THE SPARKY REPORT #40

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This post is a milestone for Sparky for two reasons:  (1) It is the 40th Sparky Report, chronicling the first year in the life of a remarkable orphaned kitten whose will to survive enabled her to overcome all odds; and (2) This marks the first week of Sparky's sudden blindness from an unknown cause. I made the heartbwrenching discovery last Monday. She was fine on Sunday, and blind on Monday. As you can see in the above and below photos, Sparky's pupils are completely dilated, making her eyes look black. To say I'm devastated is an understatement.

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Here is where Sparky spends most of her time, now–on her bed on my desk

At this point the blindness is almost total, but that could worsen. She has some vision, but only a very little. She can apparently see light and shadow, but not enough to recognize anything. She can see nothing directly in front of her.

 

Sick with dread, I rushed Sparky to her veterinarian, and after a battery of expensive lab work, all tests came back negative. More bloodwork comes back tomorrow (Monday). A physical examination revealed no tumors, no injuries, no anomalies. In a race against time to prevent further deterioration of Sparky's remaining vision, my vet arranged for Sparky to be examined by a prominent animal eye specialist in Seattle. He was booked solid, but squeezed us in anyway.

The next day I put Sparky in her carrier and drove 115 miles, and the specialist performed a very thorough examination. (He fell in love with Sparky, and during the examination he kissed her furry little head several times.) His final diagnosis was two-fold–chorioretinitis and optic neuritis. In lay terms, a fungal infection of the eyes and swollen optic nerves. Cause: unknown. Treatment:  house confinement and a hideously expensive medication called Fluconazole. Prognosis:  guarded.

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Despite being blind, Sparky made it to her favorite windowsill. Bless her, she's only fallen off once.

Will Sparky go completely blind? Will she retain the little sight she has left? Will she regain full sight? The answer to all three questions is β€œpossibly.” So there’s equal hope and despair. I shall cling to hope

 

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Here she is moving cautiously from the sill to her bed on my desk. I'm amazed at how well she navigates, despite being only recently blind.

In 3 weeks, Sparky goes back to the eye specialist for a recheck. In the meantime, while I've cried an ocean of tears, Sparky is learning to navigate a dark and shadowy world with the same fierce determination she displayed as an orphan.

 

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This is the first time Sparky fell off her bed while rolling over. Undaunted, she fell asleep again on my desk, rather than trying to find her way back onto the bed.

Sparky is one remarkable cat. She's beaten the odds before, and I have no doubt she'll get through this, too. Case in point:  I was absolutely dumbfounded when I happened to glance out the window yesterday afternoon and saw Sparky–who was supposed to be inside the house–making her cautious but determined way up the driveway! And when she heard me coming, the rascal evaded me easily for over ten minutes. So far, Sparky is handling her blindness much better than I am!

 

330 thoughts on “THE SPARKY REPORT #40”

  1. The only thing that could be more devastating is personal blindness. I hope that Sparky is one of the lucky ones to regain her sight. In the meantime, I think you have named her correctly. Hopefully her “spark” will get her through this.

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  2. The only thing that could be more devastating is personal blindness. I hope that Sparky is one of the lucky ones to regain her sight. In the meantime, I think you have named her correctly. Hopefully her “spark” will get her through this.

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  3. The only thing that could be more devastating is personal blindness. I hope that Sparky is one of the lucky ones to regain her sight. In the meantime, I think you have named her correctly. Hopefully her “spark” will get her through this.

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  4. The only thing that could be more devastating is personal blindness. I hope that Sparky is one of the lucky ones to regain her sight. In the meantime, I think you have named her correctly. Hopefully her “spark” will get her through this.

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  5. The only thing that could be more devastating is personal blindness. I hope that Sparky is one of the lucky ones to regain her sight. In the meantime, I think you have named her correctly. Hopefully her “spark” will get her through this.

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  6. Gail, you’re right. Personal blindness would be devastating. I’m an artist and the thought of losing my eyesight horrifies me.
    Sparky is definitely living up to her name. I’m an emotional wreck and all Sparky’s interested in is chasing a wadded up ball of paper.

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  7. Gail, you’re right. Personal blindness would be devastating. I’m an artist and the thought of losing my eyesight horrifies me.
    Sparky is definitely living up to her name. I’m an emotional wreck and all Sparky’s interested in is chasing a wadded up ball of paper.

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  8. Gail, you’re right. Personal blindness would be devastating. I’m an artist and the thought of losing my eyesight horrifies me.
    Sparky is definitely living up to her name. I’m an emotional wreck and all Sparky’s interested in is chasing a wadded up ball of paper.

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  9. Gail, you’re right. Personal blindness would be devastating. I’m an artist and the thought of losing my eyesight horrifies me.
    Sparky is definitely living up to her name. I’m an emotional wreck and all Sparky’s interested in is chasing a wadded up ball of paper.

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  10. Gail, you’re right. Personal blindness would be devastating. I’m an artist and the thought of losing my eyesight horrifies me.
    Sparky is definitely living up to her name. I’m an emotional wreck and all Sparky’s interested in is chasing a wadded up ball of paper.

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  11. If anyone will cope I reckon it’d be Sparky…she is one amazing puss, but I am so sorry she is going through this. I hope her sight recovers but know you will look after her either way.

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  12. If anyone will cope I reckon it’d be Sparky…she is one amazing puss, but I am so sorry she is going through this. I hope her sight recovers but know you will look after her either way.

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  13. If anyone will cope I reckon it’d be Sparky…she is one amazing puss, but I am so sorry she is going through this. I hope her sight recovers but know you will look after her either way.

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  14. If anyone will cope I reckon it’d be Sparky…she is one amazing puss, but I am so sorry she is going through this. I hope her sight recovers but know you will look after her either way.

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  15. If anyone will cope I reckon it’d be Sparky…she is one amazing puss, but I am so sorry she is going through this. I hope her sight recovers but know you will look after her either way.

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  16. Hi, Jane. I may be prejudiced, but I agree with you–Sparky is one amazing puss! She’s certainly handling this better than I am. Regardless, you are right about my looking after her. She’s family. She’ll have the best home with me that any cat could want.

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  17. Hi, Jane. I may be prejudiced, but I agree with you–Sparky is one amazing puss! She’s certainly handling this better than I am. Regardless, you are right about my looking after her. She’s family. She’ll have the best home with me that any cat could want.

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  18. Hi, Jane. I may be prejudiced, but I agree with you–Sparky is one amazing puss! She’s certainly handling this better than I am. Regardless, you are right about my looking after her. She’s family. She’ll have the best home with me that any cat could want.

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  19. Hi, Jane. I may be prejudiced, but I agree with you–Sparky is one amazing puss! She’s certainly handling this better than I am. Regardless, you are right about my looking after her. She’s family. She’ll have the best home with me that any cat could want.

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  20. Hi, Jane. I may be prejudiced, but I agree with you–Sparky is one amazing puss! She’s certainly handling this better than I am. Regardless, you are right about my looking after her. She’s family. She’ll have the best home with me that any cat could want.

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  21. Well, I just had a good cry with you for both you and our virtual pet. And then I prayed. I wish there was more that I could do.
    Love to you both, Donna
    P. S. Do you have a Paypal account so that we could take up donations to help defray expenses? It would make us all feel better to be of useful help.

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  22. Well, I just had a good cry with you for both you and our virtual pet. And then I prayed. I wish there was more that I could do.
    Love to you both, Donna
    P. S. Do you have a Paypal account so that we could take up donations to help defray expenses? It would make us all feel better to be of useful help.

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  23. Well, I just had a good cry with you for both you and our virtual pet. And then I prayed. I wish there was more that I could do.
    Love to you both, Donna
    P. S. Do you have a Paypal account so that we could take up donations to help defray expenses? It would make us all feel better to be of useful help.

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  24. Well, I just had a good cry with you for both you and our virtual pet. And then I prayed. I wish there was more that I could do.
    Love to you both, Donna
    P. S. Do you have a Paypal account so that we could take up donations to help defray expenses? It would make us all feel better to be of useful help.

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  25. Well, I just had a good cry with you for both you and our virtual pet. And then I prayed. I wish there was more that I could do.
    Love to you both, Donna
    P. S. Do you have a Paypal account so that we could take up donations to help defray expenses? It would make us all feel better to be of useful help.

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  26. So sorry. Our pets are our family, and losses of any kind break our hearts.
    I am offering prayers for you and Sparky.
    For some reason this week my life has been filled with a number of things I’m grieving over. I hate being powerless to relieve friends’ suffering. The one thing I’ve been doing is feeling grateful for the joys that God has given them before the pain, loss, and suffering that life has visited upon them.
    Be well.

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  27. So sorry. Our pets are our family, and losses of any kind break our hearts.
    I am offering prayers for you and Sparky.
    For some reason this week my life has been filled with a number of things I’m grieving over. I hate being powerless to relieve friends’ suffering. The one thing I’ve been doing is feeling grateful for the joys that God has given them before the pain, loss, and suffering that life has visited upon them.
    Be well.

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  28. So sorry. Our pets are our family, and losses of any kind break our hearts.
    I am offering prayers for you and Sparky.
    For some reason this week my life has been filled with a number of things I’m grieving over. I hate being powerless to relieve friends’ suffering. The one thing I’ve been doing is feeling grateful for the joys that God has given them before the pain, loss, and suffering that life has visited upon them.
    Be well.

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  29. So sorry. Our pets are our family, and losses of any kind break our hearts.
    I am offering prayers for you and Sparky.
    For some reason this week my life has been filled with a number of things I’m grieving over. I hate being powerless to relieve friends’ suffering. The one thing I’ve been doing is feeling grateful for the joys that God has given them before the pain, loss, and suffering that life has visited upon them.
    Be well.

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  30. So sorry. Our pets are our family, and losses of any kind break our hearts.
    I am offering prayers for you and Sparky.
    For some reason this week my life has been filled with a number of things I’m grieving over. I hate being powerless to relieve friends’ suffering. The one thing I’ve been doing is feeling grateful for the joys that God has given them before the pain, loss, and suffering that life has visited upon them.
    Be well.

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  31. What awful news I am another one having a good cry and finding it difficult to see the computor keys !! You both have my prayers and best wishes. Hopefully it is something that will clear if not I am sure Sparky will cope – tho whether your nerves will remains to be seen!Animals seem to cope with lifes catastrophies much better than us.The lady who bred my spaniel puppy had a dog who had lost her sight after a close encounter with a tractor when eighteen months old. She assured me that the dog was one of her best workers going out beating two or three times a week during the shooting season – so any mice living near you had better be careful!

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  32. What awful news I am another one having a good cry and finding it difficult to see the computor keys !! You both have my prayers and best wishes. Hopefully it is something that will clear if not I am sure Sparky will cope – tho whether your nerves will remains to be seen!Animals seem to cope with lifes catastrophies much better than us.The lady who bred my spaniel puppy had a dog who had lost her sight after a close encounter with a tractor when eighteen months old. She assured me that the dog was one of her best workers going out beating two or three times a week during the shooting season – so any mice living near you had better be careful!

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  33. What awful news I am another one having a good cry and finding it difficult to see the computor keys !! You both have my prayers and best wishes. Hopefully it is something that will clear if not I am sure Sparky will cope – tho whether your nerves will remains to be seen!Animals seem to cope with lifes catastrophies much better than us.The lady who bred my spaniel puppy had a dog who had lost her sight after a close encounter with a tractor when eighteen months old. She assured me that the dog was one of her best workers going out beating two or three times a week during the shooting season – so any mice living near you had better be careful!

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  34. What awful news I am another one having a good cry and finding it difficult to see the computor keys !! You both have my prayers and best wishes. Hopefully it is something that will clear if not I am sure Sparky will cope – tho whether your nerves will remains to be seen!Animals seem to cope with lifes catastrophies much better than us.The lady who bred my spaniel puppy had a dog who had lost her sight after a close encounter with a tractor when eighteen months old. She assured me that the dog was one of her best workers going out beating two or three times a week during the shooting season – so any mice living near you had better be careful!

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  35. What awful news I am another one having a good cry and finding it difficult to see the computor keys !! You both have my prayers and best wishes. Hopefully it is something that will clear if not I am sure Sparky will cope – tho whether your nerves will remains to be seen!Animals seem to cope with lifes catastrophies much better than us.The lady who bred my spaniel puppy had a dog who had lost her sight after a close encounter with a tractor when eighteen months old. She assured me that the dog was one of her best workers going out beating two or three times a week during the shooting season – so any mice living near you had better be careful!

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  36. Sparky is already starting to adapt and this is what is truly heart warming and amazing to me. Nature’s creatures are truly amazingly resilient. I had a similar shock when my Shitz Su developed cataracts that were growing exponentially rapid. I would not have been able to pay for correction, but an wonderful friend found out,volunteered to pay for the whole thing, and would not take no for an answer! Off to Seattle we went to the only doctor in the regaion who performed this surgery on animals…and I can relate to your experience in taking that trip. That was years ago. Now another little dog is developing them, too. I will not be able to afford correction and she and I are learning how to live with her challenges. She’s pretty amazing. I think I’ll believe Sparky can get through this and if the treatment isn’t completely successful, she will adapt and be even more loveable for it. With you in Spirit.

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  37. Sparky is already starting to adapt and this is what is truly heart warming and amazing to me. Nature’s creatures are truly amazingly resilient. I had a similar shock when my Shitz Su developed cataracts that were growing exponentially rapid. I would not have been able to pay for correction, but an wonderful friend found out,volunteered to pay for the whole thing, and would not take no for an answer! Off to Seattle we went to the only doctor in the regaion who performed this surgery on animals…and I can relate to your experience in taking that trip. That was years ago. Now another little dog is developing them, too. I will not be able to afford correction and she and I are learning how to live with her challenges. She’s pretty amazing. I think I’ll believe Sparky can get through this and if the treatment isn’t completely successful, she will adapt and be even more loveable for it. With you in Spirit.

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  38. Sparky is already starting to adapt and this is what is truly heart warming and amazing to me. Nature’s creatures are truly amazingly resilient. I had a similar shock when my Shitz Su developed cataracts that were growing exponentially rapid. I would not have been able to pay for correction, but an wonderful friend found out,volunteered to pay for the whole thing, and would not take no for an answer! Off to Seattle we went to the only doctor in the regaion who performed this surgery on animals…and I can relate to your experience in taking that trip. That was years ago. Now another little dog is developing them, too. I will not be able to afford correction and she and I are learning how to live with her challenges. She’s pretty amazing. I think I’ll believe Sparky can get through this and if the treatment isn’t completely successful, she will adapt and be even more loveable for it. With you in Spirit.

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  39. Sparky is already starting to adapt and this is what is truly heart warming and amazing to me. Nature’s creatures are truly amazingly resilient. I had a similar shock when my Shitz Su developed cataracts that were growing exponentially rapid. I would not have been able to pay for correction, but an wonderful friend found out,volunteered to pay for the whole thing, and would not take no for an answer! Off to Seattle we went to the only doctor in the regaion who performed this surgery on animals…and I can relate to your experience in taking that trip. That was years ago. Now another little dog is developing them, too. I will not be able to afford correction and she and I are learning how to live with her challenges. She’s pretty amazing. I think I’ll believe Sparky can get through this and if the treatment isn’t completely successful, she will adapt and be even more loveable for it. With you in Spirit.

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  40. Sparky is already starting to adapt and this is what is truly heart warming and amazing to me. Nature’s creatures are truly amazingly resilient. I had a similar shock when my Shitz Su developed cataracts that were growing exponentially rapid. I would not have been able to pay for correction, but an wonderful friend found out,volunteered to pay for the whole thing, and would not take no for an answer! Off to Seattle we went to the only doctor in the regaion who performed this surgery on animals…and I can relate to your experience in taking that trip. That was years ago. Now another little dog is developing them, too. I will not be able to afford correction and she and I are learning how to live with her challenges. She’s pretty amazing. I think I’ll believe Sparky can get through this and if the treatment isn’t completely successful, she will adapt and be even more loveable for it. With you in Spirit.

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  41. Oh my, how you made me laugh with Sparky escaping and evading! I told you she’d adapt and she will. And so will you. And again, the doc didn’t say never so there’s always hope. Hang in there and let us know where and when we can donate to a most worthy cause.

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  42. Oh my, how you made me laugh with Sparky escaping and evading! I told you she’d adapt and she will. And so will you. And again, the doc didn’t say never so there’s always hope. Hang in there and let us know where and when we can donate to a most worthy cause.

