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Marvelous Responses to My Chloe Died Today

By Veda Stram

 Hi Veda ...
 
I am so sorry to learn of your loss.   I know how that feels -- despite the fact that Chloe was given a wonderful life and more care than 95% of other cats get in their lifetimes.   Losing a close pet....is very very hard.
 
But...there is one truism:   Times *does* heal.  Sad feelings turn into fond memories.  This does ... and will ... happen for you.
 
I wish you the best,
Chip
 
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Shared joy is a double joy
Shared sorrow is half a sorrow
I’m sorry to hear about your loss
May many dear memories of Chloe sustain you now, and brighten your days in the future.
 
Love, Batya
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Veda,
 
I just visited All-Creatures and learned more about Chloe and saw how beautiful she is.  Notice I said 'is'.  Animals are spirit, pure energy, just like us and they, too, take on another form when they transition from earthly life.
 
I also have a deaf white kittie...Katie-Bell.  Unfortunately, she fears all humans (she was a feral kitten and I failed in my attempts to win her over and get her comfortable with me handlng and loving her.  We do sort of communicate with 'signs' but if I get too close, she hisses and strikes out and probably would shred me if I pushed.  I keep hoping against hope that one day she'll simply crawl up on my lap ad make her self comfortable and allow me to pet her.  It sounds impossible but I'm still hanging on.  I've had her since 2002.  She and her brother were abandoned kitties along with several others including adults and kittens in a large parking lot of a vacant state office building in Sacramento.  I worked with a man who is a master trapper and who single-handedly trapped and had spayed/neutered 1,500 feral cats through a Maddies' Fund grant.  He and his wife are wonderful cat lovers.
 
Again, my love and sympathy.  Chloe is whisker-deep in catnip (kitty crack!) now.
 
Love,
Susan
 
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So sorry to hear of your loss, Veda.  Memories of Chloe will be with you forever and while right now you are sad soon the memories will bring joy.
 
Mike
 
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Dear Veda,
 
My deepest sympathy.   I lost the feline 'love of my life' a year ago.  She, too, went into kidney failure.  There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of and miss her.  No matter how many times you must endure this, it NEVER becomes tolerable.  The pain makes it hard to breath at times.
 
You will see Chloe again.  She couldn't have been loved more or lived a more perfect life.  You have a storehouse of memories and when the time is right and your heart is not hurting so, they'll come back to you and make your heart soar with joy.
 
Know that we are all sad for your loss.  If only they could live longer. 
 
Susan
 
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I know she had a good life. :((
 
A Persian cat I had, the same thing happened, kidney failure. He was 15.
Goodbye sweet Chloe, God rest her soul.
 
Gloria
 
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Dear Veda,
 
I am soo sorry to hear that you lost your beloved, beautiful friend Chloe!
The page wit her story and pics is beautiful and very touching!
My heart goes out to you-these are sad time, loosing a piece of our heart.
She had a wonderful life with you and her spirit will live on with you!
 
Big hug to you and your fury family!!
 
Katrin
 
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Eighteen years?! What a wonderful gift to be able to spend that much time with someone. You both were blessed. Thank you so much for sharing that with us. After reading your tribute I felt as though I had lost a friend too.
 
You are in my prayers.
 
Brian
 
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I am sorry you had to what you did for Chloe. I have had to do the same in the past and I know how hard it is. When I saw what Beatles song you picked, it made me cry.
 
L.B.
 
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I AM NOT THERE
 
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn's rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Unknown Author
 
Bluabirdo
 
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Dear Veda:
 
Beautiful memorial story. Our hearts and souls are with you, as your fond memories of her will always be...
 
Frank and Mary
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Veda
 
I am sorry for your loss. You gave your girl the gift of a grace-filled exit, a difficult thing to do, but the most loving and selfless act when a pet is struggling or suffering. I pray for you comfort, and that wonderful memories of your kitty with stay warmly and clearly in your heart.
 
