Saturday, March 9, 2013

Honoring Our Animals

By Ellery Adams

There's nothing harder than losing a pet. I've known too many people who've faced heartbreak this year after saying good-bye to a dog, cat, horse, or another beloved pet.

The Cozy Chicks are all animal lovers. We add them to our books because the way our characters react to their pets provides insight into their most vulnerable feelings. Animals do that. They bring out our softer, gentler, and more playful sides.

Luckily for them, our characters rarely lose a pet. It's too painful to put our readers through that experience. But sadly, it happens all too often in real life.

So today's blog will be in memory of the animal friends we've lost over the past year. It will also be a celebration of saving lives, for this is the month in which  The Cozy Chicks renew our Guardian membership to the ASPCA. This is a monthly monetary commitment and one which we are thrilled to make.

We invite you to be part of it by adding a comment including the name of a pet that you've lost or that have recently brought home to add joy and delight to your existence. Because this blog post is a way of saying farewell, but it's also a way of starting anew.

We'll add your pet's name to our donation so the ASPCA knows that our contribution is backed by a large population of readers who also happen to be animal lovers. Thanks and here's to another year of early morning walks, vacuuming hairballs, and unconditional love.

58 comments:

  1. What a lovely project and cause. Please add my doggies names for me: Basko and Blackie. Deceased for many years now, but I still miss them occasionally. Too allergic now to ever get a new pet.

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  2. Thank you for loving animals... I'd like to add Lan, Asuka and Suzuko to the list, three cats who shared our lives with my hubby and I and still live in our hearts every day.

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  3. Knew there was a reason y'all were some of my favorite authors. As some of you know we had to put our sweet and crazy little Phoebe a shizapoo to sleep over labor day last year. She was just 4 yrs old. So if you would, please add her name along with my little (5 pound) tiny toy poodle Jass who passed of old age a few years ago. After we lost Jass, Sadie adopted us. We were visiting the humane society here in town when she took us as her family. She misses Phoebe as much as we do even to this day.

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  4. I would love to add a beautiful little pekingenes named Angel she brought so much love and joy for the short time she was with us after having a very hard early life in a puppy mill and our ferret Timone a perpetual toddler, so crazy all the time. Thank you for all that you do, I love escaping into the worlds that you create.

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  5. My beautiful sweet Agatha Christie cat died last April. Before her went Archie Goodwin and Indigo. They were the best friends ever during a very difficult time in my life when I was very ill. Now I have Wexford, my best boy ragdoll and his new little brother Marlowe--my sickly kitten. xoxo my sweet friends.

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  6. What a wonderful thing to do! You guys are awesome. I would like to add my daughter's beloved Boston Terrier.Gizmo. She loved to dress up and get her nails painted. She was an inside dog, but someone had put poison out in her run, and when my daughter let her out in her run for some excercise she got into it and died. She was nine and my daughter raised her from a puppy. She was heartbroken and so were we. She was my grandoggy as my daughter said.

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  7. My sweet boy Merlin, Siamese mix kitty who died of cancer at 16. He was with me through some very difficult times losing my mother and my divorce. I also lost my kitty girl Orianna. She was diabetic and very frail. I adopted a little girl kitten in December named Angel and adopted another kitty last Saturday, a boy who looks like he could be related to my beloved Merlin. He is very handsome with big blue eyes. My vet helped name him, Frankie. I am very thankful for all my fur babies past and present.

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  8. Sadly, my smallest companions only have a life span of 2 to 3 years, which is difficult. I recently lost my rat, Grodziskie to cancer. My newest addition-a monster child kitten named Licorice. Thanks so much for supporting our animal friends.

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  9. What a wonderful project and a great organization that you Cozy Chicks support. Please add my deceased cats Moppet and Moofka. I miss them to this day. Of course I have a new cat because "a house is not a home without a cat" or a dog or ??

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  10. Carl, my sweet boy, my dear Rottweiler whose real life persona inspired Kelly Flynn's Carl to galumph onto the page. Here's to stubby tails and soft ears and gentle hearts.

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  11. Cloudy, a beautiful gray cat and self appointed queen of the home pack, who died two years ago at the age of 18. And Tickles, a black tabby, who died last summer at the age of 17. Our Jack Russell, Cotton, still misses them.

