Well, I finally finished the video, I feel better now, it's been my therapy. I tried to finish this a couple of weeks ago but it was too difficult trying to get through the song without losing it. Today felt right, I spent much time yesterday, on Christmas, soul searching, coming to terms with life. Haley and I hung Roo's stocking on the tree next to his grave which somehow made us both feel better, Roo liked Christmas, more than the other cats and so we knew Christmas day would feel a bit sad without him here. To our surprise, it felt much different than sad, we talked about him openly and smiled a lot remembering him, we will never forget.
So today I decided to finish his video....
My 6 year old Haley says that Roo is singing this song to us from Rainbow Bridge...
December 5, 2011
It's been a week since Roo died and it's been a long week but we are ok. I wanted to do more of a tribute to Roo since the last time I posted was an hour after his death. The words below are from a song by Joe Cocker and my daughter Haley says that Roo is singing this song to us from heaven. I had to share it with you as it touched my heart. Thank you for all of your kind comments, I love you all so much for being so kind to us.
You touched my life And turned my heart around
Seems when I found you It was me I really found
You opened my eyes And now my soul can see Our moment may be over But you're still here with me
There was so much I didn't understand And then you brought me here Far from where It all began
The change you made In my life will never end I look across the distance I'll know I have a friend
I was travellin' in the dark Never sure of what to do I didn't know that I was lost I found myself in you
'Cause love lives on Beyond goodbye
The truth of us Will never die
Our spirits will shine Long after we're gone
And so our love....lives on....
Rest in Peace Roo....goodbye.
Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:50 PM
Roo was put to rest this morning, he died in my arms.
Thank you so much for all of your donations to help Roo, your kindness will never be forgotten.
We are getting ready to bury Roo now in our garden under the oak and pine trees, I have had him here with me waiting for my daughter to return from school so she could say goodbye to him, she made me promise to wait and so we have. All of my other cats (five of them) have come to say goodbye to Roo, Mikey gave him a bath. Roo is wrapped up in his favorite blue blanket which will be buried with him. It's time for that final farewell which I am just terrible at.
I really tried to do all I could do to save him, I have been syringe feeding him now for a week and giving him water this way as well. I kept hoping he would bounce back but it wasn't meant to be and so now I am left with a heart that is just broken right in two but he is resting and that is what matters the most.
It's finally over and I will never be sorry.
Rescuing Roo was one of my better decisions in this life, he has brought such joy to my world and I have cherished every single day that he has been here with me.
Roo had a hard life before he came here but never a day after he arrived. He has been loved and kissed and spoiled every single day since he came through our front door.
I didn't know there was any room left in my heart when Roo first arrived here but he made room, he claimed his spot and now he takes it with him today because it truly belongs to him.
I will miss his sweet face for the rest of my life.
Fare thee well My own true love Farewell for a while I'm going away But I'll be back Though I go 10,000 miles
The rocks may melt And the seas may burn If I should not return
Oh don't you see That lonesome dove Sitting on an ivy tree She's weeping for Her own true love As I shall weep for mine
Oh come ye back My own true love And stay a while with me If I had a friend All on this earth You've been a friend to me
Goodbye my sweet Roo, for while I live, you shall not die.
Last night was just awful, Roo has taken a turn for the worst, I need to put him to sleep. Your donations will be going towards doing this as soon as possible.
Roo needs to see an Ophthalmologist, an MRI is just too expensive but these are our only two options at this point. I have been spending all the money I can get towards Roo's after care but I am really falling short and right now I don't have enough to get him seen by an eye doctor. You guys have already helped so much and I hate to ask for any more but I need to know if I am putting him through this for nothing. If an eye doctor says I need to put him to sleep I will do that but his current veterinarian (bless her heart) just doesn't have the equipment needed to make such a diagnoses and really thinks he should be seen by someone who specializes in this area. She is NOT recommending euthanasia at this point at all, she thinks we need to wait it out but it's so difficult to do.
So, if you can help, here is the [link] to Roo's new chipin account. If not, maybe just your happy thoughts and prayers would work just as well. Thank you.
You have been through so much my little Roo, it hasn't been an easy life for you until you arrived here but you act as if it has been wonderful all along.
Since the day you walked into my world you have shown nothing but gratitude for all that you have here but the one who should be the most grateful . is me.
Your determination and your loving spirit came with you when you moved here, watching you transform from a 6lb very ill stray to 12lb happy cat has been a pleasure.
You and I share a special bond despite my friendship with Mikey. You are the only cat he has ever willingly shared me with in his presence, your sweet soul has captured Mikey too.
Your little ways have made me smile so much.
I didn't know you were going blind Roo.
I never even suspected such a thing, though looking back the signs were there.
Seeing you now, trying to navigate a dark existence is heart breaking, I know you must be scared but you hide it so well, like you have hidden it all along.