Dana
 
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She was beautiful. I hope she and Gabe met today in a world where pets will never die again.
 
TerriLee
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Veda,
 
You are in my thoughts. What a beautiful tribute you wrote to Chloe!
Bob
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I'm so sorry Veda.
You're in our prayers.
 
Joyce
 
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Veda,
 
I'm so sorry for your loss of your precious Chloe. I know how close the two of you were.She was lucky to get so much quality time from you, something
that most animals AND children don't get from their guardians.
 
She had the benefit of being by your side for all those years and I'm sure she basked in the knowledge that you were working hard to help all the animals of the world. I'm sure the support and comfort you gave her was mutual. I know my Slinky dog inspires me every day.
 
It's so hard to lose a loved one, no matter their age. Please know that you were the best mom that Chloe could have.
My heart goes out to you.
 
 
Much love,
 
Julie
 
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Sad for the news.

I hope you’re doing as well as can be under the circumstances. Death sucks. It should be outlawed.
 
Jerry
 
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Veda,
 
I am soooo sorry to hear this news. how are you doing? it is so heartwrenching when we lose our babies.

If you want to talk or call or anything.


Lots of love,


Lisa
 
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Hi Veda,

That's a wonderful tribute that you've written for your dear, sweet Chloe.  I'm very sad for you and  your loss, though we can rejoice that you and Chloe could enrich each other's lives for so many years.  And what a wonderful life Chloe had because she had you to look after her.  If only all our little furry friends were so fortunate.  

Wishing you the very best,
David
 
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Oh Veda,
 
So sorry to hear of Chloe's passing!!  It is such a truly, heart-wrenching thing in life to experience.  You and Chloe were both so lucky to have had each other for all those wonderful years.  Big hugs to you.

Thank you so much for all your amazingly, compassionate work you do!

xx, Jill  
 
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Veda
 
George and I are very sorry to hear about your loss and the passing of Chloe....You and her had many years together and that is a hard thing to not have her here with you.  It sounds as if she had a very good life with you and that it was fortunate that your paths crossed.
 
Thank you for letting me know and again am sorry for what Chloe had to go through and the difficult decision you had to make.
 
Best
Evans and George
 
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Veda dearest,
 
All my love and caring go to you at this terribly difficult and painful time. Chloe and you were so fortunate--surely it was not just luck-- to have found each other and shared so much, and grown so much together over the years.
 
Here is the poem that can be so helpful at these times:
 
Grieve not for me, nor speak of me with tears,
But laugh, as if I were beside you.
I love you so,
'Twas Heaven here with you.
 
With more love and  thanks for all the wonderful wonderful things you do,
 
Debby
 
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Veda

My cat Cosette died 3 weeks ago. I wrote this on her honor and to motivate readers to adopt and to adopt again despite the sadness of the lost of a cat or a dog.
You won t understand it, buy if you see how many comments it got, you will feel how many people is fond of animals and help them every time they can.
http://blogs.eluniversal.com.mx/weblogs_detalle15623.html

I remember Chloe because you talked a lot about her. I can understand your sorrow.
 
Cosette and I lived together for 10 years, from Spain to Mexico. Francisco is now visiting me and we both miss her. Tiziano is in my lap right now but I can’t help turning my head to the basket she used to sleep and look for her. It s empty now. And a part of myself is dead too. Too many memories...

One week ago before she died a kitten appeard at my buidling’s door. My vegan friend Priscilla found her and told me "She is very clever, she knew where to arrive". We tried to find her a home but we couldn t so she fostered her for a while until I decided to adopt her. It s as if Cosette have sent her to me.

Even if my "favorite" cat is Tiziano, I miss Cosette because the 3 of us were a family. Everyone is special.


