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>>Thank You<< Final Update photo of "Bob" Dedicated to The Daily Paul!

I am floored, and amazed at how much all you people care about animals and even just one person struggling with the loss of a little white cat (Me). As a tear runs down my cheek again this morning because of no cat patting my face to wake up, or no more loud Siamese meow for me to feed him when he demanded......I just picture the look in his eyes of being lost, and seeming to understand that he knew it was his time to go. He purred and struggled to be all of my families friend right to the end....trying to walk to my sister, and she just broke down in tears as she held him, wanting to try and stop the process and try to rescue him from the cancer...but she knew it was his time and the right thing to do. It was just a little white cat.....right?........no........it was a loved family friend. A creature that was given to me by the powers above to enjoy for 25% of my life. What a gift I was given.....that is why it hurts to let it go. Again, the reason why I am typing again is because I still am astounded at the compassion every one of you people has. I read all of the comments and many stir up my emotions, but this thread shows a natural human caring that we all have.

#1 for Little furry creatures
#2 for each other.
Even though all of us have been in heated conversations one time or another on this site, it all boils down to this.....in my mind. We all care. Thanks for caring.

Blane Hartleb

FINAL UPDATE 12/30/10 8:30pm : First off I want to thank everybody for all of the kind words and I took all of your advice. First...I fed Bob some turkey and he had trouble standing but was still purring while he could barely walk. My Dad, Sister, and some other friends all came over because they all were touched by this furry little creature. He sat on my lap for over 3 years here on the DP with me. All through the money bombs, and those extra late nights here, he was always on my lap. I had to take one final photo for you guys. This cats life is dedicated in memory to the good people of the Daily Paul and Dr. Ron Paul. I took this final photo for you.
The Vet came to my house and we all had tears in our eyes as Bob was peacefully laid to rest. I again thank everybody for the advice. I knew what to expect and what to do. I am so glad I was there in the final moment. Thanks again. Here is the photo...
This experience sure makes you think. Please enjoy your life and don't let this stuff with our government take it over. Your years go fast...enjoy your friends and family...and others around you!
UPDATE 12/30/10
Thank you all for the kind comments.....again...this is the hardest thing I have ever done...All of you people have reassured me this is the best decision. Thanks again. One of the comments suggested I have the vet come over. I am calling now to have him come to my house. Thank You.

UPDATE 12/29/10 Well...Looks like I was able to spend almost another month with my friend (Bob the Cat). I think tonight will be my last night with my 19 year old cat. I am torn up inside...but I know it is the right thing to do. His stomach is bloated from the cancer. He can barely stand up. He moves no more than 3 or 4 feet but yet he lays their "Purring" away as I pet him on the floor. This just KILLS ME!! I have never been through this before....you just take it for granted after 19 years that he is always going to be there. The question I have for all of you is this.....His quality of life has deteriorated, but he is still purring....what do I do? This is the right thing...correct? When he stands up...he loses his balance...I am heartbroken.
I just took this picture 5 minutes ago. He is laying next to an extension cord on the floor in the middle of my house. His eyes just stare like this even when you pet him. He is still purring when I touch him....but it is time.
The paragraphs below are from the past......
UPDATE 12/3/10 Well my cat has gained all of his weight back and is as happy as can be. The Vitamin C and Vitamin B Intravenous stuff is a nightmare to administer because the needle is huge but man he is doing great. I caught "BOB" on the counter testing cups with his paw to see if it was milk. Well, I learned to give him milk in a glass...here he is today figuring out how to drink milk from a glass....How can anyone think that animals are not smart...Bob figured this out.

