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DSC00427At approximately 1:40AM this morning, my beloved Doc Holiday died. At least I had her home, and I had my hands on her, trying to comfort her, when she died.

Pictured is Doc’s official POTUS campaign photo from 2004.

Doc Holiday was born on August 31, 2000.  I rescued her when she was 9 days old.  It was late in the evening of September 8.  I heard this horrified kitten, crying in distress.  I’d already changed for bed.  I put on a robe and drove around the condos, listening.  I found this little tiny kitten, its eyes barely open, lying on the the cold cement.  I quickly wrapped her in a soft towel.  Dressing, I took her to Walmart with me to buy milk to nurse her.  I bought the dry power instead of the liquid, and nearly killed her that way.  Her wonderful pediatrician, Dr. Warren Franklin, saved her life, many times.

Three weeks later, I rescued her twin sister, our beautiful Georgie W. who eventually was murdered via pet food poisoning, along with my precious little Miss Piggy.

Doc When Drunk

Doc When Drunk

Doc Holiday was so named because she was so tiny and so fragile that she needed a reputation to survive.  She grew into her name, terrorizing ever canine who came near her.  When hopped up on cat-nap, she was a nasty, mean drunk, who frequently left Rums battered and bloody.

Doc Caring for Hoss

Doc Caring for Hoss

In 2004, Doc ran for President. She finished third in the national cat nominations.  It was her only venture into politics.

During the summer and fall of 2011, Doc began losing weight.  In January of 2012 she was diagnosed with a severe pancreatic condition that was basically starving her to death.  From then, until a week ago, she was given this nasty powder, twice a day.   Dr. Lane Dixon and Dr. Franklin saved her life.

Three weeks ago she began losing more weight.  Last Friday I took her to the doctor.  She was in tremendous distress, then.  Dr. Dixon diagnosed her with Aplastic Anemia.  They feared pancreatic cancer.  She was doing well enough for me to bring her home.  She became so stressed this evening, after getting her front claws caught in the carpet, she had a catastrophic heart attack, dying within minutes.  I was comforting her at the time she died.

The great irony is it as if Doc held on for a year, to take care of Baby.  I rescued Miss Leontyne Price, AKA

Doc & Baby - 2012

Doc & Baby – 2012

Precious Little Baby Kitten, AKA Baby on March 1, 2012.  None of the other cats would go near Baby. They treated her quite badly.  Doc cared for her, loving her, grooming her, being right there for her. She snuggled baby, and basically raised her.  About a month ago, Baby began to truly interact with the rest of the family.  Looking back on it, when Baby was accepted by the rest of the family, Doc began separating herself from the world.  Mommy Cat was a total jerk to Baby.  Mommy Cat and Doc were best buds.  A month ago or so, Mommy Cat adopted Baby.  I remarked at the time that it was quite ironic the way she was taking care of Baby, crying for her when she was out of sight.  Doc’s health started failing at that time.  Baby has now been fully accepted by the family Doc protected with the ferocity of a lioness.

I was there when she was given a second chance at life, and was there when she died.  She was my baby, my beloved Doc.

She will be buried next to her beloved twin sister, Georgie W.  The service will be private, in keeping with her vile and opinionated nature.  She is survived by Mommy Cat, B(r)at Masterson, Hoss Cartwright, Bubbles Silverman, Madam de Pompadour ,and Miss Leontyne Price, AKA Precious Little Baby Kitten, AKA Baby.  Rums is not listed as next of kin because he is a toy poodle and Doc detested him.

This is the face that terrorized poodles, everywhere!

This is the face that terrorized poodles, everywhere!

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  • http://oldwestrogues.com Leah

    To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die, Doc you will live on.

    I have always found that those who love animals are more compassionate people,less selfish. They also blessed in that they understand the concept of unconditional love. It sounds like you,Doc and the rest of your furry family have been blessed.

    My heart goes out to you.

    Leah

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. You leave me in tears. Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://www.daphnex.blogspot.com Morgen

    I’m so sorry to learn of the passing of Doc Holiday. Grief like this is never easy, and this is a loss only time can help heal. I lost my own soul-kitty earlier this week, and I cry with you over your loss.
    Sending love from The Cat Blogosphere, and from all the Purries of Purrchance To Dream.