Francisco and I send you love and peace, the peace, Cosette and Chloe are sharing now ,
 
Lorena
 
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Veda,
 
I hope you can forgive me. I am so overcome with shock and grief over the sudden killing of my puppy... that I involuntarily sent my message about Ethel...in response to your Chloe.

I know Chloe was your special one, as Ethel was mine...and hope time makes calluses for you (since that stuff about “time healing” is mostly bullshit)...so it gets better.

I hope you can forgive my insensitivity. I am sort of lost at the moment.

With love,
Brenda
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oh Veda, I am so sorry to hear this. Sounds like she had wonderful long life with you! I will have to face the same thing someday with my Malcolm, he is 12. I dread it but my life would not be what it is without him. He is my greatest teacher and brought me to realization about animals.
 
Bless Chloe and you,
Sandy xo
 
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Hello Veda,
 
I have a beautiful white big big cat called Nicky who is probably around 14 along with all my other rescues. But she looks so like Chloe.  Having just turned 67,  and as I try to age as gracefully as possible along with my likewise aging companion dogs and cats, I am oh so conscious now of each day spent with all of them in mostly good health, is a wondrous event.
 
I know that you and Chloe shared so many of these moments together and you were so lucky to find one and other.
 
With heartfelt sympathy.
 
Pat
 
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So sorry to hear of the death of Chloe.  My thoughts are with you, Veda.
Jacquie
 
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Dear Veda:
 
Your homage to Chloe was beautiful, and the Beatles song, "In My Life" was an appropriate send-off.  Thank you for all that you do for all animals.  Those like Chloe whom you hold very, very close are especially fortunate to have shared many good years with you.
 
Connie
 
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Hi Veda,

A beautiful tribute. Special cat! Thanks for sharing, and so very sorry for your loss.

Hugs,
~ Joe
 
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Dear Veda,

I am sorry for the loss of your beloved kitty. She was fortunate to have someone who loved her like you did.

Love,
Laurelee
 
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So sorry to hear about Chloe. She was a cherished friend and companion and I know how much you loved her. 
 
Peace and Love,
 
 Your friend Stan
 
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You know I know. We are the lucky ones, to love the innocents so completely. That was a lovely and intimate tribute to Chloe, so thanks Veda.
 
-- Wes
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What beautiful words for Chloe.  Each paragraph struck me so personally - I have been fortunate enough to share such a beloved relationships with my four legged friends in life -and I treasure those years.  All but one died in my arms - loved dearly to the end - but all too short.  I grieve to this day - each one was different and each one bonded uniquely. The smell of their fur and the purr that identified each one is forever in my memory. There are special places on chairs, pillows and in my bed that are now vacant. Others have come through the years, yet there are places forever remembered for Duffy, or Annie or Mitzie.  My children have grown to be compassionate,mindful human adults because of the relationships they had with these beautiful animals - our Figgy followed Matthew faithfully for 16 years - from the crib to sitting on his desk doing homework in highschool - his constant companion.  Matthew's sorrow at having to bring him to the vet when Figgy could no longer walk - well, there are no words to describe the pain in his eyes.  To this day, Matthew is a champion of every living creature –
 
You have my deepest sympathy and I appreciate your writing these words. It is always consoling to know that others have shared the same wonderful bonds with their animal companions. Sadly, this level of empathy is not common.
 
Karin
 
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It brought tears to my eyes, having had to make that decision multiple times in my life. It brings such sorrow but is so important to being a humanitarian for the sake of our precious charges, with whom we gratefully share our lives. Thanks, Veda.
 
Roberta
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Thank you for sharing so we can send our thoughts your way.  How wonderful to have eighteen-plus years together, and how good of you to let her go when you knew it was time to.  Isn't it strange how the passing of an animal friend leaves a hole in your heart but fills it at the same time... I'm sure you'll see her again and I'm glad you have many other animal loves to offer comfort till then.
 
Cheers to Chloe,
Heidi
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I am so sorry Veda
Kathryn
oxox
 
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What a beautiful tribute, Veda. 

