September 1994 - June 4, 2004

AKA Goldie, Goldie Bear, Mr. G., the Bravest Cat in the World
Occupation: former Groundskeeper, now Guardian Angel

8/04  We miss our sweet, amazing orange cat SO much. We knew that Goldenrod's cardiomyopathy was worsening; the thickening of his heart muscle was increasing and he was getting tired more quickly. He was still spunky first thing in the morning and in the evenings as well, and he was still enjoying life, which was the most important thing to us. He was still playing, still jumping up with his three legs to look out the window or sit on the top of the couch, and still eating a lot. The morning that Goldie died he was spunky and asking me for breakfast like he always did. I gave him and the other cats their food and went across the street to feed my neighbor's cats because she was out of town. When I came back 10 minutes later, Goldie had thrown a clot. This time he didn't have the reserves to fight that he had last October when he threw the first clot. Both his back legs were paralyzed, his tail was limp and he was obviously in a lot of pain. So we made one of the hardest decisions I think either Peter or myself have either made. We chose to help Goldenrod leave his body. I held Goldenrod, this wise soul of a cat who almost 10 years earlier I had bottle-fed, while Dr. Stone euthanized him. Peter and I both felt Goldie's relief as his spirit flew out of his body.

I've lived with cats most of my life, but had never experienced giving the level of extended care that we gave Goldenrod. The clot that he threw last Fall caused most of the muscles in his left calf to die. Goldenrod's wonderful surgeon, Dr. La Hue, was able to save Goldie's leg, but although it was stitched up it never really healed because there wasn't enough circulation in the leg after having a blood clot in it. For over 6 months Peter and I were bandaging Goldie's leg several times a week; keeping the wound sterile was a challenge but it thankfully never did get infected. We were so fortunate to have the best possible vets for Goldenrod: Dr. Struble (his internist) and Dr. LaHue and together they enabled us to help Goldie have nearly 8 months of quality life after he threw the first clot.

Goldenrod was so brave and determined to have a good life after his left back leg didn't work properly. He has inspired and touched so many people. I only hope that if I ever have a disability or terminal illness that I will be half as determined and positive as Goldie was.

12/13/03  Goldenrod is one of the sweetest beings on the planet. He and his sister Artemis have been with me since 1994 when they were about 3 weeks old; they had lost their mama and with the help of several friends we were able to bottle feed them and raise them to become strapping young cats. Goldenrod loves being outdoors and living in the redwoods. He has been very gracious through the addition of two other male cats to our family. Goldie has a congenital heart disease, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, and this fall (2003) threw a bloodclot and lost the use of one of his back legs. Our amazing boy is a trooper, and we are taking care of him at home with state-of-the-art conventional veterinary care, nutritional supports and homeopathy. Goldie's attitude toward his disability and illness is inspirational; he has faced both with courage and determination. The photo above was taken in October 2003, about 2 weeks before Goldie threw the clot and was in intensive care for 3 days.

    Goldie as a young lad of about three.
Goldie being very tolerant with teenage Pan, who is delighted to see him.    

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