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Punkin Limbaugh Gives Us a Scare
Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 26, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 07/27/2013 3:59:39 AM PDT by Kaslin

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RUSH: Folks, I got so scared yesterday. You know, my little cat, Punkin, is 16 years old. I got Punkin in 1997. She's Abyssinian and, for most of Punkin's life, I think the breeder that we got Punkin from bred the cats for potential show, and there might have been some inbreeding for purity's sake. I've done a lot of reading about Abyssinians. Punkin's always had urinary tract problems, kidney infections. Her kidneys produce -- as it's been explained to me -- crystals that clog up her urinary tract and make her think she's gotta go to the bathroom when she doesn't, and you can see that when it happens. So she's constantly getting medicine for it and frequent trips to the vet her whole life.

But we'd reached a point a month ago where every antibiotic that had been given to her in pill form, she had built up a resistance to and none of them worked. So we had to send her to the vet for a three-week stay in the cat hospital. And we took the hammock that she sleeps in and the food balls and took that stuff over there. She had to get a shot twice day, had to get an injection of antibiotic twice a day at the cat hospital. The vet wanted to monitor her every day, that's why we couldn't do it at home, and some other things, too. And, you know, she's16 years old, two injections a day. So I've been sorta apprehensive about Punkin.

We picked Punkin up on Tuesday and brought her home, and she's been fine, actually a little mad, as she always is, thinking that I abandoned her. I did. I went by to see her one time, and people said, "Why didn't you go by and see her more?" I said, "Wouldn't it be cruel, she's an animal in a cat hospital, to show up and then leave? I mean, that would lead to abandonment issues with the cat." We humans, we always transfer our own humanity to animals. So we think that they feel and react in ways like we do. People showed up to see me in the hospital and left, and I'd just assume they not show up.

So, anyway, yesterday I'm sitting on the couch, and Punkin's right next to me, and I'd just gotten home and I'm just settling in to do some reading on the iPad. She's sitting on her blanket right next to me on the sofa, and out of the corner of my eye, I think she's gonna get up and jump off and go running around somewhere. And out of the corner of my eye, that's what I thought happened. It turned out she fell off. She literally fell off, just rolled off. I see this out of the corner of my eye, I didn't know until later she actually rolled off. I didn't see her moving after that, I said, "Oh, my God!" I leaned forward and she splayed out on the floor in the weirdest position, and her head's under the sofa, and then she started crying like crazy. I mean, I'd never heard this kind of meowing, crying.

So I bolted up out of there and I went over there, and I picked her up and I didn't know what had happened 'cause we give her blood pressure medicine every day at three o'clock. So I said, "Aw, no," 16 years old, you know the thoughts that go through your head. She was scared to death. Her eyes were dilated, and she's continuing to cry, so I picked her up and I held her for a while. She stopped crying immediately. I didn't know if she was paralyzed. I've never seen her fall off of anything. This has never happened. So I put her down on the floor and she wouldn't move, but she could stand up. So I said, "Ah, jeez." You know, you have all those sad thoughts that start going through your mind.

So I put her back down on the sofa, and I remembered that she gets her blood pressure medicine at three o'clock. She has high blood pressure. Sixteen-year-old cat. I mean, she's two years beyond her life expectancy for this breed, the Abyssinians. They usually, at 14, that's the upper edge. She's on, well, what you'd say borrowed time. Anyway, after about a half hour, totally normalized, started getting same old Punkin, jumping off the couch, running around to get a drink of water and so forth. So I figure what happened, she either fell asleep -- by the way, when she got back up on the couch herself, she sat as far away from the edge as she could. I figure she either fell asleep and just rolled off, or else the blood pressure medicine, she lost consciousness. I had no idea what it was. So we're gonna monitor it today when she has to get the blood pressure medicine.

Boy, it was just scary. I just love this little cat, and this little cat, we've got these three giant sheepdogs, and they're just intrigued as they can be with this little peanut animal. They don't know what it is, but they know it's some kind of an animal, and Punkin doesn't care. She thinks they're idiots. Brutish, dirty, filthy idiots. You can just see it in her face. But she was perfectly fine so I chalked it up, the blood pressure medicine just lowered her blood pressure too much. But, you know, at 16, you just... I don't know. I had forgotten she was that old when we took her to the vet for this three-week stay. I said, "What is she now, 10, 12?"

"Oh, no, we've been treating her since 1997."

