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Tom's Dad
I brought Tang home fom the vet today as a "trial" - I'm still confident it will work out. The nurse showed me how to clean his ears and gave me special q-tips and the solution at no charge. The plan is that being this works out, I will take him back next weekend to get him on a plan like Theresa and a comprehensive exam. So far it's been not too bad. He took to exploring and Theresa followed at a safe distance. He's proving to be an even better hider than Theresa. I lost track of him for a while only to discover he'd wriggled his way into the AC/furnace closet. I pulled him out and better secured the door. Theresa hissed at him once when he approached while on her side, tummy exposed. Not surprising I guess. What was surprising, is that this supposedly timid boy is losing that timidity. He did actually hiss at her as she tried following him into the bathroom. It's starting to look like neither will have clear dominace but competition for my attention seems in the offing. More from him that her oddly enough; he's been following me around everywhere. Now suddenly I'M the alpha cat? Huh? How did that happen? Oh, well, I imagine Tom is looking down and having a good laugh. I forgot what a wry sense of humor that boy had. But, aside from the stray hisses when one gets too much into the others' space, there haven't been any overtly agressive incidents. I'm hoping this will start to gel and all will be OK in our little home.
Peggy's Human
Hi Tom's Dad and Welcome Home Tang!

Sounds like you're off to a good start. Since they haven't squared off with each other, chances are pretty high they'll accept each other. It's probably good that Tang hisses when Miss Theresa gets too close, he's showing her he's not a push over and she'll have to accept him as an equal. Congrats on your promotion to Alpha Cat of the household, sounds like they had a secret ballot and you won! smile.gif

Keeping my fingers crossed that the weekend goes smoothly for all of you!

Peggy
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so o o much for sharing with us that little Tang is home with you and your precious Theresa. From what you describe all sounds very normal. And yes, YOU, Tom, ARE the Alpha Cat. Each "pride" - - as cat families in the wild are called - - ALWAYS have an Alpha male - - a "pride leader" - - and so, Tom, you are the "pride leader" in your household. When Theresa shows her tummy it's a sign of confidence and security - - to YOU. She will be more cautious of Tang approaching her in this vulnerable position until she comes to trust him, feel comfortable with him. So, her "hisses" are her way of saying "back off, I don't trust you". And how precious that Tang is already feeling confident in his new home. Tom, I am keeping my fingers crossed that Tang is a permanent member of your household. Theresa needn't worry - - she will ALWAYS BE daddy's little girl. And I know you are reassuring her letting her know that.

Tom, this is wonderful news, and I thank you so much for letting us know how things are going. I look forward to sharing your "progress reports". Please know you, your precious Theresa, and your little Tang are in my thoughts and prayers.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Thanks Peggy, moon_beam. As I write this they are each napping in there own "spaces" Theresa curled up against the vacuum in the spare bedroom (one her favorites, ironically, since she afraid of the vacuume) And Tang? Well he's experimented with a few spots and picked under the extra dining chair I don't use up against the wall in the dining area. I mention this because that was Tom's favorite hiding spot when he first came to be with me before he felt comfortable enough to roam freely. Earlier another "Tom channeling" moment came when he hopped on the back of the couch I was lying on and preceeded to lie down in a very Tom like fashion including the way he crossed his front paws. I'm not the sort of person who tries to imbue traits of a lost fur child into another, but rather take it as a sign from Tom that things will work out for all 3 of us; that he approves I think.
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad,

Congrats on the new addition to your furfamily. I hope it works out well for you all. I like the sound of "Tang and Theresa".

I also believe Tom is telling you he approves of Tang and he is happy to see you smile again. Now you will have two furbabies to "chill out" with on the balcony this Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting.

Keep us updated and again I hope it works out well for you, Theresa, and Tang.


LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, oh h h I can say definitely it sounds like your precious Sir Thomas has orchestrated this union. And it's not uncommon for a new little furbaby to "assume" some of the traits of their angel sibling. Your precious Sir Thomas is "coaching" your little man Tang to let you know that he so o o approves of this new life coming into your heart and home. Let your heart be at peace that your precious Sir Thomas has a big broad smile on his face, saying "Yes, dad, it's okay, and I'll always be near you, too - - always."

I hope you, your precious Miss Theresa, and your little man Tang will have a peaceful and blissful evening, Tom, and will look forward to sharing your progress reports.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
LovesMyMickey - moon_beam Thanks for the words of encouragement. It would seem Tang has a penchant to be a lap cat of sorts which did not go so very well with Theresa - but she looked more hurt than miffed. But I cleverly picked that moment to open the sliding doors after the rain stopped. About the rain (thunderstorm really) Tang was terrified about that. Not surprising considering he was left out in the rain by his so called family. But as I write this, he is taking his first baby steps out onto the balcony where Theresa already is. I told him that the rain can't hurt him anymore and that he has a place now to come in from out of it. Now he has stepped out completely onto the balcony! smile.gif I think he is seeing that outside in and of itself is not bad now that he has a "safe place" I'll keep you posted smile.gif
Tom's Dad
Well, I had to break up what might have turned into a fight last night sad.gif Tang hopped up onto the pillow next to my head on the bed. (another Tom thing) Theresa was on the floor and he jumped down there to start something - This distressed me and I admonished him for it. He went off to hide. I swear that cat is double jointed. I saw him emerging this morning out from under the easy chair that is NOT designed for that sort of thing. I thought he might have hurt his eye as it was red/watering and was fussing at it - but it seems better now. Dust from under the chair I guess. Since the rain cooled things down last night I opened the doors to balcony and they are both out there now and seem to be behaving themselves. I'll keep you all posted.
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you for the updates on your precious Theresa and little man Tang. The spits and spats - - normal. There will be those from time to time. Even though Noah and Abbygayle were totally devoted to one another, Noah would "press his luck" from time to time, and Abbygayle was not about to take anything off her brother. Hence, Noah's nose usually got the brunt end of Abbygayle's rebuke - - but as you are seeing your precious girl and baby boy out on the deck in mutual peace, so it was with my Noah and Abbygayle. Neither one of them could stay fussed at each other for very long - - the next time I looked at them they were curled around one another reassuring each other that "love is eternal."

I am so o o glad that little Tang has you for his dad, and precious Theresa for his sister. Between the two you he will know love and safety and family. He's already learning about receiving unconditional love as well as giving it. As for the issue of "lap" - - your precious Theresa will come to learn that she will always be your little girl - - that Tang is not going to "compete" for your love. And you are doing a great job, Tom, in helping both your precious little girl and your little man know they are special to you in their own sweet ways.

Tom, I hope today will be a good day for you and your precious fur family. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, and will look forward to knowing how you're doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
I hope you're right moon_beam - because he's taken to getting under that chair alot. I though pushing the foot rest part all the way in would keep him out. But he must be getting in from behind and I can't block that. I'm going to pull it out and vacuume under so it's not so dusy, but I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself in the bars under there getting out from what I've seen when he does......
Tom's Dad
Well, I pulled out that chair and vacuumed under it. Boy, was it dirty! I don't think I've moved that chair in the 6 years it's been there. But I got a closer look at it and figured he must be getting in from the back where the fabric expands with chair when it reclines like a sort of flap. So, when I pushed it up completely against the wall, it does not look like even he will be able to squeeze in there. Just have to remember to to do that before bed and going to work.
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, sounds like you're trying to take normal precautions. I know your concern, and know you will do everything in your power to protect your little boy from hazards. Isn't it amazing how our furkids can stretch, fold, manipulate their bodies into the strangest positions and places? Tom, I hope you, your precious Theresa, and your little Tang will have a very peaceful evening, and I'll look forward to knowing how things go for you and your furkids.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Doing my best moon_beam. I'm a little wary about going off and leaving them (and him) for the first time to go off to work tomorrow being gone my usual 12-13 hours. I hope it works out. But I have a feeling Tom is looking over both of them and know just what you mean by his "coaching" Tang. Tonight he did 2 more things I'd only ever seen Tom do in all the years of having and being around cats. First he was rolling around on the floor, but not like Theresa does back and forth fron paws curled to her chest. This was more a serpentine pattern with outstretcheched left and right front paws alternating. Like Superman flying barrel rolls. And just a little while ago he got up not on my lap but onto the back of the chair. Yes, Theresa has done this some but not for a long time. Here's the kicker: he started petting my head with his tail. Tom is the only cat ever that has done that. It's kind of eerie.......
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad.....That gave me goosebumps. Sounds like you have a little bit of Tom in Tang, or maybe Tom is telling him what to do so you will like him. lol...About the chair, if your plan doesn't work, maybe you could stuff something under it.

