I am preempting the book review of Purr Therapy, which speaks to pet loss and grief, I had planned for today’s post in order to say good-bye to a truly remarkable person: veterinarian, Dr. Lorie Huston, who passed away on Tuesday.
I met Lorie on the airplane last May on my way to the BlogPaws convention. We were sitting across the aisle from each other. Mom Paula (Twinkletoe TAils) and I were sitting together and gabbing about our kitties (big surprise, right?) when Lorie piped up and asked if we were on our way to BlogPaws. From that point on the three of us chatted our way across the country as if we were old friends. She was friendly, warm, engaging and down-to-earth. We shared a 40-minute cab ride to the hotel. We crossed paths many times during the days at Blog Paws. Paula and I were so impressed by her that we attended her Table Topics lunchtime talk.
Paula and I were delighted when our new friend was honored with the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award at the convention.
Lorie was well known, respected and loved in the pet blogging community, and she was the current president of the Cat Writers’ Association. (She offered to sponsor me for membership when I met her.) You can read a heartfelt tribute posted on their web-site here.
So many knew her quite well and have written lovely tributes to honor her. You can read Layla Morgan Wilde’s (Cat Wisdom 101) beautiful tribute to her here. Another tribute is on Mousebreath and yet another here at Cat Chat with Caren & Cody. You can read Lorie’s obituary here. And you can read about her on the BlogPaws website here. I suspect there are and will be many more well-deserved tributes.
I am planning on attending BarkWorld at the end of the month and had expected I would see and have a chance to get to know her better while there. Sadly for me, that will not happen.
Please join me in sending purrs and prayers to her family and the six cats she leaves behind who will need new homes.
I’m so lucky you got a chance to meet Lorie and spend some time with her. So many people have mentioned they wish they could be more like her. Me, too.
With the Jewish holiday this past weekend, I didn’t get a chance to see this most beautiful post until now. I am so sorry that you didn’t get the chance to know Lorie better, but you at least got to enjoy her beautiful spirit on the plane and at BlogPaws.
She was truly remarkable.
Thank you for including us in your list of tributes…..looking forward to seeing you again at Bark World but I am staying off-site in an attempt to save money.
We didn’t know her, but she is a great loss to all those who love kitties!! 🙁
We did not know Dr Lorie but when someone is well known in our circles you know they are of good heart and do what is needed to the full of their ability. We send purrs and prayers to her family and know she is surrounded by those who also have crossed over and love her dearly
Timmy Dad and Family
The tremendous outpouring of love for this special lady has made me even more sad that I never met her. She did so very much for so many and was a friend to all. The sadness in the blogging community is overwhelming and so heartfelt. I wish I had known her…..although I did not have that pleasure, I mourn the loss of anyone who was obviously so dedicated to her work and animals everywhere.
I did not know Dr. Huston, but any friend of animals is a friend of mine.
While we didn’t know this lady, we can see how she touched the lives of many others. We know she will be sorely missed.
What a beautiful tribute and special memory of Dr. Lorie. I am so sorry that I never got to meet this amazing woman.
Oh, and I look forward to reading your review of Purr Therapy…isn’t it an amazing book???
We didn’t know her, but it looks like she was a grrreat woman !
Nice tribute to Lorie. We didn’t know her, but it looks like she was a great woman. Purrs
That was such a shock and is so very sad. Dang, we’re going to miss BarkWorld this year.
What a loss to the pet community. The mom wishes she had gotten to know Dr. Lorie better. She will be missed by so many.
Everyone who knew her respected her and had great feelings of kindness and love for Lorie. We are so sad that someone with so much to give was taken far too soon. WE pray for those who are suffering with her loss some peace in knowing she enriched so many with her gifts.
TW mourns the fact that she’ll never meet Lorie. She doesn’t know how she missed her at the 2 Blogpaws conventions she went to but she’s shy and doesn’t talk to many people. So sorry for the loss of your friend.
I am so sorry that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet her. Her passing is so sad, and I do hope we can find a home for her beloved kitties.
Lovely tribute to Lorie and although we did not know her we know she will be greatly missed by many.
Best wishes Molly
My human really looked up to Lorie, both for her accomplishments and because she was such a wonderful human being. We are sad beyond words about her passing.
Dat be a bootyful Twibute. Weez wish weez kulda met hers.
We didn’t realize she was at BlogPaws but how fortunate it was for you to be able to talk with her and get to know her. She sounds like a wonderful woman and we’re so sorry to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and purrayers are with her family, friends and furkids.
We were so sorry to hear of Dr. Lorie’s passing. What an amazing woman, who touched the lives of so many. We are purring and praying for her family, and her six kitties.
I so wish I had known her. Unfortunately, I didn’t know who she was until I heard about her passing. I am sad that I never got the opportunity to meet her – she sounds like she was a truly amazing and special person. Sending purrs and prayers to all friends and family of hers.
This is heartbreaking. I am sorry for the loss of a beautiful human being. My heart goes out to those who knew her and those who will never get the chance. I hope her critters were provided for in her will. They will surely miss her. Peace, my friends. ~xoxo~
OH Janet this is terribly sad. We are sorry for your loss & the blog world & Vet world’s loss of Miss Lorie. She sounds like she was a remarkable woman & Vet & I pray her Memory is for a blessing…I am sure it is & that she is in the Spirit World surrounded by all the 4 leggeds she took care…
I can’t imagine how I would feel if something happened to Dr Dave!!!!!!!!!!
Vet’s are like a member of the family for some of us 😉
Sending all of you love }} Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue x0x0x0x0x0x0