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Carol
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« on: March 05, 2009, 06:54:55 AM »

I would like this to be a place to post our thoughts and prayers about our beloved 4 legged companions that were so horribly affected with the recall of March 2007.   I know alot of us were fighting to keep our kitties and pups from losing the battle two years ago ...

I often read back on Itchmo blog and can remember those days so well.  I still get that punched in the belly feeling...I doubt it will ever disappear completely.  It does seem the pet food recall of 2007 has been forgotten by too many pet owners...especially those not affected and not knowing the whole fiasco and how it happened.  That is why I am still here...I need to be around people that understand this is more than feeling a little sad about losing a pet...Our 4 legged friends were a warning system that globalization of the food supply is not a good idea...the similarities of the current peanut fiasco and the melamine fiasco are unnerving...and no better time to still make waves...send emails...make phone calls...Remind those that may be in a position to start a safer food supply that in "just an instant" huge loss can and will happen without major change to our current food supply regulations...


I also know that having had the joy of Jessica and Smudge in our lives for 15 years...and knowing how much we enjoyed them and they us... I owe it to them to be outspoken..they deserved much better than they got from the pet food industry....
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2009, 06:59:29 AM »

Thank you, Carol, for your timely post and reminder.  That's why I am still here, too.

RIP, sweet Smudge and Jessica, innocent victims of corporate greed.  Cry Cry
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2009, 07:09:04 AM »

Carol- I agree,same reason I am still here too.RIP to all the angels lost here and my nephew kitty Lucifer.
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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2009, 07:10:47 AM »

This is good Carol.  Yesterday was the 2 yr anniversary of the passing of our dear KiKi.  She died 5 days before the recalls began.  The brand and type of food she was eating wasnt officially recalled until April 12th, 2007 close to a month after she died and in the meantime, other people's pets were eating that food because the pet food company and Menu refused to recall it right away.  More lives lost during that month that didnt have to be because of their greed, irresponsiblity and lack of compassion.  She died an awful death, seizures and screaming before she went into a coma and then took a big sigh and died in my arms while we were sitting in the car outside the vet clinic waiting for the emergency Dr to arrive in a huge snowstorm.  I will never forget her.  I still have my breath taken away when I think about how fast she died and how awful it was for her and still have visions of us force-feeding her the food hours before she died.    Today, the FDA Amendment Act is still sitting on the sidelines nothing be done best I can tell.  I have written to FDA asking them the status and didnt receive a reply.  Today, for my KiKi, I will be contacting our new senator to tell him our story and see if he can find out if anything will be done on the early warning system, more recall authority and other parts of the FDAAA that have yet to be implemented thanks in good part to PFI and the PFC's battle to fight it.    

ETA:  OK to prove I have gone off the deep-end and to further prove Im an idjut, I looked at the calendar just now and I thought yesterday was the 11th not the 4th!  KiKi died on March 11, 2007, not March 4, 2007.  Those that know me personally know Im a goof-ball, pease forgive my confusion.  Here's that red-faced emoticon imitating me:  Embarrassed    And now I have to go thru the anniversary all over again...s--t!   Roll Eyes  
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« Reply #4 on: March 05, 2009, 07:15:28 AM »

Thank you, Sandi, for your very moving post.  My Isis too became ill, and although a survivor, suffered heart damage.  She ate the same food as KiKi, and also became ill a matter of days before the food was officially recalled.

My thoughts are with all those whose pets were harmed, for those who have passed on and those who continue to struggle to this day.  We will never forget!
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« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2009, 07:38:13 AM »

Thanks for starting this, Carol.

RIP, dear beloved Knight, 6-4-95/3-23-07
We'll continue the fight, little one.

Sandi, that was such a touching story of your Kiki Cry

RIP little angels, you are not forgotten here.
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« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2009, 10:07:05 AM »

My crew was not affected by the recall, but my heart goes out to everyone who lost a beloved furkid in this tragedy.
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« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2009, 11:13:01 AM »

Last Hours n Minutes
Saturday, February 10, 2007

Doozie, where are you? You were under
my chin at 3:00 a.m.

Oh, Doozie, wedged into my knees with your
nose of the back of my leg. So warm, soft, and
alive.

