The Dandelion Fund

Dan-the-Cat and Dr. Warren met in Northern California the year she graduated college. Dan’s first job was keeping mice away from a country store called Dandelion. When the store closed, Dandelion Dan moved in with Natalie. She worked in the same outdoor mall, and they had come to know one another while bird watching during their lunch breaks. These kindred spirits quickly developed a magnificent bond. A couple of years later, for no apparent reason, they moved to Colorado in a rented Ford van loaded with their stuff...

Please read the rest of the story and more about the Dandelion Fund here.

Alfie Curtis: February 6, 2002- September 9, 2014

It is with great sadness that Linda and I must tell you that on September 9,  our Alfie lost his fight with an aggressive form of lymphoma that came on very suddenly last month. Alfie was a "mixed race" Siamese/American tabby with the brightest blue eyes and plush gray coat who entered our lives in September 2002 as a stray. After a brief period of indecision as to whether we would meet his needs, he took one look into our house and said," this place is for me" and the rest is history.
Alf used up his quota of nine lives early in his life through manyl territorial disputes, a nearly fatal battle  with anemia, and then diabetes. But each time his strong will to live and his fighting spirit brought him back and his bond with us grew and grew. His territorial fights with Vinnie, our next door neighbor  Morris's alpha male brought us to a text and phone system with Bill and Mary  to make sure neither Alf or Vin were out at the same time. It sure saved some vet bills for both of us!
Alf was a landlubber. We tried to take him on Isola but it was a disaster and he let us know it. We were very fortunate that our Vet, Natalie Warren and Metropolitan Vet in Tacoma also offered a great  boarding option for Alf  when we were on our boat trips, our AZ winter trips and other travels. Alf was a star boarder who expected spa service , two cat condos with a view, and the run of the downstairs office and break room (also the lunch room where it was feed me, feed me). Met Vet became a second home for Alf who was also known there as Ralphie. He was part of the the Met Vet family and will be greatly missed by everyone.
Linda and I cannot tell you how much we appreciate all that Natalie and the Met Vet team did for Alfie over the years as he fought one ailment after another. They made it possible for him to live a good life and we were always comfortable knowing he was there and in good hands when we were away. .
Alf was a special cat and we will miss him. It truly was a gift that he came into our lives and that  we had twelve years together.They are good  memories and they will be with us forever.
Rest in peace Buddy,
Love, Luke and Linda

We miss you, ALFIE!  <3  You were simply the best.  - Love, the entire Met Vet Team

Hello MetVet,

Thank you so much for your kind words and the sweetest little paw prints ever- they mean the world to us!

It was heartbreaking, but Fox-face was buried like ancient Egyptian royalty!! With exception of kitty servants, she had everything she needed in her tiny tomb for her journey to the kitty afterlife. We had a very lovely evening ceremony complete with tiki torches to celebrate her life. Fox-face Monkey-Tail was a great cat!

Thank you so much to all of your for your tender care of Fox through out the years.

We miss her so.

~The Wards

Thank you all for your wonderful care of my special kitty Rosie and for her peaceful departure. Even though I think of her constantly (and sometimes think I've caught a glimpse of her), I know it was time for her to leave me. I was so fortunate to have an extra year and a half with her. Your kindness and expertise helped make that possible and I will always be thankful for that care and compassion.

I'll miss seeing all of you and will plan to stop by to say hello and visit the kitties after a while.

With gratitude for all your help, 


Dear Metropolitan Vet staff and Dr. Warren:

Your kindness is warmly appreciated. Thank you so much for helping us with Lucy's end of life and especially for your very sweet and personal sympathy card. We do miss her but appreciate all of you for this. It means a lot to us.

Trudy and Bill

To: Dr. Warren and the staff at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital,

We wanted to thank you all for your nice card upon hearing of Angus' passing. It was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We loved coming to Dr. Warren for check-ups and greatly appreciated her help when the diagnosis of cancer was given to Angus.

