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01:17 PM - 07/20/2014

The topic: One of the toughest things to do


Is making that decision to end a pet's life. I hate it. I loathe it. Yet it's one of the kindest things we can do. To end their suffering before it's unbearable for them. We've had to make that decision three times this year. Two days apart. We lost George on a Sunday, Gracie and Captain on the following Tuesday.

For people who read this blog on a regular basis, you know that Captain was diagnosed with chylothorax back in May and that our vet didn't believe in idiopathic (unknown origin) chylothorax, she believed Captain had cancer. We had him on Rutin which did a bang up job of helping his body process the fluid,  but I guess this cancer abhorred the vacuum left by the absence of fluid and grew.  It grew quickly. On June 26, the vet got almost 150cc of fluids out of his lungs. The following Monday she could get nothing. We said goodbye to him the next day, when he could hardly breathe. 

I took this video the Friday after he had all of the fluid drained from his lungs. He was almost like his old self. Except his breathing was still labored. 


Tuesday morning we made the appointment and Captain cruised the backyard. He stopped at the railroad ties that act as a retaining wall and stretched out and sharpened his claws on them. By the time he was back in the house, he could barely catch his breath and we knew he'd never get better. We said goodbye to him shortly after.

It so hard to make that decision! I had to let my soul matego in September if last year and it still brings me to my knees sometimes. But to have to do 3 in today’s I can’t imagine the pain! Here’s a hug it won’t help, but it’s all I have to offer!!!

Posted by Jiller @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:32:22 PM

Enjoyed, nice video.
So hard to say good bye and even harder to have to make those decisions…..
I had to do that three times in so many years.
Blush, Belle and most recently Sara had to make that trip to the rainbow bridge on my word. I loved all three and always will…...
I now have Lil Bit and Buddy fron the humane society to love and care for.
daHumoon.  Ruth

Posted by Ruth Haines aka daHumoon @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 2:33:16 PM

I am so sorry.  I know you love all of your cats.  It is so hard to say good by.  It has been a tuff year :(

Posted by Gail Carlson @ Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 9:30:35 PM

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