Have a good day, hopefully with no storms.

LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you for letting us know how things are going for you and your fur tribe. LoveMyMickey has made an excellent suggestion about the chair situation: ". . ., if your plan doesn't work, maybe you could stuff something under it." It can be a bit disconcerting when you go to sit in a recliner or rocking chair unaware that there is / might be a little furchild under it - - hiding - - blending in with the underneath of the chair and the floor / carpeting - -. I used to put my tiny little ones on a long tether so that I could keep watch of where they were, and which also enabled me to see where the tether led when they were out of sight so that I could trace it to the body it belonged to. When I shared this with some folks I got a lot of weird looks and "stern words" - - but it worked for me until my little tykes grew so that they couldn't fit so nicely "under" places where I couldn't see them. So, this is another suggestion -- it worked for me and my little tykes - - for whatever it may be worth to you.

I hope your day at work has been kind to you, Tom. I know you are looking forward to getting home to your precious Theresa and little Tang. Please know you and your precious fur tribe are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and look forward to knowing how each of you are doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam



Tom's Dad
Well, I failed to Tang proof the chair. I got home tonight and he was under it again. I was paniced at first thinking the maint. man coming to check the AC may have let him out. But, no. He could not have gotten in through the sides as it was right up against the wall. But upon closer inspection I saw that it's possible for him to have gotten if the bottom/back - he must have tried his darnedest to get under there too either when the man came to check the AC, or more likely the thunderstorms. He's really scared of those I guess since that's what he was abondoned in. Since it was up against the wall, I imagine he was in there for who know how long as the front was down tight sad.gif

I don't think I can get a pillow under there w/o tearing it up BUT it did give me an idea. I took one of my old cushions from a couch I no longer have and wedged it behind the chair and pushed the chair up against it and the wall as far as it would go. Gave it a good tug to make sure it won't come loose. So, unless he's stronger than me, I HOPE there's no way he can get under there again. I'll keep you all posted on the new adventures of Theresa and Tang.
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad....I'm sorry Tang is so scared of the thunderstorms. Looks like he will be scared the rest of the week.....I hope the chair problem works out okay.....I bet Tom is looking down on you all and having a good laugh.

Keep us updated. I looked forward to the adventures of Theresa and Tang. smile.gif

LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for sharing with us "the new adventures of Theresa and Tang." That is so o o special. There should be a TV series made just for you and your fur tribe. Poor little fella - - Noah sure does know how he feels. Noah does not like any "intruders" in his domain. He runs under whatever is closest if he hears the doorbell ring, if I need someone to come to do major house repairs, visitors - - he hides from anyone other than me. It's important though that the places your little Tang chooses to "hide" are safe, and I'm hoping that your efforts to "de-Tang" the recliner work. The best place to run and hide in is daddy's arms, but when that's not possible, a "daddy approved Plan B" is the next best thing. I'll be very interested in sharing your news.

