Sweet Paw Prints Forever On My Heart

Sweet paw prints forever on my heart is the story of my forever love, for a little green-eyed kitty girl named Minnie Mouse…she was my beautiful kitty angel girl…full of sweetness and vivid colors with defined stripes and Minnie dots with lots of white splashes here and there.

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“My Sweet Minnie Mouse, you wore a coat of Minnie colors designed by God above! We had almost 20 years together…you made such a HUGE impact on our lives…and also on others…you were My Heart Kitty, Who Truly Made My Life Better:)”

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My Dear Min-Min I miss you so much…you have been gone almost eight weeks and I look for you when I round the corner of the kitchen or

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When I go upstairs or when I sit on the sofa or…or…or…

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I’m used to seeing you laying in your favorite spots…on the back of the sofa so you could look outside and watch the birds…

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On our bed at night snuggled next to me…

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Riding shotgun with me in the office, in your very own office chair, with your heat pad under your Navajo blanket… which had good wooly nubs for you to rub and roll on your tender skin and soft coat of Minnie colors, a purrfectly good kitty scratch…

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And in the living room, how you always curled up where I sat on the sofa when I went to town for the day,

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I would come home and there you would be, waiting for me to return while keeping my seat warm, with a hint of kitty annoyance that I left you for the day…

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And you snuggling up in my horse quilt on my lap when we watched TV, rolling over on your back just like the above photo, wanting me to rub your soft white tummy as you loved for me to stroke and itch all the places you could not reach. I miss you Min-Mouse…my beautiful sweet girl…I miss you much.

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I remember when you first came to live with us you were so teeny tiny….you fit in my hand and as you grew and got a bit stronger you chased your toys under one of my antique cupboards that you could also fit under! After you chased a real mouse under there, he was too scared to come out so he died at some point and made an awful smell…I unloaded all the dishes I had stored so that Dad could roll the cupboard over to get the smelly mouse out of the house and to our surprise you had a dozen of your toys under there too….after that Dad made a wood cover to cover up the narrow place where you crawled under it…we didn’t want you to get stuck too!

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I miss you playing on your Navajo blanket that you truly loved…and doing catestetics chasing that darn red mouse!

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And I miss the sound of your sweet claws clicky click-clicking each morning on the wood floors letting me know “Here She Comes, Purring Along The Way.”

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After Christmas one year, you decided the small figurine my Mom gave to me of a small girl who fell asleep in her saddle, while riding her white pony was your play toy at night…the figurine reminded my Mom of me when I was little on my first horse, Prince who was white…however, the girl was yours and you loved to drag her off her pony by her hair every night after we went to bed…you were so funny and very determined! That girl was yours…and yes I was!

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And all the times you raced Dad to the office when you thought he was going to sit in your office chair…

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You were so cute, we always laughed as you won the chair every time…you were a very classy, sassy kitty girl, my Minnie Mouse and yes, you reigned as the Queenie of my House!

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When I first saw you, I named you Isabella or Bella as you struck me as a very regal kitty…as a nickname, I often called you Izzerbee, as you were my sweet kitty girl from the get go…

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Until Dad taught you how to mooch and he began calling you Minnie the Moocher, but I liked Minnie Mouse better and you became my Minnie. Every once in a while I would call you Izzerbee or Bella or Isabella and you would look at me like you knew exactly what I was saying…you knew who Izzerbee was. You were so smart and intuitive as you truly were the “Cat Who Knew Where It Was At!”

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You loved to play the clown to keep us laughing…you were always in the moments of my life…full of sweetness and God’s grace. Going through every part of life with me…through the illness of both my parents…first, loosing my Dad and a year later loosing my Mom…

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You played the kitty clown as you loved chasing your tail or the air on your very cool kitty scratcher…you knew it was a tough time and you played the funny kitty girl to make her humans laugh and we always did:) !

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When I went through breast cancer, you became my kitty angel nurse, attaching yourself to me like glue…WB always knew where I was in the house by seeing you in various windows…you were so loving and caring with your big heart and beautiful green eyes.

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I remember the night when we came home after being gone 10 days to Oregon Health Science University Hospital, you were beside yourself with love and worry for your Mommy…and the night before traveling back to OHSU for my post op…you insisted on laying next to me…something you never did before. I knew something was not right in the surgical site but you knew much more…it was a blood clot and when my Dr. saw me the next day, I was in emergency surgery within the hour to deal with the clot.