"Oh, my gosh, 16 years old."

And ever since then I've become hyper-attentive to everything she does. I don't let her walk up stairs anymore. I carry her. When it's time to go to bed I pick her up and carry her up the steps. I drop her right at her food bowl and her water bowl. She even licked me in the face after this whole thing yesterday. So that was cool.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: kittyping; punkin; rush
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1 posted on 07/27/2013 3:59:39 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

aawwww


2 posted on 07/27/2013 4:06:52 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Kaslin; Slings and Arrows

I laughed and I cried reading this, because I love my little cat just like Rush loves his Punkin and I know how he feels.


3 posted on 07/27/2013 4:09:08 AM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair Dinkum!)
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To: Kaslin

4 posted on 07/27/2013 4:15:07 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: Future Snake Eater

lol


5 posted on 07/27/2013 4:16:17 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Fred Nerks; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..

6 posted on 07/27/2013 4:26:57 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Kaslin

Aww. Pumpkin is beautiful.


7 posted on 07/27/2013 4:28:44 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like she may have had a small stroke. My family had a cat, Heidi, that was about the same age. She began to have small episodes like that one and it eventually led to a massive stroke. It left her paralyzed on one side and her pupil on that side was nonfunctional. Other than inpatient care for the duration of her remaining life, her vet said there was nothing he could do. Still hurts to this day. I hope Rush takes Punkin to see a feline neurologist ASAP to assess any damage done. I will be sending them prayers for health, happiness and healing.


8 posted on 07/27/2013 4:41:37 AM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: bigredkitty1

The cat is 16 years old what does one expect they do not live for ever.


9 posted on 07/27/2013 4:48:15 AM PDT by riverrunner
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To: Kaslin

I’ve been listening to Rush for so long he’s almost like a brother I’ve never met. Glad to hear Punkin is ok but at 16........you know.


10 posted on 07/27/2013 4:50:14 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Kaslin

Rush needs a friendly pit bull. The cat does not fit.

Before you flame. I am NOT. A cat person. I do own a cat and like it. My 2 brittanies put up with the cat. The young male Brittany gets coned into chasing the cat, BY the cat. Usually at 2 in the AM.


11 posted on 07/27/2013 4:51:28 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin

I understand how Rush feels. My oldest cat is 15—no major health issues, thank goodness.

Those pictures of Rush with his kitty sure are sweet. I hope he’s considering opening up his home to a new kitty soon. It would help him a lot.


12 posted on 07/27/2013 4:54:03 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Fred Nerks

I feel the same Fred. I have a 15 and 13 year old and they have shared a lifetime with us.


13 posted on 07/27/2013 4:59:59 AM PDT by angcat
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To: Vaquero

Not too sure about the pit bull, but maybe a British bulldog. One that looks like Winston Churchill.


14 posted on 07/27/2013 5:03:33 AM PDT by Spirit of Liberty (Time to go Galt!)
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To: Kaslin

Sounds like vestibular syndrome, it happens in older dogs and cats and mimics, for a short period, the signs of a stroke. Had it happen to an elderly basenji, and he couldn’t stand or hold his head up for several hours. Put him in bed, and by the next morning he was OK.


15 posted on 07/27/2013 5:08:37 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Kaslin

My Dog Lynn-Dah is in Intensive care right now due to anaplasmosis, a tick-borne disease. She might have to be euthanized today, and i don’t even have enough money to pay for it.

I empathize with Rush so much about his kitty. It is a very human side of him that the left would prefer not to acknowledge.


16 posted on 07/27/2013 5:12:24 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kaslin; Slings and Arrows

Awwwwwww, poor Rush. We’ve all been there and done that, but it never gets easier.

Even when it’s someone else, you feel their pain.


17 posted on 07/27/2013 5:17:01 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Kaslin

He talked about carrying her up and down stairs. We essentially had our cat on hospice as we sometimes helped her eat and drink and carried her. Saki reanimated several times during her last couple of months.


18 posted on 07/27/2013 5:28:37 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: riverrunner

No, they do not. When we make them part of our families, we are making the promise to love and care for them to the absolute best of our ability to do so for the remainder of their lives. Even the best of veterinary medicine cannot keep a beloved furry family member around forever. It can, however, make their remaining time with us as healthy and pain free as possible. We owe them and ourselves that much.


19 posted on 07/27/2013 5:30:25 AM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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To: Kaslin

Hope Punkin gets better. Rush tell us about your 3rd dog. Only know about 2.


