Saturday, March 19, 2011

Goodnight, sweet prince

Goodnight, sweet prince
Memo P. Katt
July 10, 2000-March 18, 2011
Darling, beloved kitty, rest in peace

We said goodbye to Memo yesterday. It was excruciating, and saying "now" to putting him down was one of the most difficult decisions I've ever made. He was not responding to ever-increasing doses of insulin, and lost function in his back legs. We could have kept him going a little longer, but chose to end his life while it was still a little bit good.

I still can't believe he's gone, and am grieving terribly for him. Please forgive me if I lay low on the letter-writing and blogging for a little while.

35 comments:

  1. So sorry to read about Memo. I had to make the same decision a few years ago with my dear Cricket and it was excruciating. I miss her all the time. Sending you hugs.

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  2. So sorry to hear it. He's at peace now.

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  3. My condolences to you. I lost my bird in 2007, and it is still tough.

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  4. I'm so very sorry to hear about Memo. As a pet owner, I totally understand what you are going through. Take care.

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  5. Oh, very sad....big hug to you. You know you did the right thing for your sweet boy but it hurts just the same.

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  6. Noooooooo. I'm so sorry.
    It takes great courage and strength to do the right thing and end the animal's life before it starts to really suffer. The temptation is to hang on as long as possible. It's so hard. Big hugs to you.

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  7. It has to be one of the hardest decisions to make, and it tears you apart. My thoughts go out to you.

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  8. Sorry about Memo. I know he was more than a pet, he was family. I'll be thinking of you!

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  9. Oh I know very well that feeling--and ugh! it's hard, and it hurts, and it doesn't stop hurting for a while...my heart goes out to you.

    Do know that Memo will always be with you, because he will always be alive in your mind. And as time goes by, the happy experiences with Memo will be much more vivid to you than anything that happened in the past couple of days. I know this because I, too, have lost a companion cat.

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  10. Oh, Ilona. I can't believe he's gone. I'm so sorry to hear this. :(

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  11. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and comments, everyone.

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  12. So sorry. I'm sure he was happy to be so well loved during his life. Very sad for you.

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  13. I'm so sorry to hear that. You're in my thoughts!

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  14. I'm so sorry to hear that! I know all too well what loosing a cat is like. You're in my thoughts. He was blessed to have a loving mother as you.

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  15. So sorry to hear this. :( I know it's a difficult decision; I had to make it for one of my cats a few years ago. I know I did the right thing but it still broke my heart.

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  16. My heart is broken for you. I've been there....
    (((virtual hug))) I really enjoyed seeing Memo's latest postal adventures, he always made me smile. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful kitty with us! Hang in there kiddo.

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  17. I am so, so sorry. I have been in your position and know how heartrending this is. You and yours and Memo are in my thoughts and prayers {{{{HUGS}}}}

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  18. hugs and best thoughts from us both.
    -mina & jaime

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  19. I'm so sorry to hear about Memo...I cried...I've been there with 3 of my furry friends over the past years and still miss them.To say the least it's an extremely hard thing to do to let them go...I can still see Jibber's little face as she went...my thoughts and heart are with you...

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  20. I was heartbroken to read your post about Memo - he was such an icon of snail mail and will always be remembered fondly by those of us lucky enough to get his sweet face on a stamp. You are in my prayers, as is he, and I hope he is in your dreams. It's such a hard decision, but a loving one to spare him suffering. Wishing you peace in remembrance.

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  21. Sorry to hear this sweetie :(
    It made me think of my Mina who I had put to sleep 3 years ago :'(
    *hugs*

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  22. I am so sorry. I have tears for him and for you. You and he were lucky to have loved each other.

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  23. My condolences to you on the loss of your sweet Memo: "Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened".
    ~S. xo

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  24. So very sorry. I've been in the same position with beloved dogs in the past, and I feel for you.

    Be kind and good to yourself!

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  25. My heart goes out to you. They are such dear friends and they leave quite the hole in our lives when they are gone.

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  26. May good memories of Memo comfort you.

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  27. I'm so sorry to hear about Memo. The b/w kitties are special, I think. :) It's so hard when our little buddies are gone!

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  28. I am sure someone must have sent this to you by now, but just in case they haven't, here's a poem that comforts me.

    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....

    Author unknown...


    I am so very sorry for your loss.

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  29. Trece, I have indeed heard that. My vet sent a sympathy card last week, and included just that poem on a little card.

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  30. I had to make a decision like that a few years ago - as you say, excruciating. Thinking of you.

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  31. Oh my....
    I just stumbled upon this post now.
    I can hit myself in the head for not checking up on your blog!
    So sorry to hear about your loss. Memo was a wonderful cat I'm sure from what you told me about him.
    A little wet nose from Boudewijn against your own nose from the otherside of the ocean to cheer you up a little. And a paw from our two dogs as well.

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  32. What a beautiful photo of Memo. I know how it feels. We had to help Smitty out of this plane of existence in October and still miss him terribly. Big hugs.

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