Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sunday for Sebastian & CJ



Saturday night was the first night Sebastian spent in his new home, just down the street from his old one. He was doing pretty well, considering. He greeted me with rubs, stropping my legs once as I walked through the door, then continuing his exploration of the Space With Funny Smells.

As boxes were unpacked and furniture moved in, Sebastian quietly made his way back to the closet, jumped up onto a shelf, and made a bed out of three sweaters a nice old lady had donated to his mom, Amy.

It's the only bed he has right now -- no toys, no window perch, no covered cat cube. They incinerated, along with the rest of his possessions, in the blaze that destroyed their apartment building in Shawnee, KS Thursday night. The same fire that claimed the life of CJ's 14 year old sibling, Cosmo.

CJ's mom Kathi spent her first night in a new apartment too. But CJ wasn't there to investigate the new smells or rub his scent on every door frame in the new living space. He spent the night in a kennel at Mission MedVet, swollen and in pain.

CJ suffered severe burns on all four paws, his ears, his face and his mouth. Kathi was told the second day is worse with burn patients, because that's when the swelling sets in. Often there is more pain the second day, as well - and this was the case with CJ.  He didn't eat nearly as well on Saturday as he did on Friday. But mom Kathi holds out hope she'll soon be able to bring her furbaby home.

We hope so, too. They need each other to help heal.

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This is the view from Kathi's bedroom window.

For most of the day, firemen stood watch, pouring water on the structure which housed Kathi, Cosmo and CJ on the far right, Amy and Lee, Sebastian and Dottie on the far left.

It is not the kind of view you want, if you've just lost a beloved family member in that very spot.

Amy was the one who called Kathi at work to tell her their building was on fire and she needed to come home. Police rushed through the building, kicking doors in and ushering people out with extreme urgency. One saw Amy gathering her emergency pet kit and pounded on her door, yelling for her to evacuate. He carried Dottie to safety, while Amy carried Sebastian.

The victims were all housed temporarily in the complex's clubhouse, where Amy awaited her husband who literally ran on foot all the way home from where he worked, not far away. One of the people came in carrying a cat they had rescued, calling out - asking if its owner was here.

Amy looked up - it was CJ.

UPDATE: It turns out that a vet was on site the night of the fire and she was the one who found CJ running away from the fire. She was able to get oxygen on him right away (thanks to MedAct). That helped counteract his smoke inhalation problems. She also called ahead to Mission MedVet to let them know he was coming. She probably saved CJ's life - and we hope to some day learn this angel's name so we can thank her! 




Everyone is still in shock - operating on auto-pilot, as it were. The Red Cross housed families who needed hotels for that first night, and passed out emergency kits. Ironically, Kathi is a volunteer for the Red Cross -- and they called her to ask her to help out with her own crisis, not knowing she herself was its victim.

The ChipIn widgets in the right sidebar are linked directly to Amy and Kathi's respective PayPal accounts. We discovered that Kathi had not had a PayPal account prior to this emergency, and the reason the widget is not updating is because she has not yet linked her bank to her PayPal and has yet to verify that she's received the funds. She's had email notices sent to her on every donation, but it's difficult to keep up when you don't have internet access other than what you can get on your phone.

And there's Real Life that keeps intruding. Kathi escaped for a bit this afternoon and spent some time with C.J. We think she needed it as much as he did.

Give if you can -- even if it's just a few words of encouragement left in the comments section of this post.

And...thank you.

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Thank you to George, who reminded us that ChipIn widgets use flash and don't like iPhones or iPads or iAnything.

So here are their direct links:

Thanks George & Robyn for reminding us!!






25 comments:

  1. we send owr prayers and love to Kathi, Amy, CJ and Sebastian.

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    1. Thank you Spike! We can't wait for them to be settled & recovered enough to read all the love you guys are sending them!

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  2. I continue to feel SO awful for Amy, Sebastian, Kathi and CJ - and all their neighbors. They are all in my purrs.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sparkle! And thanks again for posting about them on your blog as well!