OFF TOPIC (Wanted to share)
For anybody who has lost a pet....then you probably understand how devastating it can be. Well, 16 years ago my (Then) girlfriend had a 4 year Flame Point Siamese cat that was very special. The personality was incredible. Well she was going to take it to the humane society due to the fact that she was losing her house. I had always had cats and told her that I would take "Bob". Yep his name is Bob. For the past 16 years he has been part of our family. Always happy, always fun, and always slept by my side at night and always sits on my lap purring himself to sleep while I type late on the DailyPaul. Every night during the Ron Paul elections...he would curl up as I would watch the moneybombs all night on my computer...
Well a couple days ago I noticed he was not eating. He would look at his food as though he knew he should eat but he wouldn't. I tried all kinds of food changes...and he soon started to lose weight. Yesterday I took him into the vet and after blood tests and ultrasound it turns out he has all kinds of growths in his stomach. To say the least...I am devastated. I never realized how much you care about an animal. Everyone who has ever been around "Bob" is devastated also. He is not in pain, and he is very happy but his time may be short. I will pick him up tomorrow. I talked to the vet about treatment...and he said "Bob" is to old to go through "Chemo" and I was shocked that they do this on animals. (Thanks to the DP and Mr. Griffen) I asked about Laetrile B17 and Intravenous Vitamin C and the Vet was surprised I had even known of such a treatment. I explained what I knew and he agreed....he said that he does not bring it up because chemo was the norm. Well, after reading last night...I am going to give it a go. My vet will supply me the stuff to do this at home and we will see how it goes. To have a 16 year friend pass is devastating...and when the vet told me that I would have to put him down (maybe soon) when it comes time...I almost lost it. We just take things for granted don't we?. I will let you guys know how the treatment works....we will see. Here are a couple photos I just took of Bob and you can see he is happy as of right now..

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Happy New Year

to everyone. We are one big family. Please be safe tonight!

What a cutie,

RIP Bob.

Ron Paul is My President

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Takeaction, take care.

I wrote this on another thread, but I wanted to make sure that you saw it.


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I'm really sorry to hear about Bob, and I wish you all the best of new starts in the new year.

I was a little under the weather last night, and I was reading a book on the couch called "Mind Programming" by Eldon Taylor. Very interesting book, but anyway, on page 250, he talks about how his dog Duke was shot. He said he knew who did it, and was so consumed with anger and he could not let go of his anger.

Then he said his friend, who sounds like a psychic, told him, "Eldon, your dog died so his master would not have to die. He did you a favor and so did the man who shot him...This is an especially high act for an animal, and honors the animal."

It made him feel better, but he also thought it was kind of BS, too.

Anyway, I was thinking about you and Bob, and then he goes on to talk about how after this event, his daughter's cat died. (That's when I really started thinking about you).

His daughter told him that after the cat died, she had a dream in which the cat came back to tell her that she'd died in order to save her (the daughter's) young son. The cat told her that everything was fine, but now it was time to wake up because here son had stopped breathing!!!

So she woke up from her dream, checked on her son, found out he wasn't breathing (!!), did mouth to mouth on him and he recovered.

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Anyway, I don't know what that means, but I thought it was a weird coincidence that I would happen to read that yesterday, of all days. You can make whatever you want of it.

Since you were so gracious in sharing your story with us, I felt compelled to share that with you as well.

Eldon's whole point about this story is that there is a lot about the world we don't know.

Anyway, thank you. Take care. Best of luck for the new year.


The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. - Alan Watts


Thanks Mike....wow...that is weird but "Not" if you know what I mean. I think everyone on this thread shares the same pain I am feeling right now. Thank you! Words can not describe how I feel right now. Sad and Happy at the same time...and then come the questions of Why? We will not know in this moment, but we will all have the answers soon enough. Thanks again.

Beautiful Bob

What a gorgeous cat, I am so sorry for your loss. I lost 3 pets in 2010, Isabel (cat), Snoopy (guinea pig), and Gracy (hamster). We just got a new kitten after Thanksgiving, Daisy is her name. She looks like Bob, she's all white with one green eye and one blue, which I've read is a genetic anomaly which can lead to deafness. We'll cope with that if it happens.
I've had to put a few pets to sleep, andf it's one of the hardest things to cope with. There is a wonderful book called Goodbye, My Friend. You might want to check your library for it. It's very helpful in saying goodbye.

We still have Snowflake Romanoff the husky(get it? roamin off), Charlie Waffles the beagle/minpin, new kitten Daisy Duke, Clyde Barrow the guinea pig, Molly Mittens the hamster, Kokopuf the cockatiel, and the 10 chickens. We like giving our pets last names.

I swear to all that's powerful that Charlie Waffles is two of my favorite dogs, who both died in 2004, come back as one.

Here's a New Year's Toast to Beautiful Bob, and all the animal lovers. Bless you all.

Colchester, New London County, Connecticut

With tears in my eyes

I say he was truly blessed to have been so loved.

