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18 Aug 2008
I just lost my husband four months ago and my main 'support' who has been at my side began to suffer from a malignant mass under her heart. I had to make the decision to euthanize her and like Leo this has been devastating. I still have the dogs, Kate and Shep.. and the cats Sugar and Cosmo so I am not totally alone.. but I thought she was so healthy and had years to live.. she liked to cuddle the most and I was not ready for this. She was such a sweetheart, everytime I would cry she would be there to comfort me. I feel so lost and adrift right now.
25 Mar 2007
Does anyone have any recommendations on books or websites with the best pet recipe plans that works well for them? I have been to a few sites already and was curious if anyone on here had any helpful advice? I was going to buy this book

http://www.amazon.com/Food-Pets-Die-Shocki...9260119-6899954

but one of the reviews said that this book was "Good Info on Commercial Pet Food - Bad Info on Homemade Diet" Any recommendations?
20 Feb 2007
My oldest daughter came back for a visit this last summer to celebrate my second oldest 18th birthday, of course Leo was happy to see part of his human-sibling-pride member there again. She was only six years old when we brought him to our home. Group hug! biggrin.gif

17 Feb 2007
We got him on valentine's day. Been so busy I have had little time to go on the computer. He is not as vocal as Leo was but instead has a quiet 'purt-purt-purt' vocalization that is so funny. He has already helped to mend our hearts. Will not be the same as Leo but he is already pretty unique in other ways. Nala has warmed up to him, Sugar is curious but aloof, Katie wants to be friends but her big doggie presence just scares him right now.. to her disappointment smile.gif

6 Feb 2007
This just happened yesterday and my husband and I are just devastated, even though we knew his days were becoming numbered.

The past year he walked with a limp and we had him on cosquin for cats and that seemed to ease the arthritis in his hips. My daughter who was only six when he came home as a kitten noticed his decline when she last came to visit a week ago. He was much more frail, and not living with him day to day she noticed the difference between even Christmas and now.

Superbowl sunday he was his usual self, we ordered a family chicken dinner and was getting his usual expected share of chicken. Yesterday morning I gave him his usual can of soft food, then about a hour or two later he vomited it up, and by the looks of it the chicken from last night, undigested. He also had a dirrehea like drainage and was trying to pass a stool where he was laying but all he could do was just spasm in pain. Good god we tried to help, I got a warm washcloth to clean his hindquarters which clearly bothered him. I called the vet and made an appointment as soon as possible which would have been the next day. In the meanwhile Leo went to hide behind a desk and curl up, my daughter went to put him back by the towels in the bathroom and he had his mouth open for a moment in a pant. I had to call back and ask if I could bring him in immediately to put him down, so I got the car ready because it is frigid cold here in WI and my daughters brought him to the car. My husband could not bare to go with us because that was his baby.

I got half way and I was ready to turn the car around, but my daughter reminded me even though he was alert he was periodically spasming in pain. This was it. It hit us so fast we did not have time to brace ourselves. He calmly stayed still there for the vet when he got ready to get the shot and he went so peacefully. It was a mix of relief and grief for us, especially the girls I have at home who have grown up with him. After all was done the vet showed us his skin that had signs of liver failure. It is comforting to read the posts where everybody had their doubts and second guesses like I did. I am still going through the motions, I never had a pet for this long.

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