Memo to the World

On August 25, 2006 by Eden M. Kennedy

I have very little to give you at the moment, so I’m stealing from the ever-refulgent Antonia, who went and had the nerve to steal it from Menosblog:

Now That I’m FINALLY In Charge Let It Be Noted That

1. All five-year-old boys will be required, when they open their eyes in the morning, to sit bolt upright and shout “I’M AWAKE!” at the top of their lungs, for it amuses their mothers very much indeed.

2. Said five-year-old boys will also, when inadvertently confronted with a picture of a topless swim-suit model, point and say, “THAT’s what I’m talking about.”

3. All dogs will be covered under their owners’ health insurance, so that when suddenly lethargic young English bulldogs are taken to the vet it will not cost $2,000.00 to get them out again.

4. And no symptoms will be found present that may be attributable, in the worst case scenario before further tests rule it out, to cancer.

5. And if it is cancer, they’ll be able to take care of it with surgery.

6. And even if the doctors say that after surgery and chemo the cancer will still come back, you will still have some quality time left with your sweet little Katie.

7. And it will not break your five-year-old son’s heart into a million pieces.

Katie has cancer. More when I find out myself.



104 Responses to “Memo to the World”

  • Oh, that’s fucked up. Poor Katie. I’m so sorry for you guys… Here’s hoping much can be done for her.

  • Oh no!! I hope you get lots more time with Katie!! I’m so sad for you.

  • Oh, poor Katie! She’s had such a rough time already… and so have all of you. Sending you all of our best wishes.

  • Shit. What the hell? Dammit.
    I will keep my fingers crossed for you guys. And I’m so sad that you had to get such shitty news.

  • I’m so so sorry. I’ll be thinking about your family – I know what pets mean to me, so I can only assume you as well.

  • I’m so sad.

    I am sending you all a lot of love and puppy kisses.

  • Jesus, Eden, this is one of the worst things in life to have to think about and I’m so sorry it’s happening to you all. Give Katie endless love, let her lick her ass all she wants, even when you’re trying to sleep, and plant a great, big, fat kiss on her head from me. Take care. Love and more love, A.

  • My heart is broken. Our female bulldog got cancer at 9 years old, it was in her bones. Katie, and all of you, are in my prayers. I’m sorry.


  • Ahhh, Mrs. K, Jack, Jackson and poor Katie…that SUCKS donkeyballs. Poor ….everyone. I’m so sorry about this – are you seeing Dr. Otto or another vet? If I can make a reccomendation – Dr. Bud Stuart out in Goleta is a wonderful vet.

    So sorry,


  • I’m so sorry, Mrs. Kennedy.

  • I’m sorry, too. She’s beautiful. Like all y’all.

  • :(

    I’m sorry to hear that.

  • Oh no, I’m so sorry about Katie.

  • I’m very sorry to hear about Katie. That’s horrible news.

  • oh, man, that breaks my heart. i’m sending miraculous-bulldog-cure prayers your way.

  • Heartbreaking news, indeed.
    I’m so sorry.

  • Oh no, Katie! Poor Katie, poor you. She’s so young. Damn it’s just too sad.

  • Oh, terrible news.

    Something to consider, though: I’ve had two dogs diagnosed with cancer, but with further testing that diagnosis was withdrawn. I hope the same happens for you and Katie. (Though Abi’s “cancer” turned out to be a bad gall bladder and $5000 operation. Ow.)

  • Oh, K-K-K-K-Katie. I’m sorry, too many good dogs (and people) get cancer. I hope it is treatable.

  • Oh NOOOOO!!! Love to all of you as you await further information…..

  • I’m so sorry.

  • How awful! I’m sorry, and I send much love to all of you.

  • Awwwwww, I am SO sorry. Katie’s had a rough time for such a young dog, and I know it’s been rough on her people, too. Sending good wishes to all of you.

  • Much love to Katie and Jackson and the Kennedy family. I’m so sorry – poor Katie. I hope they treat her quickly and painlessly and she’s back to normal as soon as soon.

  • She looks like a gem. Hope the vet can get her some great treatment and that everybody’s hearts can mend.

  • Oh, Mrs. Kennedy, I’m so sorry. For Katie and you and Jackson.

  • Oh, i’m so sad about this. Poor you, poor jackson. Gosh i’m so sad hearing this news. I love that dog so much.