We had Angus for 11 years ~ much longer thank expected.

Thank you,

The Holters

To my MetVet Friends ~

Well, it is done and I am off to a new adventure in the Great Beyond. What a journey this has been for 18 years. My time with Jan and Karen, and yes, even Wilder, has been amazing. The last year was a bit difficult, but my heated bed, various meds and wonderful caring people around me made it possible. I know I will be missed.

You folks were a great part of the journey. Not only did you provide guidance and support to my people, you treated me royally (the right of a Princess) all those times I boarded with you. You even told funny stories when you thought I wasn't listening.

It was a lovely card you sent to my people, and they cried again! Oh well, we all have wonderful memories.

They wish to give you a thank you in the form of that green stuff for the Dandelion fund.

I say thank you for all of it and wish you well.

~Suzy (Princess)

Dr. Warren,

Please accept this small donation for your Dandelion Fund. It is my way of saying "Thank You" for all the kindnesses you and your staff bestowed on me and Shadow. As soon as I can, I will be looking for another cat or 2 and that will make me happy. I miss having an animal around the house. I won't be a stranger - I'll drop by as often as I can before I adopt a fur person!

~ S.

Dear Met Vet Staff:

I want to thank you all for all the support you've given to Megan and me. Your condolences were unexpected and that really means something to us that Butters was really cared for and will be truly missed.

We appreciate everything you have done for Butters and us. We miss Butters and her subtleties everyday. Strange how you can miss carrying 26lbs up and down the stairs. Thank you again so much!


Jeremy and Megan

To all of those at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital:

As a newbie to the Washington area, I was a bit cautious and weary about seeking a veterinarian to care for the kitten that my husband and I had adopted. We both wanted nothing, but the best care for our beloved feline, Nakita. After much online research and reading through a plethora of reviews, my husband and I decided to bring Nakita to Met Vet shortly after we discovered that our kitten was severely anemic and had feline leukemia. She needed a second opinion and I knew that Met Vet would give us the answers that we had been seeking. After speaking with the vet and obtaining a better understanding of our kitten’s prognosis and treatment options, my husband and I made the heartbreaking decision to euthanize Nakita. Those at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital were patient and extremely sympathetic to our loss. In fact, they even sent us a beautiful post card with our Nakita’s paw prints, a beautiful poem, and kind words that were hand written by each member of the office. My husband and I were completely blown away and thought that this was one of the sweetest gestures that we have ever received. We cannot say enough great things about the warm hearted people, knowledgable, and helpful people that work in this office. When the timing is right and we are ready for another animal, we will be more than happy to visit again, and receive the best care for our animal(s). Thank you to all of those at Met Vet! We are fortunate to have found such a wonderful hospital to tend to our pet’s needs.

All of  our love and thanks,

The Aman family

Hi there,

I wanted to send some photos of Zephyr for you all. (More than I intended. I hope they will make you smile.) We came from Chicago, to Los Angeles, then here all within a year's time.

I am still at a loss of words to share his passing, but wanted you to see him during some better times. 

Thank you all for the tender, loving, care. I am grateful for your being so close to home.

Your card melted our heart.
With gratitude,

Amanda and Kerice

 My dear friends at Met Vet,

I am so very grateful for the marvelous card and your warm, wonderful thoughts about Boy. He was a grand companion and we saw many wonderful places together. He taught me to revel in the simple pleasures of a good walk, a luxurious nap on a rainy day, and the joy of a shared plate of tater tots. He was an integral part of my life for 7 & 1/2 years. I lament his departure, but it was consoling to see him at peace. Your gracious sympathy greatly helps ease the sorrow of his leaving. I shall always be grateful to you for your condolences, and for your compassionate care of Boy. He enjoyed his visits to the vet and would often lead me there on our walks. I'm confident your care gave him an extra year and a half after his first fall, giving him more time with me, time that is irreplaceable and suffused with many warm memories. Thank you, for your generous empathy, and your tender care.

