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SPEECHLESS SUNDAYS - Queen Charlotte

SPEECHLESS SUNDAYS - Queen Charlotte

Our sweet Charlotte has been struggling for several months but, this last week has been the worst. She doesn't appear to be in any pain but, just won't eat. She has struggled with hyperthyroidism and kidney disease and is now on blood pressure medication. Her blood pressure is totally out of control and we are not able to get her to eat. 

 

Queen Charlotte

 

We know she's 17 years old but selfishly, we're just not ready to say goodbye to our little girl. Sadly, we feel the time is nearing. 😔 

 

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Comment balloon 32 commentsDebe Maxwell, CRS • November 11 2019 06:31AM

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Morning Debe.

One of the hardest moments is when we had to put our Jessie down.  She'll be buried with me when I pass.  

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 1 month ago

Dear Debe,

Be merciful. Charlotte knows, trusts, and depends on you to do the right thing when you're ready. This is hard....

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 1 month ago

Good Monday morning, Debe.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 month ago

She certainly is the Queen and has lived a good long life!  I was just talking with a friend about how short the life span is for cats and dogs.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) about 1 month ago

Hi Debe... poor baby... and poor you! Having been through this with my Oliver earlier this year I can totally commiserate. It's so difficult to fo through this. I wasn't ready to say good-bye either. I hope you at least get some comfort from knowing you gave Charlotte a wonderful life and home. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) about 1 month ago

Good Morning Debe: This is a heartwrenching moment for us cat and dog lovers. Their pain is our pain. And the thought of losing them is soooo painful. My heart goes out to you and Charlotte. 

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) about 1 month ago

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS

I am so sorry...

I saw this image of Charlotte and my jaw dropped. My kitty, Mittens, looked exactly like Charlotte from this angle. Mittens was the first cat that we kept indoors for fear of losing her to an animal. She was 20 when she passed 4 years ago. She finally stopped eating and it was just a matter of days. 

The hardest thing I have ever had to do was take her to the vet and put her to sleep. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this tender time. 

Mittens was my second kitty who had a long life. I said I would do it differently after Fluffy passed. I had Mitten's paw prints cast in a nice little keepsake box and I paid more to have her ashes in another small keepsake box. Each sits above my desk with a grey kitty figure and little paw warmers. 

You will never forget Charlotte. Spend some cuddle time with her. God bless you and Charlotte. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 1 month ago

Good morning again Debe. I am soooooo sorry. There really are no words and I wish both you and Charlotte peace. You will both be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 1 month ago

Debe I know you will make things as comfortable for Charlotte as possible, and give her lots of love.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 1 month ago

Hi Debe,  She certainly looks like a queen who knows she has been well cared for and loved for many years.  I am sorry she is not doing well, that is a difficult time for a pet parent, as there is not much we can do.  We lost one to liver disease in September. 

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) 30 days ago

Oddly enough, I was reading these comments with my eyes full of tears, as we waited on the final lab results for Charlotte. Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, we had JUST had the conversation that we know we're not God but, we are her advocates and if she is in any pain at all and has only a few weeks to live, we absolutely will not be selfish. 

As it happened, we had to make that decision as with her being in full-blown liver failure, no medicine she was taking was going to help her pull out of this. It was heart-wrenching but, we had to do what was right for her - not what we wanted but, it never is when it comes to death and dying of our fur babies.

Nina Hollander, I loved your Oliver and hate that you lost him too; what special kitties we had. I am confident my Charlotte has found him...and I'm sure they're talking a little real estate right now since that's what they heard their work-from-home mothers discuss day-in and day-out! 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 30 days ago

Brian England, their lifespans are far too short. I was talking with someone the other day about that very thing too. We want them to live as long as we do but, then don't think about who they would live with when we leave this earth!  It just never works out either way, does it?

Maria Gilda Racelis, their pain is our pain, INDEED. I thank you so much for your kind words. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 30 days ago

Oh, thank you so much, sweet Sheila Anderson. You know exactly what we went through today - it's never easy. Our hearts always seem to break into a million pieces...and then we adopt another one...and fall in love all over again. 

One thing is for sure, we'll never forget any of them as individuals. We have loved them for their unique personalities and will forever cherish the memories they carve into our hearts. 

Here's one sweet memory I have of her in her early years - I think she was 2 in this pic...

Charlotte Summer 2004

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 30 days ago

Oh, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® how lucky were you to have had Mittens for 20 years - that's incredible as more often than not, 10 years is 'average' and that's just so quick. We spent much of last night cuddling with her and reminiscing about our time with her - she was one special kitty.

Our children and their friends and their friends' parents all knew her and no one could believe how 'dog-like' she was. She wasn't shy or skittish and always wanted to be part of the party. Someone was always carrying that cat around like a baby...and she loved it! So, today was, as you said, one of the hardest days of my life. I was definitely feeling your pain of 4 years ago. 

We also opted for the same post-mortuary treatment as you. We have her first buddy, Snoopy (a dog who raised her!) in the same box and with a clay paw print. Every time I see Snoopy's paw print, it puts a smile on my face; I only hope to get to that point with Charlotte's clay print. Right now, I just can't stop the tears. 😢 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 30 days ago

And we did, George Souto. I don't think that cat could have been loved more - she was such a special kitty!

Bob Crane, yes, that is ultimately what got Charlotte as well - it just came out of nowhere too. Such a sad day - I can't tell you how many tears we cried today.  

