A Cat Conversation About The Letter "C"

Dear Furriends,
    School is back in session now.  Maggy is in kittergarten, though being the smarty cat that she is, she's in the gifted and talented section.  Zoey is in Pre-K and doing well.  Both having been working hard on learning and improving their English language skills.  I recently overheard them having a conversation about the letter "C".
    "Maggy, I can give you some words that start with "C"!  There's Cat, and Cute, and Curious.  All those letters describe me pretty well."
    "Yes, Zoey, they do describe you and they are good words.  Here are more words that begin with the letter "C" and these words describe so many of our furriends.  Concerned and Caring and Compassionate."
    "Wow, Maggy, those are big and important words."
    "Well, Zoey, you see this is kind of a big and important time in the life of Zoolatry."
     At that point, I joined the conversation.  It was time to have a little chat with both of the girls.  To let them know about some things going on and what they can do to help.
    "Maggy, Zoey ~ listen to me, please.  Yes, you are both cute and curious cats.  And yes, our furriends have been so very caring and concerned.  We've received so, so many wonderful and thoughtful comments and emails from these furriends.  Right now I want to tell you about a few more "C" words. 
    The first is Cancer.  It's a big word, and it's a bad word.  And the next is Chemotherapy.  And that's an even bigger word, and it's a bad word, too ~ but it might in time, be a good word for us. The Zoolatry Poppy has Cancer.  We thought it was all gone a couple years ago.  But now it has come back, and we are very worried and sad, because we all love him very much. 
    "The chemotherapy might make Poppy feel really sick a lot of the time.  And it might make him look a little different, or act a little different.  But he'll still be "our Poppy" no matter what changes may happen.  And many, many months from now, maybe, if we are blessed and have good luck smile on us, the chemotherapy will turn out to be a good thing, because it will help him get rid of his cancer. 
    "So, what I want you both to do is to care for Poppy is whatever way you can. You can cuddle him, you can purr to him.  You can rest beside him.  You can meow softly and let him know you love him. After all, healing is not just in the body but it is also in the mind, in the heart and in the spirit.  And you can ease his mind, warm his heart and lift his spirits. Together, with hope and with love, we'll travel down this road and at the end of this journey ~ we will win.  We will."

     To you, from me.  Thank you for being our friends.  I truly appreciate and am so very thankful for your Purrs for our Poppy, they mean a great deal to us.  Whether your purrs take the form of prayer, or good wishes or healing light, I believe the power of one can become the power of many.  I've been blogging for almost five-years now, and have met amazing and wonderful people, shared good times along with not so good times.  I hope to continue here at Zoolatry, as often as I can over the months ahead.  It is a good place for me and brings a bit of fun to each day ~ and if I can bring a smile to your face, well ~ that makes me feel good!  You make me feel good.  Thank you.  And a P.S. to our Poppy ~ if you are reading this, you're the best thing that ever happened to me ... I love you!
                                                                          The ZH,  Zoolatry Human ~ Ann

     "Hey Mom!"  "Yes, Zoey, what is it now, I thought we were finished with our post for today."  "But Mom, I just thought of some more "C" words... Candy and Cookies and Crunchies... let's go have some cause treats always make us feel better."


  1. We are sad to hear that your Poppy is fighting the big C. We know how scary it can be having had a brother with it. I will ask the angel that watched him to watch over your Poppy. So far we've been lucky.


  2. Zoolatry ladies, I am sending massive purrs your way. I am sorry to hear about the Poppy, but if purrs help, we'll make it better! I woke my human up with purring, I'm doing it so hard. Keep strong, and cuddle the Poppy, and each other, lots and lots.


  3. we are sending Purrs for Poppy! we is so sorry to hear that he has to go through all that nasty stuff, but you all will be in our thoughts and prayers efurry day.

  4. And the letter "H" is for (((HUGS))) and heart. You have both from all of us.
    Your Poppy and all of you remain in our prayers.

  5. Some more C words:

    Cherish (we cherish yoo all)

    Cure (we pray for a cure for Poppy)

    Challenge (we know yoo have a BIG challenge ahead, and send you love)

    Clasp (we clasp you tightly in our hearts 'cos we love yoo)

    Cry (we cry wiv yoo at the unfairness of it)

    Chums (yoo are very dear friends to us, yoo are chums)

  6. We continue to keep you and Poppy in our prayers and thoughts. We know it's a tough fight, but with you two girls to help him, your Poppy will be strong and healthy again.