Dallas
 
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Veda what a beautiful tribute!!
 
Mimi
 
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What a beautiful remembrance of a beautiful being.  I am sorry for your loss and happy for all you gained.
 
Susan
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I’m so sorry for your loss Veda. Chloe is a beauty….her coat is just like my LouLou’s coat. My thoughts are with you. Should you need to talk to someone, my line is always open for your calls.
 
 Love,
Louie
 
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Veda, I am so sorry.  I know what it is like to make that terrible decision.
 
I wish I could offer words of comfort, but have only sadness to share with you today.
 
Christine
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Veda,
 
Thank you for your beautiful tribute to Chloe. It made me cry, but that’s OK; we need to cry. You were braver than I, able to write more about her. And she lived with you almost her entire life. Ginger was almost 3 when we adopted her. Don and I have two other cats, Mica and Blanco, and we need to stay strong for them. Do you have other animals?


Bee
 
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As I sit here on my couch with my two old cats next to me, I can't stop crying.
 
Thank you for sharing, Veda. It's difficult to read, but also comforting in a way. Chloe is very lucky to have had you, and I'm very sorry she's gone. You are both in my thoughts.
 
Please take care.

Che
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My condolences, Veda.  I know how difficult this is.  She was a beautiful kitty.
 
Love,
Laurie
 
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Veda, I am so very sorry for you losing your Chloe.   

Sila

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Dear, dear Veda,
 
I am sending you my deepest sympathy. I am so sorry about Chloe. What beautiful stories you told about her, and how sad it is that her time to leave this life came.
 
And how very, very blessed she was to have you to care for her and share the joys of life with. My heart goes out to you as you grieve her passing.

I am sending you a long, long comforting hug.

Moi
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Hi Veda.
 
I was sorry to hear about your Chloe's passing. The story you wrote about her is very beautiful. She was lucky to have such love from you and to have you care for her for so many years. I know that you will miss her, and I hope that all the years of memories bring you some comfort. I'm glad that I got the chance to meet her and see what a sweet kitty she was. 

Best to you,
Amanda


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Oh Veda, I am so sorry to hear about Chloe. And so scared for the day that is Emma. However, I am so happy to know she had such a loving guardian for her long life. My thoughts are with you.

Dave
 
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What a beautiful tribute, Veda. It sounds like you and Chloe and Peaches (and the other cats) had a wonderful time together. Be happy and grateful for it, which it's apparent that you are. Our cat, Lovey, passed away in August. He had symptoms that sound similar to those Chloe suffered from. We, too, had him euthanized. It is such a blessing to be able to free them from their suffering. It's the one way society is kinder to nonhuman animals than it is to human ones. Thank you for giving her such a good life. You'll always be together in spirit.
 
Mary
 
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Sorry to hear about this, Veda.  I do remember Chloe.  I used to feel privileged that she let me pet her.
 
I hope otherwise everything is fine.
 
Hi to mary and Frank.
 
Anthony
 
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I have this feeling
there’s one more star
up in the sky tonight.
 
And even though,
it’s far away,
 
its brightness and warmth
still reach us here
 
to make the night
a little less dark
 
Blessing to you and Chloe. May the wonderful memories of the time she spent wiht you in physical form comfort you and her spirit be with you always.
 
Love,
Jane
 
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This is so sad, Veda. I'm sorry to hear about your sweet girl. Hope you can take comfort in the sweet memories you shared together. You'll be in my thoughts.
 
Dina
 
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Veda,

I'm so sorry to learn of Chloe's passing. Of course your decision was the loving one. How lucky you both were to have so many years together! You filled each other's lives with comfort, love and fun. May memories comfort you now. 

Sharing your sadness,
Hugs and love, 
Sandy
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We are so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful sweetheart she is.

Jay and Ellie
 
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So sorry for your loss, Veda. This poem has helped me through similar passages in my life, may it give you comfort.