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  43. Oh my, how you made me laugh with Sparky escaping and evading! I told you she’d adapt and she will. And so will you. And again, the doc didn’t say never so there’s always hope. Hang in there and let us know where and when we can donate to a most worthy cause.

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  44. Oh my, how you made me laugh with Sparky escaping and evading! I told you she’d adapt and she will. And so will you. And again, the doc didn’t say never so there’s always hope. Hang in there and let us know where and when we can donate to a most worthy cause.

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  45. Oh my, how you made me laugh with Sparky escaping and evading! I told you she’d adapt and she will. And so will you. And again, the doc didn’t say never so there’s always hope. Hang in there and let us know where and when we can donate to a most worthy cause.

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  46. Donna, it was difficult for me to write this post, but like you, I prayed, and have been doing so all week. Thank you for the love–a powerful word and a powerful healer.
    Funny you should mention donations. On the urging of the Word Wenches (they are, after all, Sparky’s godmothers!) I am in the process of setting up a donation site through GoFundMe. My computer is ancient and the browser can’t be updated, so I’m try ing to sneak in the back door. *g* Once Sparky’s donation site is up and running, I’ll let everyone know.
    I was very reluctant to do this, at first. But the Wenches can be pretty persuasive, and one look at my checkbook made me face realiaty!

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  47. Donna, it was difficult for me to write this post, but like you, I prayed, and have been doing so all week. Thank you for the love–a powerful word and a powerful healer.
    Funny you should mention donations. On the urging of the Word Wenches (they are, after all, Sparky’s godmothers!) I am in the process of setting up a donation site through GoFundMe. My computer is ancient and the browser can’t be updated, so I’m try ing to sneak in the back door. *g* Once Sparky’s donation site is up and running, I’ll let everyone know.
    I was very reluctant to do this, at first. But the Wenches can be pretty persuasive, and one look at my checkbook made me face realiaty!

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  48. Donna, it was difficult for me to write this post, but like you, I prayed, and have been doing so all week. Thank you for the love–a powerful word and a powerful healer.
    Funny you should mention donations. On the urging of the Word Wenches (they are, after all, Sparky’s godmothers!) I am in the process of setting up a donation site through GoFundMe. My computer is ancient and the browser can’t be updated, so I’m try ing to sneak in the back door. *g* Once Sparky’s donation site is up and running, I’ll let everyone know.
    I was very reluctant to do this, at first. But the Wenches can be pretty persuasive, and one look at my checkbook made me face realiaty!

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  49. Donna, it was difficult for me to write this post, but like you, I prayed, and have been doing so all week. Thank you for the love–a powerful word and a powerful healer.
    Funny you should mention donations. On the urging of the Word Wenches (they are, after all, Sparky’s godmothers!) I am in the process of setting up a donation site through GoFundMe. My computer is ancient and the browser can’t be updated, so I’m try ing to sneak in the back door. *g* Once Sparky’s donation site is up and running, I’ll let everyone know.
    I was very reluctant to do this, at first. But the Wenches can be pretty persuasive, and one look at my checkbook made me face realiaty!

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  50. Donna, it was difficult for me to write this post, but like you, I prayed, and have been doing so all week. Thank you for the love–a powerful word and a powerful healer.
    Funny you should mention donations. On the urging of the Word Wenches (they are, after all, Sparky’s godmothers!) I am in the process of setting up a donation site through GoFundMe. My computer is ancient and the browser can’t be updated, so I’m try ing to sneak in the back door. *g* Once Sparky’s donation site is up and running, I’ll let everyone know.
    I was very reluctant to do this, at first. But the Wenches can be pretty persuasive, and one look at my checkbook made me face realiaty!

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  51. Thank you for the prayers, Shannon. Sparky and I sure need them!
    I’m so sorry you are having to suffer through multiple griefs this week. You hit the nail on the head when you said you feel powerless. That’s exactly how I felt. It’s like seeing a car stalled on the railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on it, and you’re powerless to stop the crash.
    But like you, I’m grateful for the richness God has bestowed on my life through this one small cat.

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  52. Thank you for the prayers, Shannon. Sparky and I sure need them!
    I’m so sorry you are having to suffer through multiple griefs this week. You hit the nail on the head when you said you feel powerless. That’s exactly how I felt. It’s like seeing a car stalled on the railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on it, and you’re powerless to stop the crash.
    But like you, I’m grateful for the richness God has bestowed on my life through this one small cat.

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  53. Thank you for the prayers, Shannon. Sparky and I sure need them!
    I’m so sorry you are having to suffer through multiple griefs this week. You hit the nail on the head when you said you feel powerless. That’s exactly how I felt. It’s like seeing a car stalled on the railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on it, and you’re powerless to stop the crash.
    But like you, I’m grateful for the richness God has bestowed on my life through this one small cat.

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  54. Thank you for the prayers, Shannon. Sparky and I sure need them!
    I’m so sorry you are having to suffer through multiple griefs this week. You hit the nail on the head when you said you feel powerless. That’s exactly how I felt. It’s like seeing a car stalled on the railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on it, and you’re powerless to stop the crash.
    But like you, I’m grateful for the richness God has bestowed on my life through this one small cat.

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  55. Thank you for the prayers, Shannon. Sparky and I sure need them!
    I’m so sorry you are having to suffer through multiple griefs this week. You hit the nail on the head when you said you feel powerless. That’s exactly how I felt. It’s like seeing a car stalled on the railroad tracks with a speeding train bearing down on it, and you’re powerless to stop the crash.
    But like you, I’m grateful for the richness God has bestowed on my life through this one small cat.

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  56. Jo, I, too, found it difficult to see the keyboard as I wrote this post. They say tears are cleansing, and I must have the cleanest eyes in the world!
    You are so right about animals handling catastrophe far better than humans. If a dog loses a leg, it doesn’t lie about mourning the loss of that leg; it just goes about the business of learning to live with 3 legs.
    Example: while I’m sitting here mourning the loss of Sparky’s eyesight, she just now discovered my elastic hair band (one of her favorite “toys”) and made off with it. She is now batting it around the floor as if she hadn’t a care in the world.

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  57. Jo, I, too, found it difficult to see the keyboard as I wrote this post. They say tears are cleansing, and I must have the cleanest eyes in the world!
    You are so right about animals handling catastrophe far better than humans. If a dog loses a leg, it doesn’t lie about mourning the loss of that leg; it just goes about the business of learning to live with 3 legs.
    Example: while I’m sitting here mourning the loss of Sparky’s eyesight, she just now discovered my elastic hair band (one of her favorite “toys”) and made off with it. She is now batting it around the floor as if she hadn’t a care in the world.

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  58. Jo, I, too, found it difficult to see the keyboard as I wrote this post. They say tears are cleansing, and I must have the cleanest eyes in the world!
    You are so right about animals handling catastrophe far better than humans. If a dog loses a leg, it doesn’t lie about mourning the loss of that leg; it just goes about the business of learning to live with 3 legs.
    Example: while I’m sitting here mourning the loss of Sparky’s eyesight, she just now discovered my elastic hair band (one of her favorite “toys”) and made off with it. She is now batting it around the floor as if she hadn’t a care in the world.

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  59. Jo, I, too, found it difficult to see the keyboard as I wrote this post. They say tears are cleansing, and I must have the cleanest eyes in the world!
    You are so right about animals handling catastrophe far better than humans. If a dog loses a leg, it doesn’t lie about mourning the loss of that leg; it just goes about the business of learning to live with 3 legs.
    Example: while I’m sitting here mourning the loss of Sparky’s eyesight, she just now discovered my elastic hair band (one of her favorite “toys”) and made off with it. She is now batting it around the floor as if she hadn’t a care in the world.

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  60. Jo, I, too, found it difficult to see the keyboard as I wrote this post. They say tears are cleansing, and I must have the cleanest eyes in the world!
    You are so right about animals handling catastrophe far better than humans. If a dog loses a leg, it doesn’t lie about mourning the loss of that leg; it just goes about the business of learning to live with 3 legs.
    Example: while I’m sitting here mourning the loss of Sparky’s eyesight, she just now discovered my elastic hair band (one of her favorite “toys”) and made off with it. She is now batting it around the floor as if she hadn’t a care in the world.

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  61. AJ, I loved the story of your Shih Tzu and the generous friend who insisted on paying for her surgery. This is when you truly find how precious friends are–when they step in with support, be it financial, emotional, or physical (hugs!).
    Case in point: yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful book called HOMER’S ODYSSEY, a heartwarming story about a blind cat. It’s just what I needed! This book came directly from Amazon by an anonymous friend. (I swear I’ll find out who!) And earlier this week a long-time neighbor gave me a check to help defray some of Sparky’s mounting medical debt. Yet another friend, who has two e-reader/tablets, is sending me one of them so that I can use it when my ancient computer balks. (Thank you, dear, dear Theo!)
    I am so blessed. I had no idea just how big Sparky’s fan club was, and I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. You are all precious beyond words.

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  62. AJ, I loved the story of your Shih Tzu and the generous friend who insisted on paying for her surgery. This is when you truly find how precious friends are–when they step in with support, be it financial, emotional, or physical (hugs!).
    Case in point: yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful book called HOMER’S ODYSSEY, a heartwarming story about a blind cat. It’s just what I needed! This book came directly from Amazon by an anonymous friend. (I swear I’ll find out who!) And earlier this week a long-time neighbor gave me a check to help defray some of Sparky’s mounting medical debt. Yet another friend, who has two e-reader/tablets, is sending me one of them so that I can use it when my ancient computer balks. (Thank you, dear, dear Theo!)
    I am so blessed. I had no idea just how big Sparky’s fan club was, and I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. You are all precious beyond words.

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  63. AJ, I loved the story of your Shih Tzu and the generous friend who insisted on paying for her surgery. This is when you truly find how precious friends are–when they step in with support, be it financial, emotional, or physical (hugs!).
    Case in point: yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful book called HOMER’S ODYSSEY, a heartwarming story about a blind cat. It’s just what I needed! This book came directly from Amazon by an anonymous friend. (I swear I’ll find out who!) And earlier this week a long-time neighbor gave me a check to help defray some of Sparky’s mounting medical debt. Yet another friend, who has two e-reader/tablets, is sending me one of them so that I can use it when my ancient computer balks. (Thank you, dear, dear Theo!)
    I am so blessed. I had no idea just how big Sparky’s fan club was, and I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. You are all precious beyond words.

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  64. AJ, I loved the story of your Shih Tzu and the generous friend who insisted on paying for her surgery. This is when you truly find how precious friends are–when they step in with support, be it financial, emotional, or physical (hugs!).
    Case in point: yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful book called HOMER’S ODYSSEY, a heartwarming story about a blind cat. It’s just what I needed! This book came directly from Amazon by an anonymous friend. (I swear I’ll find out who!) And earlier this week a long-time neighbor gave me a check to help defray some of Sparky’s mounting medical debt. Yet another friend, who has two e-reader/tablets, is sending me one of them so that I can use it when my ancient computer balks. (Thank you, dear, dear Theo!)
    I am so blessed. I had no idea just how big Sparky’s fan club was, and I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. You are all precious beyond words.

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  65. AJ, I loved the story of your Shih Tzu and the generous friend who insisted on paying for her surgery. This is when you truly find how precious friends are–when they step in with support, be it financial, emotional, or physical (hugs!).
    Case in point: yesterday I received in the mail a wonderful book called HOMER’S ODYSSEY, a heartwarming story about a blind cat. It’s just what I needed! This book came directly from Amazon by an anonymous friend. (I swear I’ll find out who!) And earlier this week a long-time neighbor gave me a check to help defray some of Sparky’s mounting medical debt. Yet another friend, who has two e-reader/tablets, is sending me one of them so that I can use it when my ancient computer balks. (Thank you, dear, dear Theo!)
    I am so blessed. I had no idea just how big Sparky’s fan club was, and I’m deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. You are all precious beyond words.

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  66. And speak of the devil, here’s Theo! *g*
    Theo, like you, I just had to laugh when I discovered Sparky making her methodical way across my gravel driveway. Horrified that she had found a way to escape, I rushed out to fetch her, but Miss Mischief had other plans. I have no idea how a blind cat could so easily evade me, but she did! She led me a merry chase while the dogs barked behind their fence, and the neighbor stared in amazement at my clever cat. *g*

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  67. And speak of the devil, here’s Theo! *g*
    Theo, like you, I just had to laugh when I discovered Sparky making her methodical way across my gravel driveway. Horrified that she had found a way to escape, I rushed out to fetch her, but Miss Mischief had other plans. I have no idea how a blind cat could so easily evade me, but she did! She led me a merry chase while the dogs barked behind their fence, and the neighbor stared in amazement at my clever cat. *g*

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  68. And speak of the devil, here’s Theo! *g*
    Theo, like you, I just had to laugh when I discovered Sparky making her methodical way across my gravel driveway. Horrified that she had found a way to escape, I rushed out to fetch her, but Miss Mischief had other plans. I have no idea how a blind cat could so easily evade me, but she did! She led me a merry chase while the dogs barked behind their fence, and the neighbor stared in amazement at my clever cat. *g*

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  69. And speak of the devil, here’s Theo! *g*
    Theo, like you, I just had to laugh when I discovered Sparky making her methodical way across my gravel driveway. Horrified that she had found a way to escape, I rushed out to fetch her, but Miss Mischief had other plans. I have no idea how a blind cat could so easily evade me, but she did! She led me a merry chase while the dogs barked behind their fence, and the neighbor stared in amazement at my clever cat. *g*

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  70. And speak of the devil, here’s Theo! *g*
    Theo, like you, I just had to laugh when I discovered Sparky making her methodical way across my gravel driveway. Horrified that she had found a way to escape, I rushed out to fetch her, but Miss Mischief had other plans. I have no idea how a blind cat could so easily evade me, but she did! She led me a merry chase while the dogs barked behind their fence, and the neighbor stared in amazement at my clever cat. *g*

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  71. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry! How devastating! Sparky will cope just fine, however, though she may challenge your expectations of her limits. I assume living in the Pacific NW you are likely dealing with Crypto. You can get fluconazole with prescription for somewhat less through online canadian pharmacies – or depending on how close you are to the border, with a daytrip. It is, like so many medicines these days, indeed hideously expensive. There is another alternative which is the preferred treatment for neurologic Cryptococcus in people (optic Crypto is neurologic Crypto since the eyes are part of the nervous system) and that is Amphotericin B injections. They aren’t without risk (primarily kidney) but they can be very effective and are certainly cheaper than fluconazole. In general, it’s well tolerated. However, the injections need to be given several times (even several times per week) and you may still need to use fluconazole. The amphotericin B desoxycholate form can be given by injection under the skin (vs IV drips). I would not stop fluconazole at all but if you are interested, this could be a treatment option to discuss with your vet. Generally, treatment for Crypto is very lengthy- months to years. It will likely take at least a couple of weeks of treatment to begin to judge how well her sight may recover. My sympathies. We are all pulling for her.

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  72. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry! How devastating! Sparky will cope just fine, however, though she may challenge your expectations of her limits. I assume living in the Pacific NW you are likely dealing with Crypto. You can get fluconazole with prescription for somewhat less through online canadian pharmacies – or depending on how close you are to the border, with a daytrip. It is, like so many medicines these days, indeed hideously expensive. There is another alternative which is the preferred treatment for neurologic Cryptococcus in people (optic Crypto is neurologic Crypto since the eyes are part of the nervous system) and that is Amphotericin B injections. They aren’t without risk (primarily kidney) but they can be very effective and are certainly cheaper than fluconazole. In general, it’s well tolerated. However, the injections need to be given several times (even several times per week) and you may still need to use fluconazole. The amphotericin B desoxycholate form can be given by injection under the skin (vs IV drips). I would not stop fluconazole at all but if you are interested, this could be a treatment option to discuss with your vet. Generally, treatment for Crypto is very lengthy- months to years. It will likely take at least a couple of weeks of treatment to begin to judge how well her sight may recover. My sympathies. We are all pulling for her.

