EGADS! I am simply blown away from the sentiments posted here. My eyes are a bit blurry at the moment and my thoughts not exactly together, but you give me to much credit here.
The credit belongs to those of you who listened. Anyone can give advice on these forums, but that does not mean that those who read it, will apply it to their lives. My hats (and I wore many here) are off to those of you who listened, and applied what you read in order to make the situation better. That is where the credit should go.
I am, quite simply tired. It's a good tired though, but my energies are now needed elsewhere. Since leaving, I have had opportunities open up for me that are exciting to consider. If I stayed here, I would not be able to challenge myself in these new areas. Also, my book would never get finished!
I understand that some of you are shocked, stunned, in disbelief and are speculating what happened. Nothing happened, it is just time to move on.
I will take so much of all of you with me, fodder for a book perhaps? Stories for another time, articles to spin around what I
have learned from you
The reality of living with cats, is that, this is what you do. You live with them. You get down to their level several times a day, watch what they are doing. If you have a multi-cat household, you watch their interactions, watch the dynamics and learn from them. You listen to them, with your heart and your ears opened, and if you think something is wrong, there probably is something wrong. To hesitate when it comes to their care, to take the time to post on the forums, is sometimes to lose much in the end that could be prevented.
Those of you who are special to me, know that you are. You also know how difficult this decision was for me to make, and you also know that once I made it, my life opened up in remarkable ways.
Perhaps one day when you pick up a copy of a major cat magazine, you will see my name under an article. Then you can say to yourself- "I know her!"
Thank you all of you. I wanted to sneak out the back door with no one noticing, but I guess that didn't work did it?
Ryan said it well, I do not like goodbyes.
I am really a quiet, sensitive soul....no really
I can see many of you going to yourself "YA RIGHT!"
I took a leadership role here when asked to, and I took it as far as I could. I will always be grateful for Anne, for believing in me, for Deb and Ryan for working alongside of me, and also grateful to the crackerjack Mod Team, of which I was honored to be a part of.
I do thank all of you for this touching tribute. I most of all am touched by those of you who shared with me that the advice you read and followed led you down paths to help animals and made you aware of the great need out there for rescue-
Be good to yourself and to your cats- and behave on here, or I may have to come back and kick you into shape!
I thank you all, you are the glue that holds this community together. It is your love of your cats, your passion for life and your loyalty to these forums that have brought this website to the point it is at now.
God Bless You All and with tears in my heart, I do now leave all of you-
I love you all-