So sorry. I think I cried

So sorry. I think I cried more when my pet died than when my father did. That cat sure fulfilled its earthly purpose, tho, and I am certain he rests inn peace.

I'm sorry for your loss TA

Some years back I lost my best friend Daisy, a lab mix dog that I spent more time with than any human being for years. We hiked and fished all over the place.
She died in my arms at the age of ten. I'm still not over it even though it's been almost 4 years since she passed.

But, what memories I have!

It really sucks

I can't imagine how sad you must be this morning. You did the right thing. What a handsome little man, and very regal.

hugs coming your way

Thank you for this posting for sharing Bob with us all here

seeing your post again today reminded me to feed some hungry birds -- we can't forget about other creatures who give us and our children love vibes.

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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Good-bye, Bob

We had a Bob Cat, too. What a sweety. I am so glad you were able to have the vet come to your home. I am sure it was much easier for you and Bob. He was a blessing to you and yours! You can be so thankful you had the privilege of his love for so many years. My cat loves to sprawl across my lap when I sit at the computer, too. She is a big, fat lump. :)

Take care.


The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

You can run but you cannot hide!

You WILL have another cat before you know it, whether you want to or not.

After 40 years of being the designated person in the family who could "handle" the tough final decisions on the pets, I decided, upon the death of our last cat that I had had enough. I no longer wanted to go through the agony any more and therefore wanted no more pets. I had had to handle this with various dogs, horses and other pets we had had over the years. Sending the family off, handling the sad arrangements, and trying to keep the family from falling into a den of sobs afterwards. Although my stomach was clenched and my tears also came, I was always the one who took on the task, and I finally decided.... NO MORE!

This was, of course, to no avail, as our current little queen has now been with us for a year and a half after a 3 or 4 day "sit in" in our yard in the summer of 09. We held off as long as we could, and ignored her with all of our might and resolve....but she knew our weaknesses..... and now holds the throne in our house.

Cats had always been with our family and were always our primary pet. At one time we had six!

But, like it or not, CAT PEOPLE put out a sort of "radar" and abandoned, lost and frightened cats come to a cat person's door through some sort of telepathy. It doesn't matter if you are on the 30th floor of a condo building..... one day you will open your door and there will be a cat or kitten desperately in need of your love and attention. They just KNOW.

So, my friend, you are doomed to a life with Cats, and they will find you! Grieve well for your wonderful companion, and share stories with family and friends of the joy and laughter he brought you. And then keep an eye on the back door, because he will be putting out the word that there is a vacancy that needs filling in your home.

Thomas Jefferson: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Viva La Revolucion!

you speak the truth.

only i have it happen with dogs.
i rescued my current dog from a real D-bag while at work. despite my best efforts to avoid seeing her for all the reasons you stated, i came home with my mountain biking, kayaking, camping, hiking and old truck loving companion over 10 years ago.
really not sure who rescued who.

my heart goes out to takeaction and all those that endure the pain that accompanies the loss of a pet.

proving love never needs a spoken word.

"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

the old one (?),

what a great post!

My daughter had to put her old cat to sleep a few years ago--

At the time we didn't know it, but shortly after we learned about the pet food contamination that was killing pets, and we are pretty certain Tuff was poisoned by the food she fed him!
I started researching this on the internet because of my activism in food safety for people, and in the process I found a pet food that was developed by a lady who lost her dog to cancer at a young age.
She knew something was wrong---too many pets were getting cancer and she was determined to help. Her pet food is named after her angel dog, Kumpi. Go to www.kumpi.com and read her story and check out her pet food.
I am so sorry for your loss. Pets are a great help in trying times. Petting a cat, having your dog follow you everywhere you go and even watching your fish can give comfort. I hope you find another kitty that is just right for you.

This morning will be a little rough

You will catch yourself going through the subconscious motions of the everyday caring of Bob,this may happen for a couple of days before the autopilot winds down.I feel for you,but am happy that you found the necessary strength to end Bob's pain.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Sorry to hear about the loss

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Ever wonder what Bob did when you weren't around???

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Cute movie

Gave me a bit of a headache with all of the wobbling but sure was fun.


The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment...Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are His delight. Prov 12:19,22

Bob was a true patriot till

Bob was a true patriot till the end, a loyal supporter of Ron Paul and a friend of the Daily Paul community. One cool cat with the best cat collar in the world!