  • oh god mrs. K. i am so so so sorry. my love to you, and spread it around to jackson and katie. how terrible for you all. poor katie.


  • I’m so sorry. How awful.

  • I’m so sorry. :(

  • Ouch. That hurt.

  • Oh Eden. I had to read it twice. I’m so, so sorry.

  • Fucking shit.

  • Our dog was diagnosed just about 2 months ago. Fuck Cancer.

  • I’m sad to hear this. *hugs*

  • I think my heart is breaking with yours’. I’m so sorry.

  • I’m really really sorry. Empathetically, emphatically sorry — I had animal illnesses this summer and they are awful and heart-shredding.

    Best wishes.

  • What horrible news. Poor Katie and poor everybody who loves her. I hope lots can be done for her.

  • Oh my god. That is so, so sad. Cute and cuddly dogs like Katie shouldn’t get cancer, especially if they, like Katie, have already been through so much. I am so very sorry.

  • I’m so, so sorry…

  • Dammit! It seems like just yesterday when you brought her home. Dogs are really amazing and they don’t always listen to Vets, so you may have longer with her than you think. My best, sweetest wishes to you all.

  • I am so sorry, Mrs Kennedy.

  • Ah holy crap. I hope … I hope things go OK. Or as OK as they can with these awful circumstances.

    Thinking lots of good thoughts for Katie and family-

  • I’m so sorry.

  • oh dear. i’m so sorry.

    BUT a ray of hope — one of my scotties had lymphoma, and did awesome with chemo and we had her for almost two more years (doggie chemo isn’t like people chemo — they don’t get sick from it if it’s done right). it was a pricey two years, like an extra utility payment or very small car payment, but totally worth it.

    hugs to you and jackson and katie, of course.

  • I am hoping really, really hard for Katie. And you guys.

  • I’m so, so sorry. My dog has bladder cancer, unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done for my dog. I really hope Katie pulls through.

  • Oh gawd. You started out so funny that I was on this kind of high, and then you dropped the cancer bomb so fast that I just sunk and tears shot out my eyes. She’s my favourite lob-sided dog.

  • You made me laugh, you made me cry, you made me check my dictionary, and you made one “barking idiot” wonder why the extra attention all of a sudden. Hoping for the best…

  • I’m so sorry, Mrs. Kennedy. I hope the vet is wrong and Katie lives a long and happy life. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Suck-o-rama. Poor lovely Katie, and poor Kennedy family.

  • I think I’m going to cry. I have a boston terrier and I can’t live without him.

    Is that a real live turtle in the picture with Katie? My dog found the one in our yard amusing last month.

    I will pray for Katie. She’s too beautiful and lovable and sweet to leave this earth.

    -hugs to all of you-

  • Oh no. I’m so sorry. So unfair. But a wonderful picture of the two pets.

    You’re not kidding about the pet insurance. If we ever get another purebred pet, insurance will be as essential as tags and leash and water bowl.

  • Oh, bless her sweet soul. And Jackson, sniff.

    My doggie died of a kidney problem when I was around Jackson’s age. I refused to eat kidney beans thereafter.

    Good luck to all.

  • Delurking (again) to say that I hope you and Katie and Jackson get lots of hugs today.

    To Cancer: Fuck you, clown!

  • Oh, my. I’m so sorry about Katie. My own 3.5 year old terrier baby just passed away from cancer. She had a brain tumor. From symptoms to passing, it took less than a week and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through. It broke my heart and I’m so sad for you. I pray it can be treated and Katie can have more wonderful quality time with you and yours.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Katie. I’ll be thinking of you all.

  • Aw, fuck. That is the second dog this week I’ve “known” that’s been diagnosed with cancer. I’ve been giving extra love to the four legged members of our family as a result. I am so sorry to hear this.

  • Poor Katie – here’s hoping that the outcome is a complete recovery and long and healthy life.

    Hugs to all youse Kennedys.

  • I’m sorry, Kennedies! Especially for Katie and the kiddo.

  • I am so sorry. G-d bless the wee boy.

  • Dude! I was thinking of you earlier as I had been wearing my hot t-shirt. Anyway, now I’m a bit flumoxed and not quite sure what to say. I’m so very sorry and hopefully you’ll find out more soon.