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  12. Please add my beloved Siberian husky, Georgy, to the list. She passed on New Year's Eve. She was ten, and my other dog and I miss her greatly. What a wonderful project! Thank you!

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  13. Three weeks ago we lost our sweet little Honey, a 14 year old Shih Tzu. Her brother, Pepper, is still with us. Thank you for including us.

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  14. One of the reasons I am able to relate to all of you so well is our shared love of animals. My polydactyl Maine Coon, Mittens, was with me for 20 years and my shepherd/collie, Lobo, for 13. I miss them both. I now have Socks and Bella - brother/sister siamese and just finished getting 12 stray kittens adopted. I take care of a feral community (all spayed/neutered) and now I am ready for kitten season at the County shelter. I expect to be fostering many more litters of sweet babies in order to give them a chance for a good life. Thanks to all of you for all you do for those who cannot help themselves.

    The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated - Gandhi

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  15. Please add Mr. Phineas T. Boots (Mr. Boots for short) to your list. He was a tiger striped cat that shared his life with me for 19 wonderful years before passing away from heart failure. I lost him almost 2 years ago and miss him still. Thank you.

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  16. Rubberta, my Ragdoll cat, unwittingly became a chew toy for the neighbor's dogs. They had her put down, as the dogs played too rough to save her.

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  17. These are the ones I have had since I was 7 years old, and not forgotten.
    I've lost a cat and a dog named Solo.
    In addition the following dogs: Buffy, Kuriyakin, Brownie, Toffee, Babee.
    Cats: Slady, Jete, Kuri Orange
    Cat (O.C. for short), Tommy Kat, Lida Rose, two named Blackberry, Jamie, Spots, Kitt, CB, Tioga, Miss Daisy.
    We became the humans of Reese (a cat with extra claws) in 2012 after Kitt disappeared. Reese was found by a friend at 6 weeks old. She can jump and climb and has made our older male cat become more active and our older female puts up with her.
    Thanks for supporting animals

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  18. Please add, Baby, Pete, Toby, Lily and Bunny. Right now I live with 2 rescued Boxers, both of whom have had numerous cancer surgeries including one of them losing a leg to cancer. What you are doing is a wonderful gift to all of us. I knew you all were beautiful, I simply did not realize how beautiful. Thank you.

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  19. It's been just over a year since we lost our wonderful, loyal border collie/golden retriever mix, Indigo.
    Though the stories of her 15 years with us live in our hearts, we still miss her!

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  20. Hugs to all. And please add Jake to the list.... He was almost two years old when he died suddenly as the result of an aneurysm. Thank you for remembering our friends...

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  21. I lost my beautiful 17 year old tabby, Joplin, the end of January. I've rescued a gorgeous tuxedo kitty that's 6-1/2 years old, and had been at the shelter since last July. She was very traumatized, but we're making good progess.

    Jenni Oglesby

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  22. Thank you for this. Please add Polo to your list. Someone dumped his pregnant mother and I took her in and kept her until her litter was old enough to place. I found homes for her and all the kittens but kept Marco and Polo, the brave little explorers. I still have Marco, but Polo died way too young of cancer.

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  23. We lost our sweet yellow tabby Tookie right before Christmas and I still miss her alot

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  24. Please add our sweet yorkie his name is Harley, we still arent over his passing and miss him so much!!

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  25. I would like to add my 18 year old orange male kitty named Jenson to the list. I had him from 8 weeks to 18 years and he is missed.

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  26. I lost my beloved 17 year old Shi-Poo, Mollie, on November 3, 2011. She was my "Sunshine" and a devoted friend. Her memory stays alive in my heart. Thanks to all of you for this wonderful project!

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  27. Please add our beloved Rusty (cat) whom we lost suddenly and unexpectedly a year ago November. We've lost several to illnesses in old age through the years. It all hurts, but those sudden ones really hit you hard. Hugs to all who have lost a pet. They are family and I know how much it hurts to lose them.

