You were my first furbaby on my own. It was June 2000 when I adopted you from the shelter as an 8 week old kitten. The staff let me play with you in this ittle room and I remember thinking "Yes! He's the one!" Driving home all you did was meow loudly. Such big meows from a little body. This scared little baby, not knowing where you were going. And so our life together began..|
I was like a new mother with her baby, taking pictures of you all the time and showing them to my family and co-workers. You were always there to greet me when I came home from work and helped me through my bad days. You made me smile with your cute kitty antics like trying to fit yourself into a box or plastic bag or playing with the water as it came out of the faucet(you were always a big fan of water). I can still see you sitting on my lap as I played solitaire on the computer and laying next to me on the couch while we watched television together. But one memory I will never forget was the time I was very sick and bedridden for a couple of days. You stayed with me and kept me company. It was like you were saying, "I'm here Mom!" "I'll help you feel better!" I never forgot that!
In June 2009 we moved south to Florida to start a new life. A long 1,500 mile road trip that I know stressed you out a bit, but mommy couldn't take New England winters anymore. You adapted well to your new surroundings and enjoyed your time on the lanai in the warm sunshine watching the birds and squirrels. Thunderstorms didn't seem to bother you as much, but fireworks did. Running and hiding under mom's bed comforter to sheild yourself from the loud noises and from people you didn't know who came into your home.
Thanksgiving 2011 you were diagnosed with Hyperthyroid disease. Going over all the options for treatment with your new veternarian Dr. Sarah Ballaguer, we decided to try a new food put out by Prescription Diet for Thyroid Care. The animal hospital had just received this food in and you were the first one they tried it on and with great success. You started gaining weight and your blood work showed your Thyroid was in normal range. You continued to do quite well. Dr. Ballaguer called you her poster boy for Prescription Diet y/d.
Unfortunately the good times were short lived. In June 2012 you started to get sick. After having a few blood tests done over the course of a few weeks and everything coming up normal except for your White Blood Cell count was low. We finally did an xray and saw you had a tumor the size of a plum in your abdomen. Needless to say my heart sank. Again, Dr. Ballaguer gave me the options, but felt the best thing to do was to try a strong anti-inflammatory drug to try and shrink the mass. You would cry loudly everytime you went to the litter box and I knew I couldn't let you live like this for much longer. The vet gave me some pain medicine to help ease your discomfort, but eventually the decision I was hoping I wouldn't have to make for awhile was going to have to be made. Your health declined rapidly and one day you just stopped eating. I tried for a couple of days to get you to eat, but you gave me that look that told me you were all done fighting. It was as if you were saying "It's okay Mom." "You gave me a wonderful life." "It's time for me to go now."
On August 9th, 2012, Dr. Ballaguer helped end your suffering. I patted your fur and told you I loved you as you quietly made your way to Rainbow Bridge. You were 12 years old.
Where did the time go?! It seemed like just yesterday you were a kitten and now you're gone. Sometimes when I come home I feel like I can still see you running to the door to greet me and then you go to the lanai and roll around on the floor and meow happily. I miss you so very much. You are in my thoughts everyday. Until we meet again. Rest in peace my angel..
it should be that I grow weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle cannot be won.
You will be sad, I understand.
We've had so many happy years.
Take me where my need they'll tend,
I know in time that you will see
Please do not grieve--it must be you