~ John

Our special guy was always treated with care, compassion and respect at Metropolitan Vet and so were we.  My wife & I are very thankful that we had you to care for him in his time of need and we'll see you again when our next kitties find us.

   -   Jim Cornelius & Margaret Boyle

Thanks to all the care and comfort you gave to my sweet girl. She loved the sleep overs and everyone at Met Vet. She was the sweetest softest kitty in the whole world. - Janice

Thank you for being so gracious with Sweetie.  Under the circumstances, I thought Sweetie’s passing was very peaceful.  Attached is a picture from happier times. - Mark

Thanks to you and your staff for the card and notes about Loki.  Thought you all might enjoy a couple pictures of Loki (with Mario) during her most recent trip to Bozeman.  Yes, she is basking in the sun on top of the BBQ.  Good way to remember her.



Dear Dr. Warren and staff,
Thank you for your quiet compassion for me and your gentle care of my dog, Taz.  It was torture to make the decision to euthanize her, and I miss her terribly.  I appreciated very much Natalie's unhurried and tender service, and was warmed by her phone message.  I walked several miles after the appointment, alternately crying and cheered by the gorgeous weather and fall leaves, along with greetings from several neighborhood cats and dogs.  In the evening after wallowing and waffling about going to my regularly-scheduled dance class I decided Taz would think me a wimp for staying home so I drove off--and THEN a meteor streaked overhead!  I thought, "There she goes!"  The universe is amazing. 
Thank you all very much again for your work.  Also for the unexpected and touching generosity with respect to donating those services.  If there's anything at all I can do to repay your kindness do not hesitate to ask. 
Yours sincerely,

Thank you for the wonderful card regarding Oscar.  I cry so hard every day, and this made me cry again of course. :)  I miss him so much, it breaks my heart.  Everyone misses him, especially Nip, as they were best friends.  I thank everyone for being there for him during his illness and after.

thank you again,


Dear Dr. Warren and staff,

Thank you for the care you gave to Jeffrey over the last several years. Before Met Vet, Jeffrey hated going to the veterinarian, but loved coming to the Met to get lots of treats and pets.

We appreciate your support through his last illness, especially your assistance making sure he had a great last day - complete with cheeseburgers, Starbucks, and a little bacon chocolate. Our hearts ache for our sweet puppy, he was a special dog, and a treasured friend. You helped make his last moments peaceful and loving.

Thank you, Naomi and Justin

Dear Dr. Warren and the wonderful staff at Met Vet Hospital,
We are writing to thank you for your incredible kindness and care with our beloved Springer, Duncan, who crossed the bridge in late April. Over the past couple years you helped provided him with the best possible life and your skill, intuition and your concern along with your gentle and genuine approach to veterinary care makes routine care a pleasure and those incredibly difficult life decisions a little less painful. As with our Molly, and now Duncan....we are so greatful to each of you for your compassion and for being "real" with us when that time came. Bless you all.
Therese & Tony Ortega

Dear Dr. Warren,

Thank you for the wonderful care that you and all your staff gave Oliver in the few days he was with you. I appreciate all your efforts. Thanks for taking the extra time to talk to me when his health started deteriorating. Thanks for your honesty and for making sure he was comfortable. I appreciated your card and the special donation in his honor. That special gesture meant a lot. The pin enclosed is something to remind you of Oliver. He was such a special cat!
Thanks again for all your effort!
Best Wishes, Kim Williams