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 30 days ago

Debe, words can not express how Diane & I felt reading your words in FB.... hang in there and be strong, Charlotte is now making friends in Rainbow Bridge ......Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 30 days ago

Oh Debe. With tears flowing I have no words. I do get it and wish you peace and grace. She was a beautiful girl body and soul. 

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 29 days ago

Debe Maxwell, CRS good morning, Debe... now you have me crying... I am so sorry to hear the news. Takes me back to February when I had to make that decision for my Oliver.... I stayed with him till the end and I have the comfort of knowing he passed peacefully. I have no doubt that he greeted Charlotte at the end of the rainbow bridge when she passed over. I also have no doubt that he played a role in bringing Mr. Marlow into my life. I'll just bet that Charlotte already has a new kitty in mind for you.

 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 29 days ago

That's the first time I've seen a cat actually nap when a bird was so near!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 29 days ago

You guys are so sweet, Endre Barath, Jr. Thank you both for your love and support - it means the world to me.

As Diane said, it's the intuitiveness that we all love about cats...and their antics, compassion... Gosh, I miss her so very much.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 28 days ago

She truly was, Sheila Anderson - I've never had a cat like her.

Nina Hollander - I'm so glad that you were able to stay with Oliver until the end; so many people just can't do that. For me, it was such a relief to be holding her and know that she passed in peace. 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 28 days ago

OMG, Ray and I got a chuckle out of your comment, Myrl Jeffcoat - thank you for that!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 28 days ago

I haven't mentioned this here before but, will later write a post. I had a quick 'listing' meeting to see how much the seller had done to prepare for the market on Thursday. We were doing our tour of the house and looking out on the patio (it was warm outside so, don't think anything negative!),  I spotted a black & white cat in her yard. I asked whose cat it was and she said hers but, she was going to have to take it back to the shelter! She is my age and never knew that she was allergic to cats but, is severely allergic - so much so that the allergist can't give her shots for it!

 

So, after this meeting, I was taking Charlotte to the vet and asked him if he thought she would be able to tolerate us adopting another cat. He said Charlotte probably didn't have too much longer to live (at the pace she was losing weight) and that it may not be a good idea. "She needs your undivided attention now but, if you can keep them separated, then, yes." 

 

I wasn't going to hurt Charlotte at all so, of course, I didn't bring the other kitty home. It also wouldn't have been fair to bring a new baby into the house and then the humans be totally focused on 'the other kitty.'

Someone is keeping the cat until Ray and I are ready to take her. She's a bit older (5 years old) but, is so darned sweet. She'll fit in well with our fur baby boys (dogs) too.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 28 days ago

Oh Debe. I am crying big time again and yet happy that the black and white girl will soon be in a better place and help you and Ray honor your beloved Charlotte.  I still cry daily for my Billy the Kid, but my new old girl DD, who is 13, does need me and makes me laugh too. She is learning new things in a new world and I genuinely hope we help one another. G-d bless you.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 27 days ago

Oh, Sheila Anderson, I'm so sorry you're still hurting. I really don't believe that pain ever goes away - it may take on a new direction but, that hole is still in our hearts. I'm so happy to hear that DD is settling in well - I had no doubt - you're an amazing fur baby mama! And, you're right, I think she's helping you as much as you're helping her. 

I think Elizabeth is going to pick up the kitty today for us - I figure every day we leave her there is another day that she'll be missing out on all of the love we have in our hearts to give. 

Hugs to you, Sheila! ❤️ 

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 27 days ago

Hi again Debe. Special furkids provoke special feelings that are hard to ignore no matter how much time has passed. Billy was like that and I can't shake that feeling or him. I know I can't help him anymore and adopting DD was important for me. Incredibly, despite her age, many wanted to give her a home and I am grateful I was able to bring her home. I really can't wait to see this new kitty you are helping and hope that she feels your love too.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 27 days ago

Good Friday morning, Debe.

Have a great day and a very special weekend.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 26 days ago

Debe, I am in tears too, so sorry for your loss of Sweet Charlotte.   I can relate completely --- Mia is 19, have to hydrate her now every few days, and know the day will come to say goodbye, and will be heart-wrenching.  I have had her since she was 4 weeks old.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 26 days ago

Those that are not fortunate enough to have the love of pets in their lives do not know what they are missing. So sad to read this Debe. I think we all feel your pain...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 26 days ago

that's the most difficult decsion ever.  And I do understand the aging thing.  Skitty is 17, Ittle Bitty is 15 and Laney our lab is 12.  They are all old, slow and we are just being careful to make sure we don't think they are in pain at this pont and like you said... still eating.  In the past two and half years we've said good bye to two of our beloved furry kids. We've even made the decision to not add more tot he herd because in a few years I want to be able to travel without worry about the pets at home.  Fortunately I also have some grand pups to love on.  I'm so sorry about your Charlotte.  I know she was so special and you've got an ache that will be with you always.  I'm sure glad Ray was home to love on her in person before it was time.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) 26 days ago

Me too, Tammy Lankford, - I'm still crying at every turn but, know it will get easier but, never go away. She's gone and left a big ole' hole in my heart!

I'm so sorry I missed you and didn't phone you back. I was just a wee bit overwhelmed this week - with grief and work.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 26 days ago

It always hurts so much to lose a precious pet.  Good thing there are more on the horizon!

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) 12 days ago

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