But you still act grateful to just be here.
Watching you yesterday was inspirational, you are so brave and so determined and you never waste a moment feeling sorry for yourself. The look on your face when you successfully jumped onto my bed is a look I want to keep in my mind forever, you were so proud of yourself and I was proud of you too. It has been one week since your sight has left you, just a week and you already get around like you can see. I am amazed by you once again. Your love of just being alive really puts things into perspective for me and you never complain, or hide, you are present in your life engaged with the people and other animals in your world, you won't let it get you down because there is just no time for that, you have stuff to do and so much love to still spread around.
I hope that if anything ever disables me in any way that I will have half the courage you have and that my spirit stays as kind as yours.
I'm right here my little boy, I'm right here.
Yes, you read it right, Roo is blind. I feel like have been on an emotional roller coaster for weeks now, it's been crazy.
The day after we received the biopsy results from Roo's mouth, I noticed that he was acting strange, was walking wobbly, unsure, he looked disoriented to me. I emailed Dr. Peggy and sent her a photo of his eye that is still showing the third lid, she told me she needed to see him right away. At his appointment, Dr. Peggy knew he was blind right away, I should have known too, I feel like an idiot, this just got passed me, I was looking in a completely different direction. I am so happy he has such a wonderful Veterinarian, so grateful for the time she took with him and with me. At this point, she is not sure why he is blind or if he will stay that way. with the information she has she is thinking it is the inflammation on/around the optic nerve so she has prescribed a steroid to see if it will help. She doesn't have the means to diagnose him absolutely, he would need to see an ophthalmologist and/or have an MRI, it's too much and not just financially but emotionally for us both. If it is in fact inflammation then the steroid will work. An MRI would be useful in diagnosing a tumor but it wouldn't change the outcome because I won't put him through it all. So we wait.
His mouth looks wonderful, I can tell it feels so much better to him, he is eating so much and drinking well, I believe he feels pretty good, the improvement is obvious.
As for being blind...he can already jump onto my bed and when he wants down he either puts a paw on my leg if I am there or he goes to the side of the bed where I have placed a step for him and I only had to show him twice where it was. Today, I took him downstairs because I have had him confined in my room with baby gates to protect him from falling down the stairs. After he explored for about a half an hour, he made his way to the bottom of the stairs and then went right up them, then down the hall and back into my room as I stood there in awe. I feel so very grateful to know this inspirational little animal that we named Roo, he is teaching me so much about life, the stuff that matters most.
Roo's Chipin will remain open as all donations are now going to his after care and meds. The vet has him on a steroid at the moment to help with inflammation. So far he has been on two separate antibiotics. All of these meds have been paid for through your donations and my heart is just grateful. Thank you for your kindness, it really has meant so much.
Love and appreciation,
ROO DOESN'T HAVE CANCER
I am so flippin happy right now. The vet called a little while ago and said the biopsy showed no signs of cancer at all. She says it may take a little time but the swelling will go down. She prescribed a new antibiotic that will help with the inflammation. He has just had bad teeth for so long but now they are gone and my Roo is going to get better.
First thing I did when I got back from getting his new meds was kiss him all over his little face...gently.
Thank you so much for your awesome support through all of this, it really helped having you guys to lean on.
Now I am going to go back to jumping up and down k?
This is Roo back in 2008 when I rescued him. I'm sure you can see here why it was so easy to fall for him. As cute as it was with his little tongue sticking out, it was actually quite sad because the reason it was sticking out was do to all of the swelling in his mouth from severe pharyngitis. Roo had a great life until his owner/Mommy passed away, the elderly lady fell down outside while feeding Roo one evening an later died due to complications from her injuries. Roo was blamed by a family member who would was then responsible for caring for Roo. Well, she didn't care for him at all, instead, she banned him from the house, left him outside to fend for himself for over a year. By the time I was alerted to his situation he was very ill, severely malnourished, Severe pharyngitis, an enlarged kidney and he was matted from head to toe. Recommendation from the veterinarian in 2008 was euthanasia.Well that didn't happen. I decided that Roo at least need a chance...he was so loving and was so happy when I brought him to my house and fed him, cleaned him up and gave him some loves. There was just so much life left in his eyes, I couldn't take it away without trying. Here is Roo at six pounds the day I brought him home...
And here is Roo now at 12 pounds....
Roo has been pretty healthy these last few years. I changed vets after that last one told me to put him down, I found a veterinarian that thought Roo deserved a chance too. Roo suffers from severe feline periodontal disease and Stomatitis. The vet said that he should have all teeth extracted which he only has a few but she said back then that we could try to manage this with antibiotics due to the fact that I couldn't afford the surgery. Until now, he has done fairly well but last week I noticed one of his eyes looked watery, I thought it was a cold until a few days after that when I noticed the swelling and the dilation of just that one eye.