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  3. To Amy and Kathi, I am there with you in spirit. In August 2010 my apartment building burned and I, too, lost everything including my two beloved kitties Bubba and Patches. I understand everything you are going through and my heart is breaking for you. But the main words I want to send you are those of encouragement. You WILL get through this. Your lives will be forever changed by this event, but some of the changes will even be for the good. Take comfort in knowing that the many of the material things that are no longer in your tangible world are still not lost. They are still in your hearts and your memories. You can still take them out and "see" them any time. As to the loss of Cosmo and CJ's suffering, I know there are no words that can ease that pain. All I can offer is that my two "new" kitties, Grady and Cher, have had a special talk with Bubba and Patches and they are sending love and comfort as only kittie Angels can do. If you would like to contact me, I would be happy to share some of this burden; my email is mollymc51@gmail.com. Our hearts and paws are with you! Love from Syl, Grady and Cher.

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    1. Molly,
      Thank you so very much for these amazing words. Mommy copied them and emailed them so that Amy & Kathi would see them ASAP.

      Hugs to you on your loss, as well....

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  4. My heart continues to bleed for Kathi, CJ, Amy and Sebastian. Lots of purrs and prayers coming your way, dear ones.

    Thank you to Maxwell's and Faraday's mom for keeping us updated. You are a blessing!

    Roni the Brat, sisfurs, and mom Sophie.

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    1. oh Roni, thanks so much for all your retweets and caring words! We know how much they'll mean to Amy & Kathi once they settle enough to be able to read this.

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  5. Thank you so much for these important updates. They will be all in our thoughts and prayers. So very sad.

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    1. Thoughts and prayers are the fuel that is keeping them going right now. More valuable than gold! THANK you!

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  6. We're passing along a post from @Will_I_Am_Em (blogger was acting up & wouldn't let him!)

    "I just want to let everyone know they're in my prayers."

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  7. I can't imagine what you're all going through losing everything, Bucky,BigBirdFred and I are sending all our love and prayers to Amy and Sebastian, and especially to Kathi and CJ. May all your healing start today knowing how much love is coming your way.

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    1. BuckyHugs are the BESTEST! We know your love & prayers will mean so much to them!

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  8. We are continuing to send purrayers for everyone involved and especially to CJ, that he heal quickly and with a minimum of pain...Mommy said she's asking our kitty angels to hover over CJ and make sure everything goes all right.
    Snuggles,
    Taz, Runt, and Charles in IL

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    1. Yes, now that he's home we hoping he heals quickly. We imagine mom Kathi is gonna have to change bandages + all medication, which won't be fun....but being around momma has to be better than in vetjail - even as fabulous a vet as Mission MedVet!

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  11. OK starting again guys. We saw why the chip in is not showing up. We didn't read to the end of the post before * looks sheepish *. Mum let me put the chipin for Kathi on my blog so I hope it will help a bit. I am tweeting my post over the next day or two.

    Our love to them all and our hopes that CJ will be well, and that they find that hero vet.

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  12. What a terrible experience. Sorry for the loss of Cosmo. Happy about the reunion with CJ.

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  13. From one Wayside volunteer to two others: Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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  14. We are happy to help however we can! We're asking animal Reiki distance healing practitioners to send CJ and Sebbie and Dottie healing energy for their recovery, physical and mental. Anyone who can hop on that, please do!
    *huge ducky hugs and lots of love*
    George and Robyn

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  15. Thanks you fur sharing even tho its makes us cry fur they lost animals an efurrything. Fires iz terribuls things but its so amayzing all da luv an halp that iz happenings.

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  16. thank you for sharing the details and their story. It will help lighten their load in this tragedy! the love and support is amazing, not surprising coming from such a solid community.
    I will tweet, email and share this post with the other links too.

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  17. We just stopped by to leave our really strong purrs and prayers and just let you know that we are thinking about you. WE are so glad that CJ was able to come home or at least out of the vets. That is so great that there was a vet right there to save his life. Miracles do happen. Try to take care.

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  18. So, so sorry to hear of this, and the loss of Cosmo. I send many thoughts and prayers for CJ's healing and strength for you all. The thoughts and comments on this site (and other's I've seen about this) speak loudly for the love around you all. How better to get through a tough life challenge than to have that awesome community. From a proud and grateful mom of two Wayside adoptees.

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