In your sweet Chloe's honor:
 
Peace my heart.
 
Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
Let it not be a death but completeness.
Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings over the nest.
Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the night.
Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last words in silence.
I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.
 
~Rabindranath Tagore

 
Stephanie
 
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Oh My Veda... and My Chloe....
 
I feel for you my friend.  I remember Chloe well.  And it brought a tear to
my eye as I fondly remember her playing with Peaches when you were down here
in So Cal.
 
You were a great friend and Mommy to both.  Glad you let Chloe end it with
dignity... and I do hope for our sake that there is someone to do the same
for us one day.  You know in your heart it was best... even though it's a
terrible thing to have to do.   We lost Dylan in late November.  Her
footprint and ashes are here, and her beautiful face is on my screen saver.
We never lose the time we had, and that is all that matters.
 
I'm giving you a long distance hug Veda.
 
With love and appreciation for the fabulous friend and human being that you
are to all creatures!
 
Tina
 
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Veda,
 
I know you remember Dylan too as she was part of the Rocko, Terry, Football Fun Fest we used to have in Diamond Bar.  I forgot to copy you on her passing.  Not trying to make you sadder, just letting you know my heart feels your heart.   It totally sucks when we lose our little buddies.  Although, I fear more for what will happen to those we leave behind when we go first….
 
Love, Tina
 
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There are no words. I am so sorry for your loss.
 
Camille
 
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 Ohhhhh, Veda....I wish u werent so far away...i would love to come give u a
hug & let u cry on my shoulder. What a gentle girl. Amazing about all of
them w/Peaches, wow.
 
Fortunate that it was clear that it was time...yet still so haed to say the
words & give the last kiss while she's breathing. Oh god, why can't they
live longer? I guess there really is no love without pain. But they give
the BEST possible love while they're here.
 
Yes, she saw u thru nearly 2 decades...alot of changes. She has to be
aching for u, too, in the spirit world or wherever they all go. It had to
be hard for her to leave YOU. She was just as deeply attached. I hope she
comes to u in your daydreams & night dreams.
 
I'm so sorry. But as John Robbins would say...better than condolences is
congratulations on a beautiful, successful relationship.
 
Call if u need to sweetie, any time. Im usually up late. I only have a cel
now, no hm phone anymore. I turn my phone off at nite thus if Im not up
it'll go to VM. It's not at my side alll the time but alot of the time.
 
I hope she & Boo will cross paths in the spirit world, if that's how it
works. They would like each other! :-)  XOXOXO
 
Marr
 
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Blessings!
 
Chris
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Veda,

I'm so sorry for your loss.  

I totally understand, my two feline babies made my life better for 18 & 20 years.

You expressed it so beautifully.  Thank you for sharing it.

My father died last November.  It's still very hard.

Today would have been his 84th birthday.

Such a bittersweet day for both of us, to have loved & lost those that enriched our lives.

I send a big hug to you,

xox

Tracy
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My heart goes out to you, Veda, about Chloe.  
 
You wrote a lovely tribute for her and I hope the memories will help ease the pain you must feel.  How wonderful for you both to have shared so many years together.
 
Love,
Lucy
 
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You did the absolute right thing. My condolences on your loss.

Mike
 
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I’m sorry of hear of your loss, Veda. It’s always very hard when our furry family members die.
 
Steve
 
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Veda,

I'm so sorry. I can't believe the two of you lived together for 18 years -- that's an incredible span of time. I can't imagine losing someone after that long. I love the story of her and Peaches playing together! I'm glad that now they can be together forever :)

Do you have other animals who will be missing Chloe's presence in their lives?

I'll be thinking of you.

Love,
 
Suzanne
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Dear Veda,

I'm sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this beautiful essay about Chloe.
As I read it, I thought of this amazing set of pictures that my father sent me from the Guardian Newspaper online of "unlikely animal friendships" (which you've probably seen--see link below). I hope this cheers you up in some way. All the best.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/gallery/2012/feb/03/unlikely-animal-friendships-in-pictures

-David
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Blessings and peace, I know she will be greatly missed.
 