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  73. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry! How devastating! Sparky will cope just fine, however, though she may challenge your expectations of her limits. I assume living in the Pacific NW you are likely dealing with Crypto. You can get fluconazole with prescription for somewhat less through online canadian pharmacies – or depending on how close you are to the border, with a daytrip. It is, like so many medicines these days, indeed hideously expensive. There is another alternative which is the preferred treatment for neurologic Cryptococcus in people (optic Crypto is neurologic Crypto since the eyes are part of the nervous system) and that is Amphotericin B injections. They aren’t without risk (primarily kidney) but they can be very effective and are certainly cheaper than fluconazole. In general, it’s well tolerated. However, the injections need to be given several times (even several times per week) and you may still need to use fluconazole. The amphotericin B desoxycholate form can be given by injection under the skin (vs IV drips). I would not stop fluconazole at all but if you are interested, this could be a treatment option to discuss with your vet. Generally, treatment for Crypto is very lengthy- months to years. It will likely take at least a couple of weeks of treatment to begin to judge how well her sight may recover. My sympathies. We are all pulling for her.

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  74. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry! How devastating! Sparky will cope just fine, however, though she may challenge your expectations of her limits. I assume living in the Pacific NW you are likely dealing with Crypto. You can get fluconazole with prescription for somewhat less through online canadian pharmacies – or depending on how close you are to the border, with a daytrip. It is, like so many medicines these days, indeed hideously expensive. There is another alternative which is the preferred treatment for neurologic Cryptococcus in people (optic Crypto is neurologic Crypto since the eyes are part of the nervous system) and that is Amphotericin B injections. They aren’t without risk (primarily kidney) but they can be very effective and are certainly cheaper than fluconazole. In general, it’s well tolerated. However, the injections need to be given several times (even several times per week) and you may still need to use fluconazole. The amphotericin B desoxycholate form can be given by injection under the skin (vs IV drips). I would not stop fluconazole at all but if you are interested, this could be a treatment option to discuss with your vet. Generally, treatment for Crypto is very lengthy- months to years. It will likely take at least a couple of weeks of treatment to begin to judge how well her sight may recover. My sympathies. We are all pulling for her.

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  75. Oh, wow. I’m so sorry! How devastating! Sparky will cope just fine, however, though she may challenge your expectations of her limits. I assume living in the Pacific NW you are likely dealing with Crypto. You can get fluconazole with prescription for somewhat less through online canadian pharmacies – or depending on how close you are to the border, with a daytrip. It is, like so many medicines these days, indeed hideously expensive. There is another alternative which is the preferred treatment for neurologic Cryptococcus in people (optic Crypto is neurologic Crypto since the eyes are part of the nervous system) and that is Amphotericin B injections. They aren’t without risk (primarily kidney) but they can be very effective and are certainly cheaper than fluconazole. In general, it’s well tolerated. However, the injections need to be given several times (even several times per week) and you may still need to use fluconazole. The amphotericin B desoxycholate form can be given by injection under the skin (vs IV drips). I would not stop fluconazole at all but if you are interested, this could be a treatment option to discuss with your vet. Generally, treatment for Crypto is very lengthy- months to years. It will likely take at least a couple of weeks of treatment to begin to judge how well her sight may recover. My sympathies. We are all pulling for her.

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  76. We truly *want* to help you in any way that we can. I’ve enjoyed this site more than I can say, and between your work as moderator and your weekly Sparky postings, I know we owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. You give quite a lot so let the energy of the cycle be completed by receiving from us.

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  77. We truly *want* to help you in any way that we can. I’ve enjoyed this site more than I can say, and between your work as moderator and your weekly Sparky postings, I know we owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. You give quite a lot so let the energy of the cycle be completed by receiving from us.

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  78. We truly *want* to help you in any way that we can. I’ve enjoyed this site more than I can say, and between your work as moderator and your weekly Sparky postings, I know we owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. You give quite a lot so let the energy of the cycle be completed by receiving from us.

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  79. We truly *want* to help you in any way that we can. I’ve enjoyed this site more than I can say, and between your work as moderator and your weekly Sparky postings, I know we owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. You give quite a lot so let the energy of the cycle be completed by receiving from us.

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  80. We truly *want* to help you in any way that we can. I’ve enjoyed this site more than I can say, and between your work as moderator and your weekly Sparky postings, I know we owe you a debt of gratitude that we can never repay. You give quite a lot so let the energy of the cycle be completed by receiving from us.

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  81. Dee, I don’t know what your medical background is, but you sure know your stuff! Indeed, the final lab test we’re waiting for is the one for Cryptococcus. The restults should be in tomorrow afternoon. I have an appointment with Sparky’s primary vet tomorrow and will find out more, then. BTW, Sparky’s primary vet and the eye specialist both mentioned Crypto as a strong possibility.
    When my vet first mentioned the possibility of Crypto, I went online and researched it … and scared myself to death. And yes, treatment can be lengthy. I appreciate your info about a cheaper source for meds. Thankfully, my pharmacy said I was eligible for a deep discount, which made it affordable (sort of) for me. Had I not gotten the discount, I would have had to pay $201 for 14 tablets–one week’s supply!
    Thank you, also, for the info about amphotericin. I’ve printed out your comment and will take it with me when I see the vet tomorrow.

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  82. Dee, I don’t know what your medical background is, but you sure know your stuff! Indeed, the final lab test we’re waiting for is the one for Cryptococcus. The restults should be in tomorrow afternoon. I have an appointment with Sparky’s primary vet tomorrow and will find out more, then. BTW, Sparky’s primary vet and the eye specialist both mentioned Crypto as a strong possibility.
    When my vet first mentioned the possibility of Crypto, I went online and researched it … and scared myself to death. And yes, treatment can be lengthy. I appreciate your info about a cheaper source for meds. Thankfully, my pharmacy said I was eligible for a deep discount, which made it affordable (sort of) for me. Had I not gotten the discount, I would have had to pay $201 for 14 tablets–one week’s supply!
    Thank you, also, for the info about amphotericin. I’ve printed out your comment and will take it with me when I see the vet tomorrow.

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  83. Dee, I don’t know what your medical background is, but you sure know your stuff! Indeed, the final lab test we’re waiting for is the one for Cryptococcus. The restults should be in tomorrow afternoon. I have an appointment with Sparky’s primary vet tomorrow and will find out more, then. BTW, Sparky’s primary vet and the eye specialist both mentioned Crypto as a strong possibility.
    When my vet first mentioned the possibility of Crypto, I went online and researched it … and scared myself to death. And yes, treatment can be lengthy. I appreciate your info about a cheaper source for meds. Thankfully, my pharmacy said I was eligible for a deep discount, which made it affordable (sort of) for me. Had I not gotten the discount, I would have had to pay $201 for 14 tablets–one week’s supply!
    Thank you, also, for the info about amphotericin. I’ve printed out your comment and will take it with me when I see the vet tomorrow.

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  84. Dee, I don’t know what your medical background is, but you sure know your stuff! Indeed, the final lab test we’re waiting for is the one for Cryptococcus. The restults should be in tomorrow afternoon. I have an appointment with Sparky’s primary vet tomorrow and will find out more, then. BTW, Sparky’s primary vet and the eye specialist both mentioned Crypto as a strong possibility.
    When my vet first mentioned the possibility of Crypto, I went online and researched it … and scared myself to death. And yes, treatment can be lengthy. I appreciate your info about a cheaper source for meds. Thankfully, my pharmacy said I was eligible for a deep discount, which made it affordable (sort of) for me. Had I not gotten the discount, I would have had to pay $201 for 14 tablets–one week’s supply!
    Thank you, also, for the info about amphotericin. I’ve printed out your comment and will take it with me when I see the vet tomorrow.

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  85. Dee, I don’t know what your medical background is, but you sure know your stuff! Indeed, the final lab test we’re waiting for is the one for Cryptococcus. The restults should be in tomorrow afternoon. I have an appointment with Sparky’s primary vet tomorrow and will find out more, then. BTW, Sparky’s primary vet and the eye specialist both mentioned Crypto as a strong possibility.
    When my vet first mentioned the possibility of Crypto, I went online and researched it … and scared myself to death. And yes, treatment can be lengthy. I appreciate your info about a cheaper source for meds. Thankfully, my pharmacy said I was eligible for a deep discount, which made it affordable (sort of) for me. Had I not gotten the discount, I would have had to pay $201 for 14 tablets–one week’s supply!
    Thank you, also, for the info about amphotericin. I’ve printed out your comment and will take it with me when I see the vet tomorrow.

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  86. Donna, you are so eloquent! I couldn’t have said it better. I’m just so humbled by the offers of help in dealing with Sparky’s medical expenses. Until the Wenches mentioned crowd-funding, I’d never heard of it before. The concept was foreign to me, and my cynical self said it was an idea ripe for plundering by scammers. Once I researchd it, though, I realized what a valuable tool it was. Also, each request for a donation page is vetted by GoFundMe staff, to prevent scammers. So, at the urging of Sparky’s 8 godmothers, the Wenches, I’ll be setting up a donation page as soon as I work around issues with my old computer.

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  87. Donna, you are so eloquent! I couldn’t have said it better. I’m just so humbled by the offers of help in dealing with Sparky’s medical expenses. Until the Wenches mentioned crowd-funding, I’d never heard of it before. The concept was foreign to me, and my cynical self said it was an idea ripe for plundering by scammers. Once I researchd it, though, I realized what a valuable tool it was. Also, each request for a donation page is vetted by GoFundMe staff, to prevent scammers. So, at the urging of Sparky’s 8 godmothers, the Wenches, I’ll be setting up a donation page as soon as I work around issues with my old computer.

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  88. Donna, you are so eloquent! I couldn’t have said it better. I’m just so humbled by the offers of help in dealing with Sparky’s medical expenses. Until the Wenches mentioned crowd-funding, I’d never heard of it before. The concept was foreign to me, and my cynical self said it was an idea ripe for plundering by scammers. Once I researchd it, though, I realized what a valuable tool it was. Also, each request for a donation page is vetted by GoFundMe staff, to prevent scammers. So, at the urging of Sparky’s 8 godmothers, the Wenches, I’ll be setting up a donation page as soon as I work around issues with my old computer.

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  89. Donna, you are so eloquent! I couldn’t have said it better. I’m just so humbled by the offers of help in dealing with Sparky’s medical expenses. Until the Wenches mentioned crowd-funding, I’d never heard of it before. The concept was foreign to me, and my cynical self said it was an idea ripe for plundering by scammers. Once I researchd it, though, I realized what a valuable tool it was. Also, each request for a donation page is vetted by GoFundMe staff, to prevent scammers. So, at the urging of Sparky’s 8 godmothers, the Wenches, I’ll be setting up a donation page as soon as I work around issues with my old computer.

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  90. Donna, you are so eloquent! I couldn’t have said it better. I’m just so humbled by the offers of help in dealing with Sparky’s medical expenses. Until the Wenches mentioned crowd-funding, I’d never heard of it before. The concept was foreign to me, and my cynical self said it was an idea ripe for plundering by scammers. Once I researchd it, though, I realized what a valuable tool it was. Also, each request for a donation page is vetted by GoFundMe staff, to prevent scammers. So, at the urging of Sparky’s 8 godmothers, the Wenches, I’ll be setting up a donation page as soon as I work around issues with my old computer.

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  91. You’re welcome. Hopefully, the Crypto titer comes back with a high positive and then you can focus on “simply” treating for a known, if bad, disease rather than be in the limbo of the unknown.
    It’s a good thing that pharmacies can offer discounts otherwise who could afford more than a handful of generics even with insurance. Still, a quick scan of the online sites (and most of these are reliable) shows diflucan (name brand) 50mg at $170 for a 90 day supply (I assume she’s getting it twice a day) and not much different if dosed at higher rates. You would need to have your vet give you a written prescription. Worth checking out (says the cross border shopper). Good luck!

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  92. You’re welcome. Hopefully, the Crypto titer comes back with a high positive and then you can focus on “simply” treating for a known, if bad, disease rather than be in the limbo of the unknown.
    It’s a good thing that pharmacies can offer discounts otherwise who could afford more than a handful of generics even with insurance. Still, a quick scan of the online sites (and most of these are reliable) shows diflucan (name brand) 50mg at $170 for a 90 day supply (I assume she’s getting it twice a day) and not much different if dosed at higher rates. You would need to have your vet give you a written prescription. Worth checking out (says the cross border shopper). Good luck!

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  93. You’re welcome. Hopefully, the Crypto titer comes back with a high positive and then you can focus on “simply” treating for a known, if bad, disease rather than be in the limbo of the unknown.
    It’s a good thing that pharmacies can offer discounts otherwise who could afford more than a handful of generics even with insurance. Still, a quick scan of the online sites (and most of these are reliable) shows diflucan (name brand) 50mg at $170 for a 90 day supply (I assume she’s getting it twice a day) and not much different if dosed at higher rates. You would need to have your vet give you a written prescription. Worth checking out (says the cross border shopper). Good luck!

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  94. You’re welcome. Hopefully, the Crypto titer comes back with a high positive and then you can focus on “simply” treating for a known, if bad, disease rather than be in the limbo of the unknown.
    It’s a good thing that pharmacies can offer discounts otherwise who could afford more than a handful of generics even with insurance. Still, a quick scan of the online sites (and most of these are reliable) shows diflucan (name brand) 50mg at $170 for a 90 day supply (I assume she’s getting it twice a day) and not much different if dosed at higher rates. You would need to have your vet give you a written prescription. Worth checking out (says the cross border shopper). Good luck!

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  95. You’re welcome. Hopefully, the Crypto titer comes back with a high positive and then you can focus on “simply” treating for a known, if bad, disease rather than be in the limbo of the unknown.
    It’s a good thing that pharmacies can offer discounts otherwise who could afford more than a handful of generics even with insurance. Still, a quick scan of the online sites (and most of these are reliable) shows diflucan (name brand) 50mg at $170 for a 90 day supply (I assume she’s getting it twice a day) and not much different if dosed at higher rates. You would need to have your vet give you a written prescription. Worth checking out (says the cross border shopper). Good luck!

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  96. Sherrie, I am so sorry. Give her our love. She is such a determined little rascal–I suspect that however it turns out, she’s not going to let it slow her down much.
    Hugs and prayers for both of you. *hug*

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  97. Sherrie, I am so sorry. Give her our love. She is such a determined little rascal–I suspect that however it turns out, she’s not going to let it slow her down much.
    Hugs and prayers for both of you. *hug*

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  98. Sherrie, I am so sorry. Give her our love. She is such a determined little rascal–I suspect that however it turns out, she’s not going to let it slow her down much.
    Hugs and prayers for both of you. *hug*

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  99. Sherrie, I am so sorry. Give her our love. She is such a determined little rascal–I suspect that however it turns out, she’s not going to let it slow her down much.
    Hugs and prayers for both of you. *hug*

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  100. Sherrie, I am so sorry. Give her our love. She is such a determined little rascal–I suspect that however it turns out, she’s not going to let it slow her down much.
    Hugs and prayers for both of you. *hug*

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  101. I was so sorry to read about Sparky’s eyes today. Please give her a big hug from us all. I’m sure she is coping rather better than you at this time. I wonder if her other senses will compensate, as they do in other species. I look forward to reading the results of her tests as they come back.

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  102. I was so sorry to read about Sparky’s eyes today. Please give her a big hug from us all. I’m sure she is coping rather better than you at this time. I wonder if her other senses will compensate, as they do in other species. I look forward to reading the results of her tests as they come back.

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  103. I was so sorry to read about Sparky’s eyes today. Please give her a big hug from us all. I’m sure she is coping rather better than you at this time. I wonder if her other senses will compensate, as they do in other species. I look forward to reading the results of her tests as they come back.

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  104. I was so sorry to read about Sparky’s eyes today. Please give her a big hug from us all. I’m sure she is coping rather better than you at this time. I wonder if her other senses will compensate, as they do in other species. I look forward to reading the results of her tests as they come back.

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  105. I was so sorry to read about Sparky’s eyes today. Please give her a big hug from us all. I’m sure she is coping rather better than you at this time. I wonder if her other senses will compensate, as they do in other species. I look forward to reading the results of her tests as they come back.

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  106. Hey, cross-border shopper! I’m always ready to check out anything that saves time or money! You’ve given me a lot of info to take with me to the vet’s tomorrow. Thank you!
    Sparky’s current doseage of fluconazole is 100 mg. twice a day. That may be adjusted once I see the vet tomorrow. It cost me $33 for the 14 pills–one week’s worth. So even with the huge discount, they are still pricy.
    I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but it seems as if Sparky is seeing a little bit better each day. She still has trouble with things directly in front of her, even when I put it up against her lips or nose (such as food). There’s a disconnect–she’ll appear to smell the food, but even when it’s touching her mouth, she keeps looking everywhere for it, yet if I put it down, she finds it immediately. To me, that seems like a neurological problem more than an eyesight problem.
    Whatever it is, it hasn’t affected her talent for mischief or her sense of direction. *g* Today, Sparky got out of the house again and was outside for 45 minutes before I found her. And there she was, sitting on the edge of the lawn, having come out from her hiding place under the bushes. But instead of coming to me, she sat peering across the driveway into the thick woods, completely ignoring my frantic calls. I’m going to be bald before this is over.