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  7. Oh Zoolatry Girls, we are so fury fury sorry to hear yur news. We hope Poppy stays strong throughout his chemo and we are sending lots of healing Sibe Vibes and love his way. Poppy is fury lucky to have woo three girls to care fur him.

    Maggy & Zoey ~ make sure woo spend lots of time giving love and snuggles to Poppy and yur Mommy.

    Ann ~ we can't think of words to say to woo right now, we are shocked to hear this news. Stay strong and if woo efur need someone to talk to we are here fur woo.

    Woofs, Kisses, Hugs and Snuggles
    Aleeya, Kodiak, Summer, Sesuk and BJ

  8. We are sending tons of purrs and lots of purrayers to your Poppy and all of you at Zoolatry. We are hoping that the big C word gets the big X out of Poppy's body!!!!

    Purrs and Hugs, Us and Maw

  9. My Mommy and I will keep Poppy in our prayers. Prayers worked for me when I had my cancer. Zoey & Maggy the best medicine I had was lots of love and cuddles with my Mommy so keep it up just like the pictures on this post show. What could be better than a fluffy kitty cat to cuddle with.

    Mona & Mommy too!!

  10. I am thinking of one of the very best C words: cure! Harley and I are going to link our paws and we're sending our strongest get-well purrs for your Poppy.

  11. And the one "C" word we all hope and pray for is CURE - all our best to you and Poppy - we love you too.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  12. Poor Poppy! I will pray he will take to it and heal quickly. It's bad enough we get cancer (I have breast cancer) they do not need to get it too.

  13. I am so happy to hear that the worst C word, Cancer, is back visiting Poppy. Mom and I are purraying and purring that the Chemo and prayers will help it go away.

    Zoey and Maggy - you are doing a great job taking care of Poppy. It did my heart good to see Maggy resting right beside Poppy. That's got to help him feel better.

    Ann-please know my thoughts and prayers are with you as you both go through this. Please let me know if there is anything you need. Mom Paula

  14. We want Maggy and Zoey to know we will be purring with them every day for their Poppy Vic and also for their mom Ann.
    We are also sending Poppy Vic some extra special wet nose kisses
    and our purrayers.
    Luv Hannah, Lucy and mum Sue xx xx

  15. We are so sorry about all that your family is going through with that particular C-word... :( Our family has been affected by it PURRofoundly as well... Sending good thoughts and love that Good Doctors and Good Medicine will make your Poppy better. XO CC & 8GR8CATS- Puffy-forever in my heart and Sunny, Moony, Furby, Candy, Tommy, Joy & Pride! LOVE YOU!!!

  16. Your post has me bawling now. (Always good to do, when at work!)

    You know we're all purring hard for Vic and sending healing Light, wishing you all Blessings and Peace and Joy.


    -Kim and the fur kids

  17. Now Mommy is doing the C word....crying. Such a powerful post. We are sending lots of purrs and prayers.

    We love you!!!!!

  18. So sorry to hear that Poppy's cancer has come back. Our Mom has cancer too so she knows that Poppy has to go through with all the Chemo and everything else. It isn't any fun at all. But hopefully it will take the cancer away again. Just remember to be positive and take things day by day. The positive is sooooo important. So kitties, give that Poppy lots of purrs and we are sending our purrs too. Take care.

  19. Oh noes! We are sorry to hear your Poppy's "C" is back. Our Mom absolutely hates that word! Rest assured Poppy Vic is in our thoughts and prayers each day. We know you girls will be great nurses and take real good care of him. And we are praying for your mom too. Sometimes it's harder on the caregivers, as our mom knows.

    Blessings and (((HUGS)))

  20. Please know all of us here on The Creek are purring and purraying very hard for your sweet Poppy!!!

  21. Ann, I am so sorry to hear your news! Cancer sucks, there is no other way to put it. My brother is fighting hard against cancer also and I pray for him everyday...you and your family will be in my prayers now too :-)

  22. We are sending healing purrs to your Poppy and Mommy is praying for him. We just know he is going to be CURED.

    We wants you to know we love you and we understands if you don't get to post very often or comment. Being with your Poppy and helping take care of him is the most important thing. We will always be here for you and will be purring & praying for all of you.