Well, turns out Roo has a Tooth Root Abscess and the Abscess is up under his eye. We have tried antibiotics but the tooth needs to be extracted the cost will be at least $500.00 and I don't have it.
I don't like asking people for anything so this is difficult but Roo needs help and so here I am asking for help.
It is breaking my heart to see him this way, his face is all puffy and it hurts. He has been through so much already, he doesn't deserve this to happen to him. He is suppose to be one of the lucky one's, he found a forever home and people who love him sooo much. I just don't want it to end this way, it's not fair.
I know times are tough for all of us now and I understand if you cannot help but if you can we would be so grateful.
I am going to try and sell my camera and put the money towards Roo's care.
If you can help with the cost of Roo's Surgery please follow the link below.
All I know... is that you people are flippin AMAZING!
I cannot believe we have reached the $500.00 goal already, I am just blown out here. Really.
I came on here a couple of days ago with not much hope....Wow!
I have spent this day between tears of joy and jumping up and down, seriously.
Roo had an appointment today with the vet at noon. The swelling of his eye had gone down a bit due to the antibiotics I have been giving him but his pupil was still dilated. Dr. Peggy gave Roo a shot in his booty of a long lasting antibiotic and his surgery is schedule for Thursday October 27th at 11:30 am but he has to be there by 9:30am for his full blood work up which we now have enough money for (squealing), it's the safest way before surgery to have this done. I never thought we would have enough for surgery let alone a FULL blood workup. I am so happy you guys, how in the hell do I say THANK YOU enough.
Thank you for helping my Roo, I am forever grateful.
And then there is John ...I know he sent a lot of you here. How lucky am I to have a friend like him? This isn't the first time he has went out of his way to help me, nope, John has helped me with everything it seems.
So John, you know I love you but I like you too....thanks for being there......again. Seems you are always saving my ass. LOL
You know how much Roo means to me, you have been there from the day he came home with me, thanks for caring John, you are the best.
So, I promise, promise, promise to update you again as soon as Roo is through his surgery.
You people really are amazing. Thank you so much.
PS- And so you know, anything donated over the $500.00 is going into Roo's after care fund with the vet, not that I am asking for more though, my goal was to get this surgery done and that is happening now thanks to you but for those who may still want to help him, you can and I will make sure it goes to the vet as a credit for Roo.
And again, I will be providing all of you that have donated with an accounting of the services your donations were spent on.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You.
You people ROCK!
Well we reached the goal for Roo's Surgery and he goes in at 9:30 am tomorrow, October 26th. His surgery will not be until 11:30 am but he is getting a full blood work up, again, because of you all. YEAH! Blood work is expensive and many people opt out because of the expense and in turn put their animals at great risk. I have been there myself, with my fingers crossed as my animal is in surgery, hoping there will be no problems, knowing that if there is a problem, it could have been prevented by having the blood work done ahead of time.
Well I don't have to cross my fingers with Roo, He is getting everything done that should be done. (you guys so rock) And I have such confidence in his veterinarian Dr. Peggy form Sierra Animal Wellness Center she is just a really neat lady and I love how the animals respond to her, she just has a way with them.
I am nervous though, so don't let me kid you for a moment. I know the risks going into this with Roo, he is no spring chicken though we really don't know for positive exactly how old he is we are guessing about 7 years old or more. At his time of rescue he had an enlarged kidney, though it seems normal now, I have seen things go from normal to not so normal in an instant so I am preparing myself. Or trying to.
I have only had him for three years and I say ONLY like that matters...it doesn't.
This little turkey butt captured my heart the moment I looked at him all neglected but still happy. Roo has the best attitude, he enjoys each minute for what it's worth. Even in pain he is just the most pleasant little guy and that has broken my heart more than once.
From the moment Roo's feet touched down on our carpet he has been home, he never had one moment of hiding under the bed or in the closet. I took the photograph above within an hour after he arrived, all sprawled out on the couch just purring away. He knew this was his home and it is. Roo is very much a part of what makes this place home to us as well.
So I am nervous because three years has just begun, I want more years with this incredible being we share a life with. He means so much to me and what I want more than anything is to see him pain free and even more able to enjoy this good life he has now. I want more Roo kisses, more Roo cuddles.
I know things will be ok, they have to be ok. because God blessed the Broken road that led him to us, I don't think he wants to take him right yet.
Yes, some of those words are from a song that my Daughter says is Roo's song about when he found us.
Here are the lyrics to that song by Rascal Flatts
I set out on a narrow way many years ago Hoping I would find true love along the broken road But I got lost a time or two Wiped my brow and kept pushing through I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you
Every long lost dream led me to where you are Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars Pointing me on my way into your loving arms This much I know is true That God blessed the broken road That led me straight to you
I think about the years I spent just passing through I'd like to have the time I lost and give it back to you But you just smile and take my hand You've been there you understand It's all part of a grander plan that is coming true
Every long lost dream led me to where you are Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars Pointing me on my way into your loving arms This much I know is true That God blessed the broken road That led me straight to you
That God blessed the broken road That led me straight to you.
