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05-09-2008 10:23 AM -- By: Ebony,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
Amber, I am so sorry Yukon Jack lost his fight...he tried so hard for you...what a strong boy you had. My heart is aching for you my friend. We know that Nvwati will take good care of him for you. My prayers and hugs sent your way.

****IMPORTANT****


This post is on behalf of Amber who also just lost her other boy Nvwati September, 28 2007. Yukon Jack was a trooper and fought to live for his mommy for nine days (since April 30th.) Yukon was so brave, and Amber was by his side every waking hour she could be there, which were many. Amber and I have spoken on the phone and emailed quite often this past few months. She is a soft-hearted, brilliant and very giving woman.


I am reaching out with my personal plea, to everyone who reads this post.


I'm not sure if you are aware, but Amber is involved in, and donates her time to groups that support people with mental and physical issues. She has given from her heart so much, while at the same time she is physically challenged. It is no secret, as Amber has also posted that she has AIDS, which has caused many other illnesses that she's dealt with, and she still gives even though there are many times she doesn't feel well herself.


I am personally asking anyone who can spare just a few dollars toward the care of her dear boy Yukon Jack...please contribute. Anything at this point would help her tremendously. I just donated $100.00. If there is anyone who reads this that can contribute any amount, Amber is facing an expense for her boy that is in the thousands. The boarding alone is $80.00 per day. He was taken to the clinic's emergency room on APRIL 30, 2008, and has been there ever since. Just for the boarding expense alone "to date" is $800.00. Amber is not able to work, and I am sure she would appreciate anything we can do to help out.


Below is the information for donations ("Master Card, Visa, Debit Cards, and of course Cashier Checks are accepted).


Banks Animal Hospital, 230 Coxwell Ave., Toronto, ON, M4L 382


(416) 461-7575


Please vist "Yukon Jack's" page, and communicate to Amber that you are able to contribute. I am sure she would provide you with her personal email, and would want to track any donations toward his care.


Thank you, in advance, from the bottom of my heart. Ebony's mom forever, Carole Turner.


05-09-2008 9:47 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
The Miracle was not to be. Sadly my sweet boy Yukon Jack passed away this morning.

I will update his page later.
Thank you to all who sent prayers, well wishes and who helped out financially during this troubling time.

My boy passed away gently and peacefully in his sleep after a 9 day battle. He fought his hardest. I told him last night when we said goodnight that if he couldn't fight this as hard as it would be to say goodbye to him, I would understand. I told him if he had it in him to fight this I would fight alongside him. I begged him not to make me make a decision to end his life.

 

He answered me. He took his last breathe sometime around 4:30 AM today.

Yukon Jack I will miss you sweet boy. I Love you soooo much.

 


05-09-2008 12:01 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
"Anyways, with medicine there's a time and a place for everything. It only comes around once. You have to get it at the right time."
---- Cecilia Mitchell, MOHAWK
The old ones say two things must be present for a miracle to take place. One, the right time. Two, the right place. This is why we need to honor our ceremonies. Ceremonies are done in an order. This order is applied to open a "door" to the right time and place of the medicine. This door opens to the Spiritual World. The Spiritual World is available to us at the right time and the right place.

 

My Creator, let me be patient today so the timing is right.

I hope this is helpful to some today. I Know I need it today as we continue to struggle with Yukon Jacks illness. I am not ready to say goodbye to my boy yet. It's too soon after saying goodbye to my other boy Nvwati. Nvwati, if you are listening please help your brother get strong and better so we can bring him home.


05-08-2008 6:42 AM -- By: Max's Family ,    Critters.com memorial:   Max Memorial
Please visit my sweet boy Max memorial I have been having a hard time with his passing.