Rest in peace and liberty, Bob.

takeaction, so sorry for your loss.


My wife and I purchased a

My wife and I purchased a Timber Shepherd back in the 90's. His name was Simba, named by my kids. I bet you can guess the movie that was out when we got him. He was the most loving obedient German shepherd I have seen. He was about 125lbs and was great with kids. One night he had a ceizure. we took him to the vet and we were told he had a brain tumor. We tried to save him but he died. I loved that Dog. I still get a tear in my eye when I think about him. The cat we have now is 14. He and Simba were best buds. they would play together, sleep cuddled up together it was really something.
Now we have another German shepherd who is almost as good as Simba, A half Rotty and half lab, a maltese and a half shitsu half maltes.

The only think bad about having dogs and cats is that you usually out live them.. They love and trust you unconditionaly. I know how it feels to have to put down a loved pet. My heart goes out to you brother. Your cat was loved and you gave him a wonderful life.
peace be with you.

Bob will always share a warm spot in your heart.

We also went through the same process with our beloved orange cat of 19 years, whose name was Bob when we picked him up at the shelter. We knew it was time when we realized we were keeping him here for us and not for his sake. May your fondest memories remain with you always.

takeaction I hate to hear about Bob.

I will cuddle extra close with my dog and cat tonight. Sorry for your loss.

I am so sorry

This is so hard to do. I'm glad the Vet came to your house, that is so much better for a cat.

You did the right thing.

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So sorry. The same thing happened with my cat as you described,

when I knew it was "time". I didn't read the earlier posting so I don't know what you think caused his cancer, but I blame the spot-on flea treatments for my kitty's death. We used Advantage sometimes (as little as possible but we have very bad fleas here and I didn't know what else to use). Now I would never use that stuff!!! I use Cedarcide, which is completely natural and safe. I don't work for them, but I gladly tell people about it. Our remaining kitty has been healthy since we switched him to it and he's 11 or 12 yrs old.

Bob was a beautiful kitty - so glad he had a good and long life with you!


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So sorry for your loss.

Having 'critters' around helps me to stay grounded.
They are so dependable and never changing.

Love the "Lion" portrait.

may your feline companion enjoy next epoch in circle of life.

bless you my friend.

My dogs

I had 2 were put to sleep and 1 died in her sleep
on Ash Wednesday this past year.

Boy it is so hard to watch them be put to sleep, but it is even harder to find one passed away when you try to wake her up.

But I do know they are all running freely without any pain
with our loved ones and feeling no pain anymore.

Bob is at peace now along with my girl's !

"Freedom is a right that can never be won in war,only by each individual "


That last line made me cry....tears of sadness and happiness all mixed. I hope he is enjoying your dogs. Bob grew up in a family of 3 Rottweilers...and when they had puppies...9 of them...Bob would play and sleep with them....I am sure he is enjoying your girl's and all of the rest of the pets that have been loved and lost here.

Here's a warmhearted Salute

Here's a warmhearted Salute to your best friend "Bob"! Our family became proud, new parent's (so to speak) of a 3 month old male Black Lab named Clay a couple of weeks ago. I must confess, since I read your story on Wednesday Night, I feel guilty every time I pet and cradle our new family member.

When I was a kid growing up, we had several dogs and cats, and I remember every one of them. During Thanksgiving and Christmas, before I fall asleep, I think through my mind and remember all of my deceased Grandparents, Father and family pets and it always warms my heart that I was blessed with such loving Grand Parents, Father and furry friends that touched my heart. I will add "Bob" to my list. May they all rest in peace and find their rightful place in Heaven. Here's to you "Bob" :) Thank you for sharing your story with all of us.

There is no Left or Right -- there is only freedom or tyranny. Everything else is an illusion, an obfuscation to keep you confused and silent as the world burns around you." - Philip Brennan

"Invest only in things that you can stand in front of and pr

I read this thread

when you first posted it and again last night and couldn't find the right words, but I'm glad to see everyone else on this thread could and did. I've been through this a few times with our dogs and the one that I feel the most okay with is the one I was with, but they were all hard... And part of me did feel a sense of relief that they wouldn't suffer anymore. I agree, you will see him again. I'm very sorry you lost your companion, takeaction.