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August 05, 2008|By SUSIE HOFFMAN / 301-790-2413

Good morning friends ... Life is not always easy, and goodness knows it is a circle. Sometimes we have to say goodbye to our family pets ... loved and faithful. 

This past weekend, our most beautiful and somewhat of a celebrity cat, Scarlett, had traveled as far as she could here with us on this Earth. If you have walked through our town or are a neighbor, you know Scarlett. 

She was a very nonchalant long hair calico who slept where she pleased and moved at the pace of a long hot lazy summer day.  She had a very full 18 years with us and not one week went by that someone did not stop to ask about her particular habits.  She would amuse people by sleeping in the middle of the sidewalk or perched on the edge of the porch banister.  Why am I sharing this with you?  Because I need to publicly thank Dr. Virginia Scrivener and Miss Carletta McQuain from the Animal Health Clinic in Funkstown. Scarlet suffered a major stroke late Friday night and we had to do the hardest thing ever on Saturday morning.  I know it was the right thing to do.  I know she trusted us to ease her.  I also know that I cannot thank these two women enough, and all the staff at the clinic for their most reverent and sincere kindness and understanding. I felt as though I had some very dear friends who helped me with a most difficult decision and understood our loss.  God rest you, Scarlett, and thank you for many years of companionship and thank you for understanding what needed to be done.

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Hopefully, you all can take the opportunity to visit the Animal Health Clinic under more pleasant circumstances and check out the wonderful community projects they get involved in.  I have told you before about the Military Canine Care Packages ... lists of donations requested is available at the clinic.  Such a wonderful thing!  The staff has been involved and supported the 2008 MS Walk at Antietam National Battlefield, the 2009 Kate Koogler Canine Cancer Ride and 2008 Mud Volleyball.  The Animal Health Clinic is also a site for the Eastern Veterinary Blood Bank.  Please check out its Web page and see the faces behind the tremendous services that they offer and the kindness they possess. 

 

I promise next week will be much more upbeat, but as in life, we need to sometimes have a little rain before we get to see a rainbow. 

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