    Alasandra & AFSS

  23. We are going to purr and purr and purr for the best C word of all...


    We will purr and pray every single day for your Poppy. If you need support and love, we will take turns teleporting over and purring and meowing to Poppy.

    xoxo Cory and family

  24. We're purring and sending all good thoughts to your wonderful poppy! We hope so much that the chemo goes well and that the process is not too difficult. We're also sending lots of love to you two and your lovely mum (we think she's the best!)

    XXX from Franklin, Dobby, Tasha, and mom Katie

  25. We are sorry to hear your news. We are purring for your Poppy, and we will keep purring every day. (((Hugs)))

  26. We are purring and purraying and sending lots of dawg kisses and positive energy for your Poppy!

  27. We are purring right along with you for your Poppy! We agree with Cory..."C" is also for "Cure" and we know with all of us purring and praying for him, that's the "C" that will be!!

    Hugs to you two...and your mom...

    Wally, Ernie, Zoey and Mom Sue

  28. This is a loving post. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. Cancer is a bad word and it affects the whole family, not just the patient. WE are purring and praying that your sweet Poppy wins his battle.

  29. Big sighs heard here at Furrydance...sighs of love and caring and hope. Oh, yes, and we hope for Candy, Cookies and Crunchies too, but Disco's on that darned diet!

  30. We are so sad that your Poppy is having to deal with the "C" word again. But, we are optimists and we believe in the purrs for Poppy and we know with the other "C" word of chemo that between all of the good words, thoughtful prayers and strong medicine your Poppy will re-COVER and be CURED the best "C" word we can think of.

    Deepest strong warm purrs


  31. All of us here are very sad to hear that your poppy has to go through all this. Our Anne will start her second round of chemo (now that her surgery has been deemed a success) in a few weeks. =( None of us looks forward to this - not us, not her husband, not her children, and certainly not her - but we all do look forward to success as a result of this ... for both your poppy and for our Anne.

    Our prayers and purrs are with you, Zoolatry's Poppy. Every. Single. Day.

    Marilynn, Grace & Company

  32. Maggy, Zoey and Ann, we are so sorry that your Poppy has to go through all those nasty C's but we are purring and praying that it takes him to the best C - cured! We know how hard it will be for all of you for a while - we have been there ourselves, and we hope that you know we all are here to support you as much as we can!

  33. Ann, your post made me cry again for the sorrow and pain that has reentered your lives...As always, my prayers, postiive thoughts and best wishes are directed toward you and Vic...I love you very much...J

  34. Mama has been praying for Mr. Vic for a good while and she will continue to. Us boys are purring as loudly as we can for him.

    We love y'all. xxxxxx

  35. I like Daisy's C word. Cure. That's what I pray will be for you and Poppy.

    A lovely post. First you made me teary and then you made me laugh. Zoey really has a lot of personality. And an appetite.


  36. I'm gonna keep your Poppy Vic on my purrayer list until you tell us NOT to, Maggy and Zoey and Ann..and you're on it, too. It takes a lot to Care for someone who's fighting the big C. My mom and I love you girls!

  37. Oh dear Ann, Vic, Maggy, Zoey and backyard kitties, Please know how very hard I am praying for you all. I have tons of faith that Moffitt will do their magic and get you thru all this horrible time. Call anytime if you want.
    love and hugs to everyone,

  38. Momma and I is so sorry to hears about your Poppy my sweet furriends. I will be sending many purrrrrrrrrs over to your Poppy and all of you every night!

    HUGS, Nosetaps, and Purrrrrrrrrrs

  39. Anonymous8/25/2010

    Dear Ann, what goes around comes around. You have spread out all the good Cs to us all. So, being one of the recipients of your care and compassion, it comes natural to feel for you and your beloved Poppy through these challenging months. Your post was incredibly touching, inventive, even humorous, but even without it, know you're in our thoughts and that most of us want to be there for you. You know where and how to reach us. Be strong for Poppy and we'll send cuddles and purrs and woofs out to the universe!
    Twinkie and family

  40. There seem to be a lot of good "C" words with with to fight the one bad one. I am sending lots and lots of purrs Poppy's way, in hopes that all the blended healing purrs of the Cat Blogosphere will help Poppy in his battle to get rid of this "C" once and for all!

  41. Anonymous8/25/2010

    We're sending you our biggest hugs and to your Poppy, our bestest and loudest purrs. We'll purr EVERY DAY for your family.

