Sunday, October 07, 2012

World Card Making Day was a Bust!

Well, Blogger Friends. I did not spend yesterday making cards in celebration of World Card Making Day. Instead, I spent the morning at the vet's office saying good-bye to our 14 year old kitty, Simon.

Simon suddenly stopped eating on Wednesday and by the end of the day Thursday had stopped drinking and using the litter box. On Friday the vet told us that it was likely there was nothing we could do for him as he appeared to have a number of large tumors (lymphoma). We took him to the vet specialist on Saturday morning who confirmed the diagnosis. He told us that surgery was impossible and any treatment would not be beneficial. We had to make the choice to let Simon go. Such a very sad day.


This was his favorite thing to do...sleep in the sun, on top of the kids' school books. And a Garfield comic! It looks like he fell asleep doing Algebra and Health homework. He was a wonderful companion for the kids and a super cat. For a rescue kitty, he was pretty amazing. I know that 14 years is long time to have a pet, and we are grateful to have had him share in our lives for so long.

My husband and I stayed with him until the end and cuddled him and gave him all of the love we could. Saying good-bye was so difficult, but he was in pain and fading away so quickly. We have 14 years of wonderful memories of him.

Here is a card I made some time ago that speaks to how I feel today.


Thanks for all the kind words and prayers. Many of you read about this on Facebook and have been so sweet. Anyone who has lost a furry friend knows how your heart breaks when they are lost. It means a lot to me to read your supportive words.

25 comments:

  1. oh gosh...I was so sorry to read this and it brought tears to my eyes.... our furry friends are so special and when we have to let them go it is of course a huge loss. But...as you said, you have 14 years of wonderful memories to carry in your heart!
    Hugs
    Clelia

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  2. Pets are part of our family and it hurts to let them go just as our human family is. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

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  4. So sorry to hear about your kitty. This is such a hard thing to go through. I love your scripture card. Some people just don't realize that the loss of a pet is truly the loss of a loved one! God bless you during this hard time.
    Love and prayers!

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  5. SO sorry Gloria! Happy you have years of great memories, sad that they've ended. Wishing you peace.

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  6. I am so sorry for your loss....:(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((

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  7. What a sweet tribute to a sweet friend and companion. Someday...some bright eternal day, there will be NO MORE death, pain and suffering. Yet even now, despite the tears, heartache, grief and sorrow, we can rejoice because our Savior because is victorious and He is our strength and our shield. May He comfort your grieving heart, dear friend. Hugs and blessings!!

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  8. So sorry, Gloria....not a fun way to spend WCMD. I hope your heart heals soon. Hugs to you...

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  9. So sorry for your loss of Simon. They are so much a part of the family and like one of the kids. Take care. Mary

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  10. Warmest hugs Gloria.... thinking of you all..xx

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  11. Gloria- oh I am so sorry to hear about your furry baby. It brought tears to my eyes to see that photo- he looked so sweet. I have gone through it with 2 dogs and we now have 2 cats and they are so sweet and wonderful,....... I don't want to think about losing them.

    Heidi

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  12. Oh Gloria...I'm so sorry...hang in there.

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  13. Oh Gloria I am so sorry! I could not have children so my dogs have been my kids. We had to let Heidi go when she was 17, and I thought my heart would never heal. But God does give us strength to go forward. Wishing you wonderful memories to make this time less painful.

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  14. Gloria..my heart bleeds for you..I know just how you feel. Three years ago we had to put our cat down I had had since I graduated highschool...he was 16. He was special for so many reasons..but one being he was given to me by my deceased grandmother, They truly are parts of the family. He was such a sweet kitty...and I know he was loved by you and your family...hugs, cherry

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  15. So sorry for your loss.

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  16. Oh, this post really hit home as I also had to have my sweet kitty, Bailey, put down last month. He was 14 years old and had been suffering from respiratory disease for a year and a half but it was so very hard to let him go. I am grateful that I didn't have to let him suffer and I stayed with him at the vet's office until the end as well. But he has left a hole in my heart and will be missed so much. I am so sorry for your loss. Our pets are like family and enrich our lives in every way.

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  17. What a wonderful tribute! I love the photo of him sleeping on the kids books... seems like that's where all cat's are happiest when they are in the middle of everything we do!

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  18. Gloria, thanks for posting, even though it must have been a difficult post to write. The picture you shared of Simon, your beloved cat, was so peaceful looking. Perhaps that image will, in time, give you peace as well. My sympathy to you and your family in losing such a sweet cat.

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  19. Oh Gloria, I am so sorry!! Sending prayers for the entire family. Next week is the one year anniversary of our 20 yr old Kitty's passing. We still miss her so much! Love and hugs, Angie

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  20. So sorry! We, too, lost a cat not long ago that had been with us for 18 years.

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  21. So sorry to hear about your loss. Prayers for you.

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  22. I am so sorry, Gloria. My prayers are going out to you and your family.

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  23. So sad not to be able to hold and cuddle your sweet Simon. (((BIG HUGS)))

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss! He looks so content lying in the sun amidst the books. Pets become such a part of our families...I love how God loved us so much, that he made these adorable companions that bring healing to us in so many ways. He'll be missed!

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  25. I'm so sorry...I do understand I lost my 19 year old this summer, I keep her home until her last breath...she just left slowly and peacefully....
    We have all the memories in our heart ....cats are the best companion ...
    Luce
    Myvintagecat.blogspot.ca

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