Cat Happy would
like to share the story of a wonderful, amazing boy named Lucky
In April, 2008,
a neighbor of Jourdan Conrad's found an emaciated Maine Coon on his
in Los Angeles, California. It was thought at first that the
cat was dead - he was so skinny, matted, dirty and lifeless.
The poor boy was alive, but obviously in dire need of medical help. Jourdan
and her husband Garry cared for him, got him to the vet and
started searching for a foster home where he could have 24/7 care.
Jourdan named him "Orange Roughy."
Jourdan was fortunate
shortly thereafter to find a wonderful foster home for him in San
Diego with Kim McCullough and her family, who named him Lucky
Charlie. He was indeed "lucky" to be alive.
The vet determined
that Charlie had a number of serious problems, to include being FIV+.
He had mange, which was causing
him to lose fur, he had an upper respiratory infection, stomatitis, and mouth ulcers. He began treatment with
antibiotics, was given a steroid shot for the mouth ulcers, and Kim
herself began giving him fluids daily.
Charlie's vet felt
that he would need to be on medication for some time and because of
the mouth ulcers and stomatitis, he would probably eventually lose
most or all of his teeth,
as extraction is the only method to correct the
stomatitis. He was also going to need to be dipped once a week
for six weeks to treat the mange, and drops for ear mites. The vet
bills were building up quickly.
I am the website
administrator for Hurricane Pets Rescue. We posted Charlie's
story on our site with a request for donations to help Kim with
Charlie's medical bills, which were estimated to reach $3,000 in no
time. Thanks to many wonderful people, donations came flooding
in and all of us anxiously awaited updates from Kim regarding Lucky
Over the next few weeks,
Kim was constantly amazed at Charlie's sweet nature even though
eating was painful, the dips weren't much fun and getting fluids
every single day would be stressful for anyone. Yet he
continued to be loving and seemed to appreciate everything Kim was
doing for him.
26th, Kim wrote:
Lucky Charlie had his dental cleaning and oral surgery today. After
3.75 hours of surgery and 13 extractions he came out of it
purrfectly. He was a little wobbly when I first brought him home
but he ate right away and doesn’t appear too swollen.
He is such a
little trooper and now just needs to recover. He is on Clavamox and
a pain med both twice daily and will have a recheck in two weeks.
His vet is sure he will feel soooo much better in the weeks to come
so we are looking forward to that. We all love him soo much and are
sooo very lucky to have him.
A few weeks
later, Kim updated us again:
Lucky Charlie did so well after having his teeth
extractions and at his follow up two weeks after his mouth was
completely healed where the teeth had been pulled. Some of his
ulcers had reduced in redness and some were gone entirely but Dr.
Ann said it would likely take a few months for his mouth to entirely
heal. Happily he has normal cat breath now and is not drooling
anymore either. He is obviously feeling much better because he has
taken to chasing my cat Angel now and then and I had no idea he
could move so fast!
Below is Charlie with his
most loving mom, Kim.
Today, Charlie continues to
make amazing progress. We felt we just had to share this
strong-willed boy's story. We will update this page with info
and new photos of Charlie often - we hope you'll share his story and keep
tabs on his progress.
Note: We send much
paw applause to Kim and her family for helping this wonderful
boy...for giving him a chance he might never have had. We know
it has taken an unbelievable amount of work, patience and love to
bring Lucky Charlie to the much improved condition he is in today.
God bless you Kim and Lucky Charlie, may you continue to get
stronger and healthier each day...we all love you from afar.
And, obviously, we want to
thank Jourdan Conrad for rescuing Lucky Charlie, each and every person who donated money to help
and Kim, and all who continue to pray for them...bless you ALL -
much paw applause!
If you would like to
contact Kim, her email is
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May 22, 2009
- A sad update: Lucky Charlie passed over Rainbow Bridge. Here is Kim's
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this note today. Lucky
Charlie has slowly been declining over the past month and a half
and this whole week I have been struggling with knowing “when is
the time”. Until yesterday he was still eating bits here and
there though not as well as he used to but today he wouldn’t eat
at all and he has been stumbling and crying unlike anything I have
ever heard before. Additionally he had changed his routine of
late and hasn’t been coming upstairs, waking us up or even
bothering Angel…he even looked different, the light had gone from
his eyes. I made an appt at the vet to get him checked out and
possibly cross over the rainbow bridge depending on what happened
but in my heart I felt and knew he was ready and it was time even
though I didn’t want to do this. We had a vet appointment at 4
today and I have been crying ever since his sad cry woke me up at
4:45 this am. Even though I knew he was terminal when I got him
it has not made this any easier. The vet estimated one to three
years and it has only been one year and two months so I wasn’t
expecting this so soon. Although I of course didn’t want him to
suffer this is the first pet I have ever had to consider the
decision to euthanize. I never had pets until I was 30 and though
my other three cats are also seniors they did not have the hard
life that Lucky Charlie no doubt had before he was rescued. Once
at the vet as I suspected it was his time… L and me, the kids and
my mom were with him and hugging him and telling how much we loved
him as they first sedated him and then when he was under the
anesthesia euthanized him. This is by far the hardest thing I
have had to go through and still can’t seem to stop crying.
Though his time with us was relatively short we all loved him and
he was a big part of our family. The kids especially enjoyed him
because he used to sleep on both of their beds and is the only one
of our cats that didn’t mind the loud busy kids. He made his mark
on all of our hearts, was deeply loved and will always be missed
and though of fondly.
Charlie, you will be missed by many who knew your story. We
love you and know that your memories of life here on earth are happy
ones thanks to Kim and her family who loved you dearly each and
every day of your life with them.