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And you tried to protect me from your illness during the last weeks of your life…you tried so hard and you were so very brave my sweet Minnie…you were very strong and so beautiful as you tried to live your life as normal as you could…but when I found you asleep in your litter box, I knew there was something very wrong…and there was. You did not have the strength to get out of the box, as it took all you had to get the few feet to the box from your comfy bed on the sofa…I cradled you to my heart to comfort you as I carried you…and stayed by your side 24/7 those last days to help you…bringing water and food to you. I did not know until your doctor examined you and found your heart was failing with Congestive Heart Failure.

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My Brave Sweet Kitty Girl…we knew it was time to let you step away and into God’s heaven where you would be free of suffering and pain…it was ok for you to go my Min Mouse. I could never wish for you to stay here with me knowing you were suffering.

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My beautiful kitty girl full of heart…my forever kitty girl…and my forever heart.

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Now you are safe…and you are well and in God’s kitty heaven playing and eating catnip greens with Nylablue and lots of kitty angel’s just like you:)

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I love you Minnie Mouse and I will forever hold you close in my heart until I see you again…

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We will have a happy reunion with lots of purrs, tummy rubs, head butts, more kitty purrs, chin rubs, ear scratches, eye rubs and more belly rubs with lots of snuggles!

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“God Bless You Minnie, God Bless You And Keep You, May God’s Face Always Shine On You. You Are Precious In His Sight And You Are Precious In Mine. I Love You Minnie Mouse…You Are the Queenie Of My Heart and My House Forever:)”

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“Rest In Peace Sweet Angel Kitty Girl”

May 14, 1995 – November 24, 2014

I’ll Love You Forever, I’ll Like You For Always…

I’ll Love You Forever, I’ll Like You For Always, My Baby You’ll Always Be, Oh My Minnie Mouse…My Sweet Forever Kitty Girl!

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It has been a very tough few weeks here…I’m sorry to be so long in writing new blog posts…I hope I have not lost any of you that usually read the blog…I have lots of new photos and lots to tell you in future blogs…however, for the last several days, words escape me and tears come easily…you’ll see why.

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I have very SAD news, our Minnie Mouse crossed the Rainbow Bridge, slipping peacefully into Heaven, last Monday, November 24th…a week ago tomorrow. I was so not ready to loose her. The last week of her life her health began to slowly fail, and by the end of the weekend, I knew something was not right as her back paws were swollen. Minnie’s vet examined her Monday and found that Minnie was in Congestive Heart Failure or CHF…it was such a shock as Minnie had always been so healthy and we did not see it coming at all.

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I have cried buckets since Monday…my words are yet stuck…it has been a wordless week for me. Even so I am trying to write memories of Minnie and also her memorial as with almost 20 years together, I have many good stories to share with you about the pure love of a very special kitty, my beautiful Minnie, who will forever be the kitty of my heart!

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My good friend, Sherri-Ellen also lost her beautiful kitty girl Nylablue (photo above) on November 22, a week ago yesterday…it has been a mighty rough week for us both as Minnie and Nylablue became best friends during this last year. When Sherri-Ellen learned that Minnie had crossed the Rainbow Bridge, she did a memorial blog about Minnie, despite her own grief, it was so very sweet of her and much appreciated. I have heard from many fellow bloggers the last few days that left their condolences for Minnie and I…and I thank you, your caring words have hugged my heart…I am not alone in my heartbroken grief. I will answer each of you very soon…

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I urge anyone reading this to hop over to Sherri-Ellen’s blog and leave her your condolences/thoughts on loosing Nylablue, (Nylablue had beautiful blue eyes and was so pretty) it has been very hard for Sherri-Ellen…loosing our precious kitty girls hurts deeply as they are part of our family and become a huge part of our hearts/lives, we miss them dearly. Sherri-Ellen’s link below will take you to her blog, you can read her memorial to Minnie Mouse and also hear more about her sweet kitty girl Nylablue.

http://nylabluesmum.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/minnie-mouse-has-joined-nylablue/

Sherri-Ellen is an amazing kitty Mom with tons of love and she loved Nylablue so much!