Eileen
 
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Dear Veda,


My blessings are with you and Chloe.  May she rest in peace as I know she will with your love to be with her.
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Cathy


Hi Veda - so very sorry - she was a beautiful girl and so very lucky to have had you.  Beautiful story.
 
Elizabeth
 
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:(  No words can express. xo
 
Bettina
 
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Veda...that was a wonderful tribute. Made me cry. I know what you mean when you say that never in your life will there be another love like Chloe. A love that will measure your life into before and after. Ultimately though you must be the stronger one and allow her to go first...how much worse had it been, for some reason, the other way around.  I am so sorry for you. I know the entire world feels different.


Hug you so.


Love
Franziska
 
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Oh, Veda, I am so sorry about your loss of Chloe. I hope your heart heals as soon as humanly possible. Bless you for embracing her challenge and her specialness.
 
I do remember Peaches and I had no idea he/she lived so long. What a beautiful creature. And I remember your other cats, Blueberry and ?  And I remember you don't like mushrooms because you don't trust them.
 
You are such a wonderful, expressive writer. Would love to see you again, but if not possible, keep in touch. We are on the same page. Again, so sorry for your loss. I'm thinking of you and Chloe.
 
Jan
 
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I am so sorry Veda.
 
Kari
 
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I am really sorry Veda. I am sure you two had a wonderful life together.
 
Many hugs, Maru
 
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Dear Veda,

I am very sorry to hear about Chloe. Your tribute to her was lovely, and whatever she couldn't hear in life it is quite obvious she felt, your love most of all, I'm sure.

Bee Friedlander lost her cat, Ginger, just yesterday and wrote about her on our ASI Diary page, here http://www.animalsandsociety.org/blog/ginger-sep-1-2001-to-feb-5-2012

We are so blessed to have them and so undone by losing them. But our hearts don't shrink, they can only grow.

Many hugs to you,
Jill
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Veda,
 
What a wonderful. loving tribute to a special individual. I’m so sorry for your loss, but so happy that you and Chloe had each other.
 
Warmly,
Gary
 
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Hi, Veda,

I am so, so, sorry.
 
I couldn't read all of it as I still truly mourn the loss of my Malcolm.
 
Please know my thoughts and love is with you.
 
I know words are just so inadequate in times like this....
 
Take care,
lauren
 
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Veda…I am sorry! I know you did the best thing for her but it is the hardest decision to make. The beautiful memories and love you shared with her will get you through this…..
 
Love,
April
 
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I'm so, so sorry, Veda. :( Do you want to skip your shift this week at Sidecar?)
 
Doh
 
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They make us laugh.
They give us joy.
And at times they are naughty.
They are not just pets...
They are part of our lives...
So sorry to hear of the loss of your furbaby.
 
We both know that Chloe is running wild and free without pain and young again in heaven. I pray for your broken heart and ask God to surround you with His loving arms.
 
Marni
 
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Veda, my condolences. Lovely story of Chloe and Peaches. You did the right thing and we SHOULD be so lucky.   
 
Best.  Chris


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I'm  thinking of you and Chloe and how blessed (not getting religious here) you were to have found each other.  The bond you Chloe and Peaches share is what life is all about.  It is the connections to one another, not the material crap we accumulate but the memories that are etched upon our mind and live in our hearts forever that truly matter.
 
Luv ya my dearest friend and comrade.
 
Bryan
 
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My dear Veda,

I am so so sorry to learn about Chloe's passing. I have spent 10-hour days on Pat's estate and haven't been on the computer much. I'm taking a vacation Fri-Tues to Los Angeles, so I'm also busy trying to get out of town. I am just so sorry. I KNOW the loss you feel, that emptiness where she was and is no longer. I also know the loss is that great because the love was so great. A large part of your life was touched by all of hers. I also know there aren't any words. No words comforted me when Shilo passed away after 22 years in my life. We are left with our memories — lots of them. We were fortunate enough to have known them as long as we did.

