Pawprints On My Heart

Thursday, July 23, 2009

And now there are two.

Angel Sugar

Once there were three hearts that we held dear;

one rescued, one offspring and one just appeared.

Each one unique, they made quite a brood,

and each had their own way of lightening our mood.

Like attention craving rivals they vied for our looks,

and found refuge from each other in crannies and nooks.

But now, due to nature and an uncaring, cruel fate,

the dearest heart stands waiting at God’s golden gate.

With heavy hearts and bitter tears we bid her farewell.

May she rest in heaven, the heart we loved so well.

By Rex G. Bradley

A special thank you to Miss Peach for the lovely graphic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rest in Peace Sweet Sugar

At approximately 1 am this morning, our sweet Sugar went to the Bridge.  The doctor said that she had been alert shortly before and seemed to be doing better but when they made their hourly check she had slipped away.  They said that she didn’t seem to be in any pain but that it must have just been too much for her to take.  I know she is happy and pain free now.  We love you Sugar and always will.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sugar Still in the Hospital


Dear kitty friends, please keep up your purring and praying for Sugar.  She has not been able to wake up from her anesthesia.  My mom and I went to visit her today to see if she could rally her strength but it was not enough.  Her doctor performed a blood test while we were there and we discovered that Sugar has severe kidney disease.  Because of this she is unable to metabolize the medication in her body thus keeping her asleep.  They put her on an IV and are attempting to flush the medicine from her body.  Please pray that this works for her.  She will have to stay in the hospital until at least Thursday evening but if all goes well she should be alert and able to come home then.  Once she comes home we will have to begin giving her sub-q liquids to manage her kidney disease.  She had this disease going in to the incident but we just didn’t know till today.  In a strange way this attack may have saved her life because left undetected she would have gotten VERY ill before we discovered her disease.  She is quite young to have this problem but we are hopeful that her youth may give her an advantage.  We know that lots of kitties out there deal with this everyday so we take courage in knowing that it is combatable.

Above was a picture of Sugar in her recovery cage at the hospital.

Below is Sugar on the exam table with Dr. Earick her fabulous vet.  You can see her drainage tube in the front, this is to help the large puncture wound to heal with less infection.  Notice all the bruising and scabbing over her lungs.  She is very lucky that they did not puncture her lungs.


Here you can see the second drainage tube in her back.  This puncture went all the way down the length of her shoulders and separated the skin from her body.  This is the worst of all the wounds but seems to be doing well.


Thank you all for your support and caring.  Sugar is our baby and we need her to come home soon.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Today’s Update


Sugar is currently recovering from surgery to close her puncture wounds.  She had not woken up from the anesthesia so she was unable to come home tonight.  We are hoping to be able to pick her up tomorrow afternoon.  Please keep purring and praying for our sweet girl and thank you for all the love and concern that you have already shown.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sugar Update!


Sugar is now stabilized and breathing without the oxygen tent.  Her labored breathing has subsided and she has even begun to purr.  She has very large puncture wounds on her back and severe bruising on her lungs.  The doctors are optimistic and we hope she keeps progressing well.  Thanks.