A life lesson from a three-legged cat named Lemieux!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

A life lesson from a three-legged cat named Lemieux by Richard WeisserWe said goodbye to our little Tuxedo Lemieux this morning. She was named after the famous Pittsburgh Penguins hockey center and because phonetically  “Le Mew” is a pretty cool name for a cat.

Lemieux was diagnosed with injection site sarcoma as the result of a rabies shot a few years ago. She had to have one of her hind legs removed all the way up to the hip.

I was concerned that she would have a hard time getting around and functioning after such a traumatic surgery.

I was wrong. When we got home after the surgery she practically leapt out of the carrier and bounded up the steps to the litter box. She moved about with a renewed enthusiasm.

It was as if her attitude was not “woe is me, I lost a leg.”

It was more like “my leg doesn’t hurt anymore and I feel great! All I have to do is adjust a little!"

I have taken Lemieux’s life lesson to heart.

Too often we dwell on the negative and fail to take something positive away from even the most challenging of circumstances. If we believe that we are doomed, then in reality, we are.

If we embrace conditioned survival as a blessing rather than a curse, then we can continue to move forward and take whatever life has left to offer.

Lemieux enjoyed life for two additional years on three legs! She was a real ball of fire.

Unfortunately Lemieux became ill a few weeks ago and when the vet checked her, the cancer had returned. This time there was no surgical option. The condition was terminal.

We would not allow little one to suffer. As she began to experience more and more discomfort we knew that her time was short. We knew when the time was rightand allowed her to be released from her pain.


Adieux dear one! You will be missed.

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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you for the great life lesson, Lemieux.   Rest in peace.

Aug 22, 2014 06:07 AM #1
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Lemieux’s life lesson  - is one we all should learn from.  So sorry for your loss.  We almost lost our cat this year - 3 paws in heaven, but she is with us for now and we will cherish each day we have with her.

Aug 22, 2014 06:11 AM #2
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Richard, I know how hard it is to let go of a treasured pet. Wishing you better days.

Aug 22, 2014 06:11 AM #3
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh Richard, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your sweet Lemieux was a beautiful girl and a strong one too. You are right about learning from our furkids. They know nothing but doing the very best they can always. One pet can never replace another but I hope when you are ready you will honor Lemieux by saving another who wouldn't make it without you. Again I am soooooooovery sorry.

Aug 22, 2014 06:24 AM #4
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Fred Griffin Licensed Real Estate Broker ...

Thank you Fred for those kind words.

Joan Whitebook ...

I hope that you have your cat for a long, long time! And thanks for the nice comment.

Tammie White ...

It never gets any easier. Thank you so much.

Sheila Anderson ...

Yes, as Lemieux was a rescue we now have the ability to save another treasure! Thanks you for the heart-felt comment.



Aug 22, 2014 06:37 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Richard, my heart breaks for you but I know your sweet girl is no longer suffering.

Aug 22, 2014 06:40 AM #6
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE all could take a lesson or two from our animal friends.  WE are only as limited as wwe let ourselves be.

Aug 22, 2014 06:49 AM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

True! Her source of pain was gone! :)

Aug 22, 2014 07:05 AM #8
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Richard, Sorry for your loss!  Animals can really teach us quite a bit.  I know Liz has mentioned the injection site cancer as a risk for cats, but yours is the first I've specifically known it to happen to.  We have a variety of patterns in our house, but gray and white tuxedo is as close to Lemieux's pattern as we have. 

Aug 22, 2014 07:05 AM #9
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Richard... Sorry about your loss of Lemieux. Cool cat with a cool name. Indeed, we are doomed if that's what we believe. What a great demonstration of life Lemieux offered. Go for it!

Aug 22, 2014 07:15 AM #10
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

William Feela ...

They see things as they and live in th emoment. Thanks so much.

Laura Cerrano ...

And that's the important thing. Thanks.


Aug 22, 2014 08:08 AM #11
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional

Liz and Bill Spear ...

The color of her coat was actually reminiscent of a black bear! But the fur is so soft! Thanks so much.

René Fabre ,,,

She was a cool cat! I wish I had her attitude. Thanks my friend.

Aug 22, 2014 08:10 AM #12
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

A lesson there for all of us...compassion, love and a never give up attitude!

Aug 22, 2014 11:12 AM #13
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Richard, I'm almost sorry I clicked on this post. I am so sorry for your loss. I know how much we love our pets and how difficult it is to say good-bye. Yet, doing the right thing and ending the pain makes it easier.

I've been crying all afternoon over my friend who is losing her battle with cancer. Now I will add a few more tears to my bucket in honor of Lemieux.


Aug 22, 2014 11:17 AM #14
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

So sorry for your loss!  It's never easy to let them go but ending the suffering is the final act of ultimate love and compassion.

Aug 22, 2014 11:43 AM #15
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm so very sorry.  I love my animals so much and I know you do too.  Warm thoughts.

Aug 24, 2014 01:11 PM #16
Christopher Lotte
Red 1 Realty - Lithopolis, OH
Central Ohio Realtor, 614-390-9243

Oh poor cat... I'm sorry about Le Mew.

that is really sad...

well, atleast she gives joy to those who are around her...


Aug 25, 2014 01:25 PM #17
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Richard, So sorry for your loss of litle Lemieux.

Sep 28, 2014 12:34 PM #18
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