Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Ruth Anne

I'm talking to St. Francis of Assisi [patron of pets and their owners] for clarity and, of course, peace. [Make me a channel of your peace...]


Has Dusky had his kidney functions checked out? Have you ever had a "kidney failure" cat?

Renal failure is one of those "old age" things in cats that can be controlled for a while with sub-q drips every night, if you and Dusky are up to that kind of thing (on top of everything else you have to do.)

Phoebe lived with a great quality of life for another couple of years on sub-q's.

Peter Hoh

Sorry to hear this news. I'm sure it weighs heavy on your mind. One of my cats is getting on in years and has given us a scare now and again. Much as I love them, I'm not going to be spending a lot of money at the vet.


Melinda: that's a real possibility (as always with a cat his age), and of course with my cat history, I've done subQ fluids quite a few times, and added years to lives. So that is one thing I will be checking out.

Peter: I try to do a kind of triage, whereby I don't go to the vet if I think it's either trivial or hopeless, only if something reasonable can be done. (Of course, as we know, even the reasonable is unreasonably expensive nowadays. Pet ownership is a real luxury, economically, even if for some of us it is close to a necessity emotionally.) I once had two cats (in different apartments, J had kept his) with chronic coughs. Having once put a cat through chemo and vowed never again, I thought to myself, "Well, if it's cancer, nothing can be done, and if it isn't cancer, it isn't serious." One cat coughed on and off for several years but improved when given cat grass to eat. He ultimately died of old age/kidney failure. The other cat coughed on and off for about a year and then died of cancer (both at 15 or 16, which is about the lifespan of a non-Siamese).


I probably didn't think of subQ fluids because the onset of this was so sudden. While he's been drinking and peeing more than a young cat would, it wasn't obvious that that was a looming problem for him.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

I'm sorry to hear about this. If it were me (and it once was), the answer would be no. A few years ago, my one great pet love began having problems. She was 13. The vet said "We can run some tests but what are you going to do once we find out?" Good question. The answer was nothing, given the age and the fact that even young cats often never recover from surgery. If knowing brings you peace of mind, maybe. But I doubt it will. Then maybe you have to decide do you do this or that operation, etc. I'm not sure that is a good idea at any time but particularly under the circumstances. I ended up doing nothing and mine lasted about 2 more years. Once she quit eating for a week, I had her euthanized. It was still very hard.

JMO, but what Melinda describes is exactly what I fear you will find out and end up trying to do and you just don't need to add to your worries right now. (Phoebe was also the name of my cat,BTW).

Anyway, Dusky's had a long life. Let Dusky go with dignity when the time is appropriate and don't get involved in any heroic, or time-consuming and expensive, measures that may assuage your conscience but in the end do little for the animal.


I'm not too up on the little animals, amba- but, could he have a unrinary tract infection or some infection that gives him a fever(so he drinks), but has no appetite?

I spent last week watching a really good cow- Sierra- lose ground. Allan used his gun for triage& her own good. She wasn't even a "favourite" of mine, but it's been a while since i've cried this much.


Old pets sure have a special sweetness about them don't they? While I love all my pets (3 dogs, 2 cats), my oldies make my heart melt.

I'm doing the sub-q fluids right now and it's made a world of difference.

It's hard to know what the right thing to do is--I agree that sometimes it just feels like throwing money away for no real return, on the other hand I think that if they are in reasonably good health other than the current problem, I owe it to my pets to do what I can for them.

And when it comes down to it, I firmly believe that the last, best thing we can do for our pets is to let them go--and to help them leave if need be.


There are also places where you can get sub-q fluids, needles, etc. at wholesale prices. I think I found my supplier through a "Feline Chronic Renal Failure" site.

Ultimately, Phoebe's kidneys weren't what killed her, BTW. She just sort of wore out eventually. She lived to be 19 1/2, and was part Siamese and part polar bear.


Yes, I used to get boxes and boxes of fluids, I forget from where. We did that with some cats for a very long time.

Maxwell James

I'm sad to hear it - he was a sweetheart.

Michael Reynolds

Sorry for your loss.


I'm so sorry, amba. I hope J's going to take this ok.


So sorry for your loss.

Yes, the "clean bill of death" is always sad, but it lets you move on with a clear conscience.


Much sorrow about Dusky, a member of the NC branch of the family.



Oh, damn, that is sad. So sorry. Sounds like you gave him a great life.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

Oh my gosh - events moved quicker than expected at this end of the world. I'm so sorry. Thanks to you, Dusky had a very long and wonderful life. It is never easy losing a pet no matter how long they are with us, and 15 years was a long time. {{}} Warm hugs from afar.


Thanks . . . I'm thinking he gave me (us) a great life for 15+ years!


Oh, dearest Annie. I'm so sorry. So very sorry.

You did the right thing. What counts is quality, not quantity. When the living is done, it's time for us to let go of the life that did the living. I believe that applies to people as much as it does anyone else, no matter what species.

Again, you have my deepest sympathies. The other cats will feel the loss just as you two will, and they'll feel your pain as clearly as you will. Let them help you heal while you help them heal.

And know we're here for you as well.


Jason: they do need comforting. And they are clearly trying to give it.



Eric W

My sympathies are with you, Annie. :(


Thanks, Eric ... reader . . . I feel awfully wounded today.

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