I want to again thank you Mr. Levine for allowing us fellow pet lovers the chance to talk about our beloved family members. A while back I wrote about my 16 year old cat Hawkeye who past on some time ago. Sadly, on Sept. 20th, I had to put down my sweat Amber.

Before I talk about my Amber, I wanted to comment on Jerry and his cat Rocky who called this evening at the end of your show. Jerry, I am so very sorry for what you had to do regarding Rocky. I know all to well as a fellow American who loves his cats so very much the pain you feel. As I am sure so many here do as well. Mark said millions are listening to you and feel your pain. Sir, I was one of them. I am not a very religious person, but I do believe in a higher power. You, your brave wife, daughter and Rocky are in my thoughts. I all that you and yours are going through, I hope in my response to your heart wrenching phone call you will find some peace with what I have said. I truly wish all the best to you and your family. When I have put my little friends down, I go back to the poem often. I find these to be very comforting words. Maybe you and many others will too:

“Farewell, Master, yet not farewell
Were I go, ye, too, shall dwell
I am gone, before your face.
A moments time, a little space.
When ye come where I have stepped
Ye will wonder why ye wept”

After death by Edwin Arnold

Amber came into my life shortly after Hawkeye died in 1996. She was 10 weeks old, very cute and full of life like all kittens are. When I bought her home, my cat Garfield, yes, 23lbs and very orange took right to her. He was just as upset about Hawkeye, his best buddy. But Amber played and ran around giving Garfield some spark.

Amber lived a very happy and healthy life. Medically uneventful accept for a minor infection about a year ago. In the beginning of September she got sick and lost weight almost overnight. I took her to the emergency hospital where she received treatment and seem to be responding well to it. A few days later I was to take her to the vet for a follow-up appointment, she through a clot to her left rear leg causing her pain. I put her on medication and she started to rebound again. About 2 days later she through another clot to her right rear leg making it impossible for her to walk. She again stopped eating and the vet said I can’t put her on heart medicine because it would curb her desire to eat. I forced fed her and once again she started improving, but it was short lived. More then likely her heart was giving out and there was not much more I could do. I made the heart wrenching decision as many have here to put her down.

Like many I can’t help but think I could have done more. In a time in our country with so many things going wrong, it was nice to come home and see her. As always, waiting for me to pick her up and give her hug. She was a big part of our lives and will be forever sourly missed.

Thank all those who serve this great nation, true AMERICAN heros.
Thank you again Mark, for ALL that you do for our GREAT NATION. You are a great man and a great voice for the hard working American people.

Jon from NY