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  28. Sadly, we lost 2 of our cats shortly after New Year's. They were brother and sister, just not from the same litter. We lost them within days of each other. Running Bear was about a year old, and Chico was only a couple months old. We almost lost Chalupa, Chico's litter sister. Luckily, we were able to save him. He is now the newest addition to our group of 4 indoor rescue cats.

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  29. Please add my cats' names to your list Nicky, CiCi, and Sassy. They taught me how to be a cat lady and cat mom.
    I love and miss them still.

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  30. We lost our beloved min-pin Shylock on December 8th. He lived 17 wonderful years before falling asleep one last time and is missed daily.

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  31. We lost our short-haired Chow, Louie, this past December 8th. He was nearly 14. We couldn't have children so all of our "furry babies" have taken their place. We know Louie is waiting patiently for us at the Rainbow Bridge with Sadie, Jason and Bear. We still have Spike, who rescued us when we saw him at the Denver pound. He's a big sweet boy and we love him dearly. Thanks for doing such a wonderful thing for the animals.

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  32. please add molly dog-my cocker spaniel to the last-she passed feb 4.

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  33. We had to say goodbye to our 15 year old Maine Coon, Lucy, in September 2012. She had breast cancer. We had lost her brother, Ricky, several years before to cancer.

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  34. I had to say goodbye to my 15 year old cat, Jetta. Jetta was a solid black kitty that I got from my sister. She was born on a farm but soon became a city girl. I miss my Jetta.

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  35. This is beyond fantastic! We just lost our 11 year old cat, Cleo. We miss her terribly.

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  36. My sister and her family lost their boxer Bronco before Christmas 2012.

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  37. I lost my baby on February 23, 2013. Phoebe was 17 1/2 years old. She was a silver tabby...the princess of the house and spoiled beyond belief. Despite wonderful veterinarian and staff...her thyroid condition and kidney disease were to much for her in the end. The emptiness is still too much for me to bear...and the silence reminds me constantly she is no longer with us. RIP my sweetest Phoebe. Mommy misses you very much. :(

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  38. We lost our Shar Pei Wrigley last April. Such a loss. We rescued him and he was such a a good dog. Adopted another rescue Shar Pei last July, her name is Bella and shei is a love! We also lost our other two Shar Pei's, ( HC 5 years ago and JL 2 years ago. We miss them both. We love them all.

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  39. We lost our old man, Boots in October. He would have been 17 years old in December. He had seen me through a divorce and finding my current husband. He (and his sister whom we lost in 2008) adapted to having my husband around and loved him almost as much as he loved me. We were getting ready to go to a Halloween party and were packing the car and he came out to the garage as we were going back and forth and meowed at us a couple of times and that was the last we saw or heard from him. I believe he went to cross the Rainbow Bridge somewhere that I could not see. I miss my boy.

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  40. We said goodbye to our big black long-haired cat Shadow last weekend. Last year we lost his brother, Baxter. They were born in our laundry room and we enjoyed nearly 15 years with them. Things just are not the same anymore without "the boys." We'll never forget them.

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  41. Wow! I was just talking about my 20 year old cat, Patches today. We had to put her down in Oct 2012. It was one of the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She had stomach cancer and one night I came home and she had had a stroke. My husband Matt took her to the Emergency Vets to have her put down. As much as I knew I needed to be there to do it, I couldnt. I felt like she would think I was just getting rid of her. I couldnt look at her beautiful face as they put her to sleep. My husband brought her home and we buried her in my garden. I miss her everyday. I love my Patches... What a wonderfully sweet cat she was .

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  42. Please add Mulder my 16 1/2 year old baby kitten, he passed away this past Thanksgiving of hyperthyroidism. He went from a very healthy 17 lbs to nothing but skin and bones in just a couple of years. I will always miss him but am glad I was able to give him extra love and comfort his last few days. In fact I didn't get much sleep his last night with us because I spent the whole night with him wrapped in a soft blanket craddled in my arms. I Love You Sweet Mulder!!!

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  43. What a wonderful thing to do. Thank you so much!
    Please add my sweet dog, Claire, who left us last May at the age of 12. She and her brother came to us as rescues at 6 weeks old, and she was just the sweetest, gentlest girl. Her illness was sudden and unexpected and she is still so terribly missed.