05-07-2008 10:50 PM -- By: Denise,    Pet's name:   Wallace
Hello I am new to this. I lost my beloved Wallace on Saturday, 5/3. He had faught Cancer for 18 months. He was a lover of life and my best friend. I don't know how to wake up and go through my day without him. My days are long and filled with a painful heavy heart. Wallace touched so many lives, in so many places. I just pray that I will see him again. Before he went to sleep I promised him that I would be OK and that I would see him again, before he knew it. I thanked God for the gift. The gift of time that he had given to Wallace and I. I thanked Wallace for the joy that he has given to me in the 7 short years that we had each other... I will never forget him....ever.  I Love you my "tuppy".


05-07-2008 9:50 PM -- By: Bobby Foster,    Critters.com memorial:   Oscar Memorial
I am missing  my Oscar really  bad today.Can not  stop  thinking about him. The why's, the what if's and the how comes  all haunt me today. There is an empty feeling that  I am having and a difficult time getting over. I miss you Oscar , my little buddy ...Oh do I miss you......I look for you but don't see you, I think I hear you but you are no where to be found.   I cry a little but nothing  makes me feel better. It's you I miss so really bad and I find myself still hurting and  wishing for time to go back to when you was alive and full of life. Im ok but just  very sad since you left. I never stop thinking about you my little buddy!

Your daddy


05-07-2008 2:38 PM -- By: Vi,    Pet's name:   Tasha
My cat Tasha was hit by a car this moring. She went out with me and stayed out . when I went to call her she was across the street and must have ran in front of a car.She was 14 years old and I a'm really having a hard time with it!!Iam blaming my self now. I should have brought her in sooner! Vi


05-07-2008 11:30 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Tomorrow will be the one year anniversary of Blossom's Angel Day. Please pray for her mom Judy. She's having a very rough time and needs a lot of support.


05-06-2008 7:20 PM -- By: Tracie ,    Critters.com memorial:   Lil Joe Memorial
Carol, You have a very very wise doctor.. Our babies are Smart, They teach us so so much.. Keeping you in my Thoughts and Prayers...

Also to you Amber keeping you and your baby in my Prayers...Hugs to you All.. Tracie


05-06-2008 5:10 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
WOW Carol I have no doubt that our fur babies understand and have their own spirituality that includes their own rituals. Bless you! for reasurring us.


05-06-2008 11:12 AM -- By: wicki, Sheba's mom,    Critters.com memorial:   Sheba Memorial
Oh, Carol, that's so touching. You have a very wise vet. I'm glad Boots is doing okay and knows that Taz is, now. God bless you. You're in my prayers.


05-06-2008 10:21 AM -- By: Carol (Copper,    Critters.com memorial:   My Copper Girl Memorial
Thank all of you who have been so supportive this week after losing my Taz..I am doing well, I know that it had to be and Taz is snoozin and watching the birds and butterflies which was his favorite thing to do.  Copper is happy I know to have her brother with her.  You are all the VERY best !!!  I will make a page for Taz on Copper's site soon so you can meet this very special Tuxedo Cat and his twin sister Boots.  She is doing just great.  Dr T suggested that I let the other Kitty kids come in and see Taz after he had gone.  He said they needed to say their goodbyes too and otherwise they would be searching the house looking for him.  I did as he suggested and they came and sniffed him and walked all around him and then sat down and just quietly looked at him as if they were praying...Then Boot's, his twin licked his head and walked off and sat in the window and looked out and the other two walked off then too.  It was almost like they were having some kind of a spiritual thing....It was so interesting..  They have all been just fine since.  Boots has been so relaxed and is eating better than she has for weeks.  I suspect she knew her brother was very ill and worried about him untill he was set free form his wreck of a body.  We can learn so very much from these wonderful furry kids.


05-04-2008 7:18 PM -- By: ,    Critters.com memorial:   Eight Belles Memorial
Please Visit Eight Belles Memorial Page. This 3 Year Old Filly Lost Her Life In The Kentucky Derby Yesterday From Two Broken Ankels.


