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Memories of D-Max
I would like to share D-Max's story...One of courage and a will to live...He has been gone for almost 17 months and it is now time to join his friends Ralphie, Boo Boo, Bear, Lucy, Muffin and all of the others in the Bridge Brigade...

While driving to meet our new baby we discussed what we would name him...Many names came up but not just the right name...My daughter asked the question what is black in photography (my husband is a dark room guy)...Pure black is D-Max short for Density Maximum...Thus the name D-Max...

D-Max came into our lives as a scared 3 month old kitten in October of 2000, but instantly became the King of our house... Three months later his brother and littermate Midnight joined our family. They became best buddies, playing, grooming each other, and cuddling... There was never a doubt that D-Max was the Top Cat and Midnight was happy being the Captain...

When D-Max was a kitten he developed a terrible wheeze which was diagnosed first as allergies and then eventually feline asthma. He started getting depo shots to help with his wheezing...As they became needed more frequently we decided to do something about the whole cat and not the symptoms and in December 2002 he began acupuncture treatments...It worked and he was a happier more active cat getting treatments about every 6 weeks rather than getting the shot...He knew when we went to Dr Steve that he was going to feel better and just purred while the needles were doing their thing...

Then in February 2004 our world fell apart as he developed a detached retina in his left eye...He was just 3.5 years old. After consulting with a veterinary ophthalmologist, and doing blood work he was diagnosed with FIP...We had no idea just what this was and what a terrible disease it was... He was instantly put on prednisone and antibiotics... We decided we were going to be proactive in his treatment... His diet was tweaked and he began treatment homeopathically...His appetite improved and he felt better...I discovered homeopathy too late to save him but it did give him a much better quality of life for his last year...

By May 2004 his eye had gone blind and developed glaucoma... The only option was to surgically remove the infected eye...The eye had a necropsy done at Cornell and came back positive for the FIP corona virus...By the day after surgery my old D-Max was back and pain free once again...The owie was removed and life was good...He became our one-eyed wonder living a completely normal happy life, playing and climbing to sleep on his favorite spot on top of my monitor...We celebrated his 4th birthday on July 25th 2004...

During the holidays his other eye began developing ominous symptoms and he began to go blind in that eye...Life became less fun, he slept more and ate less...We watched him gradually wasting away...After a week of force feeding him and sub-q fluids we helped our D-Max pass to the bridge...It was the hardest decision we ever had to make but it was the only one... On that last morning Midnight just sat there and stared at him for the longest time as if he understood more than perhaps we did what was happening...

D-Max will always be my little hero...He fought so hard to live but in the end the FIP was just too much. His wooden box sits beside me and I talk to him every day...

Dear D-Max...I am so sorry it took me so long to do this for you...I will always love you and never ever forget the wonderful 4.5 years that I was allowed to be Mom to the best Cat ever...Love Mom

July 25,2006...Happy 6th Birthday...You will always be my one-eyed-wonder...

August 19, 2006...Hi D-Max...
Midnight here...It has been 19 months since you left us...I miss you so very much...Mom told me that you are now healthy and pain free and you can see again...She also promised me that some day we will be reunited at a place called Rainbows Bridge...
I remember all of the fun we had chasing each other up and down the stairs keeping Mom awake at night...I remember how we would share our window seat and watch the birds and bugs...Then we would fall asleep on our backs with our legs sticking up in the air...Mom thought we looked so funny...I miss sharing these things with you...
I know that you were sick quite often but every time you got better so that when you got sick after Christmas I just knew you would be OK...But you did not get better this time...We had a lot of our talks while you were resting on your heating pad that Pops bought for you...I remember your last night at home and how weak you were...Mom was crying and I did not know what to do except to just sit there and be near you...
The next morning January 19, 2005 Mom said you were going to take your final car ride...I did not understand so I just sat on the floor watching over you...You woke up and looked at me and we sat there for several minutes communicating as only you and I knew how to do and we did our entire life...I did not want you to leave me but you said it was time for you to move on and I had to stay here to look after Mom...We said our good-byes...Then you went back to sleep and Mom carried you in her arms to the car...
We are brothers and we have a bond that will never be broken...I love you and I miss you...Please come to visit us again real soon...
Purrs and Headbumpies...
Midnight also known as Medianoche