Tom, I hope today is being kind to you and your precious furkids. Please know each of you are close in my thoughts and prayers, and look forward to knowing how each of you are doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Well, I think it worked. In addition to the cushion in the back, I wedged a hard platic cooler on the right side next to it that I suspect he was getting in from. Tonight I got home to both my lovely white AND orange faces to greet me smile.gif

I've been experimenting with "communal" nuzzles where I put one hand down and they both nuzzle from different sides. Meanwhile, the balcony seems to be a neutral zone for nada hostilities - I've even seen them literally side by side watching what ever it is that they see. Gotta watch Tang though. He gets right on the edge under the railing, and unlike Theresa he's thin enough to fall through it if he forgets himself. I think he'll be OK, but worried daddy still keeps his eye out on both while out there. I think he might have been abused where ever it is that he came from because he'll be laying relaxed as you please on the floor, but if I start walking near him he looks scared and bolts like the thinks he's done something wrong. But he'll come right back if I call. Of course it could just be kitty ADD wink.gif
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad....Awwwww...that sounds so cute, Theresa and Tang there to greet you. That sounds like a good idea about the communal nuzzles and it sounds like they are getting along well together....Oh yes, keep a close eye on Tang and the balcony, as you know cats can squeeze into the skinnest places.

Sounds like everything will work out well for you and your furkids. I'm happy for you.


LoveMyMickey

moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for sharing with us how you and your fur tribe are doing. Isn't it great when a plan works - - like "Tang proofing" the recliner? When there is a little tyke in the household you do have to "furchild proof" to protect against potential hazards. You're doing a GREAT job, Tom!!!

And how precious that both your sweet precious Theresa and your precious little Tang were at the door greeting you. Communal nuzzles are wonderful, aren't they? I am so o o happy for you, Tom. Thank you so o o much for sharing your new family member with us.

Tom, I hope today is being kind to you and your precious furkids. Please know each of you are in my thoughts and prayers, and look forward to knowing how each of you are doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Thanks all for the well wishes. Day 2 with no Tang under chair, so I guess I'm onto a working plan for that. Right now they are at separate ends of the hall engaging in a staring contest and nodding off LOL biggrin.gif

Hoping for a peacful evening and counting the hours till the holiday weekend. Peace all smile.gif
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad...I'm glad your "Theresa and Tang" day went well. That's funny about the staring contest. biggrin.gif .......Looks like you'll have good weather for the holiday weekend, well deseved after all these storms.

Have a good afternoon and evening.

LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for sharing with us how you and your fur tribe are doing. Sounds like you are finding much joy in watching your precious Theresa's and Tang's antics, and I am SO O O O O happy for you. This is what your precious Sir Thomas wants for you, and I know he is grinning from ear to ear saying, "enjoy, dad - - I'm still with you, always and forever - - and thank you for giving Tang the gift of your heart, for he is a gift to you from me."

Tom, I do sincerely hope and pray that you, your precious Theresa, and your little tyke Tang will have a WONDERFUL holiday weekend. Perhaps sometime you will be able to share a picture of your furkids with us. Please know you and your fur family are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and will look forward to knowing how each of you are doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam

Tom's Dad
Yes, I am also starting to think this was all Tom's doing. I beleive he found this little waif and led him to that vet nurse's house to lead him to me. It's coming up on 6 months now that Sir Thomas has been gone, and it's a bittersweet feeling indeed. But he's not really gone is he? He's there everyday watching over me , Theresa, and Tang. I think Theresa is starting to "play" with him the way she did Tom - takes little playful bats at him as he passes while she's on her side. I guess the real test will be to see if she starts to play "hide and ambush, then run" like she did with her big brother. Peace out smile.gif
Gretta's Mom
Hello Tom's dad

You are so right! Tom most definitely did send Tang-y to you. I think it's one way our spirit-animals take care of our hearts when they cross over. That they found us in the first place is nothign short of miraculous - and now they're somewhere - we don't know where but we know THAT - and still watching over our hearts just like they did when we could see them with our physical eyes. Thank you for sharing your wonderful saga with us. Hope you have some good times this long weekend.

