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1 Jul 2006
Today at about 1:20 we euthanized our pet tabby Arthur. He was diagnosed a couple of months ago with IMHA, and his immune system was slowly destroying his red blood cells. He was lethargic to the point of unconsciousness. The corticosteroid treatments worked for a few weeks, but his immune system would not stay suppressed and began, once again, to destroy his own blood.

The last few days he was almost comatose - rarely even acknowledging my presence. Yesterday he actually came over to me as I sat on the couch, laid at my feet, and when I didn't immediately pick him up (I thought he might like a break from the constant attention), he lost his patience and jumped up onto my lap for the final time.

Our vet was wonderful, but even though I've had this happen before, my heart is aching like an open wound. I forgot completely how much this hurts. It seems like my soul is torn in half.

Would everyone who reads this please say a small prayer that Arthur finds his way to whatever afterlife awaits us all? I like to think that one day I'll close my eyes and wake up surrounded by the ones who have passed on before.

Good night Arthur baby. Good boy.
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3 Aug 2005
I know we are often caught up in our losses but now and then I think we need a good story to help us put things in perspective.

We took our cat Oscar to a new vet in Toronto. Mel Tonkin at the Banks Animal Hospital (I could go ON about how wonderful he was, but I'll leave that for another post).

They offered to give us a tour of the back - since they had a bunch of kittens for adoption, and we had wanted to get Oscar his own cat, we went to look. Before we got to the new arrivals, we were shown the room where all the cats stay who are being boarded. One little cat, a grey tabby, had no sign on his cage. The technician told us that he had been abandoned by his owners when they didn't want to pay the vet bill. He was two years old and had been there for 7 months. Nobody wanted to adopt an adult cat when there were so many cute little kittens in the next room.

Can you guess the rest of the story?

Fifteen minutes later - after a flea bath to make sure we weren't taking anything more than we bargained for - we were leaving the hospital with Oscar and his new brother - newly named Arthur.

He's cute, cuddly and a constant reminder of how I'm still needed by somebody - no matter how depressed I might feel.

Edgar, Jesse and Tom are probably looking down at us now, happy that we were able to give another one of their cousins a good home.

Moral of the story - there is no such thing as a replacement - but the human heart is a much larger place than you can ever imagine - and there's room enough in there for anyone you care to love. Just looking at Arthur and feeling him butt me with his head - my heart may still be broken, but WOW - it still works!!!
26 Jan 2005
Friends,

I am moving soon from Montreal to Toronto and just wanted to let you all know that I will not be available to respond to posts or messages for a few weeks, starting next Friday.

The resilience of people here is astounding, as is the support structure. I am proud to be able to add my small portion to it and will return when we are settled.

I look forward to coming back in about month or so. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all. Anyone who really needs a typical "DJ' type of response can contact me at djwgilroy@hotmail.com

I love you all - hugs...
27 Dec 2004
Today my sister and brother in law told me that they had their cat of 16 years put to sleep. His health had deteriorated and a calm, loving choice was made to ensure that he did not suffer any longer than was absolutely necessary. This post is for him.

His name was Garfield - or Garkie, as we called him. He was a beautiful 16 year old orange marmalade cat whose purr was so loud it sounded like a pot full of water. He had the most beautiful grey and gold eyes - they looked like something out of a science fiction novel. He would look directly into your eyes - something many pets will not do - and stare until you finally gave him some loving.

He had a wonderful temperament, loved children, and could never get enough petting time. I have been a member of this family for 11 years and this little fellow was every bit as much a member as I am.

Rest in peace, Garkie. I hope Edgar, Jesse and Tom are teaching you how to fly. I look forward to hearing your voice someday and telling you how much you were loved.

Although I think, somehow, you already know...
13 Dec 2004
Please remember, everyone, that the holidays are often a time when we are at our most vulnerable when it comes to our grief and sadness. But it is also a time to remember, fondly, all of the great moments we shared with our loved ones.

To everyone on here - no matter how far the distance between us, no matter how dark the night seems, no matter how much the loss seems to bear down on your soul - we are friends. True friendship does not require details about someone, years of acquaintance or proximity to them. It requires only that we think of our fellow beings with compassion and understanding. It requires only that we sympathize and try to lighten their pain. It requires a sharing of both our inner selves and our individual burdens.

Every tear you have each shed for your pets strengthens my faith in people.

Every sad post on the site - increases my belief that our race isn't without hope.

When we so strongly grieve the losses of the little ones around us we reaffirm our own humanity.

I am proud not only to have helped any of you (if I have) - but to have been given the very special gift of meeting all of you. My little furry ones are in a much better place now - but thanks to all of you I think that we're not in such a bad place ourselves.
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