A Very Quiet Household

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

Diego

Diego And His Beautiful Blue Eyes

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.

Cat number four

Syeed, our Turkish Angora

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..

Isis hanging out

Isis with books

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.

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13 thoughts on “A Very Quiet Household

  1. So sorry Jean. We have faced the loss of many dear pets in my 75 years I have always had at least one pet. Siena is hurting too, you can all heal together.

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  2. Dear Jean,
    Such sad news. But as always, you’ve selected an eloquent book for the times. My sympathy is with you and your family as you navigate these new waters. What a wise woman you are to take the time that you need.

  3. I know just how you feel; had to put our yellow lab down as her tail still wagged right before Christmas. It’s always so hard to say goodby to these furry family members. the debate is on whether or not to get another. Somehow I can’t imagine staying in this state of petlessness very long. You certainly had too many losses in a row! Stay under the porch a bit longer. Big hugs, Judy Schubert

  4. Sorry to read about your recent losses. We, too have known the pain of losing a beloved family pet member. No matter what the circumstances, advanced age or illness, it never is easy….at present we have a great dane that is approaching his 10th birthday, he has his good and bad days, it will be heartbreaking when the time comes to make those important decisions for him.

    • So sad and sorry to hear about your losses. It truly is heartbreaking to lose our pets. They become so much a part of our daily comings and goings. After 16 years I still pull into the garage and expect to have our “Tinker” greet us!!!

  5. I thought your comment “under the porch” for awhile was perfect. When we lose an animal it is heart wrenching. We need time to regroup.
    My condolences, all animal lovers have been there. We know what you are going through.

  6. I am so sorry that you’ve had to deal with these losses but so close together has to be especially difficult. Oh, my heart breaks for you. The wonderful thing is that they entered your life and changed it in incredible ways and they will always leave a mark upon your heart.

    HUGS. Thinking of you all during this time.

  7. I’m so sorry for your loss, Jean. It must have been terribly hard for you and Jack to lose 3 beloved pets in such a short time. I’m sure the happy memories of the time you had together will help you through this difficult time.

  8. I am so sorry. Pets bring us so much love and comfort, and they are every bit an important family member as anyone else. I hope Siena eases your pain somewhat, even if she may not be able to fill the void.

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