Dooz, can you move? I know moving is hard.
This can't be happening ...

Doozette, you're purring just from a touch. How
can you feel so bad and purr?
This can't be happening.

I'll carry you, Dooz, down the hall into the kitchen.
Rest easy while I make the food. It's 5:00 a.m. You've
just got to eat.
This can't be happening.

I know you don't want to, Dooz, but just a little for mom?
Try, little girl, to swallow just a little food.
Oh, Doozie, try again.
That's my good girl, trying so hard and being so sick.
Oh, Dooz, it's not working.
I'll just hold you and hold you to protect you from this.
This can't be happening.

I want the clock to stop and sit here forever on the kitchen
floor, safe, just holding you and looking into your eyes, full of
perfect trust. You haven't moved. You haven't eaten.
Just looked at me with love, but there's pain in those
precious glittering eyes.
This can't be happening.

Too soon they're here to take us on this last vet visit.
The minutes and seconds flew away precious as they
were.
Go away! I won't go. You can't have my Doozie.
This can't be happening.

I won't cry. I don't want you to remember tears for joy is
what you are. Hold on to me, Doozie, for I am here
and love you, my friend and companion. A kiss and sleep
is all I can offer now.
This can't be happening.

Prayers now. Tears now. I couldn't protect you.
Rest now, my dear one, until we meet again.

I will never ever forget why.
Doozie's mom
March 2009
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2009, 12:10:49 PM »

3cat, your poem moved me to tears.

I hope you are sending the poem to various people who need to keep hearing what it's like.
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009, 12:17:21 PM »

Oh, 3cat. Cry Cry
It happened to too many.
It could have happened to
all.  We'll never forget.
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2009, 12:40:09 PM »

The fact that this all was preventable is what makes these pet deaths so hard
to accept. Each and every one died before their time, and I hope each person
affected won't hesitate to express their feelings however they are able to serve
as a reminder that it must not be allowed to happen again. I have two survivors
yet, and don't believe I'll be able to do this again. But please say what you can
to remind the world just how difficult and painful this was and is.
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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2009, 01:11:32 PM »

3cat, I haven't the words to express what I'm feeling. No, it never should have happened to any of them. Feeding our beloved pets should not have killed them.

I'm lucky. My girl is still with me, although I realize she will have a shortened lifespan and many medical problems because of the poison. But she's here and I count each and every day a gift. Our lives have changed drastically, though, because of what the pet food companies have done . . . and continue to do. I bought what I thought was the best for her and it turned out to be poison. POISON!!!

Thank you all for sharing your hearts. It's not easy to remember, but remember we must so it will never happen again.

Blessings
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2009, 01:47:52 PM »

Although I had no pets injured or lost during the recall, this thread is tough for me to read - because I know how hard it is to part with them, or to tend to them in illness, even when the causes are natural. And I know it is so much tougher to lose companions not due to life cycles, but because the food we all should have been able to trust was tainted .... To undergo these things because of the rotten greed of corporations, is heart-rending and outrageous.... and to keep telling the stories takes great courage.

Peace and comfort to the spirits of the animals lost and injured in this tragedy and the people who love them.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2009, 05:06:45 PM »

I will never forget. It would mean that all they went through was for nothing. As if they didn't exist. And they did. they were our family, our lives. what some of us got up for every morning, our smiles through the day. And gave us all unconditional love. True true love. and expected nothing in return. We will always feel the guilt, the tears will never stop. And most people just don't understand. The pain is deep, a pain that will never entirely go away.
I miss My babies all the time, and some times are worse than others. Certain things will happen, and you go through it all again in Your mind and heart.
Sometimes I think they are still here, and then I remember.  Cry
I am upset every time I have to feed them. Every time i hear of a recall. That will never change.

The tears are here again.
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« Reply #14 on: March 06, 2009, 06:28:07 AM »

For the courage of your hearts in sharing your experiences and thoughts, bless you,
for silence is what the pet food companies fought so hard and brutally to get, no
admission of wrongdoing or their many mistakes, and a return to business as usual
for greed and profit above all.

Put yourself back in the memories of what our pets went through or are still going through, and the
words will come, hard as that may be. Only we can speak for them now.
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