Today was the day...

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Today was the day...
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Thu, 07-10-2014 - 10:10pm

We brought Biggs to the vet's today to put him down.  Such a sad experience but it had to be done - he was only getting worse each day, and had not eaten anything since yesterday morning, I think it was.  He was drinking water though.  But our Dd came over last night and she had even found someone to take her shift at work as she wanted to be here for the night - spend time with her Biggs.  She had a rough night though...sleeping on the living room sofa (so as to be near Biggs who has chosen to sleep in the living room these days).  She didn't get much sleep and cried lots.  Ray, myself and Christine were there at the vet's to say our final goodbyes to Biggs - to hopefully give him comfort in his last few moments.  I am included two photos.  One Christine took of her and Biggs on her iPhone last night.  And the other is one of Biggs in better days (2009, I think?).

Rest in peace, little guy.

Shirley

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 1:43am

Hugs to you Shirley, and to Christine and Ray. It is so hard to say goodbye to our pets. Biggs had many good years with you and was well loved. Thank you for sharing the photos.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 8:43am

(hugs)

It's hard.  Red has been gone for over 2 years and we still think about him all the time.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 10:03am

He looked just like our first kitty when I was growing up - who also made it to 17.  Hugs to all - I know how hard it is.  We, too, still miss our old pets and talk about them fondly a lot.

Sue

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 2:04pm

Thanks everyone for the comforting words.  I've had a few pets in my life...not many but I never did participate in their being euthanized, so this was a first to actually witness that, and also for whatever reason, this cat was one I had the most affection for - but then my kids had grown up and away within the 14 years we had him (we got him at 3 years of age) so maybe he kind of became my 'surrogate child?"  LOL.  I certainly fussed over him.  I shed a few tears for him being gone, when I awoke this morning...somehow more affected today that way than yesterday.  His not being here will be the new 'normal' but for now, the house being empty of his presence still feels strange. 

Shirley

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 5:25pm

 Red always greeted me when I got home from work so that was when it hit me the most.   Coming home to an empty house. 

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 9:16pm

So sorry for your loss.

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Registered: 04-29-2000
Sat, 07-12-2014 - 6:56pm

Yes, it's the habits of our pets that we notice most when they are gone.  Biggs too often was close by (but not always, being a cat!) when we came home and so he would greet us at the door too.  He'd like to join us for watching movies in our basement - looked forward to his evening serving of cat 'treats'.  Little things like that.  I have one more photo of Biggs (and this should be my last) that my son, Michael, took one year.  This is often how Biggs liked to drink - not just what was from the bottom of the glass but from his water bowl too.  (first time I had ever seen that behaviour in a cat).

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 07-12-2014 - 7:15pm

Cute picture! Grandcat does that, but I've never seen Coco do it. Feel free to share as many photos as you like, some of us (me) love looking at pictures of cats Laughing

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Sat, 07-12-2014 - 8:02pm

Me too - great picture.

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Sun, 07-13-2014 - 12:54pm

It is SOO hard.  Even tho we've lost many pets over the years, it never gets any easier.  I've gone to the vet with most of them, except when the kids were young, & I thought it would be too traumatic (for all of us). 

And I still get choked up --even thinking about my childhood dog!   But the worst so far has been Moose.  And just the other day, Bree got into the bedroom where the painting of the 3 Bostons is up.  That bedroom is usually off limits, but she went in with me while I was cleaning, and she saw it.  Now she still calls Mack & Marco, "Back & Barco".  But she looked up at the painting and said MOOSIE!!!  And then proceeded to spend the next hour looking in all the closets (his favorite hiding places), saying, "Moosie, where ARE you??"

I'm still sobbing.

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