Saturday, October 19, 2013

so tired and sad

These last few months we have been watching Pooh shrink away.  He was, up till about 6 months or so ago, the most gregarious, friendly, purr-full and affectionate cat.  He had his "crazy time" every evening, running back and forth from the family room into the kitchen and back.  Often pushing off of furniture as he sped past.

He has been losing weight at a very noticeable rate.   He went to the vet and there really was not a whole lot that could be done to help Pooh get better.

So we watched him get thinner and weaker.  He never ever lost his lust for food.  But it went right through him.  In the last few weeks we have had newspaper spread all over the house, and extra kitty litter  throughout the house.  Poor guy.  He really tried to be tidy, but he just couldn't- especially with his long, beautiful hair.

Last week we took him to the vet, thinking we were saying good bye for the last time.  Nick had some questions and the vet said that there was one more "hale Mary" pass we could try.  So we tried.  But it didn't work.  Pooh had maybe a little bit more energy for a day or two, but his digestive problems never resolved themselves.

We have all been losing sleep, wanting to be able to take care of Pooh if he needed us.   Last night, Pooh spent several happy hours just sitting and resting in Austin's lap.  For that I am really grateful.  Today we kissed him goodbye as he went to sleep for a final time.

Pooh was a giving and loving kitty.

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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