March 8th 2009 4:54 pm
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...from which there is no return.
I am going to let Mommy tell the story, in her words...
"Today we made a very tough decision. Since we moved, we noticed Dax had lost weight, seemed depressed and was behaving somewhat more aggressively than usual.
Dax has never loved Rosaleen, but at first she seemed to tolerate her well, even posing for photos with her. It surpassed my first fears, as Dax has never been a "kid-friendly" cat, and gave me hope that it may work out int he end, if we could get past the "Terrible Twos," where we knew there would be poking and prodding and some scratches and hissing too. Then as Rosaleen got older, Dax would relax.
Last week Dax attacked Rosaleen and scratched her in the face. She has become increasingly more aggressive and intolerant of Rosaleen; even though Rosaleen is a two-year-old, she has always been gentle with animals, including our cats. Today, Jadzia attacked Rosaleen again and put numerous marks on her face (narrowly missing her eyes by millimeters) without any provocation at all. It was the last we could handle. We have worked with Dax since before Rosaleen was born to prep her for living with a child, and although we love our pets and would do anything for them within our abilities, Rosaleen comes first.
We have been thinking and praying about the right course of action for some time should it ever come to this. Jadzia didn't like people very much, mostly only me, and she hated children, other cats (except Tasha), dogs, and pretty much everyone and everything. She doesn't accept change well, and would wither away in a shelter, where she would most likely be deemed "unadoptable" and euthanized, or quarantined for attacking a staff member. As a shelter staff member myself, I know what is adoptable and how animals fare in the environment, and I know that Dax would have suffered tremendously in a shelter, and never would have been happy in another home.
So my husband and I made the decision today to have her humanely euthanized. We took her to our vet, and she counseled us and agreed we were making the most loving decision we could. She went peacefully and we buried her in our backyard."
I know that many of you will disagree with my Mommy's decision, but please don't hate her. I don't. I will wait for her at the Bridge until we are reunited. Thank you for understanding.
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