Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My pretty green-eyed girl



Today we had to make the decision to let Jakie go.  She seemed ill last night and since she has diabetes I took her to the vet this morning where we learned she was in end stage renal failure.  There were other things happening as well, and with all of it combined there would have been no quality of life for her if I had tried to bring her home to care for her and prolong her life.

My daughter said you can't pick favorites and I told her - with cats you can.  Jakie was everyone's favorite.  She was the one I could tell anyone - she's the friendly one, you can pet her, no worries.  She would go to anyone and happily accept their affection and settle comfortably in their laps.  She was a sweetheart for sure.

18 years old - she lived a good, long life.

My daughter Dani and son-in-law Dan were with me and we were all a mess of tears and tissues, struggling to say goodbye, knowing it was the right thing to do - yet not wanting to do it.  It was so very difficult for us but for Jakie?   Her passing was quiet and gentle and she went with the dignity she deserved.  There will be no more discomfort for my pretty green-eyed girl.

Rest well my little Jakie, we love you still and will miss you always.



8 comments:

  1. She always greeted me with a loud Hello. I will miss that. You gave her many years of great care honey where many would have given up, you did well by her and by all the kitty's. Looking at that clay footprint I didn't know Jackie was a south paw. :-)

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    1. Thank you Honey. I did my best but I really miss her.

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  2. It's always hard to let go, but you did what was right for Jackie. Sorry for your loss, but try to remember the joy she gave you and know that she is at rest.

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    1. Oh it was so hard but it was time. Thanks Tonya.

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  3. So sorry to hear this sad news..

    I've not had to go through this yet, I really hope it's a very long time coming as I think I will go to pieces..

    Hope you manage to feel comforted by knowing you gave her your very best care and love..

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    1. It's all quite selfish on my part, I just miss her.

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  4. Shooting me memories of carrying our 18 year old Binker to the vet with the same thing. I held her as tight as I could thinking she was going to be in pain leaving us. I'm so sorry Betty-Jo, it is hard.

    I can only hope you feel better soon.

    Now, I have guests coming down for breakfast, I'm full of tears, not just little ones and I have to step out of my office and face them. I'll be back to check in on you, hugs

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    1. Oh yours was 18 too! I'm sorry you've never gotten another cat though. They're all different and they all manage to work their way into your heart.

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