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  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

  • http://www.friendsfurevercatblog.blogspot.com The Florida Furkids

    We’re so sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. We’re sending you (((Hugs))), purrs and prayers at this sad time.

    The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://www.margsanimals.blogspot.com Marg

    We are so so sorry to hear of your loss of Doc. It sure sounds like Doc had a wonderful life with you and was very lucky to have you. Sending tons of purrs and prayers.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. Doc had a wonderful life, terrorizing the poodle.

    SJR

  • http://gabbygracie.blogspot.com/ Gracie

    So sorry to hear that sweet Doc Holiday left for the bridge. Know that forever she is now free of illness and forever will be free to run and play with her friends that were waiting for her. I know your heart is heavy and also know you will keep her close to you in your thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. With Doc, it’s more about rolling in the c-nip and beating up on the poodle. She excelled in it.

    SJR

  • http://alasandra2003.blogspot.com/ Scylla, Socks Tuiren & Fenris

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Doc Holiday certainly lived her life to the fullest, we know her family will miss her lots but we hopes the memories of the love you shared will comfort you.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. Strangely, Bubbles has this week begun sitting by me while I work, in the same place Doc did. Doc had a good life.

    SJR

  • http://island-cats.com The Island Cats

    We are so sorry to hear that Doc Holiday has gone to the Bridge. We hope all the joy she brought you helps ease the sadness you are feeling. Purrs and headbutts to you.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

  • http://www.random-felines.com Random Felines

    We didn’t know Doc, but heard about her passing on the CB. What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful life. Losing them never gets easier, but we hope these memories that you have help over time.

  • http://myblogoffurrycreatures.blogspot.com Hannah and Lucy

    We are so sorry to hear that Doc has gone to Rainbow Bridge and we can only imagine how heart broken you are. She will be met at the Bridge by all her friends who went before and she will be healthy and whole once more. In time if you see a shadow out the corner of your eye it will be her just checking to see that you are coping without her guidance. Take care.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. I’ve wondered about that, too.

    SJR

  • http://mariodacat.blogspot.com/ mariodacat

    We so very very sorry for you loss.
    She has a beautiful story to go with her beautiful face. Fly high sweet angel.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

  • http://n/a josie

    All cats go to Heaven. My condolences. See you soon.

  • http://www.louchetabby.blogspot.com Rosie&Mousiw

    We wish you peace and purrs at this difficult time.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://wildcatwoodscats.blogspot.com Cats of wildcat woods

    So very sorry to hear that you lost your sweet cat. It is never easy. I hope you find comfort in these words that I love.

    “Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you…I loved you so…’twas heaven here with you.”
    – Isla Paschal Richardson

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you – quite beautiful.

    SJR

  • http://jansfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/ jansfunnyfarm

    It sounds like Doc had a happy life living up to her name, but with a soft spot for Baby. Sorry for your loss.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    She always took care of the babies, which was strange – just not the baby poodle.

    SJR

  • http://timmytomcat.blogspot.com/ Timmy Tomcat

    We have not met previously but that makes no matter as this small slice of your life shows what a huge purrsonality you presented to the world.
    We know you are now running free without pain over the bridge and our Angels will be in the Queue of those wanting to show you around and help you work those wings with finesse.
    Love and support for Mom, Family and all Furs!
    Timmy Tomcat and Family

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    That’s quite beautiful. Bubbles, who is sitting beside me wishes to thank you for such sentiment.

    SJR

  • http://animalsheltervolunteer.blogspot.com meowmeowmans

    We’re so sorry to hear that Doc Holiday had to run off to the Bridge. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well. We send soft and comforting purrs and prayers to you all.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://graceandkittens.blogspot.com Marilynn, Grace & Company

    Ohhhhhh =(
    We’re always saddened to read about the loss of a long-time love. Grace & Company haven’t endured this yet, but I have, several times. It’s not easy, I know. Purrrrrrrrssssssss and prayers for all of you in the home Doc left behind.