Gretta's mom
moon_beam
"It's coming up on 6 months now that Sir Thomas has been gone, and it's a bittersweet feeling indeed. But he's not really gone is he? He's there everyday watching over me , Theresa, and Tang."

Hi, Tom, I know what you mean about the angel-versaries being bittersweet. In the beginning of our deep grief, it truly feels as though we are disloyal to our beloved companions for "continuing on" - - how can we possibly go about our daily lives WITHOUT the physical presence of our beloved companions who brought meaning and purpose to our lives? It feels so cruel, because our hearts are filled with such pain - - both emotionally and physically. As we continue in our earthly journey we slowly begin to realize that this is what our beloved companions want for us - - to continue on - - but not as an empty shell filled with sorrow and grief and guilt - - but to continue to be able to feel them with us in our hearts and our memories - - and with us in our daily routines just as they always were and always will be.

AND so that they can bring to our hearts NEW joys - - as your precious Sir Thomas has brought little Tang into your and Theresa's heart. AND knowing that your hearts will ALWAYS have a special place for only Sir Thomas - - Tang is not a "replacement" - - he will have, and already has - - his own special place in your heart that only Tang can fill. This, dear Tom, is what your precious Sir Thomas wants for you, and I am SO O O OO O O HAPPY for you and your precious Theresa.

Tom, thank you so very much for sharing your precious Sir Thomas, Theresa, and Tang with us. I hope you and your fur family will have a WONDERFULLY long holiday weekend, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers, and I will look forward to sharing how you and your fur tribe are doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Well, tomorrow I go back to Banfield with Tang to get him on a wellness plan and a check up to "officially" become his dad. He and Theresa and behaved quite well, all considered. Wish us luck smile.gif
kaylasmom
Hi Tom's Dad,

Congrats on your new addition to the family! I read what you said about Tang and the balcony and I wanted to tell you that there is a balcony mesh wrap you can get in most baby stores. I used it when my son was small and we were in a second story condo. I left it up even after my son was larger because Kayla was such a little girl that she would "twine" herself around the balusters. Scared me a few times!

Here's hoping you have good balcony sitting weather and enjoy your long weekend with Theresa and Tang.

Shelby (kaylasmom)
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, congratulations on making your and Tang's adoption "official." This is such good news. I am so o o o very happy for you, your precious Theresa, and little Tang.

Hope each of you are having a good day, Tom. Please know you and your precious fur tribe are close in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to knowing how you're doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Thanks kaylasmoms, moon_beam. Well, he is doing just fine and is up to date on all his vaccinations. He won't need to be back until July, Theresa in December. They were kind enough to waive the registration fee as they had done with Theresa. Which is 54.00 I really didn't have extra to spend. I only had to pay the first months premeum on the wellness plan - 18.95 - I guess they just wanted to make sure he would get to stay in his new forever home, what ever it took. My thanks to them. He was hard to get in the carrier this morning. I think he thought I was "returning" him. Poor thing. I assured him that "You are not a defective toaster, little Tang, we are just going to make this official" He seemed to calm down after that, and the fact he already knew everybody at Banfield was good too. Both are safe and sound making Zs smile.gif

I thought about some kind of mesh for the balcony, but I'd need to check with the apartment manager first. Besides, he does not seem to be doing that anymore - just hangs is front paws out a little. Much safer for sure. Peace all.
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad....I am sooooo happy for you, Theresa, and Tang. I know Tom is up there somewhere smiling down on you all. I'm glad Tang checked out okay. That was nice of them to waive the reg. fee. We need all the savings we can get these days.

Thank you for sharing your little fur family with us and keep us updated. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for letting us know how Tang's check up went today. I am so o o thrilled that they waived the registration fee for you. That truly was very thoughtful of them. Our furkids do understand what we say to them, and I'm glad little Tang understood that it was just a visit - - not a "return".

