely to have side effects than the pill.
     
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  6. Carol in Chicago

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    I have always described Rosie as a rule breaker. Today, when she told me it was time to cross the bridge, I called the vet office to let them know we were going to come over. In the car on the way there, I told her one last time about how there are people all over the world that care about her. It kept me calm to name all the places across the US and even in Canada, Spain, New Zealand... Rose crossed in my arms hearing stories about how much we all love her.

    Thank you to the many people who have offered prayers and advice through this journey. We would not have gotten this far without you.
     
  7. Mandy & Rex

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    I'm so sorry to hear this. You did the best you could with her. :bighug::bighug:
     
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  8. Tracey&Jones

    Tracey&Jones Well-Known Member

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    I am so sorry you had to say goodbye to Rosie. Have tears all the way from Canada for your girl.

    :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  9. Christie & Maverick

    Christie & Maverick Well-Known Member

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    Oh Carol, I'm in tears, my heart is breaking for you, I'm so very sorry you had to say goodbye to sweet Rosie. I will light a candle for Rosie tonight, sending lots of hugs your way :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  10. Shoeskitty-GA

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    I am so very sorry that it was time to say goodbye to her. RIP Rosie.:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  11. Bronx's dad

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    Oh Carol, I am so sorry to hear this. You were so good to Rosie, she had the best mom ever. The care you gave her was second to none. She was so lucky to have you and you were so lucky to have her. She was such a special kitty. I am so sorry for your loss, this is heartbreaking.
     
  12. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    Dear Carol, It is the very best thing we can do for our kitties to be there for them when their time comes. I am so sorry that it was Rosie's time. But be comforted in the thought that tonight she has begun a new adventure. At the Bridge she will be welcomed by many old friends and they will keep her "in good paws" until that wonderful day when you are reunited.

    Fly free, beautiful Rosie cat_wings>o You are much loved.

    In deepest sympathy,
    Ella & Edward, Rusty (GA) and Stu (GA)
     
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  13. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Well-Known Member

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    ((((Carol)))) I am so, so sorry it was Rosie’s time. :bighug::bighug::bighug: She left in the arms of one who loved her so much. Take care of you. Good bye sweet girl.cat_wings>o
     
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  14. Kako & Tux

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    Oh I am so sorry. It's hard........
     
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  15. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

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    I'm so sorry. Fly free sweet Rosie. Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  16. Squeaky and KT (GA)

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    Carol, I'm SO sorry it was Rosie's time to cross....BIG HUGE looooooong hug.

    Soar high on your new angel wings sweet girl - land softly back in Mama's broken heart.

    More hugs...
     
  17. Krystina & Nelli

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    Me and Nelli, a candle just lit for Rosie and you.
    I mirror every word of @Christie & Maverick.
    Stand tall and strong- I’m sure you know Rosie is comfortable and content... in a better place.
    Muah.
     
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  18. majandra

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    So sorry :(
    *hug*
     
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  19. Ana & Frosty (GA)

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    Carol! I am so, so sorry about Rosie :bighug: you are so brave and strong for doing the right thing for her. I know that she knew how much she was loved. Many hugs to you and please reach out if you need to talk!! cat_wings>o
     
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  20. Rosie & Bailey

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    I am so sorry to hear this. Sending hugs and prayers
    :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  21. Idjit's mom

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    I am so very sorry for your loss today, Carol. Rosie was so loved and well cared for. Peace and comfort to a loving and brave kitteh mom. cat_wings>o
     
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  22. CassAndGordy

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    I am very sorry about your loss:bighug:

    Fly free sweet Rosie, land softly :rb_icon:
     
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  23. Kris & Teasel

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    Oh, Carol, I'm shattered reading this ... :( You gave Rosie all the love and care any kitty would be lucky to have. I have no words. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::rb_icon:cat_wings>o
     
  24. Sharon14

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    I’m so very sorry:bighug:
    Fly Free Sweet Rosie:rb_icon:
     
  25. PussCatPrince - GA

    PussCatPrince - GA Well-Known Member

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    We do @Carol in Chicago . We all love her and you.

    So very sad that Rosie decided it was her time but am glad that you were there together for this.

    Forever in your heart and always remembered here. Rosie the Rule Breaker.

    Hugs from all across the world Carol.

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  26. Cindy&Taco

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    I'm sorry you had to say good bye to Rosie :( She sure did earn her kitty wings :bighug:cat_wings>o:bighug:
     
  27. Bron and Sheba

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    I am so sorry. :bighug:
     
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  28. Susan&Felix

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    People all over the world are feeling love and sadness with you tonight for your sweet Rose. You've been such a good momma to her.
     