05-04-2008 5:11 PM -- By: Hawkeyes Family ,    Critters.com memorial:   Hawkeye Memorial
I added a memorial for my sweet boy Max who I lost in November


05-04-2008 10:55 AM -- By: Brenda,    Critters.com memorial:   BUSTER Memorial
Hi Amber, I'm so pleased Yukon is getting stronger he now,s you love him so much so he s fought with all his might to stay with you, god bless you and take care, love and hugs to you and Yukon and a big hug for Nvwati,


05-04-2008 3:15 AM -- By: Linda (Ceeses's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
Huge thank yous to those of you who sent messages to my dad.  I was with him tonight and he could not read them in front of me.  I think it's a guy thing--no tears in front of his daughter.  I can tell it means so much to him and helps him feel comforted.  He is desperately searching for a good picture of Custer for me to post and I suspect in a week or so he will be writing his own story about Custer.  Again, thank you.  It means so much to me and dad too.  He has a had a very rough year and this was another very difficult blow.  I love you folks.  LInda


05-04-2008 1:29 AM -- By: Ebony,    Critters.com memorial:   Ebony Turner Memorial
...as my heart continues to both bleed and mend from the loss of my precious "Labrador Angel" Ebony, I will try to live every day like it is my last, which is what I learned from her and her sudden passing. I miss my girl no less than I did on April 21, 2007. I will never be the same. I am sure the loss of my dear girl will be an "endless" aching in my heart. Although I wish we would have had more time, I would like to say that my heart aches for those who were not able to share their precious ones as long as I did Ebony, and I also feel joy when I know there are those that were able to enjoy their precious ones for a longer time than I did Ebony. May God bless you all.

I would like to share this beautiful poem with you.

You are far away, but, I can feel you...I can see you in eveything I do.

You exist in my every breath, in every beat of my heart, even when I close my eyes, I see your face and feel you near.

Your presence is a tangible thing...yet as hard to grasp as the air.

Still, I can feel you; the softness of a petal, a soft wind on my cheek, a warm ray of sunshine, in my vision... a distant light that ever draws me near. -- author unknown


05-03-2008 1:30 PM -- By: Linda (Ceese's mom),    Pet's name:   
There is a very sad 79 yr old man (my dad) who taught me to love and respect all criiters.  He's had serious health problems and so does his wife.  He lost his 18 yr old cat a few months ago and a dog he saved years ago yesterday.  He is devastated.  I know how kind words from you folks can help and I would so appreciate it if you would send him some support.  Custer has a memorial that I quickly created yesterday but does not have a picture yet.  If you folks could search Custer's name and sign his guestbook it would mean so much to my dad.  He needs more support than I can give him right now. Linda


05-03-2008 12:55 PM -- By: Hawkeyes Family,    Critters.com memorial:   Hawkeye Memorial
The kids have been charged with animal cruelty.  It just hurts that they took Hawkeye away from me. I feel like I never got to say goodbye to Hawkeye. If Hawkeye wasent posined I would still have him and Kodi. Because of this all happening Kodi is now with a new family. I am sure he is loving his new family  and having a great time.

I am wanting to make a memorial for my sweet boy Max as well. I am not sure if I am ready to. Losing Max was really hard for me. After spending 9 years with him.


05-03-2008 12:29 PM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Hawkeyes family, it breaks my heart that you lost two precious furbabies and felt you had to let Kodi go too to keep him safe.

Sometimes we have to do things we don't want to do because in our hearts we know it is the right thing to do. I was just faced w ith this this week when my boy Yukon Jack got into something putting him in coma and I almost lost him as well. We just cremated my Nvwati in Sept.
I prayed so hard at 2 pm on Thursday that if he would not have a quality life or if he was not going to make it that he be taken immediately. An hour later the vet called to say he was out of coma!We don't always get good responses and I am so blessed to be given a second chance with Yukon Jack.

I have faith that Kodi's new family will love Kodi totally and will be given a good life. Have those horrible children been charged? I am heartbroken over what happened to Hawkeye. Know we are here for you.


05-03-2008 9:13 AM -- By: Hawkeyes Family ,    Critters.com memorial:   Hawkeye Memorial
The new owners came to pick up Kodi. It was really hard to watch him leave. Now I have no dogs. They where my companions.  I am still heart broken over the loss of Hawkeye. Some people still ask about Hawkeye and I have to tell them what happend it breaks my heart.

