by Janet Blue on October 2, 2014

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.

Dr. Lorie Huston with her award.

Dr. Lorie Huston with her award.

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.








Karen Nichols October 5, 2014 at 11:34 pm

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.
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Caren Gittleman October 5, 2014 at 7:28 pm

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.
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Austin Towers October 5, 2014 at 8:02 am

We didn’t know her, but she is a great loss to all those who love kitties!! 🙁
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Timmy Tomcat October 4, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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
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Sammy October 4, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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.

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LuAnn Braley October 4, 2014 at 1:10 am

I did not know Dr. Huston, but any friend of animals is a friend of mine.
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Pipo &Minko ~ WeBeesSiameezers October 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

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.
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Melissa & Truffles October 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

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???
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Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal October 3, 2014 at 5:17 pm

We didn’t know her, but it looks like she was a grrreat woman !


The Swiss Cats October 3, 2014 at 3:54 pm

Nice tribute to Lorie. We didn’t know her, but it looks like she was a great woman. Purrs
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Brian Frum October 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

That was such a shock and is so very sad. Dang, we’re going to miss BarkWorld this year.
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The Island Cats October 3, 2014 at 1:31 pm

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.
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Angel AbbyGrace October 3, 2014 at 12:23 pm

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.
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Cathy Keisha October 3, 2014 at 11:11 am

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.
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mariodacat October 3, 2014 at 10:33 am

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.

Molly The Wally October 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

Lovely tribute to Lorie and although we did not know her we know she will be greatly missed by many.
Best wishes Molly
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Summer October 3, 2014 at 2:25 am

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.
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Deztinee High October 3, 2014 at 2:12 am

Dat be a bootyful Twibute. Weez wish weez kulda met hers.

Luv ya’

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BeadedTail October 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

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.
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meowmeowmans October 2, 2014 at 10:46 pm

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.
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Kitty Cat Chronicles October 2, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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.
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McGuffy Ann Morris October 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

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~
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Sherri-Ellen T-D. October 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

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
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