Thank you so much for all of your help, please keep Roo in your thoughts tomorrow. I will update you when he gets out of surgery. You guys really are the best.
Roo had his surgery and had all three of his teeth pulled, he is still in a lot of pain as they had to look for fragments of all the teeth he had lost already and remove the roots. He is on pain meds and that helps but he is out of it. It turns out there is no abscess causing his facial swelling and his one eye to be dilated, the vet said that it isn't a tumor but maybe cancer but she said she is not sure of that either because it doesn't look like any cancer she has seen. She did a biopsy and we will have the results in a couple of days, I will let you know when I find out. Sorry I am not updating until now, I have been doing the soul searching thing and trying to spend as much time with Roo as I can. I feel guilty for putting him through this painful process because if it turns out to be cancer then all of this pain is for nothing. This is it though, no more pain for Roo, he has dealt with pain his entire life and if he is not going to get better on his own without all the bullshit treatments that he would hate then I will have to let him go. Of course, I am going to wait until we know for sure what is going on but I won't put him through hell to keep him alive another year if that's the kind of deal we are looking at.
It hurts to see him hurting like this and it hurts to think that these days are going to our last days together. I really tried so hard to give him a better life, it's sad that it could end this way.
Thank you for all of your help and thoughts and prayers, I love you guys.
A Rescuer's poem
I am an Animal Rescuer My job is to assist God's creatures. I was born with the drive to fulfill their needs. I take in helpless, unwanted, homeless creatures without planning or selection. I have bought dog food with my last dime I have patted a mangy head with a bare hand I have hugged someone vicious and afraid I have fallen in love a thousand times And I have cried into the fur of a lifeless body too many times to count. I have animal friends and friends who have animal friends. I don't often use the word "pet". I notice those lost at the road side and my heart aches I will hand raise a field mouse and make friends with a vulture I know of no creature unworthy of my time. I want to live forever if there aren't any animals in Heaven but I believe there are Why would God make something so perfect and leave it behind Some may think we are master of the animals But the animals have mastered themselves Something people still haven't learned War and abuse make me hurt for the world But a rescue that makes the news gives me hope for mankind We are a quiet but determined army And we are making a difference every day There is nothing more necessary than warming an orphan Nothing more rewarding than saving a life No higher recognition than watching them thrive There is no greater joy than seeing a baby play who only days ago, was too weak to eat By the love of those who I've been privileged to rescue I have been rescued I know what true unconditional love really is for I've seen it shining in the eyes of so many Grateful for so little I am an Animal Rescuer My work is never done My home is never quiet My wallet is always empty But my heart is always full
Written from a wild heart by: Annette King-Tucker, Animal Rescuer
You added me to your watch list, so I visited your page to thank you today....and I found that you were the person who I donated to for Roo's care! I didn't know what had happened with dear, sweet Roo until now. Don't worry, my friend, you did the right thing! Sometimes the right thing is to let go. I know how that sounds, believe me I do. I've been there too. But Roo received overwhelming love and a great life with you and THAT's what counts! You will always cherish him and miss him...that never changes! I grieve with you and rejoice in Roo's life legacy; the legacy of love!
I am Amazed by all the help you have gotten, and how Beautiful Roo is. And I understand they pain of losing an Amazing family member. My mother had at Calico named Willy and after 17 years we was just way to old. So we had to put him down. We buried him in our Flower Garden. Hope u feel good again and that Roo is in a Very Safe Place.
The help I received from this place during Roo's illness was totally incredible. These people are so amazing here, I will never forget what they did for Roo and for me.
Willy sounds like he was a nice cat, 17 years is so long to live for a kitty, he really lived a full life for sure.
Thank you for your kind words, they really mean a great deal to me. I am not sure if I will feel good again for a while but with each day that passes I do seem to be feeling better. Losing Roo really shook my world around, I miss him every single day.
Jen, I'm tearing up right now, I'm so sorry for your loss, Roo sounds like he was a very strong and loving cat, and I'm curtain you and your family were a part of that, you gave him a loving home, and cared for him deeply. I read every last bit of this, and I hope where ever he is, he's resting him peace, and looking over for you and your family.
Beautiful video in remembrance of Roo sweetie. I am glad to know that you were able to be yourselves on Christmas and be able to talk about him and your memories of him...they'll last a lifetime. I'm sure Roo would have wanted you to be able to enjoy his favorite Holiday.
That was so beautiful, I was crying watching that. LOL My poor husband asked me what was wrong and I could only shake my head because I couldn't even talk. I'm glad you were able to finish it and talk and smile about him.
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