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In Loving Memory

The world is a sadder place with the loss of the Go Fores Golf League's friend and founding member, Donna Pawlowski. You will be remember in our hearts and on the greens. Rest in Peace.

The Go Fores - November 11, 2013

Sweet Sweet Lily

Lily

Lily was only 7 weeks old when she came to live with me. I adopted her from the local animal shelter. She lived to be 16 years old. She was loving yet could be independent. She always wanted to sit by me, but not always on my lap. If she wanted to she did, but it had to be her idea. She was always so healthy but she went in for a routine exam and by accident I found out she had breast cancer. From the time I found out until I had to take her back was about two precious months. Lily was so trusting of everything I had to do for her. She sat by me whenever I was there and she insisted on holding hands with me or even my grandchildren when she sat by them. It was so touching. She got so thin it was hard for her to jump up on anything anymore so I had pillows everywhere for her to climb up on her favorite spaces. The last night I slept with her on the spare bed and she was so happy to have me there all night with her. The next day I took her back to the vet carrying her in a blanket. She only weighed about 5 pounds at this point. We sat in the room waiting for the Dr. and she took her frail little paw and actually wrapped it right around my finger. She was peaceful in the room and then I said goodbye. I miss her every day and I believe she led me to Poppy, my cat I adopted from Whiskers a few months ago. I know Lily is with her sister Rosie now who I also loved for 13 years. One day I hope to see them again and I know Lily will be the first one to take my hand. Love you sweet girl....

Nancy Van Schaack - September 12, 2013

Checkers

Checkers was my first "furbaby." I was 10 years old when my family adopted her. We grew up together. Checkers was such a sweet and loving kitty. She used to let me pull her around on a sled in the winter and push her around in my Fisher Price shopping cart in the summer. I know of no other cat that would put up with my constant mauling her with kisses and hugs. She was a wonderful kitty and will always be in my heart. I love you Checky!

-Julia - May 9, 2013
Ivan
Ivan

Ivan

Ivan, you were the amazing cat of my sister -- you and your sister Nadia, who died a few years ago. You lived way beyond anyone's expectations, especially the past several years. But, the last time I saw you, you were still meowing, purring, eating and getting around. You are part of over 20 years of memories in our family. Right from the funny discovery that you were Nadia's sister, not her brother ... your moves from the east cost to the south west and back again. We even saw the addition of a dog and a child to your household during all this time. We will always miss you Ivan.

Love, Lori - April 3, 2013
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 "Ivan" 

Ivan, may the love and joy you brought us all here be multiplied many times when you join your sister Nadia in Heaven! Love, Mom D. - Apr 8, 2013
Ali
Ali

Ali

Ali, you were the soft spoken of the two cats at your home. Your "brother," Semme was always at the door, meowing at me when I came to take care you both. You would emerge later, silent, but soft and loving. Very handsome. You seemed to stay well for quite a while with your illness, but in the end you had to leave us. I'm sure your brother will still be very outgoing and talkative when I come over, but I will always be looking past him to see if you are coming out to say hi. I know your mom is missing you.

In memory, Lori (20Toes) - April 3, 2013
Dempsey
Dempsey

Dempsey

Dempsey, we were so shocked at your sudden passing ... you were such a young guy. So sweet. You and your pal, Arlo, came to help fill an empty spot from an earlier family cat who passed away. Your family misses you and I know the next time I see Arlo we will "talk" all about you. I think about you.

Fondly, Lori (20Toes) - April 3, 2013
Annie
Annie

Annie

Annie was the sister of Ralph and Merlin (see other post, below). At first I admit I was a little nervous about giving her the medication she needed... she was not too pleased with getting meds! Over time, though, she let me pet her and the last couple of times I took care of her and her brothers, she met me right at the door and led me right to her food dish! She was pretty small and frail when I got to know her, but I have a special place in my heart for these kitties. I felt honored that she warmed up to me. I will always see you greeting me at the door in my mind's eye, Annie.