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Last Friday as I was writing to Sherri-Ellen to thank her for Minnie’s memorial and the many comments I had received…we had a very short rain shower and when I looked out I saw a double rainbow!!! A double rainbow as one for Minnie and one for Nylablue. I tried to capture the two rainbows but the second one did not show very well…you can see it faintly behind the prominent rainbow to the left of the photo…I felt like Minnie and Nylablue were letting us know they crossed the Rainbow Bridge together as best friends and they were happy…it was a beautiful sight to see! To the naked eye, both rainbows were vivid and quite bright…the second rainbow seemed to shadow the first rainbow.

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The above photo was taken last summer of Minnie in our yard, (she loved exploring the yard as she lived inside our house)…she was 19.6 years old this month and would have turned 20 years old, on Mother’s Day, May 10th, 2015.

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Minnie came to live with us in 1995…the owner could not find a home for her and asked if I would take her and of course I said yes! She was maybe 5 weeks old…and I became her “Forever Mommy.”

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When I saw her precious little green eyes peeking out of the hay…and then her little striped head popped out and baby Minnie greeted me with the sweetest mews-mews…our eyes met and I knew she was my special girl…my forever kitty girl.

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Tears are running again…I miss Minnie so much!

God Bless You Minnie Mouse!

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“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, Your Mommy I’ll be!” “That means eternity my Sweet Minnie Girl.”

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When God says I’m done here, I’ll see you in Heaven…Summerland…Across The Rainbow Bridge, My Baby Kitty Girl!

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“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, Your Mommy I’ll be!”

HRCG is over and out for now…

Gray Haze Brings Lazy Blahzay November Dayzes While Minnie Mouze Snuggles In!

Gray Haze Brings Layz Blahzay November Dayzes While Minnie Mouze Snuggles In For Winter!

With the ever changing landscape, normal objects look surreal as if held by a magical time warp…is it 2012 or 1962?

You are now entering….”The Twilight Zone…a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man, a dimension of imagination.” Oops, sorry I was getting a bit lost in the 50-60’s.

Minnie Mouse says “Not complaining about time warps-de-warps at ALL…I love my heat pad, good wintry zzzz’s…as I get more of both along with kitty strokes and loves…as Mom is finally stuck with me in the house:)”

Peekaboo sun shines out a morning “Hello” on a steely gray dawn…like a flashlight lighting the way for us to see our way for the day.

This year I had many incredible palettes of colors in the sky on warm summer nights and bright days of delight…now as we switch gears to seek out the colors and images of winter, we will find a different beauty.

Artistic skies that draw your eye into a different monochromatic world of color, with layers of gray-blue colors, blending magical shadows on the familiar landscape. A view that stirs a photographers delight and fills my heart with winter light, full of  quiet inspiration for the profound beauty that I see through the lens of my camera, of the land that I have lived on forever and all my life.

Fun winter images and great photo moments to play with light on gray frozen days:) Shooting memorable snapshots in time and exploring different angles with my camera…smile “Yippee Ki Yay Yah!”

Summer skies will return full of God’s glory and heartfelt colors…and once again, I will stop what I am doing, looking up and grabbing my camera, knowing that I am blessed to live here on one of God’s slices of heaven on earth.

“Fanny Annie” will be posing for my camera with her sleek and shiny red coat once again…she is “One Sharp Dressed Lady!

And then there is snow that comes with winter….hmmmm. I have to admit I like it for Christmas week as long as it stays firm and frozen. When I was young here we usually had a white Christmas as I remember sledding down the hills…for the last 30 or so years we rarely have a white Christmas. A few years ago we had a brilliant Christmas morning to wake up to and I was on the move early to capture snow photos! This is part of the shop frontage that we designed to look like an old-time service station, under the bat and board siding is a steel shop…Wild Bill restored the antique gas pumps and added the hitching rail for my horse…with the old Chevy Pick Up and drifts on the roof and on the ground…is it 1930 or 2012? I hear Rod Sterling again with Twilight Zone music…doo-do-doo-do-doo-do:)

A beautiful image of our classic farmhouse in the snow…until it melted and then we had a mega mud mess. I got stuck in four-wheel drive in my Suburban in our driveway by the house that winter, incredible for me! Our parts delivery trucks for the shop got stuck as well as WB so I felt better:) It was a different winter as the ground was not frozen enough when we had the snow hit and as it melted it was like Jello.