January 18, 2007...2 years ago...It seems like yesterday...It seems like an eternity...We have now passed all of the second anniversaries...I thought this one would be easier without your sweet self on my monitor watching me type...It is not...I miss you more than ever tonight...2 years ago I was sitting here watching you and praying for a miracle recovery or for you to spare me having to make the decision that we all dread...About 4am you stirred on your heated pad and I held you...You cried out because you were only comfy in that one position on the pad that Pops bought for you...It had been 12 hours since you last swallowed any water...You looked at me with your failing eye and told me Mom it is time to let me go...I knew in my heart it was time...Earlier I had found Rainbow's Bridge and met Fifi and some of the other babies residing there...I hoped they would welcome you and become your friends...

I sat with you and held you till I knew that Dr Steve would be there to assist you on your final journey...I woke Pops and told him it is time...Midnight sat on the floor by your side trying to comfort you knowing that he was losing his brother and best friend in the world...The 2 of you just sat there and stared at each other so long communicating in your own special way...Then I wrapped you up and carried you the car for the final dreaded car ride...

I am so sorry I ran out of the room when Dr Steve started to tell us what to expect...I could not bear to watch you cross over...I loved you then I love you now...Forgive me for not being there at the end...Aunt Lori and Aunt Karen said it was a peaceful crossing...They loved you as much as I do...

D-Max I know that you are in a beautiful place with eternal sunbeams and moonbeams with lots of crickets and butteflies to chase...Your sight has been restored and you can see everything and everyone...The FIP will never make you sick again...You have lots of friends...Boo Boo who made the journey a few days after you did...Ralphie, Lucy, Mesha, Bear and Murphy, Muffin, Baggy to name just a few...And the new arrivals...Mercy, Kali Diane and today Maggie who made the journey...

D-Max, my soulmate...Thank you for watching over us when Pops was sick...I felt your preciouis spirit with me and remember to stay with Boo Boo and help his brother Chevy to get better...You will always be my one-eyed-wonder, my special little guy...When you left you took a piece of my heart with you that will never heal...But I have so many happy memories to fill that hole and make me smile when I think of you... I will always Love You...

May 11, 2008....A message from D-Max...

May 11, 2004...This was the first day of the rest of my life...This is the day that Mom took me to Dr Steve to have my eye removed..I was hurting really bad and Mom was not sure if I was going to be with her much longer but we had our serious talk and I told her I was not ready to make the journey yet and she bravely took me to Dr Steve that morning for my 9:30 surgery...

She was crying as she left me there not wanting to leave me but knew that I was in the best hands possible for my procedure..I watched her leave with tears in her eyes but I knew that I would be ok and when the owie was gone I would be myself happy self again...

Mom spent that morning with my brother Midnight crying and waiting for the phone call saying that I was out of surgery and into recovery...Around this time (12:30) the phone rang and it was Aunt Lori (Vet Tech) telling Mom that I was waking up and already feeling better..She stayed with me and helped me recover till it was time for Mom to come and take me home in the evening...

I was so happy when I heard her voice and Dr Steve carried me in my carrier out to Mom to go home...I slept and when I got home Midnight was waiting for me but he was not too sure about me because smelled different and I only had one eye....The next morning I woke up beside Mom (she slept downstairs with me) and I was hungry and feeling better...

Midnight thought that because I only had one eye that he could sleep in my favorite box but I soon left him know that I was still the top cat in the family....

Because Mom was brave and made the decision to remove my eye I had 8 more months with her and Midnight..I treasure those memories and I love my Mom for taking such good care of me and being brave for me....This is the 4th Mother's Day that I have not been with her but I send her all my love from here in the meadow...

Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!

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