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Oh God, I found the cat and she was still alive. Not good but alive. So I woke Finn up and we stood there staring at her in the bushes not knowing what to do and I suddenly felt sick of being the one who always has to know what to do. But that doesn't stop, so I got Finn to hold her basket and we put her in it and brought her in. She clambered out, lay under the table, wet the floor and started gasping. So I made a decision and the boys (Christy left at five this morning for Parachute) said goodbye to her and I took her to the vet. It was a different vet, a really nice one, and she was quite positive about our tough little cat. She promised to keep charges to a minimum, put the cat on a drip and a heating pad and give her some antibiotics (which I think she would have needed all along). She said the cat was very pale so maybe she has some internal bleeding from the teeth removal? I made her promise that the other vet wouldn't touch Shyler

*shrug* I feel better that the cat is being looked after with dignity. Now - I'm so tired. And it's only half past nine in the morning. OMG!


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Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I hope she pulls through.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
We tried but she didn't make it. I told them to let her go peacefully.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
My beloved dog, Esther, was aging and having trouble breathing along with degenerating hind legs and pain. I talked with my vet about what to do. I guess I knew she should be euthanized, but I just wanted someone to tell me that, to kind of ease the burden of making that decision. The vet said "John you have given Esther a good life and part of that is a good death".
I held Esther as the drugs were administered and I am glad I could do that last loving act for her. Letting you pet go peacefully is a gift. I know the ache in your heart for her, but you gave her a good life and that is important. God bless you and your family Jen.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:29 am (UTC)
Oh, I'm so glad you found her! At least the poor thing is in less pain. Hope you made it through the day okay! Thinking of you!
Jan. 23rd, 2009 03:23 am (UTC)
I know she's okay now. She didn't make it but she's at peace.

We are rather fragile but we'll tough it through the day! Thanks for thinking of us.
Jan. 24th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry. It's not easy to lose a pet.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
I'm glad you have some kind of closure and were able to say goodbye. And Shyler suffered less than she might have done. Thinking of you - pets are very important in our lives and you will all be grieving.

I know just what you mean about being the one who knows what to do - that's another reason for needing the lighthouse!

Jan. 24th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
-I know just what you mean about being the one who knows what to do - that's another reason for needing the lighthouse!
Oh yeah, you're so right! Thanks for the hugs xx.

Today I washed the floor and all the cat dishes and her little cat food mat. It felt really odd, like, this is the last time. But yeah, we did get to say goodbye which was good.

*hugs you back*
Jan. 23rd, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
I'm really sorry to hear that Shyler didn't make it. I'm keeping you all in my thoughts, especially Finn because I remember how horrible I felt the first time I had a pet die.

And I have to say that the way you always seem to know what to do is one of the things that impresses me the most about you: you're a remarkably strong person, even if you don't always realise it.

Jan. 24th, 2009 12:42 am (UTC)
Thanks, Hannah, you're so kind. I hope my children are learning that they can make strong decisions as well.

Finn was going to a friend's house yesterday and as I dropped him off I asked him if he'd be all right. He said, yeah, he just wouldn't think about it! I watched him skateboard off down the hill from the tunnel and he looked small but in control. I was proud of him.

Jan. 23rd, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
It is never easy to lose a pet,but you were brave and did the right thing. It will take a while for you all,but it is much better to know she didnt suffer all alone.

Hugs and hugs and more hugs....
Jan. 24th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Phil *many hugs back to you*

And yeah, I think the best thing was she didn't die lonely after choosing to live with our family all those years ago.
Jan. 26th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
So sorry to hear about Shyler, it reminded me of when we had to take Sooty to the vet at the end of his life - we all cried buckets... Thinking of you all *hugs*
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
Thanks, I remember when you had cat sorrows before you left NZ.

The children seem to have recovered fast and moved ahead, which I guess is really good. Christy has made a Shyler folder on the desktop so we can check the cat out any time to recall her cute moments!
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