For Abraham Lincoln Schultz, June '01 - February '09
Thank you for your kindness and your attention during Lincoln's illness and passing. You took such good care of him (and me) when he was at the clinic -- and I still insist it was made better for him by his undying love for "Dr. Natalie." I don't know that I've ever told you that a big part of the reason I chose Metropolitan Vets was because of the story of Dan-the-Cat and the Dandelion fund; your story touched me deeply and I knew that you all care for animals beyond a simple patient relationship. I knew that when it was time for my kitties to move on to their next adventure, I'd have the kindness and support that is obviously part of your mission. I was just hoping it wouldn't be so soon for my beloved block-headed little guy. I am glad he chose to depart on that adventure from the quiet of his own home and bed -- it gave me and his sister Betsey the chance to say goodbye, to arrange to meet him someday, and to warn him about PetuniaDog who is the Great Cat Huntress of the sky. (It's okay, though, because he'll also get to meet BetteFinch and at the end of every day they will all share their kibble and drink from the goldfish bowl.) Thanks so much for everything, and I look forward to many many many more years of torturing - I mean, visiting - you with Miss Betsey.

Sparky (who will be missed dearly) 1/1/91 to 1/1/09
When my dear old Sparky decided that New Year’s Eve was his time to go, Dr. Warren didn’t hesitate for a second to come to my home and help us both through the process. That came as no surprise. I know where her heart is. It was important to me that when it was time, he not be in an unfamiliar place with well-meaning strangers. Sparky could not have had a better release from his long-term gradual decline, and I am so grateful to Dr. Warren not only for caring for him during his lifetime, but for helping to make that evening a sweet and comforting memory. He was surrounded by love.
I miss him dearly, but will always be grateful that he told me when it was time, and that Dr. Warren cares as deeply as I know she does. We are so fortunate to have her in our lives.

In Loving Memory of Molly 6/25/95 - 12/11/08
Dr. Warren and Staff,
Thank you so much for taking the best care of our furry family members and especially for the genuine interest, concern and health care for our Molly. It is because of your progressive and insightful practice that we were able to love her for an additional wonderful year. We really appreciate the research and extra effort your made to keep her comfortable and in the best health she could have - she had many challenges and you guys provided the medical guidance and ultimately the compassion we needed.
Thank you, The Ortegas

Rest in Peace sweet Winnie 8/16/93 - 9/3/08
I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate your kindness toward Winnie and us when the time came for our "girl" to leave us. We are glad she was able to be in such a loving and safe environment. I wanted to share with you her grave site, located among the ferns and bear grass outside my window. Her sister, Red, likes that she is still near us, too. Thank you for everything.
~ Jerry and Ida

To Our Beloved Pets:

On behalf of Sara and Guppy - this poem is dedicated to Mittens the cat

Cat Poem

They will not go quietly, the cats who've shared our lives. In subtle ways they let us know their spirit still survives.

Old habits still make us think we hear a meow at the door. Or step back when we drop a tasty morsel on the floor.

Our feet still go around the place the food dish used to be, And, sometimes, coming home at night, we miss them terribly.

And although time may bring new friends and a new food dish to fill, That one place in our hearts belongs to them. . . and always will.
- Linda Barnes

A poem for Mihn – you are missed. 8/30/2006

The House Dog's Grave

I've changed my ways a little; I cannot now Run with you in the evenings along the shore, Except in a kind of dream; and you, if you dream a moment, You see me there.

So leave awhile the paw-marks on the front door Where I used to scratch to go out or in, And you'd soon open; leave on the kitchen floor The marks of my drinking-pan.

I cannot lie by your fire as I used to do On the warm stone, Nor at the foot of your bed; no, all the night through I lie alone. But your kind thought has laid me less than six feet Outside your window where firelight so often plays, And where you sit to read--and I fear often grieving for me-- Every night your lamplight lies on my place.

You, man and woman, live so long, it is hard To think of you ever dying A little dog would get tired, living so long. I hope than when you are lying

Under the ground like me your lives will appear As good and joyful as mine. No, dear, that's too much hope: you are not so well cared for As I have been.

And never have known the passionate undivided Fidelities that I knew. Your minds are perhaps too active, too many-sided. . . . But to me you were true.

You were never masters, but friends. I was your friend. I loved you well, and was loved. Deep love endures To the end and far past the end. If this is my end, I am not lonely. I am not afraid. I am still yours.
-Robinson Jeffers, 1941