 This is my Melody and the fence is three rail…thankfully she did not step over it! Minnie said I got sidetracked as usual…writers…visions and memories and words…words and more words…sometimes I even wonder where they come from? Minnie what were you saying?

“Mom, get your warm sweater on, wool socks and slippers, then ahhhhh relax…it’s house time…now get that dang camera out of my face…see this paw and the kitty stink eye look?” “Well I am also giving you a cute love look too:)”  “Meow, now, where was I?”

“Oh that’s right…roll back to the right side…hang paw over the chair…look cute for Mom…and here come the kitty loves and pets:)”

The beauty of summer will return with nightly visions of iridescent colors…images that speak softly to our hearts.

And yet, despite the cold, there is a beauty in winter…with the colors of glistening silver, brilliant vivid whites and various shades of silver grays…crystal particles that sparkle and softly float through the air…as the snow falls silently to the ground. There is a purity to the landscape and a serene quiet to the land that feels divinely holy…all of a sudden the dirt, the sage brush, the weeds on the hillside, the tumble weeds and the trees are covered with a beautiful garment of white. I love every season, not too crazy about being out in the freezing temps, but with my Carharts on I am good:)

Tucker and her other two buddies all got new doggie beds and yet here she is outside doing her guard duty….she is such a good girl!

May you all have a blessed week and stay warm!!!

Minnie Mouse Won “The Shine On Award”….Meowsie Woo Hoo Award!!!

Minnie was nominated for The Shine On Award by her buddy dog, Frankie at  http://emjayandthem.com/2012/07/01/shine-on/

Minnie’s Mom, who is HRCG, is buddies with Frankie’s Mom, MJ:)

Minnie is meowsie honored and humbled to receive this award….and she just grabbed my laptop and took off…Minnie what the heck are you doing?

Oh ok I think Minnie wants to be in control of the keyboard…oh heaven help us…I did not know she could type???

Hey she may be working with me in the office tomorrow…Min Min…I love my girl and you rock on girl:)

She loves attacking her red mouse…Minnie loves red…it makes her go into her tigress mode!

Minnie loves her Navajo blanket…she likes to roll up in it and hide or she hides her toys and attacks the lumps:)

This is the Minnie exercise known as the “scratch my kitty back on my Navajo” meow yeah this feels good!

Be sure to head over to check out MJ’s blog…she is a great writer and she asks questions that you think on.  http://emjayandthem.com/

 Frankies a cuty patooty too…

Thank you MJ and Frankie  for passing the Shine On Award on to meowie me Minnie….Mes truly appreciates it:)

These are the rules for receiving this award:

1.)  Thank the person who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

2.)  Share 7 things about yourself.

3.)  Nominate 10 or so bloggers you admire.

4.)  Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

5. Answer some questions too:)

Seven Things About Me:

1.) My Mommy feeds me treats everyday and I feel very special…she tries different ones too:)

2: I loves belly rubs by my Mommy year round:)

3: I feel very loved when my Mommy prays over me and she does all the time:)

4. I work on keeping my stripes straight each day along with various dots and white areas as I am a very fastidious kitty:)

5.) I love love love my Mommy and Dad…they are the very best ever:)

6.) I love my toys…and sleep! Love love love it when Mom has a blanket on her lap for me to snuggle up on:) I do not like it when she wears shorts…her skin does not snuggle very well!

7. And I do not hunt mice…ewwwww….ick!

Hummmph…I need a cat nap…get that dang camera out of my face!

Here are my nominations:

1. My gf Sundae who is beautiful with all her colors and her beautiful heart:)  http://thesedaysofmine.com/category/family/sundae/page/2/

2. And then there is my amazingly hunky handsome friend Sam…what a cute guy he is  and fun! http://onespoiledcat.wordpress.com/

3. Zoey the cool cat is really cool too….check them out:)http://russelrayphotos2.com/

4. A very fun and hip kit cat blog… http://catfromhell.wordpress.com/

5. Love this blog and you will too:)   http://isobelandcat.wordpress.com/

6.  A fun kitty cat blog as she has lots of kitty cats to love and blog about:)  http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

