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April 01, 2008


You gave Snowball the very best love & care possible. Thank you for all that you did for him. Letting him go when it was his time was the right thing to do. My sympathy goes out to you & Alayne during this time of loss.
With special hugs,
ginger, Toibas & Tlingit

OMG Snowball reminded me so much of my own "old man" we lost almost 5 years ago...he was 21 when he disappeared...we had him from 6 weeks old...Rest now snowball and when you are ready go on to the rainbow bridge...Peace and love..Karin..

It is nice to know that their are people who truly love our furry friends, and will give them the very best they can. Steve and Alayne you are the best and Snowball will be sadley missed.

It is nice to know that their are people who truley love our furry friends, and will give them the very best they can. Steve and Alayne you are the best and Snowball will be sadley missed.

Very sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like little Snowball received much love from you both. I just lot my own little Kitty March 29.

Dear Steve and Alayne,

So sorry about Snowball, what a sweetie. He sure knew he was loved a whole lots, thanks for taking such good care of him.

Lisa in CA

I am so sorry for your loss of dear snowball. I hope you know that you two are wonderful people and my personal hero's. I wish that someday I could be doing the same thing that you two are. Giving animals the best life possible. Goodbye snowball may you rest in peace.

What a beautiful picture to remember snowball

Steve, you said in January that your goal was to get Snowball to see another Rocky Mountain spring. You did it. There still might be snow outside your window but spring graced RDR and Snowball was there to enjoy it. Thank you (and Alayne) for all that you do. When the warm breeze finally blows in you can smile and think of Snowball purring in Heaven.

I'm so so sorry Steven and Alayne, he was such a good boy and such a lucky cat to have you as his family.

I understand how hard it is to see a beloved friend deteriorate so quickly. My heart goes out to you both.

Sorry to hear about snowball. Can you tell me what medication he was on for Stomatitis? I have two with Stomatitis.Thank you both for giving him the best home possible. Deidra

Dear Alayne and Steve,
I'm so sorry about your loss of precious Snowball. Many thoughts and prayers are going out to you.

Steve and Alayne- Snowball clearly totally entrusted you with his heart and soul to do the right thing, and hard as it is, you did... providing him a wonderful life at RDR for as long as he wanted. So sorry for your loss of dear Snowball. We cry with you.

I'm so sorry Snowball didn't see another Rocky Mountain Spring -- as you hoped he might in your blog a few weeks ago - but he did see the love in your eyes.

I'm so sorry about Snowball. It must have been such a wrench to realize that it was "time".

I went back and re-read Snowball's story. From living in such awful surroundings to finding you, he must have thought he'd already died and gone to heaven. You gave him a loving, peaceful, CLEAN home, which I'm sure he hadn't known before. In that last picture, it looks like he's saying, "Thank you, Steve. See you on the other side."

You two are awesome folks. For every heartbreak brings another critter to you. Sweet Snowball knew he was loved. God Bless you both and all your critters.

My sympathies go out to you on the loss of sweet Snowball.

I am so sorry for your loss. You gave him a wonderful life at the Ranch. Thank You!

What a beautiful picture. And I send my deep sympathy for the loss of little Snowball. I was thinking after reading this that Snowball has been in heaven on earth and now he is in another heaven. Steve and Alayne, your love for these animals is the ultimate gift and I hope you can take some comfort in always knowing that regardless of the final outcome. That is the way I cope with sorrows that have to do with animals I love or have loved.

Steve and Alayne,
I'm so sorry for your loss of the beautiful kitty, Snowball. Please accept my sympathies...

That last picture is a beautiful one.

So sorry for your loss.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear, sweet Snowball.
You took excellent care of him and kept aware of the signs that he was ready to leave his frail body. Bless you for your strength and compassion.
You're in my thoughts.
I know Snowball is with his rolling dog friends and in a healthy, free dimension.

Man - this so hits home - I have two burmese boys myself - 12 and 13 years old - and even though they are in "good health" and indoor cats - I am glad every day that they are with me and I hope they live another 12 and 13 years - it's too hard to lose an animal companion - especially since they all love unconditionally.

Good journey Snowball.

RIP sweet Snowball. You were such a lucky kitty to live out your life at RDR with the best animals and humans around. I'm guessing you really enjoyed yourself. But, as Steve said, it was time. I kiss your sweet face.

Steve and Alayne--My condolences. Each death is bittersweet and so tough to deal with.

Godspeed Snowball....I am so glad you got to spend your last couple of days surrounded by those you loved the most. Steve and Alayne, my deepest sympathies to you both on the loss of yet another of your beloved companions. You do such good work, under such an emotional burder. Please know how much you are appreciated!!

Am so sorry about Snowball's death, yet he was able to enjoy life again thanks to you two!! I know from personal experiences it is NEVER easy saying GOODBYE to your beloved furry friends.