Glad to know little Tang is settling in better on the balcony. Since the mesh would not be a permanent addition to the structure of the building I don't think your landlord would have any problems. But still you may be wise in checking with the management first.

I sincerely hope you, your precious Theresa, and little tyke Tang will have a very peaceful and enjoyable evening. Please know you and your fur tribe are in my thoughts and prayers, and look forward to knowing how things are going.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Well, it looks like my plans didn't work out sad.gif It's just too hot, and I'm worried that would not be good for Tang. He's been sneezing off and on and watery eyes here and there. I do know heartworms can cause resperatory issues, and extreme heat does not help. Plus the central AC has been acting up. The on call maint. tech was here yesterday and it started working after he reset the breaker for the ubit. I've had to do it often myself to "jump start" it (sigh) at the moment it's working, and he brought a window unit for the bedroom that I have on energy saver stand by. He said he's put a ticket in for tomorrow. So much for our holiday plans....
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom's Dad....I thought about this heat that it might be too hot for your and furbabies' plans today.....I hope Tang gets better from the sneezing and watery eyes. Maybe he is allergic to something. Anyway I hope he is okay.....I also hope the AC problem gets fixed.

Thank you for sharing your adventures with your furbabies with us. You, Theresa, Tang, and Tom are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Have a cool evening.

LoveMyMickey
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for sharing with us how you, your precious Theresa, and your little Tang are doing. The old saying goes, "The best laid plans of mice and men". Still, you and your fur tribe are together, and that's all that really counts.

I was thinking the same thing as our good friend LoveMyMickey -- that Tang may have allergies - - which are worse during hot weather, as well as other health issues like heartworms. So, the best thing is to stay inside and find "fun" stuff to do together. I hope your "super" is able to fix your AC so that it works properly without any "jump starting".

Tom, I hope today is being kind to you, your precious Theresa, and little Tang, and that each of you will have a peaceful and COOL evening. Please know you and your fur tribe are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and look forward to knowing you're all doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
We stayed inside and did our best to stay cool. They were here again yesterday and did some more work. AC seems to be working OK so far.
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, glad to know you have cool air blowing to keep you and your fur tribe comfy. It is very hot - - unseasonably hot - - here in Virginia with temperatures in the 90's. I finally bit the bullet and turned on the AC to the upstairs unit on Monday, and am very glad I did. Little Noah is much more comfortable - - after all he is wearing a fur coat. The basement living quarters in naturally cooler, and since cold air sinks, the air from the upstairs AC unit helps to cool the basement as well. I use a fan to circulate the air. I do have a separate heat pump / AC unit for the downstairs but will only use it as an absolute last resort - - can't afford the extra electric cost unless it is an absolute necessity.

Hope today is being kind to you and your precious Theresa and your little Tang. Please know you and your fur kids are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and look forward to knowing how things are going.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom...I hope you and your sweet furbabies are still keeping cool, and that Tang is doing better with his sneezes.
It has been unseasonably hot here too, in the capital city. But today is a little better, getting in the lower 80s.

You and your furbabies are always in my thoughts and prayers. Keep us updated when you can.

God Bless..

LoveMyMickey
Tom's Dad
Thanks moon_beam, LovesMyMickey

AC has been working better than ever so far. They are leaving the window unit foir a while just in case. Good thing too because Saturday is supposed to heat index of 100 - Tang and Theresa are starting to get used to each other. Tang is starting to "talk" more (poor pitiful meow, but God love him he tries) He continues to keep me company getting out of the shower and chatting with me. Theresa quit sleeping in the bed for a while and was holed up in the spare bedroom at night. I've been keeping that door closed now, and low and behold both my babies were in the bed on either side of me this morning! I guess I no longer have a side of the bed and and am relegated to the middle wink.gif

Tom's 6 month angelversary is coming up next week. More on that later, I'm trying not to think about it sad.gif
LoveMyMickey
Hi Tom....I'm glad the AC is working. After all you want to have "cool cats". That is so sweet, Tang and Theresa wanting to be close to dad, but not too close to each other.

