2002 - June 2006
I adopted Florida in 2004 from Friends of Gypsy (FOG), who
rescued her and her sister Bootsie from the Bainbridge Animal
Florida was FIV positive, Bootsie was positive for feline
leukemia and FIV. At most shelters that alone would have been
enough to seal their fate. Sad to say, many people, rescue
groups, and even vets don't realize that FIV cats can live
a long and happy lives. And Florida knew how to live happily!
Florida was one of the most affectionate and loving cats I
have ever met. Unfortunately, Florida developed mouth cancer.
Despite the pain in her mouth and throat, Florida remained
as loving as ever. Mouth cancer is very fast growing, and
in June 2006 it came time to say good-bye. Her sister Bootsie
unexpectedly died the following day.
I held Bootsie as she passed away, just as I had held Florida
the day before. I am convinced that the sisters wanted to
be together in the afterlife as they were together on this
earth. Respecting their wishes, I buried Florida and Bootsie
together. Thank you Janet for saving those cats when nobody
else would and thank you Florida and Bootsie for giving us
2 years of unconditional love. I just wish it could have been