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Tuesday, March 22, 2011


After a long and excruciating internal battle, I made the decision last night to put my cat, Mindy, to sleep today.  She was getting weaker by the minute, and I did not want her to suffer needlessly.  I first adopted Mindy as a tiny six-week old little girl over eighteen years ago.

I held her and was with her until after she was gone.  We spent some alone time this morning - just Mindy and her Mama - with me holding her, loving her, talking to her, stroking her fur, and crying over her.  I gave her a couple of teaspoons of ice cream, which she delightfully ate.  Then, I held her as I blanketed her in a comfy towel and drove to the vet's office.  For the first time EVER, she did not move, cry, or make a sound while in the car.  The doctor took Mindy back and put a little catheter in her leg.  When the doctor brought her back to me, I cradled my blanketed little baby and spoke sweetly to her while the doctor injected the meds that let her sleep peacefully for good.

I am now devastated by her absence and can't believe she is gone.

My awesome friend, Joyce, sent me this poem which gives me some peace as I grieve.  Thanks again, Joyce.

When The Time Comes
If I should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this--the last battle--can't be won.

You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn't want me to suffer so.
When the time comes,
Please, let me go.

Take me to where my needs they'll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved
Don't grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We've been so close--we two-- these years,
Don't let your heart hold any tears.

Author Unknown


Anonymous said...

This post made me cry! So sorry again for your loss. <3

The Quarke Family said...

I'm really sorry. It made me cry too. Take care.

noswimmers said...

*tears in my eyes*
Oh sweetie, I am so SO very sorry. May you have peace in your heart, knowing that Mindy knew your love for her, being in her favorite place - your arms - as she fell asleep.
I'm thinking about you, sending you love and peace...

LilPeach (aka Laura) said...

My oldest of 4 kitties is getting there (she's 13)...I am so sorry for your loss. You did the right thing even though it was difficult.


kate said...

Oh Kekis, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how tough it is to lose a pet. ((hugs)) Here's something I was sent when we lost our Yoda. I hope it gives you some comfort today.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Brooke said...

So sorry you had to let your kitty go. 18 years is a long time to have a companion. Hang in there.

foxy said...

Oh sweetheart, I am so so sorry. Your post has me all chocked up, and I don't really have any words. just tears. for your loss, and the memory of losing my beloved first furbaby. I am so sorry, and crying right here with you.

WiseBursche said...

I am so sorry about Mindy.

It is evident that you loved her a lot and that she reciprocated it in her way.

I am glad you gave her ice-cream.

Your friend sent a lovely poem. It is so apt.

Hugs, Kekis.

Janna said...

I'm so sorry for your loss!!! My heart breaks for you!!! Sending many, many hugs your way!!

Marsha said...

Lots of love to you!

Baby Steps said...

I am so, so sorry!!! My heart goes out to you.... this is so sad.

Jamie said...

That poem gave me goosebumps. I'm so sorry you had to go through that. I know that pain all too well. You are such a strong woman!

Jen said...

I am so sorry. I can't imagine how sad you must be. I hope your baby girl is having fun in kitty heaven!

Anasara said...

I am so sorry. We had to put our cat of 16 years down earlier this month (she had a cancerous tumor in her mouth that was choking her); it was heartbreaking. Just remember they are waiting for you on the other side.


Maria (MKC101103) said...

Oh sweetheart I am so sorry. You are so strong for being with her through it all.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for your loss, my cat is my baby too and I can only imagine saying goodbye to him.

Kristen said...

I am crying so hard over your post. So very sorry you are having to go through this. Pets are so very dear and when you've had them for so long they become part of you. Wishing you peace during this difficult time...
-Kristen from

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