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Re: hum...now sad...

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] hum...now sad...
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 10:10:14 -0600
  • References: <8253646.1119875779483.JavaMail.root@sniper12>

I'm so sorry for your loss, too, Lynda.
I want to share this with all of you; it is from Roger Caras', "The Cats of
Thistle Hill".

"I have cried, too; I have felt a brick placed on my heart and threaten to
strangle me.  But now, I realize, in a quiet and I guess resigned way, that
every pet we ever hold is a tragedy waiting to happen to us.  It is
inevitable.  Besides, from long experience I know that the fact that a pet
dies is far less important than that it lived.  I can look back on some
lifetime favorites like Rufus and Daisy, on Yankee the Bloodhound and
Grigitte the Toy Poodle, and I smile inside, not cry.  I remember the
wonderful things they used to do, not when they stopped doing them.....I
guess the only question we have to ask is, did we do as well by him as we
could have?  I hope the answer is yes.  I think it is."

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lynda Young" <lyoung@grindertaber.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 6:38 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] hum...now sad...

> Oh, Cathy, I am so sorry for your loss. Pets certainly can become
> members of the family.  We just recently lost our beloved Johnboy, the
> big red dog.  Hurts like hell, and the house seems so empty.
> Lynda
> Zone 7 - West TN
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Behalf Of Cathy Carpenter
> Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:19 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] hum...now sad...
> Hard to get motivated to do anything. One of my cats, Jason, died
> today. Thursday about 5AM, he woke us with terrific yowling from
> under our bed. Finally got him out from there and he was writhing on
> the floor alternately yowling and panting. Got him to the vets
> (thought, being a male that it might be a urinary tract thing, but
> the UA was essentially negative) and while there, we noticed that his
> head was turning to the side and his eyes were moving involuntarily
> back and fourth. The vet said he thought either toxin exposure or a
> neurological problem and kept him for IV fluids, antibiotics,
> corticosteroids, and tests. Liver studies were negative, but over the
> next two days he continued to exhibit neurologic symptoms which I
> would describe as "seizure-like". This afternoon, he was dead. Vet
> says that the most likely cause was either a tumor or some other
> central nervous system lesion.
> I have been crying on and off ever since. DH is dealing with it in
> his own way, getting involve in "projects". Unfortunately, he is not
> up to giving me support. I feel so silly, as I have never reacted
> like this to a pet's death before. I guess it is because as an empty
> nester, Jason became a surrogate child. He was our only indoor-
> outdoor cat, and I have never known a cat to act so much like a dog.
> He wanted us to be out with him and whenever I would garden, Jason
> would come and lie down right where I was working! He would come when
> called, purring with tail held high and follow us around the yard. He
> was a friend to every one (except dogs) and was a pretty inept
> hunter... but. so proud of himself when he caught a vole, mouse, or
> (once) a snake.
> Have to go tomorrow to the vet to decide on his disposition ...
> dreading it.  Sorry to be such a downer, but I had to vent. Thanks,
> Cathy On Jun 25, 2005, at 11:16 PM, Donna wrote:
> > Ok what gives... where are all the messages of the day? Everyone in
> > the
> > garden today?
> >
> > Donna
> > Who didn't get outside all day... bummer, but with the heat here,
> > it is
> > probably a good thing!
> >
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