At the end of August 2012, I sent this email to the woman who helped so much with mom:


Dear [redacted],

At the beginning of August we received a notice from Ravenwood Veterinary Clinic which said that it is time for Paprika to receive a dental exam. (It was actually scheduled for August 12th, the day mom died.)

I just thought I would let you know so you could maybe let Paprika’s new owners know that all of her records are probably at Ravenwood.

The phone number there is (386) 788-1550 and the return address on the post card from them is:

4540 South Clyde Morris Boulevard
Port Orange, FL 32129

The note reads:

According to our records, Paprika is due for the following treatments or exams.
Please call (386) 788-1550 for an appointment. If you have any updated information on Paprika, please contact us so that we may update our records.
08/12 Dental Evaluation Exam

I hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for all of your help and kindness. I was glad to meet your daughter; she should be infinitely proud to have you for a mother.

I miss my mom so much.



Paprika was mom’s cat. I didn’t ever really know her, but I know mom loved her dearly. I often wonder how she’s doing and if she misses mom at all.