Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lilly, Mu Shue and Iris

Many of you have read the news reports and watched at least one video of the fire that destroyed several apartments in Laura's building yesterday. It started on her floor, but she wasn't home at the time. She is safe; however, her cats Lilly Lu, Mu Shue and Iris were inside. Short of a miracle, there is no hope they survived.

Everything - "charred to dust." Even before reading this description of Laura's apartment, our hearts were heavy, expecting the worst but still holding hope.

Sometimes life seems ironically cruel. These last months bloggers have regularly checked Lilly's blog for the latest news on her health. For a while Laura despaired of losing Lilly, but fought hard and got her into Tufts for an exam and then finally she had her surgery on April 2nd. Lilly was still recovering.

Laura still owes about $4000 on vet bills and now she is homeless, still awaiting word on her beloved cats. Last night must have seemed a week long as she waited for today when Animal Control and the Humane Society were to enter the building and search. Cat bloggers are still waiting on an update. There are occasions when time drags. This is one of them.

To add to the worry, Laura is expecting twins. Like many of you, we wish we could be there helping in some way. We can only imagine what Laura must be going through.

There are a couple of links to videos of the fire on Cat Blogosphere. If you scroll down there, you can read excerpts from a chat with Deb, who has spoken with a fireman who has seen Laura's apartment.

Life can change in a heartbeat. So while you have opportunity, humans, give your kitty or doggy an extra hug and a special treat - for Laura, who would love to be holding Lilly Lu, Mu Shue and Iris right now.

Update: We just visited Moki's blog and found some news. Cheysuli and Gemini have started an auction blog to help Laura. Contact them if you have some items to donate for auction.


  1. Jan, you worded this perfectly. We have not read a better posting about Laura and her family to date! Our hearts to are very heavy and we sit here awaiting some hopefully good news!

  2. What a terrible story. Our hearts go out to Laura--and to Lilly Lu, Mu Shue, and Iris.

    Our neighbors had a house fire this January: the whole house burned to the ground in less than an hour. They were certain their two cats perished in the flames, but they found them a month later! Maybe that's too much of a miracle to happen twice, but we'll hold out hope that some of the animals in the fire managed to get out, too.

  3. We feel so sad about Laura and her kitties. We wish we could help either than purring and purraying.

  4. We're so sorry for this bad news. We're sending Sibe Vibes and prayers their way.

  5. This is beyond terrible and sad. It is the worst thing that can happen to a family and the furry ones. Praying for another miracle that the kitties are safe. Will keep checking in to see what is happening.

  6. Thanks you guys for the nod. And also for the great update.

  7. Laura is in our prayers. Sure I hope there will be a miracle and the kitties are ok!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. thank you for alerting us to this and i agree, you wrote this well. praying for God's hand of mercy on the cats and especially on Laura.

    i was young and now am old but never have i seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread
    psalm something(!)

  9. I am pwaying fow a miwacle..this is howwendous, and I just heawd about Miral..I had pwayed so hawd fow hew..I'm tewwibly sad
    smoochie kisses

  10. I am so sorry and sadden to hear of this happening.
    I will say a special prayer that
    Lilly, Mu Shue and Iris made it out. My heart goes out to this family at this time.
    I am so lost for words.
    please keep us updated on events.
    blessings to you
    KC aka Gentleannie2

  11. We're still hoping they made it off the balcony. We're still purring for a Miracle.

  12. Like Gandalf and Grayson, we are still holding out hope, too. We hope they made it out through the balcony.

    We are purring for Laura.


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