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  44. Thank you for doing that. Please add Cinnamon, Scarlett, and Melanie, my dogs who have passed over the Rainbow Bridge and are still missed. And my cats, who also passed over the Bridge Spock, Ichabod, and Tabitha. Thank you again.

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  45. This is a beautiful thing you are doing. Please add my sweet Morgan. 11/9/97-8/30/12

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  46. We lost our beloved Casey this summer (and our Shelby ten years prior). Thank you for honoring our companions!

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  47. I lost my shepherd/lab mix Rowser in October, she was almost 12 and had lived with me since she was three months old. Bear and I still miss her.

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  48. Cheryl MarkiewiczMarch 10, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    My sweet Kitty Boo crossed the Rainbow Bridge on 12/21/12. He was 14 years old. I miss him so much..

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  49. I will say we do our best to love our animals equally but there will always be those that you remember daily even after they have passed.

    On a happy note- this morning we named a new family member. After considering calling him Oops (he was unplanned) his new name is Sprocket!

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  50. And yet another reason why I love all you cozy chicks.
    I still have my beautiful white german shepherd Sandy, but she is getting on in years and slowing down. I know the time I have left with her is slowing down, and I'm spending as much time as I can with her and letting her know how loved she is.

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  51. You all are awesome for doing this. Can you add my two doggies who have crossed over that wonderful rainbow in the sky. They were both found out on the streets and adopted us. There names are Sparky and Sandy. Thank you so much

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  52. Thankfully I haven't lost a pet this year, but would love it if you would include a friends dog. Ender, owned by Heather Jenner, a Spinone Italiano who died of a tragic accident, while wresting with the other dogs his collar tightened down he suffocated. Heather was devastated.

    Thank you

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  53. I'm naming Tasha and Gus...two sweet, loving, adorable, fun dogs who were part of our family. Tasha lived with us while our three kids were going through school and left us way too suddenly and too young at 9 years. Gus joined us when our adult children decided Mom needed company and a golden retriever would fit the bill and also left us suddenly and too young at 9 years. Oh how I miss them still. Thank you for supporting the ASPCA and for including wonderful pet characters in your books. Blessings on all the animals named, Adrienne in Minnesota

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  54. Our furry friends have been such a big part of our family and this is such a lovely idea.... I am pleased and honored to remember Mr Blackwell (aka Blackie), Ranger, Shadow and Oatey. We presently live with a rescued Golden named DJ, which stands for Double Jeopardy. DJ came to us as our foster dog and had both cancer and heart worms (now fully recovered). Hence the name we chose. After meeting him, it took all of about 10 seconds for us to realize that he would join our family permanently and would never be a 'foster' again.

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  55. Please add Gaston to the list. He had the loudest purr I've ever heard. This is a wonderful thing you are doing.

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  56. One of my best friends recently had to put down one of her 10-yr old cats, Calvin, due to cancer. It didn't take long for his brother, Magic, to miss him and start driving Mama up the wall.

    This weekend she adopted a companion for Magic. She brought her home two weeks ago on a foster-basis, to make sure Magic would accept his new friend and was surprised at how fast he took to her. There was a minimal of hissing the first two days, but three days after she entered the house, the new kitty had him playing tag.

    Not only did Magic get a new companion, but a cat who had been at the shelter several months finally found a home. The new kitty "did not show well"— meaning that she tended to be ornery while at the shelter, instead of letting people see her sweet nature. Her foster mom said she just did not "take" to people, and was surprised how fast she took to all of us. She not only accepted her new Mama, but those of us who went with her that day as well.

    And, best of all, the incessant crying stopped the very first night New Kitty was in the house, before Magic had decided to accept her. She does not yet have a name, though Serena and Peri seem to be the top contenders at the moment.

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  57. My gorgeous, gentle female red and white tabby Gina crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on February 22, 2013. She lost a lot of weight, and the vet determined she had cancer. I rescued her when she was about 2 years old, and she was my sweet kitty for 14 years. Whenever I was sewing, she liked to sit on the chair behind me!

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  58. This is a cause that is very dear to me and to which I donate regularly!
    My kitties Sammy and Milo have each crossed the bridge and are still loved and missed every day...

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