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Drew was our amazing 4 year old Maine Coon/Himalayan mix. He and his brother Leonard joined Mako as members of our family this past January.

Drew was a wonderfully sweet lap cat. He loved to cuddle, he didn’t mind being picked up, and he lived for attention in the form of pets. He was born with a heart murmur, but never exhibited symptoms. To the watchful observer, he was a happy, healthy boy.

Today, around 3pm, I came home to find Drew under the bed, wheezing. I was worried, so I immediately rushed him to the vet. Within moments of arriving, the vet expressed that the situation was much worse than I imagined. The vet was unsure how long internal issues may have been building, but Drew’s heart had become twice the size of a normal cat heart and was not pumping blood through at the normal rate. His lungs were presenting with edema (fluid build up), which was causing the wheezing. In addition to this, he had developed a blood clot that basically caused paralysis in his back legs.

The vet expressed to me that Drew had less than a 20% chance of improving. Around 5pm we made the difficult decision to let our little buddy pass on. More than anything, we did not want him to be in pain/suffer. It is a very sad day and he will be missed by all members of our family (especially his brother Leonard).

Rest in Peace, buddy. 10/18/2013

Bristol Palin Should Just Shut Her Mouth

Bristol Palin on Gay Marriage…

First and foremost, I don’t think a 21 year old, single mother of one (who got pregnant at 18) should be giving any advice about what the best situation is for raising a child. She, unlike so many teen parents, had the help of her wealthy family when she had her child…so she isn’t really the authority on what it takes to raise a family.

Second, “we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home”, umm, no Bristol. Any research you are basing your comment on comes from 1) your own individual hatred of homosexuality, and 2) research that is based primarily on heterosexual households because homosexual couples have had a harder time adopting children and often have to go through surrogacy. 

What really matters for a child is simply that they have a home. A home with parents who love them. It shouldn’t matter whether their parents are two men, two women, or a man & woman. I personally know plenty of people who grew up with heterosexual parenting and they are no better for it. I also know people who grew up with same sex parents and they have an incredible strength about them and an amazing outlook on life. They are definitely more accepting than you are, Ms. Palin. 

Third, “Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking…”, the ‘right’ way of thinking you are referring to is your way of thinking, and the way of thinking of so many people who are not comfortable with sexuality or sexual change. Just because heterosexual marriage has been a tradition for hundreds of years does not make it the ‘right’ tradition.

Finally, I think it is every parents responsibility to listen to their children’s views on the world. Kids have a remarkable ability to not be swept up in the beliefs of their parents. They see the world for what it is, they see people for who they are. Not to mention, the decisions we make today will impact our children’s future the most…so why shouldn’t  our decisions be based more heavily on how they view the world? 

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