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  107. Hey, cross-border shopper! I’m always ready to check out anything that saves time or money! You’ve given me a lot of info to take with me to the vet’s tomorrow. Thank you!
    Sparky’s current doseage of fluconazole is 100 mg. twice a day. That may be adjusted once I see the vet tomorrow. It cost me $33 for the 14 pills–one week’s worth. So even with the huge discount, they are still pricy.
    I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but it seems as if Sparky is seeing a little bit better each day. She still has trouble with things directly in front of her, even when I put it up against her lips or nose (such as food). There’s a disconnect–she’ll appear to smell the food, but even when it’s touching her mouth, she keeps looking everywhere for it, yet if I put it down, she finds it immediately. To me, that seems like a neurological problem more than an eyesight problem.
    Whatever it is, it hasn’t affected her talent for mischief or her sense of direction. *g* Today, Sparky got out of the house again and was outside for 45 minutes before I found her. And there she was, sitting on the edge of the lawn, having come out from her hiding place under the bushes. But instead of coming to me, she sat peering across the driveway into the thick woods, completely ignoring my frantic calls. I’m going to be bald before this is over.

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  108. Hey, cross-border shopper! I’m always ready to check out anything that saves time or money! You’ve given me a lot of info to take with me to the vet’s tomorrow. Thank you!
    Sparky’s current doseage of fluconazole is 100 mg. twice a day. That may be adjusted once I see the vet tomorrow. It cost me $33 for the 14 pills–one week’s worth. So even with the huge discount, they are still pricy.
    I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but it seems as if Sparky is seeing a little bit better each day. She still has trouble with things directly in front of her, even when I put it up against her lips or nose (such as food). There’s a disconnect–she’ll appear to smell the food, but even when it’s touching her mouth, she keeps looking everywhere for it, yet if I put it down, she finds it immediately. To me, that seems like a neurological problem more than an eyesight problem.
    Whatever it is, it hasn’t affected her talent for mischief or her sense of direction. *g* Today, Sparky got out of the house again and was outside for 45 minutes before I found her. And there she was, sitting on the edge of the lawn, having come out from her hiding place under the bushes. But instead of coming to me, she sat peering across the driveway into the thick woods, completely ignoring my frantic calls. I’m going to be bald before this is over.

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  109. Hey, cross-border shopper! I’m always ready to check out anything that saves time or money! You’ve given me a lot of info to take with me to the vet’s tomorrow. Thank you!
    Sparky’s current doseage of fluconazole is 100 mg. twice a day. That may be adjusted once I see the vet tomorrow. It cost me $33 for the 14 pills–one week’s worth. So even with the huge discount, they are still pricy.
    I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but it seems as if Sparky is seeing a little bit better each day. She still has trouble with things directly in front of her, even when I put it up against her lips or nose (such as food). There’s a disconnect–she’ll appear to smell the food, but even when it’s touching her mouth, she keeps looking everywhere for it, yet if I put it down, she finds it immediately. To me, that seems like a neurological problem more than an eyesight problem.
    Whatever it is, it hasn’t affected her talent for mischief or her sense of direction. *g* Today, Sparky got out of the house again and was outside for 45 minutes before I found her. And there she was, sitting on the edge of the lawn, having come out from her hiding place under the bushes. But instead of coming to me, she sat peering across the driveway into the thick woods, completely ignoring my frantic calls. I’m going to be bald before this is over.

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  110. Hey, cross-border shopper! I’m always ready to check out anything that saves time or money! You’ve given me a lot of info to take with me to the vet’s tomorrow. Thank you!
    Sparky’s current doseage of fluconazole is 100 mg. twice a day. That may be adjusted once I see the vet tomorrow. It cost me $33 for the 14 pills–one week’s worth. So even with the huge discount, they are still pricy.
    I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but it seems as if Sparky is seeing a little bit better each day. She still has trouble with things directly in front of her, even when I put it up against her lips or nose (such as food). There’s a disconnect–she’ll appear to smell the food, but even when it’s touching her mouth, she keeps looking everywhere for it, yet if I put it down, she finds it immediately. To me, that seems like a neurological problem more than an eyesight problem.
    Whatever it is, it hasn’t affected her talent for mischief or her sense of direction. *g* Today, Sparky got out of the house again and was outside for 45 minutes before I found her. And there she was, sitting on the edge of the lawn, having come out from her hiding place under the bushes. But instead of coming to me, she sat peering across the driveway into the thick woods, completely ignoring my frantic calls. I’m going to be bald before this is over.

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  111. Lucy, I’ll be sure to give Sparky your love. And thank you! Love and prayers are much appreciated.
    You’re right–that is one determined cat! As you said, it doesn’t seem to slow her down much. (see above–she got out of the house AGAIN!) What am I going to do with her? *g* I’m sure I have a dozen new gray hairs today.

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  112. Lucy, I’ll be sure to give Sparky your love. And thank you! Love and prayers are much appreciated.
    You’re right–that is one determined cat! As you said, it doesn’t seem to slow her down much. (see above–she got out of the house AGAIN!) What am I going to do with her? *g* I’m sure I have a dozen new gray hairs today.

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  113. Lucy, I’ll be sure to give Sparky your love. And thank you! Love and prayers are much appreciated.
    You’re right–that is one determined cat! As you said, it doesn’t seem to slow her down much. (see above–she got out of the house AGAIN!) What am I going to do with her? *g* I’m sure I have a dozen new gray hairs today.

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  114. Lucy, I’ll be sure to give Sparky your love. And thank you! Love and prayers are much appreciated.
    You’re right–that is one determined cat! As you said, it doesn’t seem to slow her down much. (see above–she got out of the house AGAIN!) What am I going to do with her? *g* I’m sure I have a dozen new gray hairs today.

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  115. Lucy, I’ll be sure to give Sparky your love. And thank you! Love and prayers are much appreciated.
    You’re right–that is one determined cat! As you said, it doesn’t seem to slow her down much. (see above–she got out of the house AGAIN!) What am I going to do with her? *g* I’m sure I have a dozen new gray hairs today.

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  116. Hi, Jenny. I just shouted, “Hugs, incoming!” at Sparky and grabbed her up and skritched her pointy little head and squeezed her tight while she purred. I think I’ve now suitably transferred your cyber hug to her. πŸ™‚
    I think you are absolutely right about the other senses taking over to compensate for her lost eyesight. I know she is using her hearing more. The sense of smell is iffy, though (see above, about things directly in front of her).
    Regardless, she’s doing a marvelous job adapting. Me? I’m trying to tell myself that hovering about her and wringing my hands does nothing but increase my anxiety. I’ll get over it, eventually. LOL!

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  117. Hi, Jenny. I just shouted, “Hugs, incoming!” at Sparky and grabbed her up and skritched her pointy little head and squeezed her tight while she purred. I think I’ve now suitably transferred your cyber hug to her. πŸ™‚
    I think you are absolutely right about the other senses taking over to compensate for her lost eyesight. I know she is using her hearing more. The sense of smell is iffy, though (see above, about things directly in front of her).
    Regardless, she’s doing a marvelous job adapting. Me? I’m trying to tell myself that hovering about her and wringing my hands does nothing but increase my anxiety. I’ll get over it, eventually. LOL!

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  118. Hi, Jenny. I just shouted, “Hugs, incoming!” at Sparky and grabbed her up and skritched her pointy little head and squeezed her tight while she purred. I think I’ve now suitably transferred your cyber hug to her. πŸ™‚
    I think you are absolutely right about the other senses taking over to compensate for her lost eyesight. I know she is using her hearing more. The sense of smell is iffy, though (see above, about things directly in front of her).
    Regardless, she’s doing a marvelous job adapting. Me? I’m trying to tell myself that hovering about her and wringing my hands does nothing but increase my anxiety. I’ll get over it, eventually. LOL!

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  119. Hi, Jenny. I just shouted, “Hugs, incoming!” at Sparky and grabbed her up and skritched her pointy little head and squeezed her tight while she purred. I think I’ve now suitably transferred your cyber hug to her. πŸ™‚
    I think you are absolutely right about the other senses taking over to compensate for her lost eyesight. I know she is using her hearing more. The sense of smell is iffy, though (see above, about things directly in front of her).
    Regardless, she’s doing a marvelous job adapting. Me? I’m trying to tell myself that hovering about her and wringing my hands does nothing but increase my anxiety. I’ll get over it, eventually. LOL!

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  120. Hi, Jenny. I just shouted, “Hugs, incoming!” at Sparky and grabbed her up and skritched her pointy little head and squeezed her tight while she purred. I think I’ve now suitably transferred your cyber hug to her. πŸ™‚
    I think you are absolutely right about the other senses taking over to compensate for her lost eyesight. I know she is using her hearing more. The sense of smell is iffy, though (see above, about things directly in front of her).
    Regardless, she’s doing a marvelous job adapting. Me? I’m trying to tell myself that hovering about her and wringing my hands does nothing but increase my anxiety. I’ll get over it, eventually. LOL!

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  121. I am devastated to read about Sparky’s eyesight. All I can offer in consolation is this: animals respond very rapidly and positively to a change in their physiology. They learn quickly to re-navigate the house and of course they remember the layout and familiar routes. All their other senses become very heightened to compensate. In humans, the eye is the fastest healing part of the body, so let’s hope this is true for felines. Gofundme has fantastic success stories and you’ll be amazed at how generously people respond. Sending lots of love and cyber-hugs!

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  122. I am devastated to read about Sparky’s eyesight. All I can offer in consolation is this: animals respond very rapidly and positively to a change in their physiology. They learn quickly to re-navigate the house and of course they remember the layout and familiar routes. All their other senses become very heightened to compensate. In humans, the eye is the fastest healing part of the body, so let’s hope this is true for felines. Gofundme has fantastic success stories and you’ll be amazed at how generously people respond. Sending lots of love and cyber-hugs!

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  123. I am devastated to read about Sparky’s eyesight. All I can offer in consolation is this: animals respond very rapidly and positively to a change in their physiology. They learn quickly to re-navigate the house and of course they remember the layout and familiar routes. All their other senses become very heightened to compensate. In humans, the eye is the fastest healing part of the body, so let’s hope this is true for felines. Gofundme has fantastic success stories and you’ll be amazed at how generously people respond. Sending lots of love and cyber-hugs!

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  124. I am devastated to read about Sparky’s eyesight. All I can offer in consolation is this: animals respond very rapidly and positively to a change in their physiology. They learn quickly to re-navigate the house and of course they remember the layout and familiar routes. All their other senses become very heightened to compensate. In humans, the eye is the fastest healing part of the body, so let’s hope this is true for felines. Gofundme has fantastic success stories and you’ll be amazed at how generously people respond. Sending lots of love and cyber-hugs!

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  125. I am devastated to read about Sparky’s eyesight. All I can offer in consolation is this: animals respond very rapidly and positively to a change in their physiology. They learn quickly to re-navigate the house and of course they remember the layout and familiar routes. All their other senses become very heightened to compensate. In humans, the eye is the fastest healing part of the body, so let’s hope this is true for felines. Gofundme has fantastic success stories and you’ll be amazed at how generously people respond. Sending lots of love and cyber-hugs!

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  126. FionaRobyn, you are right, of course. Animals do respond well to change, and learn to adapt when necessary.
    And how fascinating that in humans, the eye is the fastest healing body part! I didn’t know that. I’m hoping the future doesn’t hold any surgeries for Sparky, but if it does, I think she will heal quickly.
    I’ve gone to the GoFundMe site and visited the pets page, and wow, talk about success stories! It was so heartwarming to read the stories. Until the Wenches urged me to do a GoFundMe page for Sparky, I’d never heard of crowd-funding. The concept seemed too good to be true! I’m glad it actually exists, and that because of them, the lives of many animals have been improved.
    And speaking of improved lives, if Sparky ends up permanently blind I’m going to build a large outdoor play/lounge area for her that is completely fenced on all 4 sides and the top. It will be attached to the house in the back yard and Sparky will use a kitty door to go in and out. She’s been so determined to get outside despite her blindness that I think she’ll definitely need a play area that is safe.

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  127. FionaRobyn, you are right, of course. Animals do respond well to change, and learn to adapt when necessary.
    And how fascinating that in humans, the eye is the fastest healing body part! I didn’t know that. I’m hoping the future doesn’t hold any surgeries for Sparky, but if it does, I think she will heal quickly.
    I’ve gone to the GoFundMe site and visited the pets page, and wow, talk about success stories! It was so heartwarming to read the stories. Until the Wenches urged me to do a GoFundMe page for Sparky, I’d never heard of crowd-funding. The concept seemed too good to be true! I’m glad it actually exists, and that because of them, the lives of many animals have been improved.
    And speaking of improved lives, if Sparky ends up permanently blind I’m going to build a large outdoor play/lounge area for her that is completely fenced on all 4 sides and the top. It will be attached to the house in the back yard and Sparky will use a kitty door to go in and out. She’s been so determined to get outside despite her blindness that I think she’ll definitely need a play area that is safe.

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  128. FionaRobyn, you are right, of course. Animals do respond well to change, and learn to adapt when necessary.
    And how fascinating that in humans, the eye is the fastest healing body part! I didn’t know that. I’m hoping the future doesn’t hold any surgeries for Sparky, but if it does, I think she will heal quickly.
    I’ve gone to the GoFundMe site and visited the pets page, and wow, talk about success stories! It was so heartwarming to read the stories. Until the Wenches urged me to do a GoFundMe page for Sparky, I’d never heard of crowd-funding. The concept seemed too good to be true! I’m glad it actually exists, and that because of them, the lives of many animals have been improved.
    And speaking of improved lives, if Sparky ends up permanently blind I’m going to build a large outdoor play/lounge area for her that is completely fenced on all 4 sides and the top. It will be attached to the house in the back yard and Sparky will use a kitty door to go in and out. She’s been so determined to get outside despite her blindness that I think she’ll definitely need a play area that is safe.

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  129. FionaRobyn, you are right, of course. Animals do respond well to change, and learn to adapt when necessary.
    And how fascinating that in humans, the eye is the fastest healing body part! I didn’t know that. I’m hoping the future doesn’t hold any surgeries for Sparky, but if it does, I think she will heal quickly.
    I’ve gone to the GoFundMe site and visited the pets page, and wow, talk about success stories! It was so heartwarming to read the stories. Until the Wenches urged me to do a GoFundMe page for Sparky, I’d never heard of crowd-funding. The concept seemed too good to be true! I’m glad it actually exists, and that because of them, the lives of many animals have been improved.
    And speaking of improved lives, if Sparky ends up permanently blind I’m going to build a large outdoor play/lounge area for her that is completely fenced on all 4 sides and the top. It will be attached to the house in the back yard and Sparky will use a kitty door to go in and out. She’s been so determined to get outside despite her blindness that I think she’ll definitely need a play area that is safe.

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  130. FionaRobyn, you are right, of course. Animals do respond well to change, and learn to adapt when necessary.
    And how fascinating that in humans, the eye is the fastest healing body part! I didn’t know that. I’m hoping the future doesn’t hold any surgeries for Sparky, but if it does, I think she will heal quickly.
    I’ve gone to the GoFundMe site and visited the pets page, and wow, talk about success stories! It was so heartwarming to read the stories. Until the Wenches urged me to do a GoFundMe page for Sparky, I’d never heard of crowd-funding. The concept seemed too good to be true! I’m glad it actually exists, and that because of them, the lives of many animals have been improved.
    And speaking of improved lives, if Sparky ends up permanently blind I’m going to build a large outdoor play/lounge area for her that is completely fenced on all 4 sides and the top. It will be attached to the house in the back yard and Sparky will use a kitty door to go in and out. She’s been so determined to get outside despite her blindness that I think she’ll definitely need a play area that is safe.

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  131. I am also devastated to read that this has happened to Sparky. I’m pleased that she seems to be responding to the meds. I searched “Sparky” on the GoFundMe website but couldn’t find her. Have you set it up yet? It will make all of us feel better if we can help!