Yes, the angelversaries are the saddest times. I glance at the clock every afternoon at the time Mickey passed at 4:45. I was posting it in my Bible the other day and saw that Annie, our last dog passed at the same time, 4:45. I didn't remember that until I saw it.

I hope you and your furbabies have a good day and keep cool. You all are in my thoughts and prayers always...God Bless...

LoveMyMickey

moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for sharing with us how you and your fur tribe are doing. So glad to know that the AC is back up and running, and hope that it stays that way.

So o ooo o very glad you have two kitty kids sleeping with you now. What a WONDERFUL joy that is!!!! This is such good news, Tom, and I know you are enjoying this immensely. Our furkids do have a way of seeking out their "space". And I'm so o o o happy that your little Tang is becoming more confident in knowing that he has a FOREVER HOME with his FOREVER DAD and FOREVER SISTER. And your sweet precious Theresa will ALWAYS have her daddy's heart, and she knows this.

I know your precious Sir Thomas' 6 month angelversary is coming up, and I know this will be one of many mixed emotions. I hope you will know that your Sir Thomas is VERY PROUD of you, Tom, and is so o o o very thrilled that you have given little Tang a happy, loving home. But you will ALWAYS have your sweet Sir Thomas' precious Living Spirit with you in your heart and your memories, and a place in your heart that belongs only to him.

Thank you again, Tom, for sharing how things are going for you and your sweet Theresa and little Tang, and for sharing your preious Sir Thomas with us. I hope today is treating you and your fur tribe kindly, and that you and your fur kids will have a wonderful weekend. Please know each of you are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and look forward to knowing how you're doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Thanks for the well wishes. I had to go by the vet today when I was out doing grocery to get some ointment for Tang's eye. Right eye, left ear - at least there is some symetry to that I told the nurse (sigh) But given all he's gone thru, I should thank my lucky stars he's in as good of health as he is. AC continues to hum along which is good considering they came for the window unit yesterday. Theresa is accepting that her daddy still loves her and Tang continues to be my orange shadow LOL. Have a pleaseant weekend all.
Gretta's Mom
Hi Tom

Thank you so much for sharing the step by step story about Tang-y coming into your family. Watching someone who's farther along on the journey is inpiring and hopeful for those of us who are still toward the beginning. Working out the "who's who" and "do we (still) love each other" was a great and educating saga. I adopted a new dog, Rufus (another story), about a month after my beautiful Gretta girl passed. Guilt about disloyalty struck like a brickbat! Following your story about Tang helped guide me along the newness path. I'll add Rufus's story to my original Gretta thread soon.

Thank you for showing the way, my friend.

Gretta's mom
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so much for letting us know how you and your fur tribe are doing. I'm sorry that your little Tang is having challenges with his eye and ear. But he is blessed to have you for his FOREVER DAD because he knows he is loved and will be taken care of at all times and in all circumstances.

I hope you, your precious Theresa, and your little Tang will have a very peaceful day and a blissful evening. Please know you and your fur family are in my thoughts and prayers, Tom, and look forward to knowing how you're doing.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
QUOTE (Gretta's Mom @ Jun 5 2011, 09:56 AM) *
Hi Tom

Thank you so much for sharing the step by step story about Tang-y coming into your family. Watching someone who's farther along on the journey is inpiring and hopeful for those of us who are still toward the beginning. Working out the "who's who" and "do we (still) love each other" was a great and educating saga. I adopted a new dog, Rufus (another story), about a month after my beautiful Gretta girl passed. Guilt about disloyalty struck like a brickbat! Following your story about Tang helped guide me along the newness path. I'll add Rufus's story to my original Gretta thread soon.

Thank you for showing the way, my friend.