7.  A blog that has something for everyone:) http://catnipoflife.wordpress.com/

8. Minnie loves Slash…thinks he is quite the cool rebel kitty:) http://catpurrology.com/

9. And she loves Tux as he reminds her of her sister Satchmo who was a total tuxedo kitty… http://sophisticatedkat.wordpress.com/

10. Speaking of Satchmo…Minnie likes hearing about the adventures of this Sach…with all those pretty stripes like Minnie’s… http://satchmothecat.wordpress.com/

11. We love reading about Texas and Milou…Minnie and her Mom thinks they are truly beautiful with beautiful kitty hearts:) http://texascatny.wordpress.com/

12. Minnie and I both love reading about beautiful Savannah…she has such a sweet heart and has been through a lot. http://savannahspawtracks.com/

13. Minnie loves the three Moggies! http://mythreemoggies.wordpress.com/

14. Both Minnie and her Mom love this site as Kitty Blogger has a great sense of humor and she makes us laugh:) http://kittybloger.wordpress.com/

15. Tigger is cute and fun….we loves reading his blog of wisdom and Zoe is very pretty too:) http://tiggersteachings.wordpress.com/

Questions To Answer:

What is my favorite color?

Well…tan, black, white, carmel, gray…you know…my beautiful coat of many colors! And red!

What is my favorite Non-Alcoholic drink?

Nice cold fresh country water…love it when Mom fills up my bowl with it:)

What is my favorite animal?

Well…cats of course…hello!

Do I prefer Facebook or Twitter?

I love my face and my Mom and Dad’s face:) And a twit is annoying!

What is my favorite number?

I like 7 but I also like being 18 this year too:)

What is my favorite flower?

Is catnip a flower?

What is my passion? 

Keeping tabs on Mom and always being with her no matter what…I love my Mommy!

Thank you so much for nominating me Frankie and MJ:)  You are awesome…go see them at http://emjayandthem.com/

 “My Name Is Minnie Mouse…I Am The Queenie Of The House…I’m The Cat Who Knows Where It’s At.”  Mom has a complete song about me:) She loves me lots and I could be a model too:)

Congratulations And God Bless You!  All God’s Animals And People Shine!

Minnie and her Mommy, HRCG,  Hope You Have A Meowsilly Terrifically Tigerifically Thursday:)

Minnie Mouse Is The Queenie Of My House

Minnie Mouse Is The Queenie Of My House  and My Life:) She is my constant companion and bestest ever friend.

Today Minnie wanted to add a blog entry… so I’m turning it over to her:)

 Uhhh Mom can I finish my bath first…I am so embarrassed that you caught me…I am very fastidious about my coat and stripes not being crossed up anywhere.

Meow and Hello, my name is Minnie…Mouse…and I am the Queen of My Mom’s House…I am a Cool Cat who knows where everything is at!

 I will be 17 years old on Mother’s Day this year…am I not the most precious and extremely wise kitty you ever saw? Emphasis on “Precious and Wise…”

I love rolling and playing on my Navajo blanket as it scratches my fur…and it feels sooooo good!

I’m a tiger…no a cheetah…a cougar…I’m bold…I’m rough…and tough… “I’m A Country Cowgirl Cougar Cheetah Cat!!!”

Ohhhh that feels so good to roll around and make my Navajo into a big fat wad with me inside it:) Hee hee as Mom then has to find me and straighten it all out again…kind of fun to make her work:)

Whew I had a workout…stretch…roll…romp…meow…I worked on my obliques and kitty muscle!  I hope Mom has the heating pad nice and warm for me:)

And of course I have several cat tv movies to watch on my laptop under the table…I love my Cat DVD shows with lots of birds and cool squirrels…wowie zowie meowie!!!

See how pretty I am…my heat pad is very complimentary to my colors and I love laying on it next to Mom is her office. Whenever I see Dad head towards the office I race ahead of him to be sure he does not take “my chair”…sometimes he tries to race me but I always win:)

I hate being picked up…I let Mom do it but no one else…she likes to cuddle and hug…uh…hurry up and put me down:) I love my Mommy and even though she gives me hugs like this and sometimes takes me to see the vet in the Burb…which I hate….I know she loves me a lot:)

I am the “Queenie of Mom’s House”…my name is Minnie Mouse….I know where it’s at cuz I’m the cat!!!

Hope you all have a meowie zowie day!!!

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