  42. Maggy and Zoey
    I know that you can help youw Mommi and make youw Poppy feel loved and heal doowing this difficult time..My Daddi had that C wowd too and we'we always scawed it will come back, so we know how youw family must feel. Stay stwong..we awe all pwaying and sending healing light and stwength and love. You will WIN!!!
    keep giving Poppy youw sweet puwws
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA and Mommi

  43. A very special and powerful post. Mum is crying lots of tears. You know without a shadow of doubt that you have all our love and we keep you all in our thoughts always.. Purrs and love coming your way.. Another C word "Call" if you need anything that we can do to help... Much love.. Carol and GJ xx

  44. My sisters and I and our whole family will be purring and praying fro your Poppy. I just want to add another H word because we are all (H)ere for you. Y'all are the best.

  45. We know woo cats will caress and care fur your Poppy. Our bipeds have both experienced that awful C in both their families,too.

    We'll add a few "P" words: We pups will pause and fold our paws in prayers fur your Poppy.

    jack a-roo & miss moo

  46. Sending our best healing purrrayers and comforting purrrrss to Poppy Vic.

    Remember, we all Care about all of you.


  47. Anonymous8/25/2010

    I do have a big apetite Jan and I hope the Poppy gets his big apetite back. I'm showing him the way. Thanks for all the nice thoughts. Love you all!

  48. We are sorry that Poppy has to go through this--and you too. Our purrs and thoughts and cuddles!

  49. We stop by offen to see what Maggy and Zoey are up to and we love seeing yoor humans lovely work all over da blogospere, but we don't offen have time to leave a comment. Dis time is difrint, we hafta tell yoo dat we is purring, purraying and lighting a healing candle fur yoor Poppy. Cancer is one C word we hate in dis house. We know he can beat it! Mom sez he's gonna "kick dat cancer's a$$".

  50. I am sad to hear that Poppy is down with the dreaded C. I am sending my biggest, loudest and most comforting purrs over the ocean.

    Our thoughts are with you and we sure hope that he will come through the treatment well.

  51. Some "C" words are better than others. Continuing purrs for your Poppy.

  52. Maggy, Zoey and Mom Ann we are so sorry to hear that cancer has returned to Poppy. Yep, we also are going to go along with Daisy's C word Cure, that's what we will be purring and praying for. We purr and pray for a cure for cancer, to many good and wonderful people have it, and it doesn't care who it hits. Your site Zoolatry has given us many smiles and we love it and you. Thank you so much for all you do.

    Casper, Cleo, Patches and Mom too!!

  53. We CHERISH you all...
    We will be here to COMFORT you...
    We will CELEBRATE the goodness that is yet to be!

    We thank you for the lovely little trinket boxes that arrived today along with the precious china rose tea pot! The teddy bears can not wait to have a tea party with it...thank you kindly from the cozy cottage

  54. We are sending you our thoughts and prayers.

  55. Ann, whatever you believe any of us has given to you - it is YOU who has given to us over and over and over. I know of no other soul so gentle and kind and giving and considerate. Please know that all of us are not only holding your Poppi up in prayer but YOU and everyone who loves him.

    You may look around you and not see any of the hundreds who love you out here in the blogosphere but we are there, yes, we are, and we will never, ever leave us. Just call and we'll come running.

  56. Sorry we didn't get 'here' yesterday -

    We were dealing with our own 'c' -

    as in new computer -

    SERIOUSLY, all of you are in our thoughts during the very difficult days ahead -

    We can't be there to hug you but we ARE there doing it -

    Khyra and Her Mom

  57. Hi Everybodys,

    My furiends at Team Husky told me 'bouts your Poppy. I just wanted youz to know dat I be sending puppy prayers his way and to all of youz too.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  58. We will be purring for Poppy and all of you!

  59. WE are purring and praying for you!!! We just know you will win over the C!!! Please give Poppy kitty kisses from us!! (((((((HUGGGGGGGGGGSSSSSSSSSSS))))))))) from your TX furiends,

  60. We are purring for your Poppy. We are sorry he is sick and hope he can go into remission again.

  61. We are here for all of you and we will purr and pray our best for your Poppy. God Bless.

    Love, MomKat Trish and the Lounge Kats

  62. We hope for the best for Poppy. I enjoy your blog! Purrs and prayers are sent along with xxooo-s.

  63. Sending love and purrs to your Poppy and to all of you.

    Padre, Panda Bear, Meerkat, Cookie, and Caramel