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  132. I am also devastated to read that this has happened to Sparky. I’m pleased that she seems to be responding to the meds. I searched “Sparky” on the GoFundMe website but couldn’t find her. Have you set it up yet? It will make all of us feel better if we can help!

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  133. I am also devastated to read that this has happened to Sparky. I’m pleased that she seems to be responding to the meds. I searched “Sparky” on the GoFundMe website but couldn’t find her. Have you set it up yet? It will make all of us feel better if we can help!

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  134. I am also devastated to read that this has happened to Sparky. I’m pleased that she seems to be responding to the meds. I searched “Sparky” on the GoFundMe website but couldn’t find her. Have you set it up yet? It will make all of us feel better if we can help!

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  135. I am also devastated to read that this has happened to Sparky. I’m pleased that she seems to be responding to the meds. I searched “Sparky” on the GoFundMe website but couldn’t find her. Have you set it up yet? It will make all of us feel better if we can help!

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  136. HJ, thank you for your concern. I don’t have the GoFundMe page up yet. I have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff I need to do first, like set up a Sparky Facebook page (required by GFM) before I can do the GFM page. I’m also having to switch browsers because my old computer and old browser cannot be updated, so I downloaded Firefox as a temporary fix (I hope!) and I’m still fiddling with that. Also had to get a separate e-mail address, and signed up with Gmail. I’ve never had the need for more than one e-mail addy or browser, nor did I “need” a Facebook page, so in keeping with my personal motto (keep it simple) I didn’t do any of those things.
    But Sparky changed all that. I’m sorry it’s taking me forever to pull this together, but I’ll get there! When I do, I’ll let everyone know. I’ve really been touched (and humbled) by how thoughtful, supportive, and generous everyone has been.

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  137. HJ, thank you for your concern. I don’t have the GoFundMe page up yet. I have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff I need to do first, like set up a Sparky Facebook page (required by GFM) before I can do the GFM page. I’m also having to switch browsers because my old computer and old browser cannot be updated, so I downloaded Firefox as a temporary fix (I hope!) and I’m still fiddling with that. Also had to get a separate e-mail address, and signed up with Gmail. I’ve never had the need for more than one e-mail addy or browser, nor did I “need” a Facebook page, so in keeping with my personal motto (keep it simple) I didn’t do any of those things.
    But Sparky changed all that. I’m sorry it’s taking me forever to pull this together, but I’ll get there! When I do, I’ll let everyone know. I’ve really been touched (and humbled) by how thoughtful, supportive, and generous everyone has been.

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  138. HJ, thank you for your concern. I don’t have the GoFundMe page up yet. I have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff I need to do first, like set up a Sparky Facebook page (required by GFM) before I can do the GFM page. I’m also having to switch browsers because my old computer and old browser cannot be updated, so I downloaded Firefox as a temporary fix (I hope!) and I’m still fiddling with that. Also had to get a separate e-mail address, and signed up with Gmail. I’ve never had the need for more than one e-mail addy or browser, nor did I “need” a Facebook page, so in keeping with my personal motto (keep it simple) I didn’t do any of those things.
    But Sparky changed all that. I’m sorry it’s taking me forever to pull this together, but I’ll get there! When I do, I’ll let everyone know. I’ve really been touched (and humbled) by how thoughtful, supportive, and generous everyone has been.

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  139. HJ, thank you for your concern. I don’t have the GoFundMe page up yet. I have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff I need to do first, like set up a Sparky Facebook page (required by GFM) before I can do the GFM page. I’m also having to switch browsers because my old computer and old browser cannot be updated, so I downloaded Firefox as a temporary fix (I hope!) and I’m still fiddling with that. Also had to get a separate e-mail address, and signed up with Gmail. I’ve never had the need for more than one e-mail addy or browser, nor did I “need” a Facebook page, so in keeping with my personal motto (keep it simple) I didn’t do any of those things.
    But Sparky changed all that. I’m sorry it’s taking me forever to pull this together, but I’ll get there! When I do, I’ll let everyone know. I’ve really been touched (and humbled) by how thoughtful, supportive, and generous everyone has been.

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  140. HJ, thank you for your concern. I don’t have the GoFundMe page up yet. I have a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff I need to do first, like set up a Sparky Facebook page (required by GFM) before I can do the GFM page. I’m also having to switch browsers because my old computer and old browser cannot be updated, so I downloaded Firefox as a temporary fix (I hope!) and I’m still fiddling with that. Also had to get a separate e-mail address, and signed up with Gmail. I’ve never had the need for more than one e-mail addy or browser, nor did I “need” a Facebook page, so in keeping with my personal motto (keep it simple) I didn’t do any of those things.
    But Sparky changed all that. I’m sorry it’s taking me forever to pull this together, but I’ll get there! When I do, I’ll let everyone know. I’ve really been touched (and humbled) by how thoughtful, supportive, and generous everyone has been.

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  141. I’m so sorry to hear of Sparky’s problems. I know she has a strong spirit. I’m sending positive thoughts to you both.

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  142. I’m so sorry to hear of Sparky’s problems. I know she has a strong spirit. I’m sending positive thoughts to you both.

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  143. I’m so sorry to hear of Sparky’s problems. I know she has a strong spirit. I’m sending positive thoughts to you both.

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  144. I’m so sorry to hear of Sparky’s problems. I know she has a strong spirit. I’m sending positive thoughts to you both.

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  145. I’m so sorry to hear of Sparky’s problems. I know she has a strong spirit. I’m sending positive thoughts to you both.

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  146. It’s very sad to hear of Sparky’s eye problem. I am hopeful Sparky will make a full recovery. Sparky has a resilient spirit and a love of life that will get her through this. And she has you too !

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  147. It’s very sad to hear of Sparky’s eye problem. I am hopeful Sparky will make a full recovery. Sparky has a resilient spirit and a love of life that will get her through this. And she has you too !

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  148. It’s very sad to hear of Sparky’s eye problem. I am hopeful Sparky will make a full recovery. Sparky has a resilient spirit and a love of life that will get her through this. And she has you too !

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  149. It’s very sad to hear of Sparky’s eye problem. I am hopeful Sparky will make a full recovery. Sparky has a resilient spirit and a love of life that will get her through this. And she has you too !

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  150. It’s very sad to hear of Sparky’s eye problem. I am hopeful Sparky will make a full recovery. Sparky has a resilient spirit and a love of life that will get her through this. And she has you too !

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  151. Oh, damn. Like many others, I cried my eyes out for you both this morning. But, on the up side, even before I read about hr Daring Escape, I was thinking, “but, wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid. If anyone can prevail in this kind of situation, it’s Sparky!!!”
    Best fortune and hugs to you both.
    Faith

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  152. Oh, damn. Like many others, I cried my eyes out for you both this morning. But, on the up side, even before I read about hr Daring Escape, I was thinking, “but, wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid. If anyone can prevail in this kind of situation, it’s Sparky!!!”
    Best fortune and hugs to you both.
    Faith

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  153. Oh, damn. Like many others, I cried my eyes out for you both this morning. But, on the up side, even before I read about hr Daring Escape, I was thinking, “but, wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid. If anyone can prevail in this kind of situation, it’s Sparky!!!”
    Best fortune and hugs to you both.
    Faith

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  154. Oh, damn. Like many others, I cried my eyes out for you both this morning. But, on the up side, even before I read about hr Daring Escape, I was thinking, “but, wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid. If anyone can prevail in this kind of situation, it’s Sparky!!!”
    Best fortune and hugs to you both.
    Faith

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  155. Oh, damn. Like many others, I cried my eyes out for you both this morning. But, on the up side, even before I read about hr Daring Escape, I was thinking, “but, wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid. If anyone can prevail in this kind of situation, it’s Sparky!!!”
    Best fortune and hugs to you both.
    Faith

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  156. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, outside, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  157. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, outside, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  158. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, outside, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  159. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, outside, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  160. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, outside, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  161. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  162. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  163. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  164. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  165. PS Just spent a few minutes reading everyone else’s comments in more depth…
    Gotta say I think your completely enclosed play area is a brilliant idea! If she’s anything like my own extra-toe cats, being able to go outside, explore, hunt and bask in breezes and sunshine are so important for mental health.
    Here are some more hugs, and be sure to keep some for yourself, Sherrie. Having furry family members in trouble and need is very tough.
    Faith

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  166. You should consider putting a jingle bell (not just solitary bell) collar on her so you can hear where she is. If she wants fresh air, I’d move a dog crate into the yard and let her sit in that- I don’t know about your habitat but I am always paranoid about foxes (usually won’t come around dogs) and birds of prey (which she wouldn’t be able to see). Given her stubbornness, once you can relax a little more, I’d be clicker training “come” with her. Too bad the dogs aren’t helping you keep an eye on her- you need a retriever. πŸ˜‰
    You can get a Feline Funhouse for not much on amazon (collapsible enclosure) which is what I use in my guys.

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  167. You should consider putting a jingle bell (not just solitary bell) collar on her so you can hear where she is. If she wants fresh air, I’d move a dog crate into the yard and let her sit in that- I don’t know about your habitat but I am always paranoid about foxes (usually won’t come around dogs) and birds of prey (which she wouldn’t be able to see). Given her stubbornness, once you can relax a little more, I’d be clicker training “come” with her. Too bad the dogs aren’t helping you keep an eye on her- you need a retriever. πŸ˜‰
    You can get a Feline Funhouse for not much on amazon (collapsible enclosure) which is what I use in my guys.

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  168. You should consider putting a jingle bell (not just solitary bell) collar on her so you can hear where she is. If she wants fresh air, I’d move a dog crate into the yard and let her sit in that- I don’t know about your habitat but I am always paranoid about foxes (usually won’t come around dogs) and birds of prey (which she wouldn’t be able to see). Given her stubbornness, once you can relax a little more, I’d be clicker training “come” with her. Too bad the dogs aren’t helping you keep an eye on her- you need a retriever. πŸ˜‰
    You can get a Feline Funhouse for not much on amazon (collapsible enclosure) which is what I use in my guys.

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  169. You should consider putting a jingle bell (not just solitary bell) collar on her so you can hear where she is. If she wants fresh air, I’d move a dog crate into the yard and let her sit in that- I don’t know about your habitat but I am always paranoid about foxes (usually won’t come around dogs) and birds of prey (which she wouldn’t be able to see). Given her stubbornness, once you can relax a little more, I’d be clicker training “come” with her. Too bad the dogs aren’t helping you keep an eye on her- you need a retriever. πŸ˜‰
    You can get a Feline Funhouse for not much on amazon (collapsible enclosure) which is what I use in my guys.

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  170. You should consider putting a jingle bell (not just solitary bell) collar on her so you can hear where she is. If she wants fresh air, I’d move a dog crate into the yard and let her sit in that- I don’t know about your habitat but I am always paranoid about foxes (usually won’t come around dogs) and birds of prey (which she wouldn’t be able to see). Given her stubbornness, once you can relax a little more, I’d be clicker training “come” with her. Too bad the dogs aren’t helping you keep an eye on her- you need a retriever. πŸ˜‰
    You can get a Feline Funhouse for not much on amazon (collapsible enclosure) which is what I use in my guys.

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  171. Well, as soon as your Gofundme is up and running, don’t be shy to send out the call for help. I am sure I speak for many readers when I say we love hearing about this intrepid little cat. She has stolen our hearts. Let us help Sparky. On another note, try some alternative healing therapy such as Reiki, which is very relaxing and need not actually touch the person/animal being worked on. I am sure Sparky would mellow out and just love it. I did a short course so I could help my German shepherd who was diagnosed with distemper while still a puppy and I was told he would never walk – the end was nigh. I could not, would not give up. Was it the Reiki, my mind power visulaisation, the extra therapy exercises or the swimming? Not sure, but somewhere along the line, something worked and he lived to a ripe old age. Yes, a bit wobbly on the hind legs, but he was never going to be a ballet dancer anyway! Think positive!

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  172. Well, as soon as your Gofundme is up and running, don’t be shy to send out the call for help. I am sure I speak for many readers when I say we love hearing about this intrepid little cat. She has stolen our hearts. Let us help Sparky. On another note, try some alternative healing therapy such as Reiki, which is very relaxing and need not actually touch the person/animal being worked on. I am sure Sparky would mellow out and just love it. I did a short course so I could help my German shepherd who was diagnosed with distemper while still a puppy and I was told he would never walk – the end was nigh. I could not, would not give up. Was it the Reiki, my mind power visulaisation, the extra therapy exercises or the swimming? Not sure, but somewhere along the line, something worked and he lived to a ripe old age. Yes, a bit wobbly on the hind legs, but he was never going to be a ballet dancer anyway! Think positive!

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  173. Well, as soon as your Gofundme is up and running, don’t be shy to send out the call for help. I am sure I speak for many readers when I say we love hearing about this intrepid little cat. She has stolen our hearts. Let us help Sparky. On another note, try some alternative healing therapy such as Reiki, which is very relaxing and need not actually touch the person/animal being worked on. I am sure Sparky would mellow out and just love it. I did a short course so I could help my German shepherd who was diagnosed with distemper while still a puppy and I was told he would never walk – the end was nigh. I could not, would not give up. Was it the Reiki, my mind power visulaisation, the extra therapy exercises or the swimming? Not sure, but somewhere along the line, something worked and he lived to a ripe old age. Yes, a bit wobbly on the hind legs, but he was never going to be a ballet dancer anyway! Think positive!

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  174. Well, as soon as your Gofundme is up and running, don’t be shy to send out the call for help. I am sure I speak for many readers when I say we love hearing about this intrepid little cat. She has stolen our hearts. Let us help Sparky. On another note, try some alternative healing therapy such as Reiki, which is very relaxing and need not actually touch the person/animal being worked on. I am sure Sparky would mellow out and just love it. I did a short course so I could help my German shepherd who was diagnosed with distemper while still a puppy and I was told he would never walk – the end was nigh. I could not, would not give up. Was it the Reiki, my mind power visulaisation, the extra therapy exercises or the swimming? Not sure, but somewhere along the line, something worked and he lived to a ripe old age. Yes, a bit wobbly on the hind legs, but he was never going to be a ballet dancer anyway! Think positive!

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  175. Well, as soon as your Gofundme is up and running, don’t be shy to send out the call for help. I am sure I speak for many readers when I say we love hearing about this intrepid little cat. She has stolen our hearts. Let us help Sparky. On another note, try some alternative healing therapy such as Reiki, which is very relaxing and need not actually touch the person/animal being worked on. I am sure Sparky would mellow out and just love it. I did a short course so I could help my German shepherd who was diagnosed with distemper while still a puppy and I was told he would never walk – the end was nigh. I could not, would not give up. Was it the Reiki, my mind power visulaisation, the extra therapy exercises or the swimming? Not sure, but somewhere along the line, something worked and he lived to a ripe old age. Yes, a bit wobbly on the hind legs, but he was never going to be a ballet dancer anyway! Think positive!

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  176. OK, my crying time is done.
    Two things: Sparky has been prayed for by me, and I am going to send a prayer request to my prayer group…..they have connections.
    And, I believe in the idea of things which are meant to be. No matter the outcome, Sparky is very blessed, she is living in a place where she knows love, and she feels safe and she has companions who will do all they can to protect her. If Sparky had not found you, think of the alternative.
    The idea of an outdoor catio…terrific. The two dogs I believe would learn to provide some care for her if they were given the opportunity.
    Try not to worry, shoot fire, you have all of us to do that on your behalf.

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  177. OK, my crying time is done.
    Two things: Sparky has been prayed for by me, and I am going to send a prayer request to my prayer group…..they have connections.
    And, I believe in the idea of things which are meant to be. No matter the outcome, Sparky is very blessed, she is living in a place where she knows love, and she feels safe and she has companions who will do all they can to protect her. If Sparky had not found you, think of the alternative.
    The idea of an outdoor catio…terrific. The two dogs I believe would learn to provide some care for her if they were given the opportunity.
    Try not to worry, shoot fire, you have all of us to do that on your behalf.

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  178. OK, my crying time is done.
    Two things: Sparky has been prayed for by me, and I am going to send a prayer request to my prayer group…..they have connections.
    And, I believe in the idea of things which are meant to be. No matter the outcome, Sparky is very blessed, she is living in a place where she knows love, and she feels safe and she has companions who will do all they can to protect her. If Sparky had not found you, think of the alternative.
    The idea of an outdoor catio…terrific. The two dogs I believe would learn to provide some care for her if they were given the opportunity.
    Try not to worry, shoot fire, you have all of us to do that on your behalf.