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  29. Chris & China

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    So sorry to hear it was Rosie's time to leave you Carol :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:

    You were such a good mama to her and I know when you made the decision, it was done out of your extreme love for her.

    Fly free sweet Rosie and land softly. You have lots of friends at the bridge to welcome you, show you around and keep you company until the ones you love most come to be with you forever cat_wings>o
     
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  30. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

    Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey Well-Known Member

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    {{{Carol}}}

    I am so deeply sorry to learn that Rosie has crossed the bridge. You proved your love for her over and over, and most of all when you gave her the ultimate gift - her freedom. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you face these first few days without her physical presence. Remember, she isn't far away - she'll always be firmly ensconced in your heart.

    Fly free, Rosie, and land softly. :rb_icon:
     
  31. Bellasmom

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    Carol, I’m so so sorry to hear about Rosie, you have given her much much love, my heart breaks for you
    Fly free of pain sweet Rosie
     
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  32. Joanne&TinySole

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    My heart-felt sympathies to you, Carol.
    Although we simply get used to their not being with us, a loss of a love so pure cannot be forgotten. Thank you for being a wonderful cat mom. Now it's Rosie's time to watch over you. Take good care of yourself.
    XOXO
     
  33. Sue and Luci

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    Thank you for helping her cross...and holding her and telling her how much she was loved and known by so many. It's always sad when we have to let go...sending hugs and prayers for you mama bean - as you're the one suffering now - she's free of all of her pain cat_wings>ocat_wings>o:bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  34. Bobbie And Bubba

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    ((((((Carol))))))) I am so very sorry to be reading that it was Rosie time. What a wonderful Bean you are to have heard her and honor her in time. Lots and lots of comfort vines are coming your way for this very hard transition.

    Until you and Rosie meet again.......... Fly high, land softly sweet Rosie. cat_wings>o
     
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    Carol, I'm so sorry. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  37. Judy and Boomer

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    I'm so sorry to hear it was Rosie's time to cross. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  38. Amy&TrixieCat

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    I am so sorry it was time for Rosie to cross. She will live on in your heart....hugs and prayers.....
     
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  40. Mandarin'sMom

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    I am so sorry for your loss. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  41. LizzieInTexas

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    I am so sorry for your loss. cat_wings>o Fly free precious Rosie. You were loved much.
     
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  42. Amanda and a Loudogg

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    Oh Carol my heart aches for the pain you are feeling right now. You were such an amazing momma to that beautiful kitty and I think she knew how much you loved her. I am sending you hugs and vines of love, comfort, and peace your way. Fly free sweet Rosie. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  43. Beta kitty

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    I'm sorry for the loss of your dear kitty.:rb_icon:
     
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  44. JeffJ

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    Fly free sweet Rosie and land softly. You were loved by many and had a loving home.cat_wings>o
     
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  45. Carol & Murphy

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    I'm really, really sorry to read this very sad news, Carol. While these endings are always awful for the human and painful, it sounds like it was very peaceful for your girl. Many hugs to you on this sad day and all the coming days. :bighug::bighug:
     
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  46. JoyBee&Ravan

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    Wishing you Comfort & Peace :bighug:
     
  47. Yvonne & Big John & Andy

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    So sorry to hear about your Rosie - RIP little girl.
     
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  48. Jill & Scooter

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    So sorry you had to say goodbye to your sweet Rosie. :bighug::bighug::bighug: And prayers for you!
     
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  49. Krystina & Nelli

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    So eloquently said, @Sue and Luci :)
     
  50. Rebecca.garfie

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    So sorry to hear about Rosie. I believe their spirits live on eagles wings so when you see an eagle stop take a moment look up and remember Rosie is watching over you
     
  51. Bronx's dad

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    Rosie's pic always had a calming and peaceful effect on me. Her presence will be felt strongly across the bridge and Bronx will seek her out right away when it's his time. She will be his guiding light, and that is so comforting to know.
     
  52. Beenie (GA)

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    Carol I’m so so sorry :(

    Fly free sweet Rosie you were loved by many:bighug::bighug::bighug:
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  53. Squalliesmom

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    Oh, Carol, I am so, so sorry to hear it was Rosie's time to leave for the Bridge. My heart breaks for you. Sending may (((((hugs))))), love, and strength.

