Friday, July 13, 2007

Deserved Reputation
Today is Friday the 13th. I never had a problem with that date...ever...until today. Every once-in-awhile my wedding anniversary falls on Friday the 13th. I have always considered that a lucky day for me. Today it was just sad.
Today I had to put Bailey to sleep. After a week of fightling Renal failure, the vet and I decided that it was time to let Bailey go. I had such hope for her recovering but the blood test said most of her kidney function was gone.

I got Bailey from the Animal Control here where I live. She had no hair on her and was covered with fleas and sores. She had by spayed and declawed and was wearing a little flea collar. Here, if an animal is picked up with a collar on of any kind, it spares their life for 10 days while they wait for Mom or Dad to come and pick them up. No collar, buys the animal 5 days. I found her at day 7. She was a total mess but grew up to be a beautiful cat. She was timid and very sweet. She rarely complained about anything. Moose used to love to pin her down and lick her from head to toe. That drove her nuts. Dog spit on a long haired cat; well it's just not pretty.

So here's to 10 wonderful years of hair all over my black pants, licking my eye brows backwards to help clean me up, smacking the dogs around when they behaved badly, and letting me brush you against your will. I will miss you but know there are others where you are going ,that will brush you to keep you from getting matted and some one to scrath under you chin just the way you like it. Safe journey good friend.



8 comments:

kemtee said...

Oh honey… I'm so very sorry.

Romelda said...

oh, Viv, I am so sorry . . it is a terrible responsibility we take on when we take these creatures into our lives. . but oh, isn't it worth it!
much love,

Luni said...

My sympathies, and my empathy. I put my cat to sleep over 20 years ago, and it still bothers me. Same thing, urinary tract problems. Somehow, the 9 years with him didn't seem like long enough.
Bailey was a beautiful cat.

vlb5757 said...

Thank you for your sympathies. I just love having pets but I know that eventually they will grow old and die. I guess no one thinks about that when they are babies and are so helpless. Seems like life comes full circle. Bailey was a mess when we got her and in the end she depended on us to help her out of the mess her Renal failure created. I really wish I could tell the family that lost her how much we enjoyed her and that she lived a happy life with two kids and 6 other animals.

Jenni said...

Lots of hugs from Pushkin (who could have been Bailey's brother and has a very similar story) and me.

vlb5757 said...

Thanks, I am just heart broken that there was nothing we could do for her. Even the vet said she would have chosen to put Bailey to sleep. I have never had a cat die so young. The last cat that we put to sleep was 17. So Bailey was pretty young. We have decided not get another cat for a while. We still have 5 more four legged buddies here to love on.

Tina T-P said...

Oh, so sorry about your Bailey - This has been a sad year, for so many of my friends have had pets "cross the bridge".
Sincere symapthy to you from all of us at the farm. T.

Wool Winder said...

What a hard decision to make. So sorry for your loss.