  • Oh geez, that’s horrible. We’ve had just about every other pet illness possible (I think we’ve paid for the building our vet is in) besides cancer. Well, except our cat, and we found out that she had liver cancer on the only day she acted sick, which is the day she died. We didn’t have time for chemo or to even contemplate what to do.

    Our friends’ dog had chemo and did really well for quite a while. I know it was expensive, but they did get good quality time with him before he couldn’t take it anymore. Like someone said previously, he didn’t get sick like people do. There were a few adjustments to the amount, but he did pretty well.

    I hope they were wrong and you find out you’ll have her for a long long time.

  • Oh God. This is horrible news. I’m so very sorry. Oh God…oh Dog.


  • Sending good thoughts and lots of prayers.

  • I’m very sorry. :-(

  • that made me tear up a bit. i’m so sorry :(

  • Oh God, I’m sitting here with Katie’s twin right now and this made me cry. I really really hope for the best. Nothing else to say.

  • Keeping my fingers crossed for the lot of you.

  • “Oh, the saddest of sights in a world of sin
    Is a little lost pup with his tail tucked in!”
    -Aurthur Guiterman

    I thought of this when i read about Katie, as the poem seems to sum up the feelings of love that a pet can engender.

    I am so sorry. Awaiting further news.

  • Dogs are so great but can indeed break your heart (especially the beautiful, wrinkly ones.) Good thing they’re so worth it, but bad thing that it’s so damned hard.

  • I wish you and your family and Katie a lot of courage and warm moments — this news is such a bummer.

  • Courage to all of you.

  • Sorry to hear about Katie. :(

  • I am sooo sorry.

  • nooo! keep us updated when you can! so sorry fussy-clan…

  • We found out 3 weeks ago our Akita Jules has cancer, and just reading your post made me cry. Again.

    I’m sorry :(

  • I’m so sorry to hear about sweet little Katie.
    She’s far too young to be so sick.
    All my love to your whole family in this terrible, awful, difficult, no-good time,.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Katie, Mrs. Kennedy.

  • Oh my gosh! I’m pulling for Katie and your family, so very sorry.

  • ohmyfuckinggod, mrs. k. Oh shit oh shit oh shit. I’m so sorry.

  • Ah, that sucks. Kids love their dogs so much. Hope things look up.

  • Well shit. That is the worst thing I have heard all day. I am so sorry. Sending all the healthy puppy vibes your way!

  • My mother has cancer too. For the second time. She’s having a mastectomy on September 11th.

  • Is there an emoticon for “Staring wordlessly at the monitor, filled with existential angst?” Sweet Christ on a cracker…what foul news. I am so sorry for you and your family. Went through similar with our kitty this spring, very rough, but keeping her happy and loved until the end made it easier. (((healing vibes)))

  • So very very sorry, Mrs. K. Much love to you and your little family.

  • oh!

    thinking of you. lots.

  • Oh dear. Long time lurker, first time commenter. I had a dog who had cancer when I was 11. I feel your pain.

  • Thinking of you and sending positive thoughts to Katie!

  • CRAPPETY-CRAP-CRAP-CRAP. Sorry to be so late on this, but DANGIT, I’m sorry about Katie. Many prayers going out to you and she now, like it or not. What I mean is, I pray, that’s what I do, so if you have a problem with that, well…suck it. And I say that like Jesus would have, with the love and all. I love you guys, and I love Katie.


    Sending a short note via email.

  • Sorry, Mrs. K. Best wishes, and snuggles and pets all around.

  • I am so sorry. Give Katie an extra scratch around her ears for me. And a big hug to Jackson – and to you too.

    Been there, done that, got too damn many t-shirts.

  • I’m so terribly sorry.

  • I’m very very very sorry.

  • like everyone else: so sorry, lady.

  • I’m sorry.

  • Oh, that’s awful. Lots of healing wishes to you and your family.

  • God. I’m so, so sorry. We went through this with an animal we loved. My thoughts will be with you.

  • I’m SO sorry. We just had a similar situation with our cat and found out he had a serious heart condition. It is really heart-breaking. I hope you get some good news. Sending positive thoughts and wishes to all of you and Katie.

  • lots of love to all of you! here’s hoping you have lots and lots of quality time with katie.
    ~another kati, champ and bonnie (boston terriers love bulldogs)

  • I’m so sorry. English bulldogs have their own special brand of love to give. It’s good that you don’t have to give that up.