Skills: sneaking outside and nagging (she is very vocal!)
Arrival Story: Aggie and her three sisters were dropped off at the local SPCA. Their mother had been hit by a car. The SPCA called me looking for a foster home and I took them in. The 4 kittens had to be bottle fed for 6 weeks, they were very tiny. It was a lot of work but I had help from my dog Zeus, who would help clean them. He actually snuck into their room one day and took one of the kittens to his bed. When I found them Zeus was grooming the kitten. She was soaked!
When it came time for the kittens to be adopted, I couldn't give all of them up. I had to keep one and that's how I came to be Aggie's guardian.
Bio: What she lacks in size she makes up in attitude!!!
Although Aggie is an indoor cat, we have two large porches that she likes to go hang out on. The weather has to be just right for her to go out. So in the winter when I let my dogs out, she will stick her head out the door just far enough to test the air---to see if it is spring yet! If it is still winter, she will walk away and look back at me like it is my fault!
We have been together for so long. Over 16 years ago you and your sisters come to me as foster kittens. You were only three weeks old and needed to be bottle fed for a few weeks. I wanted to keep all of you, but couldn't. I could adopt one kitten, so when we were ready to take your family to an adoption event at PetSmart I asked, "who wants to stay with us?" You climbed up the back of the couch and into my arms. You were mine and I was yours. We have had a wonderful life together. You were my cuddle kitty since day one. You have been an amazing, steady source of comfort for me throughout the years and many struggles. There have been a number of times that I have been in the hospital. What helped to get me through those nightmares was knowing how good it would feel to get home and have you curl up in my arms and feel your purr on my chest. You and Zeus grew up together. He loved you so much and I know you loved him. I will always remember sharing my yogurt and ice cream with you. And tuna, can't forget that! As soon as you heard the can opener, you would stop what you were doing because you knew a special treat was waiting for you. You made me smile everyday, even through pain. I am so glad I have so many pictures of you, such a sweet, beautiful cat you were, except to other cats! I'm sorry you couldn't be an only kitty, but I hope you understand I had to help others who needed a home. The only time I ever dressed you up was when I bought you and Bogie a Calvin collar and of course, this past Christmas.
I'm still not sure what made me put the Santa suit on you at Christmas, but I have a feeling it was Zeus. He knew what was going to happen soon, and he wanted me to have memories of the last few weeks and what would be our last Christmas together. I still really can't believe it. It has taken me two months to be able to write about it and I'm still cry and I'm sure I always will. It was such a shock. I noticed you were having trouble breathing and that you had a little wheez on Saturday night. I thought it was pneumonia. When we went to the vet on Monday, I couldn't believe what I was hearing; the vet telling me that you had a large tumor in your chest and your belly was full of fluid. That the tumor was so big it was making it hard for you to eat and breathe. No, I said, it has to be pneumonia. I would have never have believed it if I hadn't seen the x-ray myself; it was that obvious. The vet said there was nothing that could be done for you; that you were suffering. My heart broke, and it is still breaking. I brought you back to the vet the next day on Tuesday, January 12, 2016, and you joined Zeus and Nikki at the bridge.
I still wonder how this happened. How did I miss the signs that this tumor was growing in your chest. The vet said it had to be growing for a while, but you showed no signs till that weekend. We didn't miss a check up or shots and nothing showed on your blood work. You looked perfectly healthy in the pictures I took at Christmas. I don't understand. I still wake at night thinking you are walking up the bed to curl up in my arms. I hear you meow when I make the bed because I would have to move you out of your nice warm spot every morning. You made me late for work so many times because it felt so comforting having you with me I didn't want to leave. I feel so bad that with my surgery at the end of October, I couldn't have you near my belly so we couldn't cuddle as always when I came home. Please understand that I didn't know. I didn't know and it is killing me. I would have done anything to stop this. If only I had noticed something but I was sick too, and I am so, so sorry. Oh Aggie, I love you.
The sunset on the way home from the vet that night was so beautiful. I don't know how I was even able to notice it, but I know it was your gift to me.
PUT ME TO REST
It's time to let me go my friend,
Because my life no-one can mend.
It is better to let me go this way,
Than to watch me suffer night and day.
I'm happy to go, my time has come,
My quality of life is no longer fun.
I've been so ill, so it's not a bad thing,
To let me go, it's a kindness you bring.
Stay with me until I drift away,
Fast asleep, at peace, I pray,
To relieve me from this suffering and pain,
What more can I ask from my best friend.
Don't be sad, I'll be free from pain,
Never again to be ill and my youth to regain.
I know you will miss my being there,
but cherish the memories we have to share.
Thank you for being my best friend,
And all my needs that you did tend.
Try not to be sad, try not to cry,
we both know this isn't truly good bye.