    Marilynn, Grace & Company

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://www.cherrycitykitties.com Cherry City Kitties

    We are so sorry to hear about Doc’s passing. She lived a full rich life, something she wouldn’t have had without you. We know that she rests in your heart and we hope you will smile through your tears as we did through seeing her pictures and hearing her story.
    Harry, Dexter and Tipp

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous

    That is a beautiful memorial to a remarkable cat. We are so sorry that Doc has gone, your love and admiration for her shine through your words. We think that a cat like Doc, who ran a tight ship will keep an eye on you all as you grieve until happy memories return

    Rumbly purrs & Love
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

  • http://jcfloresinc.blogspot.com Samantha, Clementine & Maverick

    We are sorry to hear about Doc Holiday passing!! She was one of a kind and we know you will miss Her!! Lots of hugs and prayers for you all!!
    Your TX furiends,

  • http://www.everycat.blogspot.com Everycat

    We are so sorry that Doc Holiday has gone, your love and admiration for her shine through this beautiful memorial for her. We think that a cat like Doc, who ran a very tight ship will be keeping a watchful eye on you all, through your grief until happy memories return

    Love and rumbly purrs
    Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you so much. I have a feeling she will.

    SJR

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. Much appreciated.

  • http://kizziecat.blogspot.com/ Kizzie

    So sorry to hear about Doc’s passing. We heard the news from the Tabby Cat Club. She was quite a character and will be missed.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    She was Terribly Tabby, in more ways than one!

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • Harriet Covey

    Sorry to hear your sad news. After your wonderful tribute I feel that I have known Doc Holiday as well. The camaraderie of those of us who have paw marks on our hearts is strong and constant.

    Lv & Purrs,

    Harriet, Dusty & Silky

  • http://teamtabby.blogspot.com Team Tabby

    What a lovely tribute to Doc, an amazing cat indeed! Thanks for sharing her story with us, and hope your wonderful memories bring you comfort.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank You

    SJR

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank You

    SJR

  • http://simbasantic.blogspot.com Simba

    We learned from Gracie about Doc Holiday and we wanted to come by with some comporting purrs and headbutts for you. She sounds like a wonderful cat soul. Run free and all healthy again at the Bridge, Doc. We will meet you there one day.

  • http://sparkyspitfire.wordpress.com Sparky Spitfire

    what a lovely little portrait of lovely cat. We’re so sorry for the loss of your very good friend. If nothing else, she knew that she was loved, thanks to you.

  • http://ask-fisher.com Jobi and Fisher

    It is the hardest of events when we have to let go of a being so full of love. And cats are. They are just choosey. You post is very beautiful and we send purrs and hugs and hope it helps a little bit.

  • http://brianshomeblog.com Brian

    I am so very sorry to hear about your sweet Doc Holiday. We all send you many purrs, hugs and lots of love.

  • Terri

    We are visiting from Alasandra’s blog. I’m so sad to hear about Doc Holiday. She was a lovely tabby that obviously had a soft spot regardless of her reputation. We’re sending hugs and purrs.

  • http://Twinkletoetails.blogspot.com Oui Oui

    We are saddened by your loss, and send our deepest condolences. Doc sounds like she was a wonderful kitty, one who shows up once in a life time. She is so very lucky to have had a loving family, and we’re sure she was grateful for it. We hope you find comfort in your lovely memories. Deep purrs.

  • ‘Kaika

    We are so sorry that Doc has crossed the Bridge and send you gentle purrs and headbumps to comfort you in your loss. Such a lovely girl.

    Run free at the Bridge, beautiful Doc Holiday …

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    She was just that – when she was sober!

    Thank you.

    SJR

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  • Allen Barra

    Having rescued cats and kittens for many years, we know Doc could not possibly have been luckier than to have Cindy rescue her. Our hearts go out to Cindy for her loss, but remember there are always more kitties who need our help.

  • http://www.cole200.blogspot.com/ The Zoo

    We are so sorry for your loss. Purrs to you all.

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you. You’ve been there as a friend to Doc and the other Pink Flamingo Kitties for most of her life, the ups and downs and heart-aches. At least, as we discussed, I was able to have her here for her last moments. I just looked in the diary I keep and Siegfried also died on April 20. Coincidence?

    Bless you
    SJR

  • Old Kitty

    We’ve come over from the CB. We are so sorry to read about angel Doc Holiday. She was a wonderful character and so pretty too. We send you tons of comforting purrs. Take care
    x

  • http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com SJ Reidhead

    Thank you.

    SJR

  • http://karenjoscats.blogspot.com Karen Jo

    I am so very sorry about Doc Holiday. She sounds like quite a character. The story about how she raised Baby is wonderful. I am glad that you have so many good memories to cherish.


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