Lori (20Toes) - January 10, 2013

Ralph and Merlin

Ralph and Merlin

I first met Ralph (red) & Merlin (silver)(and Annie, see another post) when their sitter couldn't make it because of a snow storm ... I filled in for her. They were interested to see me! They were all litter mates, and even though this photo is of them as kittens, they did grow up and keep each other company. Each one was a character! Ralph would jump on the counter to wait impatiently for me to get his food ready, and he would eat in one special spot there. Merlin was kind of conflicted -- he wanted to get attention, but he was a little worried and would run away. I was supposed to give him some pills ... but he found the one hiding place I could not get him out of. He would dive in between the basement steps into a crawlspace behind the stair case. There were no other entrances to this space, so I was sunk! Smart guy. Ralph used to get insulin, and he was always very good about his shots. The three of them all left us in a short span of time in under one year. I can't imagine their home without them.

Lori (20Toes) - January 10, 2013

Rowdy and Noire

Rowdy and Noire

Rowdy and Noire left us in the same year -- very sad. Their mom said this is kind of an old photo of them, as Rowdy was only a kitten when it was taken. He did grow up to be a big boy! At first glance, when they were both adults, they looked like twins. But, when I met Rowdy, as his cat sitter, he had a medical problem ... possibly an inner ear issue or maybe even a brain tumor. It caused him to walk with his head tilted ... he kept right on trying to do all the things he used to do, like run and jump. Noire was smaller than him, and she had some health issues later in life and needed to gain some weight. Of course, she ate very very slowly and Rowdy wanted to eat everything in sight, right away! They kept me or my employees busy at meal time! Their food was in a large jar with a screw-on lid that had to be kept in a high cabinet in the kitchen, as their mom said they figured out how to open the jar! We miss you two!

Lori (20Toes) - January 10, 2013
Diego
Diego

Diego

I came to take care of Diego in his older years, after he had been diagnosed with heart problems. He needed pills every day, and I have to say, he was a master at pretending he had swallowed those pills ... At first, Diego used to hide on me. I even had to call him mom up one time because I absolutely could not find him anywhere in the house. She said "Oh, I bet he's behind the office desk ... squeezed in between the back of the file drawers and the wall," and indeed, that's where he was. This year, he decided he would be friends with me after all. I'd come in the house and he would come into the kitchen to eat, he would meow at me, and purr and purr. I really felt honored when he decided I was "OK" after all. Diego, I will always see you in your spot on the sofa and I will probably find myself putting a dish of food up on your special table for your breakfast. I will miss you, big guy!

Happy we were friends, Lori (20Toes) - December 14, 2012
Zoe
Zoe

Zoe

Zoe lived with 8 other cats in her home. I have notes in my cat sitting files that Zoe loves people, but does not love cats. When I would go cat sit at Zoe's house I thought I saw everyone, and I did eventually learn who was who. Then, Zoe needed a pill. I went over and consulted my notes -- Zoe was a gray striped cat with white feet. There were two other gray cats with white feet -- but I didn't think either one of them was named Zoe. I had to text Zoe's dad to make sure I was finding the right cat. He told me where she might be hiding -- and once I found her I said "I don't think I've ever seen this cat!" Zoe was a good girl and she was glad I finally found her for some attention. :) Her downturn was sudden, and I know I didn't expect her family to lose her that quickly. Zoe, I am glad we met and I think of you.

I will always remember you, Lori (20Toes) - December 14, 2012
Pepper
Pepper

Pepper

Pepper was the Queen of her home when I first met her a couple of years ago, as her new cat sitter. She was always in her spot on the bed, with five or so of her housemates around her. Being old, she had some health issues, and part of my job was to give her a pill. She was always great about it. In her final weeks she went blind and I'd find her curled up under the hollow of her cat steps to the bed. Once she realized I was there, she'd come out and somehow navigate her way to the kitchen to eat. Her favorite treat was a little dish of milk. Pepper, your home is not the same without you and I will always "see" you in your spot on the bed.

You are missed, Lori (20Toes) - December 14, 2012