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17 years ago I found this website and honestly think it helped me keep what was left of my sanity. I was heartsick, broken and unbearably sad. I had cried so much that there were no more tissues in the house and I could not face going to the store so I was using hand towels to wipe my tears.

Two days prior I had lost my wee kitten Twinkie. One month prior to that day I was on my way home from visiting family and saw a tiny yellow kitten sitting on a slab of concrete in a trailer park. Getting out of the car I walked over to her, she managed a weak little mew and tried to stand but fell back down. A lady called out to me to say that she was abandoned by her family when they moved, take her if I wanted her. I immediately took her to a vet and when he saw her he said he did not think she was going to live but he gave me medicine for her and a can of food. The next day I took her to my vet and she told me the same thing but I had to try to save her. For the next 10 days I was medicating her and feeding her little bits of food every three or four hours, she began to look better, even gaining a few ounces and I thought she was going to make it. She was the sweetest, most affectionate fur baby I had ever had and my heart was hers. Then around two weeks later she refused to eat more than a few bites and I thought she was having a relapse. The vet said it might be FIP and she could go ahead and euthanize her or I could take her home and keep a close watch. I chose to take her home as she wasn't showing any symptoms of being in pain and was still very loving. She passed away two days later as I held her. I know some people would say I was wrong to keep her but I had to give her every chance of recovering. I now believe it is better to let them go one day too soon rather than one day too late. I had had many dogs and cats in my life but she had me wrapped around her little paw from that first day. I still miss her but I will be eternally grateful for our time together.

I went to the chat room that first time and several people were there offering kindness and support. That night I logged into the candlelight ceremony and decided to keep coming back. Many people in Petloss became personal friends. As I healed I returned often to the chat room to try to help others. I know I am babbling so I will stop to say how much I appreciate this wonderful website. To the man who brought us this website, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. To all who continue to come to petloss offering hope and support to people whose hearts are broken, thank you. God bless you all.

Thank you precious Twinkie for sharing my life. I had you with me for such a brief time but I am eternally grateful for that honor.

Twinkies mom, forever and one day more.

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