Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saying Goodbye

Yesterday afternoon, we said our last good byes to Emma after a horrible five days of fluid drips, blood transfusions and hardly any eating (despite medication).

Our veterinarian, a 35 year veteran and no-nonsense kind of guy, cried afterward with us as he hugged first Tom and then me. We thanked him for helping us keep her for the two years we did after her first diagnosis.

We love you, Em. We always will. May there be endless dishes of catnip where you are headed and a birdie to watch whenever you wish... and all the tuna your little sweet heart desires.

We miss you.


Sidhe July 11, 2009 at 10:28 AM  

I'm sorry to hear it. I know that she was so much more to you than words can ever express. I'm glad to have met Emma. Take care.

ZIRGAR July 11, 2009 at 10:32 AM  

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Words can be cold consolation, but I do feel what you're going through and I wish you a short mourning period.

Seeing Eye Chick July 11, 2009 at 10:38 AM  

I am so sorry Skye. She is very lucky to have lived in a house with so much love for her.

Aliceson July 11, 2009 at 11:44 AM  

So sorry to hear the sad news. At least you were able to say a proper goodbye. I know she'll be missed but you have many great memories of her, I'm sure.

Hugs to you!

Anonymous,  July 11, 2009 at 12:40 PM  

So sorry for your loss. What a gorgeous cat.

PENolan July 11, 2009 at 12:50 PM  

Holding you and Emma in the light

themom July 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM  

I feel so bad for you. the best cat I ever had lived to be 22 years of age. Her last selfless act was to waken my children (4 & 6 at the time), when our house was on fire. She was more human than cat. They wend their way into our hearts and that is a tough loss. She isn't suffering any longer, and she passed knowing you loved her. I wish you well.

Riot Kitty July 11, 2009 at 1:06 PM  

Oh sweetie! I am so sorry. I went through something very similar with my kitty Rocco, and it was sudden. We didn't want him to suffer through more fluid packs, etc.

He died on Memorial Day, which I think he did on purpose :)

mikeb302000 July 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

Skye, I'm sorry to hear about this sad business. I know losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing any other member of the family. Good luck with the healing process.

Anonymous,  July 11, 2009 at 5:41 PM  

I've been following your posts about Em. I'm so sorry to hear that you had to make this incredibly difficult and painful choice. You were so lucky to have and love each other. My thoughts are with you.

themom July 11, 2009 at 7:23 PM  

When you feel "up to it", I have an award for you at my place. No rush at all.

skyewriter July 11, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

Thank you all for your kind words.

They have meant more to me today than you will ever know.

I've been putting away all of Emma's toys (pickle babies, we called them--- don't ask). I washed out her water and food bowls one last time. I fell apart completely when I took her heating pad out of the drier... knowing she wouldn't need it anymore.

I'm trying to keep good memories of her in my mind... those hurt, too, though right now.

May the kindness you have offered me return to you a thousand fold.

Shady Lady July 11, 2009 at 11:07 PM  

Oh Skye, I'm so very sorry. (((hugs)))

Nancy July 11, 2009 at 11:55 PM  

Oh I feel so badly for you! I've had many cat friends spend their lives with me and it hurts so bad to lose them. What a beautiful cat Emma was. I'm sure she was very grateful for your love and caring. May she rest in peace and may you be left with loving memories of her after the sadness fades.

Chris July 12, 2009 at 1:54 AM  

so sorry...she was a lucky cat!

Cosa Nostradamus July 12, 2009 at 9:16 AM  

I'm sure there's cats in Heaven
on the left hand or the right
God has shown a preference
for creatures that delight

There will be no more furballs
no ticks or worms or fleas
there's none of that in Heaven
not for God's poor wee kitties

Weep not for bygone felines'
regret no single day
for God has sent his kitties here
to help us make our way

You may draw up by the fire
in the distance round the bend
and stretch and yawn and know full well
we're God's cats in the end

Ironicus Maximus July 12, 2009 at 4:44 PM  

There is never a good in good bye. We are told when a dog dies it takes a little of your heart with it, but leaves a little of its own. There is no reason to doubt the same doesn't happen with cats.

We think that is what helps us heal.

Anonymous,  July 13, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

I am so sorry for the loss of a beloved member of your family. It never gets easy. However, I hope you will cherish the years that you had with her, which is what many of us end up doing when our four-legged friends pass on before us.

True Blue Texan July 21, 2009 at 10:01 PM  

I'm so sorry to hear about Emma, Skye. It's always hard when a pet dies, especially one that you've tried so hard to keep well.

I'll be thinking of you.

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