May 3rd 2008 9:51 am
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Today, we put my Handsome Boy to rest. He suddenly became very ill. I found him yesterday afternoon, unable to move. He had soiled himself and was obviously in severe discomfort. I picked him up and he was pretty much dead weight. I cuddled him for a while and he did not move. I always loved his big beautiful eyes but they looked different. They were runny and kind of sunken in a little.
I stayed downstairs with him during the night and carried him to the litter box since his back legs were so weak and wobbly that he could not move more than a few steps at a time.
First thing this morning, I called our vet and was told to come right in. I love Dr. Watnick. I think he is a truly caring person and his love of animals is so apparent. We discussed options for JT but after all of the discussion, in the best interest and care of my sweet JT, we chose euthanasia. It is always such a hard decision, especially now since JT had seemed fine until yesterday.
On April 10, I chose to euthanize my beloved Hemingway. He was suffering so. Again, Dr. Watnick was there telling me the truth and telling me the options and the prognosis. Even though my Hemster had been ill for a while, it was so hard. With JT being so healthy and this sudden decline, I was so unprepared for the range of emotions. Dr. Watnick discussed Jay's stress levels since he and Hemingway were best buddies and thought that maybe his passing may have stressed Jay's system. I really agree with this. He and Hemster were pretty close since I adopted them about the same time. I really believe Hemingway's loss was the last straw for JT.
My loving husband, Craig, was with us during the process and he is here for me now as I cry and sob today (and for many days to come, I am sure). I am so lucky to have so much support.
My joy comes in knowing that JT is no longer in any discomfort. He is in a better place. He is meeting up with Hemingway, his best buddy, and he is in God's hands.
I love you, Jay. I will never forget you. You will always be my Big Handsome Boy. Rest in peace, my sweetheart.
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