20 posted on 07/27/2013 5:31:14 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: riverrunner

yeah, I agree. Sometimes it is more humane to put the pet to sleep.
I love my pets and would never do them harm. But I do not put them on the same level as people.
So sorry if I got someones dander up.


21 posted on 07/27/2013 5:31:55 AM PDT by ronniesgal (Hey if the NSA is reading this....gfy. thnkskbye.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I know what you mean. Rush and my husband where born the same year and are from the same neck of the woods, so to speak. I can envision that they might have been partners in crime in high school, too. My husband, who was never a cat lover, came to appreciate them and now has a best buddy, a beautifully colored deep orange tabby, who does not take a bad photo. I read this story to my husband and he said he really understands how Rush feels. Punkin is a beautiful cat, and the way Rush treats him is adorable.
22 posted on 07/27/2013 5:33:53 AM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m far from being a cat lover, but Punkin is my favorite.


23 posted on 07/27/2013 5:34:53 AM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracker)
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To: Kaslin

Wow, Punkin is 16? Cats can live well over 20 years, I hope she ignores the average age for her breed and keeps giving us Punkin stories for many more years.


24 posted on 07/27/2013 5:44:59 AM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Kaslin

They make a Urinary Tract cat food that will combat this condition. Usually female cats won’t get it, it is more common in male cats. I have a male(3 cats altogether)that suffers from this and I simply feed him a steady diet of Urinary tract cat food. For a while I had to buy a special prescription food from the vet but then I was able to switch to over the counter brands. It has been years since he had an episode. I am surprised Rush’s vet doesn’t know this.


25 posted on 07/27/2013 5:52:50 AM PDT by calex59
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Our cat is 20. Over the last year she has really slowed down but is so affectionate. At bed time she comes and gathers me up if I am watching TV and meows till I head off to bed...she sleeps on my arm. We know the end is coming soon for her statistically and medically. I am not so sure I want to go down this road again so we may be former pet carers. Her sister died last year and while not was affectionate as this one we still miss her.


26 posted on 07/27/2013 5:55:20 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: GeronL

I’d love to see the care Rush would give to Obama if he were in his care. Bet the cat does a million times better.


27 posted on 07/27/2013 5:57:10 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: Kaslin

Rush is amazing but if I want cat stories I’ll tune to the Serengeti Channel.Osama Obama’s in the process of giving voting rights to 30 million illiterate wetbacks and bringing the world’s best health care system to its knees.Please Rush...no more golf...no more Apple...no more “Pumpkin”.Leave that stuff to Oprah and Ellen Degenerate.


28 posted on 07/27/2013 6:06:03 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit.)
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To: left that other site

Sorry to hear that. My prayers are with you.


29 posted on 07/27/2013 6:16:05 AM PDT by lysie
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To: lysie

Thank You, FRiend.


30 posted on 07/27/2013 6:17:46 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: riverrunner
The cat is 16 years old what does one expect they do not live for ever.

No, but some live quite a long time, (much longer than most breeds of dogs). We had a cat names Priscilla that lived to 22 (parents got her as a kitten when I was 6 in 1981 and took of picture of me holding her. Then one day when I was visiting after I turned 26 in 2001 they took another picture of me holding her the same way and put them side by side in the photo album. Priscella lived another two years after this until they finally had to have her put down because she was deaf, blind and had lost all control of her bladder.

31 posted on 07/27/2013 6:24:37 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Kaslin

A man who loves a cat cannot be evil.

Tell the libs.


32 posted on 07/27/2013 6:25:39 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Kaslin

His obvious love for that dear cat during that monologue was charming.


33 posted on 07/27/2013 6:30:12 AM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: left that other site

So sorry, and hoping it works out differently. My Maxwell, a dachshund, is 15. He struggles. We give him water IV subq injections every day for his kidneys. Lots of arthritis and heart issues. But he still has a gleam in his eye and he hops, thinking he is running. I am hypervigilent all the time and is breaking my heart. So you do have company in understanding.


34 posted on 07/27/2013 6:37:16 AM PDT by Toespi
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To: bigredkitty1

One of our kitties — our most docile one — freaked me out a couple of times. He shrieked, lost control of his bladder, zoomed around aimlessly, bumped into walls, had dilated eyes, and was foaming at the mouth. The doctor said they’re convulsions that are classic signs of epilepsy, and that we need to keep an eye on him. If/when it happens again, phenobarbitol can be given daily to keep it in check.

