I never knew there was such a capacity to love another living thing, until I found you that day, abandoned on the doorstep of the animal hospital where I worked. You and a brother and sister were put there in a little box, probably by someone that couldnt take care of you and thought you would have a better chance at an animal hospital. Your brother and sister found new homes the same day but no one saw your inner beauty, so day after day for about a week, I tried to find you a home with a good mom or dad. I already had 3 other babies and didnt think I had the room for a fourth. This lasted about a week. I fell in love and the rest is history!
Your 17 years, 4 months and 6 days on this earth were filled with so many happy times. You truly ruled the roost at home.... all 15 pounds of you. Remember all the camping trips we went on, the canoe rides, and remember how you used to pick on Skipper incessantly. You would chomp down on his big, fluffy tail and shake it like a pit bull! Thank god he was so tolerant of you! :)
You were never sick a day in your life until just from age, you became partially blind and deaf, but you adjusted fine. You would ocassionally bump into things , but if I held up a treat, you could certainly see that and come running to get it! :)
Even when your rear legs began failing, you still managed to get around.. you were such a fighter. But then literally overnight, you went from being able to manage, to literally being unable to get up on your own, and even with assistance, would just fall over, once you were up. I could not bear to watch this, you couldnt even get up to urinate. I was not going to let you lose all of your dignity. You were my best friend for over 17 years and you deseved so much more than that. So, I chose to let you go. I am thankful that working fo a vet, I was able to take you to work with me on Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 and I layed you on your blanket and made you a little bed in my office. You did not move the entire day, however you were still willing to eat when I hand fed you some of the Dr's. baked chicken and Ambers pork. You seemed to really like that even though you wouldnt do much more than lift your head just far enough to take the tasty morsels. I am fortunate that I was able to be with you that whole day. When it came time for me to leave and I handed you to the Dr., it was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I knew it was the most unselfish thing I could do for you. Life since, has been almost surreal. Like a foggy dream that makes no sense.
I know though that you are at the Rainbow Bridge, picking on Skipper again and playing with Champ and Baby and all of the cats that predeceased you. Please tell them that mommy is ok and that she misses them all so much, but that they are all in a better place... happy, healthy and playing like crazy!
I will never forget you, you impacted my life in ways that you wll never know.
I love and miss you so.
My "wittle" girl, my elf, my boo.