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That's quite a beautiful story with a depressing end.
Especially the young dog, literally dying of grief
It's different with cats though, especially Nika loves to be alone.
I am happy I've had Nika in my life, that won't change the hurt when she's gone though.
It is told in some ancient Indian scriptures that each human being has to feed at least one animal everyday. So, it becomes a duty to feed an animal on a daily basis.
We have a cat (Cat 1) at home; it came home nearly five years ago, and is a favourite of my children. It has free access to all the rooms in our house, and is well fed and looked after.
There was another neighbourhood cat (Cat 2) which used to come, which we used to feed sometimes. One day, my younger daughter decided pat this Cat 2, and it bit her severely, for which she had to take 10 injections, and suffered some pain, in addition to the expenses. However, I continued to feed this Cat 2, simply because it was old and emaciated. Last week, this Cat 2 was lying unconscious in our compound; my watchman and I gave it drops of milk and water, and wanted to see whether it can recover. I also chanted God's name in its ears; the belief is that it gets a better afterlife if it listens to God's name in the end. In a few minutes, Cat 2 breathed its last. I have the satisfaction that I could, at least for some months, take care of a lonely animal on this planet, Cat 2.
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I'm sorry your friend is having such a rough time, Sander .
We went through this with a cat we inherited from my wife's aunt. Guccina was a sweet little thing. She developed a small tumor which we had removed. Six months later it came back and grew very quickly. Another surgery. A few months later it returned again. This time we looked into chemotherapy and other treatments. Over and above the outrageous cost, the poor cat would have been miserable and the treatments would only have extended her life a few months. We chose palliative care for her (mild pain medication). A little while later when she wasn't enjoying life, we let her go.
She developed a small tumor which we had removed. Six months later it came back and grew very quickly. Another surgery. A few months later it returned again. This time we looked into chemotherapy and other treatments. Over and above the outrageous cost, the poor cat would have been miserable and the treatments would only have extended her life a few months.
That's what I'm afraid of.
It's usually very aggressive in cats and it almost always comes back.
Perhaps it's best to not make her go through all that
After a quick view I can see nothing wrong with the article.
I think it's the subject, statistics just isn't for everyone.
It's also fairly advanced, which sorts away quite a few more readers.
Compare with CodeWitch's articles, she's mass producing advanced articles that needs commitment to read and understand, but gets the article of the month for a fairly simple straightforward article on adding list functionality for collections.
If it's points you're after you need to write articles for the broad mass of readers.
<edit> That said, I have put your article on my reading list</edit>
It looks like a great article, but it's just not a subject that I need to read about.
Can't find anything wrong with it either.
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I've just looked at the stats for your article. It shows that you had a peak of a little over 800 people looking at it in one day. Since then, there has been a steady decline. So why was there a peak? There would have been a peak because the article was visible on the home page at this point so it was something that was "in your face" for people coming in to the site. Given site traffic, why has this not been higher? If you think of the home page as being like a shop front, the title and description you give your article acts as the packaging. If the packaging isn't eye catching, people aren't going to bother with it. Your title needs to scream "look at me, I'm something interesting" and your description needs to tell people, "this is what I'm about and this is why YOU NEED to know about me". If you don't catch the readers attention instantly, you are competing with all the other articles on the home page. Once the article falls off the home page, your title, description, categorisation and tags become vital.