I am thinking of you, Veda, and feeling the love and the loss at the same time.

Laura
 
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Veda-

I don't check this email address daily so I am just digging out from an avalanche of mail in my inbox.

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sending you big hugs during this difficult time.

Love,

Brian
 
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Oh Veda, I'm so very sorry.  I know how it is to lose a true soul mate and I know you will never completely heal from her passing.  My Iris passed away nearly two years ago and my heart still hurts without her.

You've got photos and video, memories both visual and audible.  She will always live in your heart though I know there's nothing to replace the way she lived in your arms.  

I am truly sorry.

Joe
 
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Veda, I just read about your precious Chloe--it just breaks my heart. She was beautiful and thank goodness she was loved by such a treasure as you. You made her life heaven as she did your. I know it is the hardest and bravest act of love to let them go, to end any suffering. We take on all the pain so they may go free and wait for us to join them. I lost My tiger August 3, 2010, I am not even beginning to be over it--I understand, their loss is so deep, it takes many years to finally even begin to get use to it. I think that it is a real tribute to how special they are.
 
(((((hugs))))) and I am so sorry, Linda
 
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Veda, I am so sorry about Chloe.  I know that losing our non-human loved ones is never easy.  May God bring comfort and healing to both of you.  Veda, the Beatles' "In My Life" was the song our daughter chose for the dance with her father (my husband) at her wedding a few years ago.
 
Betty
 
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Dear Veda,
 
Your tribute to Chloe is wonderful!
 
The world needs more people like you!
 
Love,
Mary
 
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Hi Veda,
 
I read your beautiful elegy for your beloved and most cherished cat, Chloe. Thank you for sharing your memorial essay about her with me.
 
I send you my deepest sympathy for your loss of your beloved one,
 
Karen
 
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How are you doing, Veda? I know there's an emptiness in your life and I've been thinking about you...

Warm hugs and healing heart,

Laura

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chloe goddess

From Ava Park, founder of Goddess Temple of Orange County

In Every Woman: the Grace of The Goddess, the Prayer of The Priestess, the Power of The Queen

I am privileged to know the Great Heart who shared this story so eloquently. She is a human being who has given nearly her entire adult life to helping other beings.

I celebrate her spirit. I celebrate her clarity, strength and grace.
 
I celebrate the clarity she has in knowing when it is time to help to release another spirit from the physical realm.

I celebrate the strength she has to actually take the step and give the order in complete love, compassion and awareness.  

I celebrate the grace she has to share her humanity, her beinghood, her intelligence and her heart with us all in this telling of the tale of her beloved friend and companion.   

The writer shares that she feels fortunate to have had Chloe in her life.
I believe Chloe was equally fortunate and blessed to be part of hers.

I celebrate the eternal spirit that I know to be called in this lifetime “Veda Stram.”

Respectfully and with great love and appreciation,
Ava
Founder, Orange County People for Animals
Friend and Appreciator of Animal Rights Activists like Veda

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I just read your tribute to Chloe with tears in my eyes and ran to give my rescue kitty, Mr. Chopinsky, a hug. I spend too much time on the computer trying to save the world and not enough with him; sometimes he nips my butt as I sit here, asking me in the only way he knows to pay attention to him. Good thing I'm well padded :)
 
Your beautiful words reminded me of what's most important.
 
Veda, you did not give the order to kill Chloe. You selflessly helped release her from her pain and suffering, for which her soul--I'm not religious but do believe in the concept of "soul"--will be eternally grateful. Your decision was painful, but you set aside your own grief to do what was best for Chloe. Death is inevitable; suffering needn't be. 

Beth