Snowball was a lucky boy indeed. He had known enormous love from those at RDR. That says it all.

Run Free Snowball. You were loved.

Kae Norman
Rescued With Love Inc.

Our thoughts are with you

I am so sorry about Snowball, but you both gave him the best home he could have ever wanted and he was with those that loved him best. Choosing to euthanize a beloved friend is so hard and yet you still feel deep down good about the choice. Feb 18th I had had to make that decision for my 3 year old corgi, but though it was one of the hardest things I've ever done, I was so happy I could be there with him at the end. You are all always in my thoughts!

Dear Alayne & Steve, once again I'm wondering how you can possibly cope with so much heartbreak...

My eyes are filled with tears as I think of Snowball at the Rainbow Bridge, breathing freely at last and basking in the sun, feeling grateful for all the TLC you gave him.

May you find some peace and comfort in knowing that you did everything humanly possible for sweet Snowball, until it was the right time to let him go. It's what love is all about, isn't it?

Hugs from Italy to you both.

The picture says it all! :(

Goodbye Snowball.

I'm so sorry. Snowball was a beautiful cat and obviously much loved. We should all be so lucky.

Reading this blog reminds me of what I'll be facing somewhere down the line. One of my cats (Loki) was just at the vet yesterday having his last seven teeth removed. He doesn't have stomatitis (although another one of my cats does), just really bad teeth, but he does have a mild case of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and early stage kidney disease. Neither requires medication right now and Loki is a happy, fairly active kitty, but I read about Snowball and know I will be facing the same thing down the road. Still, I treasure having Loki, just as I'm sure you treasure be able to have had Snowball.

That picture of Steve and Snowball really breaks my heart. After I read the blog I'm either smiling or crying. Tonight I cry for the loss of Snowball. It's a blessing he was so well loved!

RIP Snowball..

Tomorrow is the 1 yr anniversary for my darling Tiga, he was my little man and I miss him everyday. I know that I gave him the best life I could and he went knowing his mom loved him.

They never truly leave us..

Forever in our hearts.

Oh dear, sweet Snowball. The picture shows how much your human poppa loves you. Human momma and all your human friends love you too. Rest peacefully, dear one. Please say "hi" to my beloved Thackery who went before you just a few short weeks ago.

Steve and Alayne, as Steve so wisely advised me a few weeks ago, hug your other fuzzy babies, keep them close, and let yourselves grieve. Only the passage of time can heal,and if I could speed that along for you two every time you lost a beloved animal, I would. Take care of each other.

I have to be honest in saying that sometimes I hesitate reading the blogs....knowing that there is a possibility...another wonderful friend has been taken away and yet I keep returning and reading and "something" keeps bringing me back; perhaps the unspoken love between you and the animals who love you and give you their unconditional love in which there can be no greater gift and in todays sometimes cruel world....this makes me happy. Rest in peace, angel.

I am so so sorry to hear about Snowball. He was such a handsome, good boy, and he was certainly a fighter - he was given more than his fair share of hard knocks in the health department, but that he held on so long with such a good quality of life is a testament to you, Steve and Alayne. Thank you for loving him and for listening to him.
Goodbye, sweetheart.

Your picture with Snowball is the true meaning of the phrase a picture is worth a thousand words. I am sorry for your loss, he was a beautiful cat.

Godspeed Snowball. Steve and Alayne-because of you, Snowball knew love, comfort and safety. You gave the gift of your heart and he left you with the promise of many memories to fill the void you now feel. God bless and comfort you as you both continue to inspire us.

Steve and Alayne...even when it's the right thing to do, it's never easy. Prayers and hugs heading your way tonight.

I am so very sorry for your loss. Rest well, Snowball.

So sorry guys. I don't know how you do it, but I am glad you do.

My heart is with you Steve and Alayne over the loss of sweet Snowball. White cats are very special. I am glad he had a little more time with you and he did get to see "spring" Wishing you peace.

That last picture says it all, Steve. How you and Alayne love these creatures.

So sorry to hear about Snowball. Good to hear that he was able to spend time at the end with his beloved family. My sympathies to you both.

Thank you for lovin' up on him.
Hugs for everybody.

Godspeed little angel. Your story has touched me deeply and I am grateful for the love and devotion you were shown by Steve and Alayne.

I'm so sorry to hear about Snowball, but thank you for bringing him home so he could spend his last hours with the people he loved and who loved him.
God speed to Rainbow Bridge, little Snowball. Rest in peace!

Oh dear, sweet, Snowball.
It's a real shame that he's gone, and that you won't be able to see his handsome face every day, but at least you'll know that he had the best life he could possibly have had.
You have my condolences, and I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Goodbye Snowball, we'll miss you so.

-Kylie Payeur.

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