How do you all cope with the loss of a pet? or pets? Hawkeye isnt the only pet I lost. on November 9th 2007 I lost my boy Max to cancer. He was 9 years old. I just try to reamind my self that Hawkeye and Max are back together but it is hard to.


05-03-2008 5:03 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
((((CAROL))) I am so sorry. I Just heard. Heading over to Coppers site now.


05-02-2008 11:46 PM -- By: Bobby,    Critters.com memorial:   Oscar Memorial
Saturday marks 6 weeks since I lost my boy Oscar, It still hurts really bad and I am feeling like a big baby  crying  I am trying so hard to make peace with this but  I am still unable to cope.  I  always feel sad now when Saturday comes around.


05-02-2008 11:18 PM -- By: Melissa Hartley,    Critters.com memorial:   Koochy Memorial
It has now been a very long 5 months since Koochy left me.  I miss her so very much and still cry daily. Saying her name brings tears.  Cosmo is surviving, we help each other through it and he has taken over so many of her qualities.  My life without her is so very different and hard.  My furry kids were my kids the last 11 years of being single and attending college on my own.  Thanks for everyone being so supportive and signing her guestbook.


05-02-2008 10:19 PM -- By: Carol (Copper's Mom),    Critters.com memorial:   My Copper Girl Memorial
Taz has joined Copper at the Bridge....Copper was always so good to him and looked our for him.  I will make a page on Copper's site sometime this weekend.  He was such a wonderful Kitty Kid.

He had 4 good days after I found out he had a mass on his liver.  We had some wonderful snuggle time and lots of cuddles.  He had not eaten anything for two days and was not drinking any more...I could not stand to seem him like this so Dr T came to the house tonite after he got off work and Taz is now free from his wreck of a body.  I will miss him so very much.


05-02-2008 4:27 PM -- By: Linda (Ceeses's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
Amber, I am so happy to hear that Yukon Jack is doing better.  I will continue praying for both of you.  Linda


05-02-2008 4:15 PM -- By: Linda (Ceese's mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Ceese Memorial
My dad lost his dog today.  I have created a memorial for Custer without a picture as I don't have one.  My father has taken in stray and unwanted animals his entire life.  He is elderly and recovering from having a malignant kidney removed and his wife has severe Alzheimers.  Today is a very sad day for him.  I know how supportive you folks are.  Please go to Custer's memorial and send my dad support.  Thanks, Linda


05-02-2008 2:11 PM -- By: Hawkeyes Family ,    Critters.com memorial:   Hawkeye Memorial
It been a week and a day with out my sweet boy Hawkeye. It has been hard. I the week to come I have to go to court with the kids who took Hawkeye away from me. It is going to be hard to face them. Tommarow I say goodbye to my other sweet boy Kodi. I found him a new loving home. It was a hard dession to make to find a new home for him. He was there for me after Hawkeye passed away. It is going to be hard to watch Kodi leave with a new family.


05-02-2008 2:10 PM -- By: Cheri (Coco's Mom),    Critters.com memorial:   Coco Memorial
Please pray for Copper's mom, Carol, today. She has to let her sweet kitty, Taz, go today. He isn't getting any better. She needs our prayers.


05-02-2008 10:10 AM -- By: Amber,    Critters.com memorial:   Nvwati Memorial
Thank you all for your well wishes on Nvwati's guestbook, the phone calls and mostly the prayers! Yukon Jack is drinking water today and they are going to give him food later. He is still blind but the vet says he thinks Yukon Jack WILL come home with me in a few days.

I uploaded some Progression pictures on Yukon's page on Nvwati's site this morning. Will take more today.

Thank you Nvwati for helping Yukon pull through this. You sent him to us when we needed him as much as he needed us and now you answered my prayers to you to help him fight this so he can stay with us longer. I never doubted you were my own guardian angel, Nvwati, but now you have shown us all what the power of prayer can do.

 

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