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  179. OK, my crying time is done.
    Two things: Sparky has been prayed for by me, and I am going to send a prayer request to my prayer group…..they have connections.
    And, I believe in the idea of things which are meant to be. No matter the outcome, Sparky is very blessed, she is living in a place where she knows love, and she feels safe and she has companions who will do all they can to protect her. If Sparky had not found you, think of the alternative.
    The idea of an outdoor catio…terrific. The two dogs I believe would learn to provide some care for her if they were given the opportunity.
    Try not to worry, shoot fire, you have all of us to do that on your behalf.

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  180. OK, my crying time is done.
    Two things: Sparky has been prayed for by me, and I am going to send a prayer request to my prayer group…..they have connections.
    And, I believe in the idea of things which are meant to be. No matter the outcome, Sparky is very blessed, she is living in a place where she knows love, and she feels safe and she has companions who will do all they can to protect her. If Sparky had not found you, think of the alternative.
    The idea of an outdoor catio…terrific. The two dogs I believe would learn to provide some care for her if they were given the opportunity.
    Try not to worry, shoot fire, you have all of us to do that on your behalf.

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  181. oh golly – how devastating indeed. I know all of us are waiting and hoping and even praying – we all love our cats and know how you feel. I had a cat who became blind at a very advanced age, and she navigated extremely well and continued to enjoy life immensely. So, although I hoe and pray Sparky recovers, if she does continue with loss of vision she will still have a good quality of life and of course, she will know that she is one special cat and deeply loved.
    Jeannette

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  182. oh golly – how devastating indeed. I know all of us are waiting and hoping and even praying – we all love our cats and know how you feel. I had a cat who became blind at a very advanced age, and she navigated extremely well and continued to enjoy life immensely. So, although I hoe and pray Sparky recovers, if she does continue with loss of vision she will still have a good quality of life and of course, she will know that she is one special cat and deeply loved.
    Jeannette

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  183. oh golly – how devastating indeed. I know all of us are waiting and hoping and even praying – we all love our cats and know how you feel. I had a cat who became blind at a very advanced age, and she navigated extremely well and continued to enjoy life immensely. So, although I hoe and pray Sparky recovers, if she does continue with loss of vision she will still have a good quality of life and of course, she will know that she is one special cat and deeply loved.
    Jeannette

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  184. oh golly – how devastating indeed. I know all of us are waiting and hoping and even praying – we all love our cats and know how you feel. I had a cat who became blind at a very advanced age, and she navigated extremely well and continued to enjoy life immensely. So, although I hoe and pray Sparky recovers, if she does continue with loss of vision she will still have a good quality of life and of course, she will know that she is one special cat and deeply loved.
    Jeannette

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  185. oh golly – how devastating indeed. I know all of us are waiting and hoping and even praying – we all love our cats and know how you feel. I had a cat who became blind at a very advanced age, and she navigated extremely well and continued to enjoy life immensely. So, although I hoe and pray Sparky recovers, if she does continue with loss of vision she will still have a good quality of life and of course, she will know that she is one special cat and deeply loved.
    Jeannette

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  186. FionaRobyn, I’ve been reaching out to everyone I could think of, unabashedly asking for prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki–anything that could help Sparky.
    Re your German Shepherd: I’m a firm believer in positive thinking bringing about healing. When I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, I decided to make it a rule that I laugh every day. I watched funny YouTube videos and funny movies on Netflix. I read funny books. I did fun things with friends and we laughed and laughed. It made a huge difference, and when I had the hysterectomy, the tumor was so small that it hadn’t even metasticized and I didn’t need follow-up chemo or radiation. My recovery was awesome–in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. My surgeon was amazed how quickly I bounced back. I also had lots of people praying for me, including my online prayer group.
    So I know that prayer and laughter and positive energy work. I am appreciative of anything that will help Sparky recover.

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  187. FionaRobyn, I’ve been reaching out to everyone I could think of, unabashedly asking for prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki–anything that could help Sparky.
    Re your German Shepherd: I’m a firm believer in positive thinking bringing about healing. When I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, I decided to make it a rule that I laugh every day. I watched funny YouTube videos and funny movies on Netflix. I read funny books. I did fun things with friends and we laughed and laughed. It made a huge difference, and when I had the hysterectomy, the tumor was so small that it hadn’t even metasticized and I didn’t need follow-up chemo or radiation. My recovery was awesome–in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. My surgeon was amazed how quickly I bounced back. I also had lots of people praying for me, including my online prayer group.
    So I know that prayer and laughter and positive energy work. I am appreciative of anything that will help Sparky recover.

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  188. FionaRobyn, I’ve been reaching out to everyone I could think of, unabashedly asking for prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki–anything that could help Sparky.
    Re your German Shepherd: I’m a firm believer in positive thinking bringing about healing. When I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, I decided to make it a rule that I laugh every day. I watched funny YouTube videos and funny movies on Netflix. I read funny books. I did fun things with friends and we laughed and laughed. It made a huge difference, and when I had the hysterectomy, the tumor was so small that it hadn’t even metasticized and I didn’t need follow-up chemo or radiation. My recovery was awesome–in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. My surgeon was amazed how quickly I bounced back. I also had lots of people praying for me, including my online prayer group.
    So I know that prayer and laughter and positive energy work. I am appreciative of anything that will help Sparky recover.

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  189. FionaRobyn, I’ve been reaching out to everyone I could think of, unabashedly asking for prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki–anything that could help Sparky.
    Re your German Shepherd: I’m a firm believer in positive thinking bringing about healing. When I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, I decided to make it a rule that I laugh every day. I watched funny YouTube videos and funny movies on Netflix. I read funny books. I did fun things with friends and we laughed and laughed. It made a huge difference, and when I had the hysterectomy, the tumor was so small that it hadn’t even metasticized and I didn’t need follow-up chemo or radiation. My recovery was awesome–in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. My surgeon was amazed how quickly I bounced back. I also had lots of people praying for me, including my online prayer group.
    So I know that prayer and laughter and positive energy work. I am appreciative of anything that will help Sparky recover.

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  190. FionaRobyn, I’ve been reaching out to everyone I could think of, unabashedly asking for prayers, healing thoughts, Reiki–anything that could help Sparky.
    Re your German Shepherd: I’m a firm believer in positive thinking bringing about healing. When I was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago, I decided to make it a rule that I laugh every day. I watched funny YouTube videos and funny movies on Netflix. I read funny books. I did fun things with friends and we laughed and laughed. It made a huge difference, and when I had the hysterectomy, the tumor was so small that it hadn’t even metasticized and I didn’t need follow-up chemo or radiation. My recovery was awesome–in and out of the hospital in less than 24 hours. My surgeon was amazed how quickly I bounced back. I also had lots of people praying for me, including my online prayer group.
    So I know that prayer and laughter and positive energy work. I am appreciative of anything that will help Sparky recover.

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  191. Hi Jackie,
    Yes indeedy, Sparky does have a resilient spirit. Right now, she’s reaching her arm behind the barricade I’ve put in front of the kitty door, determined to get outside again. Her face is pressed against the wall and she’s up to her armpit as she pats around, trying to find a way out. I better draw up plans for that outdoor play area soon!

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  192. Hi Jackie,
    Yes indeedy, Sparky does have a resilient spirit. Right now, she’s reaching her arm behind the barricade I’ve put in front of the kitty door, determined to get outside again. Her face is pressed against the wall and she’s up to her armpit as she pats around, trying to find a way out. I better draw up plans for that outdoor play area soon!

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  193. Hi Jackie,
    Yes indeedy, Sparky does have a resilient spirit. Right now, she’s reaching her arm behind the barricade I’ve put in front of the kitty door, determined to get outside again. Her face is pressed against the wall and she’s up to her armpit as she pats around, trying to find a way out. I better draw up plans for that outdoor play area soon!

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  194. Hi Jackie,
    Yes indeedy, Sparky does have a resilient spirit. Right now, she’s reaching her arm behind the barricade I’ve put in front of the kitty door, determined to get outside again. Her face is pressed against the wall and she’s up to her armpit as she pats around, trying to find a way out. I better draw up plans for that outdoor play area soon!

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  195. Hi Jackie,
    Yes indeedy, Sparky does have a resilient spirit. Right now, she’s reaching her arm behind the barricade I’ve put in front of the kitty door, determined to get outside again. Her face is pressed against the wall and she’s up to her armpit as she pats around, trying to find a way out. I better draw up plans for that outdoor play area soon!

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  196. Faith, I had to laugh at your comment! (“But wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid …”)
    I’m sure there will be a few more Daring Escapes before this is over. (And a few more gray hairs on my head!)

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  197. Faith, I had to laugh at your comment! (“But wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid …”)
    I’m sure there will be a few more Daring Escapes before this is over. (And a few more gray hairs on my head!)

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  198. Faith, I had to laugh at your comment! (“But wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid …”)
    I’m sure there will be a few more Daring Escapes before this is over. (And a few more gray hairs on my head!)

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  199. Faith, I had to laugh at your comment! (“But wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid …”)
    I’m sure there will be a few more Daring Escapes before this is over. (And a few more gray hairs on my head!)

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  200. Faith, I had to laugh at your comment! (“But wait a minute! Our Sparky is so intrepid …”)
    I’m sure there will be a few more Daring Escapes before this is over. (And a few more gray hairs on my head!)

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  201. Faith, I know Sparky will benefit immensely from having an outdoor play area. Even as the tiny kitten of a semi-feral cat, she showed a very strong desire to go outdoors. If there’s one thing that will calm troubled waters for Sparky, it’s the ability to go outdoors and revel in Nature to her heart’s content.
    I’ve been researching “Catios” and other outdoor enclosures online and I have gathered some great ideas for “Sparky’s Playpen.” She’s gonna love it!

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  202. Faith, I know Sparky will benefit immensely from having an outdoor play area. Even as the tiny kitten of a semi-feral cat, she showed a very strong desire to go outdoors. If there’s one thing that will calm troubled waters for Sparky, it’s the ability to go outdoors and revel in Nature to her heart’s content.
    I’ve been researching “Catios” and other outdoor enclosures online and I have gathered some great ideas for “Sparky’s Playpen.” She’s gonna love it!

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  203. Faith, I know Sparky will benefit immensely from having an outdoor play area. Even as the tiny kitten of a semi-feral cat, she showed a very strong desire to go outdoors. If there’s one thing that will calm troubled waters for Sparky, it’s the ability to go outdoors and revel in Nature to her heart’s content.
    I’ve been researching “Catios” and other outdoor enclosures online and I have gathered some great ideas for “Sparky’s Playpen.” She’s gonna love it!

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  204. Faith, I know Sparky will benefit immensely from having an outdoor play area. Even as the tiny kitten of a semi-feral cat, she showed a very strong desire to go outdoors. If there’s one thing that will calm troubled waters for Sparky, it’s the ability to go outdoors and revel in Nature to her heart’s content.
    I’ve been researching “Catios” and other outdoor enclosures online and I have gathered some great ideas for “Sparky’s Playpen.” She’s gonna love it!

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  205. Faith, I know Sparky will benefit immensely from having an outdoor play area. Even as the tiny kitten of a semi-feral cat, she showed a very strong desire to go outdoors. If there’s one thing that will calm troubled waters for Sparky, it’s the ability to go outdoors and revel in Nature to her heart’s content.
    I’ve been researching “Catios” and other outdoor enclosures online and I have gathered some great ideas for “Sparky’s Playpen.” She’s gonna love it!

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  206. Oh, Annette, thank you! I love that your prayer group has “connections.” So does mine. *g*
    You said Sparky is blessed because she’s living in a place where she knows she is loved. I’d like to add that *I* am also blessed because of Sparky. She has enriched my life, taught me lessons, made me laugh, and shown her love in myriad ways.
    As I type this, she is on the desk and keeps dragging my right hand off the keyboard and rolling onto her back. It finally dawned on me that she wants a tummy rub. Bingo! I am now typing this with one hand. πŸ™‚

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  207. Oh, Annette, thank you! I love that your prayer group has “connections.” So does mine. *g*
    You said Sparky is blessed because she’s living in a place where she knows she is loved. I’d like to add that *I* am also blessed because of Sparky. She has enriched my life, taught me lessons, made me laugh, and shown her love in myriad ways.
    As I type this, she is on the desk and keeps dragging my right hand off the keyboard and rolling onto her back. It finally dawned on me that she wants a tummy rub. Bingo! I am now typing this with one hand. πŸ™‚

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  208. Oh, Annette, thank you! I love that your prayer group has “connections.” So does mine. *g*
    You said Sparky is blessed because she’s living in a place where she knows she is loved. I’d like to add that *I* am also blessed because of Sparky. She has enriched my life, taught me lessons, made me laugh, and shown her love in myriad ways.
    As I type this, she is on the desk and keeps dragging my right hand off the keyboard and rolling onto her back. It finally dawned on me that she wants a tummy rub. Bingo! I am now typing this with one hand. πŸ™‚

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  209. Oh, Annette, thank you! I love that your prayer group has “connections.” So does mine. *g*
    You said Sparky is blessed because she’s living in a place where she knows she is loved. I’d like to add that *I* am also blessed because of Sparky. She has enriched my life, taught me lessons, made me laugh, and shown her love in myriad ways.
    As I type this, she is on the desk and keeps dragging my right hand off the keyboard and rolling onto her back. It finally dawned on me that she wants a tummy rub. Bingo! I am now typing this with one hand. πŸ™‚

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  210. Oh, Annette, thank you! I love that your prayer group has “connections.” So does mine. *g*
    You said Sparky is blessed because she’s living in a place where she knows she is loved. I’d like to add that *I* am also blessed because of Sparky. She has enriched my life, taught me lessons, made me laugh, and shown her love in myriad ways.
    As I type this, she is on the desk and keeps dragging my right hand off the keyboard and rolling onto her back. It finally dawned on me that she wants a tummy rub. Bingo! I am now typing this with one hand. πŸ™‚

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  211. Jeannette, like you and many others, I am also waiting and hoping and praying. I’m heartened by the stories I’ve heard, of cats that led great lives even though they were blind, like your elderly kitty.
    If total blindness is Sparky’s fate, she will adjust. So will I.

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  212. Jeannette, like you and many others, I am also waiting and hoping and praying. I’m heartened by the stories I’ve heard, of cats that led great lives even though they were blind, like your elderly kitty.
    If total blindness is Sparky’s fate, she will adjust. So will I.

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  213. Jeannette, like you and many others, I am also waiting and hoping and praying. I’m heartened by the stories I’ve heard, of cats that led great lives even though they were blind, like your elderly kitty.
    If total blindness is Sparky’s fate, she will adjust. So will I.

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  214. Jeannette, like you and many others, I am also waiting and hoping and praying. I’m heartened by the stories I’ve heard, of cats that led great lives even though they were blind, like your elderly kitty.
    If total blindness is Sparky’s fate, she will adjust. So will I.

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  215. Jeannette, like you and many others, I am also waiting and hoping and praying. I’m heartened by the stories I’ve heard, of cats that led great lives even though they were blind, like your elderly kitty.
    If total blindness is Sparky’s fate, she will adjust. So will I.

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  216. Dee, I do have several dog crates and even an “exercise pen” from when I used to show Dobermans decades ago. The exercise pen is made of non-climb galvanized fencing, and would be a good temporary play pen for Sparky. I’ll go dig it out of the closet. For the time being, Sparky is enjoying sitting in front of the screened windows and screen door. She gets to experience the sunshine, the lovely summer smells, and summer breezes, but she’s safely behind a screen.
    I’m ahead of you on the clicker training. For the past two months I’ve been training her to come when I call, and rewarding her with a tasty treat when she obeys. The clicker wasn’t practical for outdoor use for Sparky because she wouldn’t be able to hear it if she’s in the woods or out in the pasture or back yard. Also, when I first began clicker training Sparky, it drove the dogs mad because they thought the clicker was for them (I’m also training the dogs)
    And a Feline Funhouse??? Dee, you are a wealth of information! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I was going to build Sparky a better scratching post/climbing tree, but now I’d better look at those Feline Funhouses!

