Franklin Family Pride

This website is dedicated to our furry kids, Squeeker, Felix, Oscar, Cleo, Clint, Franklin, Jasper, and Zak.
Felix's Story

     The beginning of this story is the same for both Oscar and Felix.  It is a story that started as a spur of the moment trip to the mall, yes, the mall.  This trip to the pet store was long before our knowledge of pet mills,  unregulated animal breeders, and the unknown of the over flow of loving cats at area animal shelters.  When we walked into the pet store, we saw the cutest little black & brown tabbys.  We had only discussed getting one cat, a companion for Squeeker.  We looked at these two kittens and couldn't decide.  My heart hurt and I looked at Kelly and said "I can't do it, you choose" and I left to wait outside.  A few minutes later, he walked outside with a heartbroken look on his face.  I was instantly happy to know we were bringing one of those fuzzy 8 week old babies home, and at the same time, heartbroken to think we were leaving the other one behind with his fate unknown.   I opened the temporary cardboard carrier to see the most adorable little faces, that's right, plural.  Kelly couldn't choose either.  He said, with a smile on his face, that he couldn't separate them.

     They were so cute, fuzzy, funny, and opposite in many ways.   We named them after the TV characters from "The Odd Couple", Felix and Oscar.  As they started to grow, we realized that we should have swapped their names due to their personalities compared to the TV characters.
Now, years later, I can't imagine calling Oscar anything but Oscar and Felix anything but Felix.

     Oscar started out the chubbier of the two, and not as spunky, hence the name, Oscar.  Early on, Felix was skinny and had lots of energy.  As time passed, Oscar became more fit and more meticulous in his cleanliness.  Felix became a bit over weight, and less concerned about how nice his fur looked. They had reversed their TV namesakes.

     Oscar and Felix were the best of buddies.  They played really hard, had some pretty good wrestling matches, but always made up at the end of the day.  They always snuggled up to sleep, mirroring the other or spooning.  They truly loved each other and each other's company and touch.

When Oscar and Felix came home and met Squeeker, they knew instantly that she was going to be their mommy.  It was a rough beginning.  Squeeker hissed, blew, and slapped them around.  She was very unhappy that we brought these two little rats into her home.  A few weeks went by, and we were in bed and heard a sound.  We sat up to listen and it stopped.  We would lay back down and it would start again.  After a few minutes of this, we turned on the light to see Felix and Oscar nestled up to Squeeker's belly.  Even though she had nothing to give them but a pacifier, she was letting them nurse.  She resisted as long as she could, but their persistence paid off with loving kisses, baths and naps. She was now Mom.

    Felix was our chubby one. Sometimes weighing 20-21 lbs.  His favorite past time was to do nothing or sleep.  His favorite food was wild caught Salmon.  Boy, did he love his mommy.  I can tell you Squeeker claimed Daddy and Felix claimed me.  I could be anywhere in the house and call his name and he would come running to me.  He loved, loved, loved sleeping with mommy.  All 20 lbs of him piled up on my chest and stomach to sleep.  Felix was my buddy, and if my lap was available, he was in it.

      Felix had his list of problems.  We knew something was wrong years ago, but the vet was unable to give it a name.  Basically his Pituitary Gland did not send the correct signal to the bladder and kidneys.  He drank obsessively, urinated in huge quantities, and was dramatic with the cry for ice cubes and cold fresh water.  Late summer of 2009, Felix was officially diagnosed with Diabetes Insepidus.  Read more about this on our Helpful Info link.  
 
     After starting Felix on the Desmopressin eye drops for Diabetes Insepidus, he did a complete turn around.  He had sudden bursts of energy, lost weight, and started running and playing with toys.  His obsession with water went away.  He no longer needed ice cubes. The frequency and amount of his urine dropped drastically.  Also, the urine concentrate began to normalize.  He was doing just fantastic.  We were so happy that his last couple of years were some of his best.

     Felix had his check up in the fall of 2011.  That is when we discovered slight hyperthyroidism, and started him on meds immediately.  He was doing so well.   Suddenly, the first week of February 2012,  we noticed something was wrong with Felix.  His bowel movements and stool were not normal.  We took Felix to the vet February 9, 2012 and we were told that there was a cancerous mass in his belly.   We saw several doctors and decided on surgery.  A large cancerous mass was removed on February 16, 2012.  He did great during the surgery.  Click on our Blog-Diary for more details.

      During recovery at an animal hospital, due to his pituitary gland problems and a stroke, we lost our beloved Felix from complications with a battle with Colon Cancer on February 19, 2012. He took his last breath in my arms.

     We never realized the impact his passing would have on us as a family.  Felix's story doesn't end here.  Felix led us to a beautiful new beginning and a heartwarming path we never imagined possible.  He will be forever in our hearts and forever missed by all of us.       Click here to read " An Adoption Success Story" at Brigid's Crossing Foundation.   Also, our story of Becoming Volunteers.  Click here to read.

     Please see Felix's photo album and his picture book story of his love of life and precious time with our family.  Felix's Photo Album.