    Fly free, sweet Rosiecat_wings>o

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  54. Carol in Chicago

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    Thank you all for your very kind words. I have "liked" every post, but I love how much you care about us! Thank you all very much. Yesterday was very hard. I got up for T/F/S but just stood there and looked at the counter with all of her supplies and wondered what I should be doing. Of course I know the routine we had, but what is the routine now? That continued for most of the day. I was watching the clock - each time I knew there was something I should be doing with food, meds, etc. I kept looking over at her bed to make sure she was OK. :(

    I kept her bed out where it has been because the other cats were looking for her. I saw each one go over and smell her bed and look around. They miss her too. Lately, her bed was rarely empty. Each time I saw her empty bed I wanted to find her. :( As the day went on, I felt and increasing level of stress because I wasn't doing the routine things. I kept feeling like I wasn't doing what I should be doing.

    I re-read all of these posts a few times to make it through the day. I was prepared to be sad, but I wasn't prepared to be so lost. I have structured almost everything around her care and now I feel totally useless. I felt good when she had a good day, I felt bad for her when she had a bad day. Now, I am just lost.

    I don't want to just feel sorry for myself. I don't want to cry all the time. To do something constructive, I decided to focus on her supplies. I had just restocked everything to avoid any Holiday related shipping delays. I felt good about having everything well stocked and organized. :banghead: I'm going to return anything that is returnable and give away anything else I can to people or organizations who will use it.

    Meanwhile, I want to appreciate everyone who took the time to write. I still feel very sad and lost, but am a little less alone because of each one of you. :bighug:
     
  55. Kris & Teasel

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  57. Mandy & Rex

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    We are always here for you. Please stay ... your knowledge about constipation and how to take care of it is valuable!! :bighug:
     
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  58. carfurby

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    Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  60. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

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    Carol, I know how hard it is not to be doing what you think you ought to be doing. But gradually you will settle into new routines. It is good that you left Rosie's bed out for your other kitties to visit. They need to grieve, too. Take it one day at a time and keep Rosie in your thoughts as well as in your heart. She's looking out for you, you know. I still fill Rusty's water glass every day and it sits in his place on the table while we eat. It is strangely comforting.

    Sending you lots of hugs, and scritches for the kitties.
     
  61. Christie & Maverick

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    I'm sorry Carol, I completely understand :bighug:, taking care of our kitties can be all consuming, especially when they need extra special care, changing our routine is just odd, and confusing, especially when it has been so for many days/months/years. Take care of you :bighug::bighug:
     
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  62. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I’m so sorry. :bighug:
    :rb_icon:cat_wings>o
    Sending prayers.
     
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  63. rhiannon and shadow (GA)

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    I'm so sorry. It's sooo difficult to go thru. Prayers for your grieving heart.
     
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  64. Gill & George

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    (((((Carol)))))
    I am so sorry it was time for Rosie to leave for the Bridge, I am truly heartbroken for you.
    You are in my prayers, and I am sending vines of comfort and peace your way.

    Fly Free and land softly Sweet Rosie
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  65. Tricia Cinco(GA) & Harvey

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    {{{Carol}}}

    I saw myself in so much of what you said. I used to come downstairs in the morning and automatically look at the spot where my Minka would always be. But she wasn't anymore. :( It was months before I sat all the way back on my desk chair, because I was so used to Harvey occupying 75% of it.

    Losing one of your furbabies, after putting so much of your heart and soul into caring for them, is deeply traumatic. It will take time to adjust to your new normal. Everyone does so at their own pace. Missing her is part of the process, and I know it is hard to watch your other babies miss her, too. Give them extra love - it will help all of you. We are here for you throughout. :bighug::bighug:
     
  66. Tanya and Ducia

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    (((Carol))) no words to express my deepest condolences at this devastating news
    I cry with and for you Carol, Rosie was loved very much and is missed by all from around the world
    :bighug::bighug::bighug:
    Fly free beautiful girl cat_wings>o land softly :rb_icon:
    :bighug::bighug:
     
  67. Sienne and Gabby (GA)

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    ((((Carol)))))

    I just saw this post. I'm so sorry. Fly free Rosie and land softly. Your CG spoke truly -- people from all over the world know you and care and will miss you.
     
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  68. Marje and Gracie

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    (((Carol))). I also just saw this and I’m so very sorry. May you find peace in the love and bond you and sweet Rosie will forever share.

    Gentle journey, Rosie.
     
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  69. Krystina & Nelli

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    Carol... I feel and will still feel some day as you speak here..
    Today
    and forever I will not have proper words to express my gratitude here.
    Thanks for all you comments to me in Nelli and I, in our few short months now, on this forum :bighug:
     
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