Punkin is a beautiful cat!


35 posted on 07/27/2013 6:47:58 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (I feel much better since I gave up hope.)
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To: Kaslin

She’s a cutie!


36 posted on 07/27/2013 6:48:09 AM PDT by Silentgypsy (You don't like the way I drive? Stay off the sidewalk.)
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To: Toespi

We love our furry friends, and it is so hard to go through this.


37 posted on 07/27/2013 6:48:46 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Moonmad27

Haven’t heard it yet. I listen to podcasts and I’m a bit behind schedule.

I had no idea Punkin is 16. I have a 12 year old English Bulldog who is nearing the end. I will be a basket case when he dies.


38 posted on 07/27/2013 6:56:19 AM PDT by gitmo ( If your theology doesn't become your biography it's useless.)
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To: left that other site

So sorry. Wishing for healing for your heart.


39 posted on 07/27/2013 6:56:51 AM PDT by jch10 (The greatest threat to America is the Democrats.)
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To: jch10

Thank You, FRiend.


40 posted on 07/27/2013 6:59:56 AM PDT by left that other site (You Shall Know the Truth, and the Truth Shall Set You Free...John 8:32)
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To: Kaslin

Awww... I just lost a cat in March, and while she had a quick illness that took her 11 days after it began, it was so hard watching her suffer. We did all we could, but ultimately, she was suffering and dying and had to be euthanized. It was one of the hardest days of my life. They really are part of the family. I hope Punkin lives as long as possible. My other cat has kidney issues and is taking Transfer Factor. She is doing very well.


41 posted on 07/27/2013 8:16:25 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Future Snake Eater

lulz


42 posted on 07/27/2013 8:39:30 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Kaslin

I know how he feels. We had one that made it to 19. Sometimes she wouldn’t move for hours. I would make Mr. GG2 go over and touch her to make sure she was still alive.

Now our Beagle Buddy is almost 17 and we do the same thing to him. :-)


43 posted on 07/27/2013 8:42:33 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Moonmad27

It sure was. It’s so obvious that Rush is a nice guy — in the way he treats Punkin and in a hundred other ways — yet liberals see him as this big meanie, and they’ve convinced a lot of other people that he’s that way too. They did the same thing with Reagan, perceived him 180 degrees the opposite of how he really was. And the same with Bush and Palin and the latest example is George Zimmerman. Liberals have this capacity for utter wrongness that’s really pretty amazing.


44 posted on 07/27/2013 9:02:53 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

I had my Quatorze put down about a month ago (at 16) after she told me it was time.

Be grateful for the love you shared, but don’t prolong kitty’s pain for selfish reasons.

The dogs miss her too...


45 posted on 07/27/2013 9:05:59 AM PDT by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: bigredkitty1
We owe them and ourselves that much.

I couldn't agree more......

46 posted on 07/27/2013 9:07:29 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: Vaquero

Why would I flame you? Not all pit bulls are bad. It depends on how they were raised. My son used to have a pit bull who was the most gentle dog you could imagine


47 posted on 07/27/2013 9:11:16 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

cause I am not a cat person...not the breed of dog.

we lost a dog 3 years or so ago who was half pit bull, half Chocolate Lab and all MUSH. I love the non abuse trained pit bulls, they are mostly just big lovers.


48 posted on 07/27/2013 9:15:09 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kaslin
I can't believe that Punkin is 16 years old! I remember when Rush first got it, and I remember that before that, Rush was NOT a cat person. I seem to recall a regular caller from the "high mountains?" who spoke of making cat tacos. Does anyone else remember that guy?

When the right cat comes into one's life, one may or may not become a "cat person," but the bond can be so incredibly strong, they won't even realize how much they love their furry little friend.

A co-worker hated cats, a favorite saying that "they're a waste of fur." Then his wife brought home a Ragdoll from a rescue. Within a month, they had gotten a playmate for the first (and later on a second), and he was talking about all the cute things that his cat was doing.

Mark

49 posted on 07/27/2013 1:35:09 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I feel the need for a few kitty hugs. I still miss the ones I have lost, but I do treasure the ones I still have. :-)


50 posted on 07/27/2013 2:03:11 PM PDT by bigredkitty1 (March 5,2010. Rest in peace, sweet boy. I will miss you, Big Red.)
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