Gretta's mom


Gretta's Mom - I'm happy our story helped. I feel like Tang was indeed brought my way by Sir Thomas as you may come to feel Rufus was led your way by Gretta. Yes, there is a certain amount of guilt, but I think the joy that I have felt in caring for this little guy has made it worth the journey. I hope you will have similar feelings, and look forward to hearing about Rufus.
Tom's Dad
Well, I made a huge blunder last night. I was playing with Theresa in the bedroom with an old boot lace she likes to play with. Tang came along and decided he wanted to go a few rounds too. I tried to get them both engaged, but Theresa would have none, and skulked away. Later I was in the living room and noticed the laser pen on the coffee table (Theresa's absolute favorite game) and wanted to see if he would like it too (Tom had no interest) Sure enough, he attacked the dot with gusto. Suddenly, Theresa came bounding from behind the blinds to the balcony sliding door and walloped him as if to say "HEY THAT'S MINE!" He looked horrified trying to figure out what he'd done wrong and Theresa ran off looking hurt. I settled him down and went to find Theresa, I assured her it was not Tang's fault, but mine, and that I was sorry forgetting that was her favorite game which we had not played in a long while. I promised to buy another one so they could each have their own. Somrtimes I forget how much like human children they can be (sigh)
Gretta's Mom
Hi Tom's dad

Oh my yes, they ARE like human children! The new baby syndrome! Looks like Theresa needs some extra TLC - poor girl - her best friend disappears and now this little interloper gets all the attention and JUST WON'T GO AWAY! Tom, time to send down some extra love-beams to your sis, Theresa. Let her know that love is infinite and indivisible - and if she doesn't get those high falutin' words just tell her that there's millions of love in the world and that her da - and your dad - has SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much that it will never go down no matter how much he gives away - to her or anyone else. Tell Ms. Theresa that love is NOT a zero-sum game (huh?) or that it's like a bucket with a hole in it that keeps getting refilled faster than it drains out.

Have a good day with the 'kids' and thanks so much for sharing this continuing saga.

Gretta's mom
moon_beam
Hi, Tom, thank you so very much for sharing with us how you, your precious Theresa and little Tang are doing. Please don't fret about playing with Tang. Your precious Theresa knows you love her, and Theresa and Tang are still figuring out the boundaries. I must confessed I smiled when you wrote about Tang's reaction to Theresa's reaction about his playing with the laser light: "He looked horrified trying to figure out what he'd done wrong . . " My Noah would get this very sorrowful look on his face and look at me as if to say "I only wanted to play." It was usually Abbygayle who had unleashed the insult and injury - - a scratch on Noah's nose - - to emphasize the point that she was NOT in the mood to rough house. I know your precious little Tang surely appreciated your comfort that everything is okay, and your precious Theresa appreciated your reassurance as well.

I hope today has been a good one for you and your precoius fur tribe. It's been a hot one here today in the upper 90's with a 102 heat index. UGH. I hope your A/C is working as well as the one here is. I hope you and your precious fur family will have a very peaceful evening, and look forward to knowing how things are going.

Peace and blessings,
moon_beam
Tom's Dad
Thanks all for the well wishes. Well, here it is 06/08/2011 - exactly 6 months to the day Sir Thomas crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It's also a Wednesday sad.gif the same day of the week as 12/08/2010 - I have thought of Tom today, but not in the obsessive sadness that was the norm up until about a few weeks ago. Yes, I realize that's about when little Tang found his way into my life. As much as I feel Tom is responsible for this, I think I may be beginning to understand his motive. I think he wants me to stop being sad all the time and remember him in all the loving good times we had in those all to brief 5 1/2 years. And, I have started doing that. In bringing Tang into my family and working with Theresa to assure her that she is still loved very much, I have been able to focus on Tom in more positive memories. Part of me feels guilty for not thinking of him all the time with tears - but perhaps this is not what he wants for me or for himself in his new existance.

Rest in Peace my dearest Thomas. Thank you for the happy times and for the gift of a new family member. You were a good boy :'(
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