I hesitated to even write this post. Then something told me I needed to do it. I’m sure some of you readers have dear pets; many, in fact. We’ve had a very sad four months around here. First, we lost Diego
to stomach cancer in October. It was a horrible experience for us and for our other three cats. Then just a few days before Christmas, we lost Syeed, our Turkish Angora. He was only six years old. And boy was he gorgeous. He left us suddenly, without notice. We and our animal doctor believe he died of an aneurism or heart attack. One moment he was having a nap; the next he was dead. It was such a shock to us that we had a hard time believing it had happened.
While we were dealing with Diego’s sickness, I pulled out a treasure of a book for animal lovers. GOING HOME by Jon Katz, talks about finding peace when pets die. We have found this book to be invaluable in helping us make crucial decisions concerning our beloved pets. After all, we are making choices for them, not us.
Lately, our sweet Isis who is 14 began having symptoms of upper respiratory infection. We took her to her doctor who promptly put her on a regimen of medicine to make her all better. But she did not get all better. So she went on another medicine. And it went on. Finally, the last resort was the specialist. Since Isis had only the symptoms of a respiratory sickness we decided to go the next step to have the doctor scope her nose. The rest is history..
Sadly, we had to make the best decision for Isis yesterday. We received the diagnosis of extremely aggressive cancer. There was no cure. I will not go into details about how Isis had been weakening. Those of you with pets who have dealt with severe illness know how heartbreaking all this is. A decision had to be made. We have learned the hard way that you can wait too long to do the “right” thing for a pet. We wanted Isis to keep her dignity as she always had. And she did. She is now with her brothers. I’m sure they were at the gate welcoming her into their world.
I am what I call “under the porch” this week. I am taking a couple personal days from work. And to spend some quiet time with Siena, our five-year-old Seal Point Siamese. She stepped right up last night making sure she gave equal time to both me and my husband. Now I know why I brought her home five years ago when we actually already had four cats. She would be needed.