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  217. Dee, I do have several dog crates and even an “exercise pen” from when I used to show Dobermans decades ago. The exercise pen is made of non-climb galvanized fencing, and would be a good temporary play pen for Sparky. I’ll go dig it out of the closet. For the time being, Sparky is enjoying sitting in front of the screened windows and screen door. She gets to experience the sunshine, the lovely summer smells, and summer breezes, but she’s safely behind a screen.
    I’m ahead of you on the clicker training. For the past two months I’ve been training her to come when I call, and rewarding her with a tasty treat when she obeys. The clicker wasn’t practical for outdoor use for Sparky because she wouldn’t be able to hear it if she’s in the woods or out in the pasture or back yard. Also, when I first began clicker training Sparky, it drove the dogs mad because they thought the clicker was for them (I’m also training the dogs)
    And a Feline Funhouse??? Dee, you are a wealth of information! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I was going to build Sparky a better scratching post/climbing tree, but now I’d better look at those Feline Funhouses!

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  218. Dee, I do have several dog crates and even an “exercise pen” from when I used to show Dobermans decades ago. The exercise pen is made of non-climb galvanized fencing, and would be a good temporary play pen for Sparky. I’ll go dig it out of the closet. For the time being, Sparky is enjoying sitting in front of the screened windows and screen door. She gets to experience the sunshine, the lovely summer smells, and summer breezes, but she’s safely behind a screen.
    I’m ahead of you on the clicker training. For the past two months I’ve been training her to come when I call, and rewarding her with a tasty treat when she obeys. The clicker wasn’t practical for outdoor use for Sparky because she wouldn’t be able to hear it if she’s in the woods or out in the pasture or back yard. Also, when I first began clicker training Sparky, it drove the dogs mad because they thought the clicker was for them (I’m also training the dogs)
    And a Feline Funhouse??? Dee, you are a wealth of information! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I was going to build Sparky a better scratching post/climbing tree, but now I’d better look at those Feline Funhouses!

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  219. Dee, I do have several dog crates and even an “exercise pen” from when I used to show Dobermans decades ago. The exercise pen is made of non-climb galvanized fencing, and would be a good temporary play pen for Sparky. I’ll go dig it out of the closet. For the time being, Sparky is enjoying sitting in front of the screened windows and screen door. She gets to experience the sunshine, the lovely summer smells, and summer breezes, but she’s safely behind a screen.
    I’m ahead of you on the clicker training. For the past two months I’ve been training her to come when I call, and rewarding her with a tasty treat when she obeys. The clicker wasn’t practical for outdoor use for Sparky because she wouldn’t be able to hear it if she’s in the woods or out in the pasture or back yard. Also, when I first began clicker training Sparky, it drove the dogs mad because they thought the clicker was for them (I’m also training the dogs)
    And a Feline Funhouse??? Dee, you are a wealth of information! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I was going to build Sparky a better scratching post/climbing tree, but now I’d better look at those Feline Funhouses!

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  220. Dee, I do have several dog crates and even an “exercise pen” from when I used to show Dobermans decades ago. The exercise pen is made of non-climb galvanized fencing, and would be a good temporary play pen for Sparky. I’ll go dig it out of the closet. For the time being, Sparky is enjoying sitting in front of the screened windows and screen door. She gets to experience the sunshine, the lovely summer smells, and summer breezes, but she’s safely behind a screen.
    I’m ahead of you on the clicker training. For the past two months I’ve been training her to come when I call, and rewarding her with a tasty treat when she obeys. The clicker wasn’t practical for outdoor use for Sparky because she wouldn’t be able to hear it if she’s in the woods or out in the pasture or back yard. Also, when I first began clicker training Sparky, it drove the dogs mad because they thought the clicker was for them (I’m also training the dogs)
    And a Feline Funhouse??? Dee, you are a wealth of information! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I was going to build Sparky a better scratching post/climbing tree, but now I’d better look at those Feline Funhouses!

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  221. Sherrie,
    I’m keeping you and Sparky in my thoughts and prayers! Like everyone else, I’ve come to love her and her adventures have given me great pleasure and amusement–and I also second everyone else’s hopes that, regardless of the outcome of her sight, she will continue to be her “sparky” self and continue to amaze and delight (and challenge) you with her adventurous and resilient spirit. She is so lucky to have found her forever home with you–it seems like a “God thing” that brought the two of you together. I know this “in between” time of waiting for tests and outcomes is difficult (we’re going through a waiting period ourselves right now with our beautiful greyhound who is failing)–so make sure that you practice good self-care while you’re taking care of Sparky (not just making time to eat, sleep, and exercise, but also chocolate? bubble baths? a good book? a belly laugh?–whatever restores your spirit). Blessings to you and Sparky,
    RevMelinda

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  222. Sherrie,
    I’m keeping you and Sparky in my thoughts and prayers! Like everyone else, I’ve come to love her and her adventures have given me great pleasure and amusement–and I also second everyone else’s hopes that, regardless of the outcome of her sight, she will continue to be her “sparky” self and continue to amaze and delight (and challenge) you with her adventurous and resilient spirit. She is so lucky to have found her forever home with you–it seems like a “God thing” that brought the two of you together. I know this “in between” time of waiting for tests and outcomes is difficult (we’re going through a waiting period ourselves right now with our beautiful greyhound who is failing)–so make sure that you practice good self-care while you’re taking care of Sparky (not just making time to eat, sleep, and exercise, but also chocolate? bubble baths? a good book? a belly laugh?–whatever restores your spirit). Blessings to you and Sparky,
    RevMelinda

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  223. Sherrie,
    I’m keeping you and Sparky in my thoughts and prayers! Like everyone else, I’ve come to love her and her adventures have given me great pleasure and amusement–and I also second everyone else’s hopes that, regardless of the outcome of her sight, she will continue to be her “sparky” self and continue to amaze and delight (and challenge) you with her adventurous and resilient spirit. She is so lucky to have found her forever home with you–it seems like a “God thing” that brought the two of you together. I know this “in between” time of waiting for tests and outcomes is difficult (we’re going through a waiting period ourselves right now with our beautiful greyhound who is failing)–so make sure that you practice good self-care while you’re taking care of Sparky (not just making time to eat, sleep, and exercise, but also chocolate? bubble baths? a good book? a belly laugh?–whatever restores your spirit). Blessings to you and Sparky,
    RevMelinda

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  224. Sherrie,
    I’m keeping you and Sparky in my thoughts and prayers! Like everyone else, I’ve come to love her and her adventures have given me great pleasure and amusement–and I also second everyone else’s hopes that, regardless of the outcome of her sight, she will continue to be her “sparky” self and continue to amaze and delight (and challenge) you with her adventurous and resilient spirit. She is so lucky to have found her forever home with you–it seems like a “God thing” that brought the two of you together. I know this “in between” time of waiting for tests and outcomes is difficult (we’re going through a waiting period ourselves right now with our beautiful greyhound who is failing)–so make sure that you practice good self-care while you’re taking care of Sparky (not just making time to eat, sleep, and exercise, but also chocolate? bubble baths? a good book? a belly laugh?–whatever restores your spirit). Blessings to you and Sparky,
    RevMelinda

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  225. Sherrie,
    I’m keeping you and Sparky in my thoughts and prayers! Like everyone else, I’ve come to love her and her adventures have given me great pleasure and amusement–and I also second everyone else’s hopes that, regardless of the outcome of her sight, she will continue to be her “sparky” self and continue to amaze and delight (and challenge) you with her adventurous and resilient spirit. She is so lucky to have found her forever home with you–it seems like a “God thing” that brought the two of you together. I know this “in between” time of waiting for tests and outcomes is difficult (we’re going through a waiting period ourselves right now with our beautiful greyhound who is failing)–so make sure that you practice good self-care while you’re taking care of Sparky (not just making time to eat, sleep, and exercise, but also chocolate? bubble baths? a good book? a belly laugh?–whatever restores your spirit). Blessings to you and Sparky,
    RevMelinda

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  226. RevMelinda, how wonderful to hear from you! I do believe it was a “God thing” that brought Sparky to me. And I believe that prayer will keep her with me, blind or not blind.
    I’m so very sorry to hear that your Greyhound is failing. They are wonderful creatures, so loving and wanting nothing more than to have a nice spot on the sofa next to you.
    Dealing with the loss of a pet is heartwrenching for those of us who love our critters like family. Eventually, old age catches up with them–it’s inevitable. But the years of joy they bring us makes it worthwhile.
    I had to laugh at your suggestion to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and … a chocolate bubble bath. Okay, you didn’t really say that, but that’s how my eyes saw it, and I thought, “Wow, now that’s something I could get into!” (Literally!)
    Thank you for your prayers and Blessings, RevMelinda. I know they will help. Now, if I could only find some chocolate bubble bath …

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  227. RevMelinda, how wonderful to hear from you! I do believe it was a “God thing” that brought Sparky to me. And I believe that prayer will keep her with me, blind or not blind.
    I’m so very sorry to hear that your Greyhound is failing. They are wonderful creatures, so loving and wanting nothing more than to have a nice spot on the sofa next to you.
    Dealing with the loss of a pet is heartwrenching for those of us who love our critters like family. Eventually, old age catches up with them–it’s inevitable. But the years of joy they bring us makes it worthwhile.
    I had to laugh at your suggestion to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and … a chocolate bubble bath. Okay, you didn’t really say that, but that’s how my eyes saw it, and I thought, “Wow, now that’s something I could get into!” (Literally!)
    Thank you for your prayers and Blessings, RevMelinda. I know they will help. Now, if I could only find some chocolate bubble bath …

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  228. RevMelinda, how wonderful to hear from you! I do believe it was a “God thing” that brought Sparky to me. And I believe that prayer will keep her with me, blind or not blind.
    I’m so very sorry to hear that your Greyhound is failing. They are wonderful creatures, so loving and wanting nothing more than to have a nice spot on the sofa next to you.
    Dealing with the loss of a pet is heartwrenching for those of us who love our critters like family. Eventually, old age catches up with them–it’s inevitable. But the years of joy they bring us makes it worthwhile.
    I had to laugh at your suggestion to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and … a chocolate bubble bath. Okay, you didn’t really say that, but that’s how my eyes saw it, and I thought, “Wow, now that’s something I could get into!” (Literally!)
    Thank you for your prayers and Blessings, RevMelinda. I know they will help. Now, if I could only find some chocolate bubble bath …

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  229. RevMelinda, how wonderful to hear from you! I do believe it was a “God thing” that brought Sparky to me. And I believe that prayer will keep her with me, blind or not blind.
    I’m so very sorry to hear that your Greyhound is failing. They are wonderful creatures, so loving and wanting nothing more than to have a nice spot on the sofa next to you.
    Dealing with the loss of a pet is heartwrenching for those of us who love our critters like family. Eventually, old age catches up with them–it’s inevitable. But the years of joy they bring us makes it worthwhile.
    I had to laugh at your suggestion to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and … a chocolate bubble bath. Okay, you didn’t really say that, but that’s how my eyes saw it, and I thought, “Wow, now that’s something I could get into!” (Literally!)
    Thank you for your prayers and Blessings, RevMelinda. I know they will help. Now, if I could only find some chocolate bubble bath …

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  230. RevMelinda, how wonderful to hear from you! I do believe it was a “God thing” that brought Sparky to me. And I believe that prayer will keep her with me, blind or not blind.
    I’m so very sorry to hear that your Greyhound is failing. They are wonderful creatures, so loving and wanting nothing more than to have a nice spot on the sofa next to you.
    Dealing with the loss of a pet is heartwrenching for those of us who love our critters like family. Eventually, old age catches up with them–it’s inevitable. But the years of joy they bring us makes it worthwhile.
    I had to laugh at your suggestion to take care of myself by getting enough sleep, exercise, and … a chocolate bubble bath. Okay, you didn’t really say that, but that’s how my eyes saw it, and I thought, “Wow, now that’s something I could get into!” (Literally!)
    Thank you for your prayers and Blessings, RevMelinda. I know they will help. Now, if I could only find some chocolate bubble bath …

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  231. Oh NO! I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Sparky is a fighter and has a determined and dedicated mommy on her side. It sounds like no matter what the outcome, she will continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy her trips outdoors — no matter how much it stresses mommy.

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  232. Oh NO! I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Sparky is a fighter and has a determined and dedicated mommy on her side. It sounds like no matter what the outcome, she will continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy her trips outdoors — no matter how much it stresses mommy.

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  233. Oh NO! I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Sparky is a fighter and has a determined and dedicated mommy on her side. It sounds like no matter what the outcome, she will continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy her trips outdoors — no matter how much it stresses mommy.

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  234. Oh NO! I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Sparky is a fighter and has a determined and dedicated mommy on her side. It sounds like no matter what the outcome, she will continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy her trips outdoors — no matter how much it stresses mommy.

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  235. Oh NO! I’ll keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers. Sparky is a fighter and has a determined and dedicated mommy on her side. It sounds like no matter what the outcome, she will continue to live life to the fullest and enjoy her trips outdoors — no matter how much it stresses mommy.

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  236. I’m so sad to hear about Sparky! I hope you can console yourself by realizing that animals do have other senses that are much more acute than humans, and this will allow her to compensate. And if she can keep even a bit of partial sight, that will be a blessing! Be sure to let us know when the donation site is up and running. That was my first thought when I read your post, but I see lots of other folks have had the same idea.

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  237. I’m so sad to hear about Sparky! I hope you can console yourself by realizing that animals do have other senses that are much more acute than humans, and this will allow her to compensate. And if she can keep even a bit of partial sight, that will be a blessing! Be sure to let us know when the donation site is up and running. That was my first thought when I read your post, but I see lots of other folks have had the same idea.

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  238. I’m so sad to hear about Sparky! I hope you can console yourself by realizing that animals do have other senses that are much more acute than humans, and this will allow her to compensate. And if she can keep even a bit of partial sight, that will be a blessing! Be sure to let us know when the donation site is up and running. That was my first thought when I read your post, but I see lots of other folks have had the same idea.

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  239. I’m so sad to hear about Sparky! I hope you can console yourself by realizing that animals do have other senses that are much more acute than humans, and this will allow her to compensate. And if she can keep even a bit of partial sight, that will be a blessing! Be sure to let us know when the donation site is up and running. That was my first thought when I read your post, but I see lots of other folks have had the same idea.

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  240. I’m so sad to hear about Sparky! I hope you can console yourself by realizing that animals do have other senses that are much more acute than humans, and this will allow her to compensate. And if she can keep even a bit of partial sight, that will be a blessing! Be sure to let us know when the donation site is up and running. That was my first thought when I read your post, but I see lots of other folks have had the same idea.

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  241. After snivelling my way through #40, I just thought… Hang on, this is the formidable Sparky ! And from the look on her face in that first photo, all I can hear is “..What ? Prroblem, what prroblem.? I have Minions who adore me, the dogs worship me, and my Human addresses my every want. Give me a week and those cunning Shrews will be toast !”
    Never underestimate the force of nature that is the Sparkinator… Hope the treatment is successful Sherrie.

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  242. After snivelling my way through #40, I just thought… Hang on, this is the formidable Sparky ! And from the look on her face in that first photo, all I can hear is “..What ? Prroblem, what prroblem.? I have Minions who adore me, the dogs worship me, and my Human addresses my every want. Give me a week and those cunning Shrews will be toast !”
    Never underestimate the force of nature that is the Sparkinator… Hope the treatment is successful Sherrie.

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  243. After snivelling my way through #40, I just thought… Hang on, this is the formidable Sparky ! And from the look on her face in that first photo, all I can hear is “..What ? Prroblem, what prroblem.? I have Minions who adore me, the dogs worship me, and my Human addresses my every want. Give me a week and those cunning Shrews will be toast !”
    Never underestimate the force of nature that is the Sparkinator… Hope the treatment is successful Sherrie.

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  244. After snivelling my way through #40, I just thought… Hang on, this is the formidable Sparky ! And from the look on her face in that first photo, all I can hear is “..What ? Prroblem, what prroblem.? I have Minions who adore me, the dogs worship me, and my Human addresses my every want. Give me a week and those cunning Shrews will be toast !”
    Never underestimate the force of nature that is the Sparkinator… Hope the treatment is successful Sherrie.

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  245. After snivelling my way through #40, I just thought… Hang on, this is the formidable Sparky ! And from the look on her face in that first photo, all I can hear is “..What ? Prroblem, what prroblem.? I have Minions who adore me, the dogs worship me, and my Human addresses my every want. Give me a week and those cunning Shrews will be toast !”
    Never underestimate the force of nature that is the Sparkinator… Hope the treatment is successful Sherrie.

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  246. I have been informed by a wonderful friend, that if we ask St Francis for help with Sparky, it will help.
    So, I am asking and since St Francis was a good and kind man, I know he will listen.

