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The Time Has Come

August 7th 2010 3:41 am
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Mommy thought it appropriate that she let her Castser family know what happened to me. Although I showed no symptoms of CRF, I stopped eating last week. When she took me to a vet last Saturday, he noticed my kidneys were small on x-ray. I weighed 11.0 lbs at that visit. Mommy took me back to the vet and had the vet run bloodwork on Thursday, 8/5/10. My weight at that visit was 10.09 lbs. My kidney values were extremely poor, as was my phosphorus. She was told that I needed to be hospitalized and put on IV fluids, but the prognosis was poor for recovery from this episode.

After careful, loving thought and consideration, mommy felt it best not to subject me to medical procedures that would make me suffer and be unhappy. It was very difficult for her, but she knew it was best for me. Please keep her and my brothers in your hearts.

She wanted me to post this poem here, as she knows there are so many others who've had this experience.

The Time Has Come

If it 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 cannot 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.
What is to come can hold no fears.
You would not 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 until the end.
And hold me firm and speak to me
until my eyes no longer can see.
I know in time you will agree
it is a kindness you do for 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 decided this thing to do.
We've been so close, we two, these years.
Don't let your heart hold anymore tears.
~author unknown


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Purred by: KIBBLES (Catster Member)

August 7th 2010 at 7:44 am

Fly high and free Aristotle. We send purrs and prayers to you and your family. You will be missed by all.

Love, Kibbles, Francis, & Angel Yoda
Purred by: Zoe our Princess 4ever Loved (Catster Member)

August 7th 2010 at 12:21 pm

Your Mommy is very brave. Let's sprinkle Angel Dust on her!!!!
Oh yeah, you can send her lottsa Angel Kisses, too!
Purred by: Baltster 1990 ~ 2011 (Catster Member)

August 7th 2010 at 1:55 pm

What a beautiful poem. We understand it is a very hard thing to do and your family had your best interest at heart. They cared for you like you wouldn't believe. Many purrs to you and huge hugs for your family.
Purred by: Sophie (Catster Member)

October 28th 2013 at 4:58 pm

So sorry for your heartache ... cherish the wonderful memories!

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