Thankful Thursday: 2014

I had a nice post all planned out talking about things that I’ve accomplished last year and what I’m looking forward to this year, but that has been swept under the rug at the moment as I’m currently mourning the loss of my girl cat Miss Bitty.

She went to the emergency vet on 1/7 around 9pm due to wheezing and whining and having problems breathing. They took an xray and found her lungs looked spotty, they thought initially it was pneumonia. They kept her through the night giving her fluid and oxygen and she got to rest.

I got to pick her up around 7ish in the morning and wait until the appointment with the regular vet. She was having problems still but not wheezing. I kept her in the master bathroom so the boy cats wouldn’t bother her.

We set off around 10am to go to the regular vet, he looked at the xray and decided to keep her and nebulizer her and get her some steorids.

Calling me back around 1pm, no improvement, he wanted to stick a needle in her lungs to see if he could get a sample of what the tissue looked like, I gave permission.

3pmish, he called and said she was dying.

My husband and I got to the vet as quickly as we could (without running red lights or stop signs) and was ushered to the back where she was wrapped in a blanket and the two vet techs were manually breathing for her.

The vet said she was brain dead at this point, her heart was still going but that was it.

We said our goodbyes and I asked a few questions about the tests and he explained how her white blood cell count was very low and how she had coughed up lung tissue.

He slipped the needle into her I.V. and our princess who had fought for nearly 2 years with an autoimmune disease called lypmhoplasmocyctic pododermatitis/onchitis – mushy pads – was gone.

She was only 3 years old. She weight 12.25 lbs having lost since her last weigh in at 14.4 lbs from 2 weeks ago.

She will be cremated and come home next week.

Her emergency vet bill was $750ish and her regular vet has not told me the cost of her treatment, the estimate early in the afternoon was about $550.

My wonderful friends at Paws for Causes will be holding an auction Friday to try to help cover her final vet bills, if you are able to donate an item or two that would be wonderful, if not I understand, if you can donate funds to help, I have a youcaring page set up. If you don’t have a Paypal account but want to help please contact me via email or if you can’t help please share and hug your furry and non furry family members tight and tell them you love them.

Thank you so much for letting me share with you the last 24 hours of my little girl’s life.


Here’s the interview she did for the blog.. I of course added a dedication and moved to the Extra Love Needed Category.

Thankful Thursday: Pet Sitter Review

Thank you!

First, I wanted to send lots of love, purrs and cat cuddles to all the readers, between being sick earlier this month and falling behind on posts and getting ready and going to BarkWorld and all the birthday wishes, I am truly floored by how wonderful you all are. The online pet community has been so wonderful to me, I can’t begin to repay you. I will be working with Miss Sharon Mohr-Mcdermott on getting pet book reviews going in addition to the pet product reviews. So if you have suggestions for books to read, please comment below.


Pet Sitter Review

AmPm Professional Pet Service Logo

Second, I wanted to mention that going to BarkWorld would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the awesome pet sitters I found. This is the second time I’ve used them and I am very pleased with the service and wanted to share.

They are called AmPm Professional Pet Service, they are located in a small town called Trinity, Florida which is in the Tampa Bay Area. Thankfully it’s not too far away from me. Not only do they provide pet sitting services, but they also do dog obedience training.

In my case, they not only fed and watered my cats but they pilled my girl kitty Miss Bitty and cleaned litter boxes.

Please check out their price list for pet sitting services.

My husband and I used them when we went to BlogPaws back in May for nearly 2 weeks and were very happy.

They also offer overnight services, a pet taxi service, aquatic care, 24 hour care and will also care for small pets such as guinea pigs, ferrets, hamsters, rabbits and parakeets.

So if you live north of Tampa / St. Petersburg, please give them a try.

Author’s Note: I was not paid to endorse AmPm Professional Pet Service. This is merely the opinion of myself and the experiences that I have had with their service.

This post is a part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.




Thankful Thursday : Many things to be thankful for…

I’ve been meaning to do a Thankful Thursday for about a month now. I just didn’t know what to write about and be thankful for.

I want to thank all the wonderful followers on the blog, on facebook  and Twitter. YOU are the reason I keep doing this, well that and the pets. 😉

I’m at BlogPaws today, but I wanted to write a special thank you to all the people who have encouraged me to get to this point, you know who you are and since I don’t want to leave anyone out.. I’m not naming names.

I’m very thankful to Miss Caren who gave me the suggestion to read other blogs and follow and comment on them to get more readers.

I’ve also learned so much from my past interviewees about BSL, TNR, S/N, Adoption, Fostering, Training, Feeding, First Aid, Special Needs, Small Pets, etc. I’ve particpated in auctions and raffles and even had to do my own fundraising events to get Linx the kitten to me (he’s now known as Boo), then to get Buggy’s teeth pulled and then the first ever raffle for Puffy Paws where we raised $377 dollars for them.

I did it with your help and I hope to continue to have your help and support on future projects. I’ve got some great things planned and I hope to collaborate with more member of the pet community.

Many many thanks to all those who foster, adopt, care for special needs, work in shelters and fight the daily fight of not having enough food, supplies or volunteers.

You have no idea what you truly mean to those pets or to the animal community.

I will always to glad to spread the word on auctions, raffles, pets that need adopting or articles about pets.  Please just contact me either in the comments or via email at or

This article is a part of the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop


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