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  247. I have been informed by a wonderful friend, that if we ask St Francis for help with Sparky, it will help.
    So, I am asking and since St Francis was a good and kind man, I know he will listen.

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  248. I have been informed by a wonderful friend, that if we ask St Francis for help with Sparky, it will help.
    So, I am asking and since St Francis was a good and kind man, I know he will listen.

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  249. I have been informed by a wonderful friend, that if we ask St Francis for help with Sparky, it will help.
    So, I am asking and since St Francis was a good and kind man, I know he will listen.

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  250. I have been informed by a wonderful friend, that if we ask St Francis for help with Sparky, it will help.
    So, I am asking and since St Francis was a good and kind man, I know he will listen.

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  251. Well now I must read Homers Odyssey! Can’t wait to check it out. Meanwhile, I believe in Sparky and love her spunk. She just might make it. But you know Nature’s creatures are so very incredible and adaptable to whatever comes along in their lives. Have faith and help her learn, for she will! My little Flower’s eyes fail her more every day, but she’s remarkably flexible and her nose is the eight wonder of the world, I think! Hugs for you and for Sparky (if she would allow it).

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  252. Well now I must read Homers Odyssey! Can’t wait to check it out. Meanwhile, I believe in Sparky and love her spunk. She just might make it. But you know Nature’s creatures are so very incredible and adaptable to whatever comes along in their lives. Have faith and help her learn, for she will! My little Flower’s eyes fail her more every day, but she’s remarkably flexible and her nose is the eight wonder of the world, I think! Hugs for you and for Sparky (if she would allow it).

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  253. Well now I must read Homers Odyssey! Can’t wait to check it out. Meanwhile, I believe in Sparky and love her spunk. She just might make it. But you know Nature’s creatures are so very incredible and adaptable to whatever comes along in their lives. Have faith and help her learn, for she will! My little Flower’s eyes fail her more every day, but she’s remarkably flexible and her nose is the eight wonder of the world, I think! Hugs for you and for Sparky (if she would allow it).

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  254. Well now I must read Homers Odyssey! Can’t wait to check it out. Meanwhile, I believe in Sparky and love her spunk. She just might make it. But you know Nature’s creatures are so very incredible and adaptable to whatever comes along in their lives. Have faith and help her learn, for she will! My little Flower’s eyes fail her more every day, but she’s remarkably flexible and her nose is the eight wonder of the world, I think! Hugs for you and for Sparky (if she would allow it).

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  255. Well now I must read Homers Odyssey! Can’t wait to check it out. Meanwhile, I believe in Sparky and love her spunk. She just might make it. But you know Nature’s creatures are so very incredible and adaptable to whatever comes along in their lives. Have faith and help her learn, for she will! My little Flower’s eyes fail her more every day, but she’s remarkably flexible and her nose is the eight wonder of the world, I think! Hugs for you and for Sparky (if she would allow it).

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  256. Dear Glenda,
    That’s exactly what I thought when I realized Sparky was blind. Oh nooooo! That about covers it.
    I know Sparky will live life to the fullest, as you said, and may I just add that your statement that she will “enjoy her trips outdoors” is definitely true, because (can you believe it?) yesterday Sparky got out AGAIN! I still can’t figure out how that little houdini does it, but for now, I’m keeping most of the windows and all the doors shut.
    Each time I realize it’s been too quiet for the past hour or two, that’s when I realize Sparky is no longer in the house and I go roaring out the door looking for her. And she’s getting very good at evading capture once I find her!
    But it’s imperative I keep her indoors, because the coyotes are back. They pass through here about ever 6 weeks and hang around until their food sources are depleted, then the move on. Right now, we’re overrun with bunnies, and the coyotes do keep their numbers in check, but those carnivores also pose a problem to pets. So I’m super-diligent in keeping Sparky inside.

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  257. Dear Glenda,
    That’s exactly what I thought when I realized Sparky was blind. Oh nooooo! That about covers it.
    I know Sparky will live life to the fullest, as you said, and may I just add that your statement that she will “enjoy her trips outdoors” is definitely true, because (can you believe it?) yesterday Sparky got out AGAIN! I still can’t figure out how that little houdini does it, but for now, I’m keeping most of the windows and all the doors shut.
    Each time I realize it’s been too quiet for the past hour or two, that’s when I realize Sparky is no longer in the house and I go roaring out the door looking for her. And she’s getting very good at evading capture once I find her!
    But it’s imperative I keep her indoors, because the coyotes are back. They pass through here about ever 6 weeks and hang around until their food sources are depleted, then the move on. Right now, we’re overrun with bunnies, and the coyotes do keep their numbers in check, but those carnivores also pose a problem to pets. So I’m super-diligent in keeping Sparky inside.

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  258. Dear Glenda,
    That’s exactly what I thought when I realized Sparky was blind. Oh nooooo! That about covers it.
    I know Sparky will live life to the fullest, as you said, and may I just add that your statement that she will “enjoy her trips outdoors” is definitely true, because (can you believe it?) yesterday Sparky got out AGAIN! I still can’t figure out how that little houdini does it, but for now, I’m keeping most of the windows and all the doors shut.
    Each time I realize it’s been too quiet for the past hour or two, that’s when I realize Sparky is no longer in the house and I go roaring out the door looking for her. And she’s getting very good at evading capture once I find her!
    But it’s imperative I keep her indoors, because the coyotes are back. They pass through here about ever 6 weeks and hang around until their food sources are depleted, then the move on. Right now, we’re overrun with bunnies, and the coyotes do keep their numbers in check, but those carnivores also pose a problem to pets. So I’m super-diligent in keeping Sparky inside.

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  259. Dear Glenda,
    That’s exactly what I thought when I realized Sparky was blind. Oh nooooo! That about covers it.
    I know Sparky will live life to the fullest, as you said, and may I just add that your statement that she will “enjoy her trips outdoors” is definitely true, because (can you believe it?) yesterday Sparky got out AGAIN! I still can’t figure out how that little houdini does it, but for now, I’m keeping most of the windows and all the doors shut.
    Each time I realize it’s been too quiet for the past hour or two, that’s when I realize Sparky is no longer in the house and I go roaring out the door looking for her. And she’s getting very good at evading capture once I find her!
    But it’s imperative I keep her indoors, because the coyotes are back. They pass through here about ever 6 weeks and hang around until their food sources are depleted, then the move on. Right now, we’re overrun with bunnies, and the coyotes do keep their numbers in check, but those carnivores also pose a problem to pets. So I’m super-diligent in keeping Sparky inside.

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  260. Dear Glenda,
    That’s exactly what I thought when I realized Sparky was blind. Oh nooooo! That about covers it.
    I know Sparky will live life to the fullest, as you said, and may I just add that your statement that she will “enjoy her trips outdoors” is definitely true, because (can you believe it?) yesterday Sparky got out AGAIN! I still can’t figure out how that little houdini does it, but for now, I’m keeping most of the windows and all the doors shut.
    Each time I realize it’s been too quiet for the past hour or two, that’s when I realize Sparky is no longer in the house and I go roaring out the door looking for her. And she’s getting very good at evading capture once I find her!
    But it’s imperative I keep her indoors, because the coyotes are back. They pass through here about ever 6 weeks and hang around until their food sources are depleted, then the move on. Right now, we’re overrun with bunnies, and the coyotes do keep their numbers in check, but those carnivores also pose a problem to pets. So I’m super-diligent in keeping Sparky inside.

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  261. Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn’t fallen off anything for days now. I swear she’s seeing better.
    A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra “step” for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn’t have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree.
    Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.

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  262. Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn’t fallen off anything for days now. I swear she’s seeing better.
    A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra “step” for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn’t have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree.
    Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.

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  263. Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn’t fallen off anything for days now. I swear she’s seeing better.
    A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra “step” for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn’t have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree.
    Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.

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  264. Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn’t fallen off anything for days now. I swear she’s seeing better.
    A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra “step” for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn’t have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree.
    Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.

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  265. Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn’t fallen off anything for days now. I swear she’s seeing better.
    A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra “step” for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn’t have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree.
    Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.

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  266. Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes.
    As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She’s doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky’s feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It’s hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog’s neck.

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  267. Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes.
    As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She’s doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky’s feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It’s hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog’s neck.

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  268. Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes.
    As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She’s doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky’s feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It’s hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog’s neck.

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  269. Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes.
    As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She’s doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky’s feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It’s hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog’s neck.

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  270. Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes.
    As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She’s doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky’s feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It’s hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog’s neck.

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  271. Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette.
    Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.

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  272. Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette.
    Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.

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  273. Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette.
    Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.

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  274. Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette.
    Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.

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  275. Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette.
    Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.

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  276. AJ, I’ve been reading Homer’s Odyssey as my bedtime read and it’s adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky’s twin brother. Talk about mischief!
    I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother’s, and I’m so blessed to have Sparky.
    I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I’ve added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.

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  277. AJ, I’ve been reading Homer’s Odyssey as my bedtime read and it’s adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky’s twin brother. Talk about mischief!
    I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother’s, and I’m so blessed to have Sparky.
    I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I’ve added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.

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  278. AJ, I’ve been reading Homer’s Odyssey as my bedtime read and it’s adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky’s twin brother. Talk about mischief!
    I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother’s, and I’m so blessed to have Sparky.
    I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I’ve added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.

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  279. AJ, I’ve been reading Homer’s Odyssey as my bedtime read and it’s adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky’s twin brother. Talk about mischief!
    I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother’s, and I’m so blessed to have Sparky.
    I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I’ve added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.

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  280. AJ, I’ve been reading Homer’s Odyssey as my bedtime read and it’s adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky’s twin brother. Talk about mischief!
    I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother’s, and I’m so blessed to have Sparky.
    I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I’ve added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.

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  281. Coyotes are the main reason my cats are house cats only. With any luck you won’t need a long term solution to the outdoors problem, but I know several people who have “Catios” (I see they were mentioned a couple times in previous comments). Every one of them love being able to safely let their cats enjoy the outdoors.

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  282. Coyotes are the main reason my cats are house cats only. With any luck you won’t need a long term solution to the outdoors problem, but I know several people who have “Catios” (I see they were mentioned a couple times in previous comments). Every one of them love being able to safely let their cats enjoy the outdoors.

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  283. Coyotes are the main reason my cats are house cats only. With any luck you won’t need a long term solution to the outdoors problem, but I know several people who have “Catios” (I see they were mentioned a couple times in previous comments). Every one of them love being able to safely let their cats enjoy the outdoors.

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  284. Coyotes are the main reason my cats are house cats only. With any luck you won’t need a long term solution to the outdoors problem, but I know several people who have “Catios” (I see they were mentioned a couple times in previous comments). Every one of them love being able to safely let their cats enjoy the outdoors.

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  285. Coyotes are the main reason my cats are house cats only. With any luck you won’t need a long term solution to the outdoors problem, but I know several people who have “Catios” (I see they were mentioned a couple times in previous comments). Every one of them love being able to safely let their cats enjoy the outdoors.

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  286. Someone added me to a group and perhaps because of your article about Sparky.
    My name is Sparky, on Titter and elsewhere.
    I hope your moggie’s eyes recover soon.
    Sparky (the writer and Auto Electrician)

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  287. Someone added me to a group and perhaps because of your article about Sparky.
    My name is Sparky, on Titter and elsewhere.
    I hope your moggie’s eyes recover soon.
    Sparky (the writer and Auto Electrician)

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  288. Someone added me to a group and perhaps because of your article about Sparky.
    My name is Sparky, on Titter and elsewhere.
    I hope your moggie’s eyes recover soon.
    Sparky (the writer and Auto Electrician)

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  289. Someone added me to a group and perhaps because of your article about Sparky.
    My name is Sparky, on Titter and elsewhere.
    I hope your moggie’s eyes recover soon.
    Sparky (the writer and Auto Electrician)

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  290. Someone added me to a group and perhaps because of your article about Sparky.
    My name is Sparky, on Titter and elsewhere.
    I hope your moggie’s eyes recover soon.
    Sparky (the writer and Auto Electrician)

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  291. Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She’ll be able to safely go outside to her “catio” and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She’ll want for nothing, and I’ll rest easy knowing she’s safe!

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  292. Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She’ll be able to safely go outside to her “catio” and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She’ll want for nothing, and I’ll rest easy knowing she’s safe!

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  293. Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She’ll be able to safely go outside to her “catio” and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She’ll want for nothing, and I’ll rest easy knowing she’s safe!

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  294. Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She’ll be able to safely go outside to her “catio” and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She’ll want for nothing, and I’ll rest easy knowing she’s safe!

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  295. Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She’ll be able to safely go outside to her “catio” and enjoy the outdoors. I’ve been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She’ll want for nothing, and I’ll rest easy knowing she’s safe!

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  296. Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I’ll bet your middle name isn’t Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g*
    Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname.
    Thank you for the good wishes. We’re all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn’t wishful thinking.
    Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.

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  297. Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I’ll bet your middle name isn’t Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g*
    Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname.
    Thank you for the good wishes. We’re all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn’t wishful thinking.
    Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.

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  298. Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I’ll bet your middle name isn’t Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g*
    Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname.
    Thank you for the good wishes. We’re all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn’t wishful thinking.
    Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.

    Reply
  299. Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I’ll bet your middle name isn’t Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g*
    Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname.
    Thank you for the good wishes. We’re all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn’t wishful thinking.
    Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.

    Reply
  300. Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I’ll bet your middle name isn’t Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g*
    Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname.
    Thank you for the good wishes. We’re all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn’t wishful thinking.
    Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.

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  301. Sherrie,
    Oh, my heart is breaking for you and Sparky. More for you because that girl seems to be taking this in stride, which doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s been courageous from the get-go and one way or another she’ll work through this. And probably show you the way too!
    Misha, Sebastian, and I are sending cyber hugs your way.

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  302. Sherrie,
    Oh, my heart is breaking for you and Sparky. More for you because that girl seems to be taking this in stride, which doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s been courageous from the get-go and one way or another she’ll work through this. And probably show you the way too!
    Misha, Sebastian, and I are sending cyber hugs your way.

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  303. Sherrie,
    Oh, my heart is breaking for you and Sparky. More for you because that girl seems to be taking this in stride, which doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s been courageous from the get-go and one way or another she’ll work through this. And probably show you the way too!
    Misha, Sebastian, and I are sending cyber hugs your way.

    Reply
  304. Sherrie,
    Oh, my heart is breaking for you and Sparky. More for you because that girl seems to be taking this in stride, which doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s been courageous from the get-go and one way or another she’ll work through this. And probably show you the way too!
    Misha, Sebastian, and I are sending cyber hugs your way.

    Reply
  305. Sherrie,
    Oh, my heart is breaking for you and Sparky. More for you because that girl seems to be taking this in stride, which doesn’t surprise me at all. She’s been courageous from the get-go and one way or another she’ll work through this. And probably show you the way too!
    Misha, Sebastian, and I are sending cyber hugs your way.

    Reply
  306. Hi, Karen. I’ve calmed down a little, and I’m trying to be rational, but I’ve always been an emotional person, so I’m probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I’m feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I’m one of those women who loves tools!)
    You’re right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone’s barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.)
    So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me.
    So yes, Sparky is courageous. She’s a survivor, and she’ll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.

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  307. Hi, Karen. I’ve calmed down a little, and I’m trying to be rational, but I’ve always been an emotional person, so I’m probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I’m feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I’m one of those women who loves tools!)
    You’re right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone’s barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.)
    So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me.
    So yes, Sparky is courageous. She’s a survivor, and she’ll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.

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  308. Hi, Karen. I’ve calmed down a little, and I’m trying to be rational, but I’ve always been an emotional person, so I’m probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I’m feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I’m one of those women who loves tools!)
    You’re right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone’s barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.)
    So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me.
    So yes, Sparky is courageous. She’s a survivor, and she’ll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.

    Reply
  309. Hi, Karen. I’ve calmed down a little, and I’m trying to be rational, but I’ve always been an emotional person, so I’m probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I’m feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I’m one of those women who loves tools!)
    You’re right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone’s barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.)
    So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me.
    So yes, Sparky is courageous. She’s a survivor, and she’ll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.

    Reply
  310. Hi, Karen. I’ve calmed down a little, and I’m trying to be rational, but I’ve always been an emotional person, so I’m probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I’m feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I’m one of those women who loves tools!)
    You’re right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone’s barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.)
    So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn’t afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me.
    So yes, Sparky is courageous. She’s a survivor, and she’ll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.

    Reply

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