Losing a pet

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    Apr 12, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Love for a pet counts as a "relationship," right?

    Anyway, I'm very sad today - we have to euthanize one of our cats. He's only 8 but has metastatic cancer. He had surgery a week ago, but hasn't eaten much for almost two weeks (and nothing since last Friday morning) despite being on IV fluids, anti-nausea meds, an appetite stimulant and pain killers.

    It's tough to say goodbye to our little friends, even if they are just critters.

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    Apr 12, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    *hugs showme*

    *hugs showme again*

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    Apr 12, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    i'm sorry.

    http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

    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....

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    Apr 12, 2011 6:32 PM GMT
    *hug*

    Yes, a pet counts as a real relationship.
    At some point the pet stops being that animal that you take care of and becomes a full member of your family.
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    Apr 12, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    Thank you very much, guys. He's gone now, but he was much loved, and he's no longer in pain. RIP Cotton Daydream.
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    Apr 13, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    BambinoRex saidi'm sorry.

    http://www.petloss.com/rainbowbridge.htm

    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....

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    Classic.. I have this hanging on my fridge!
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    Apr 13, 2011 1:55 AM GMT
    showme saidLove for a pet counts as a "relationship," right?


    More than we know!
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    Apr 13, 2011 1:58 AM GMT
    hugs...I'm so sorry for the loss of that little furry member of your family.

    No need to feel guilty about grieving. You loved him, he loved you.
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    My favorite saying about our pets:
    "Pets are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole".
    So sorry for your loss. It hurts so much to say goodbye, but be grateful you had the time and love you did.
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:03 AM GMT
    funny pictures of cats with captions
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:12 AM GMT
    showme saidLove for a pet counts as a "relationship," right?

    Anyway, I'm very sad today - we have to euthanize one of our cats. He's only 8 but has metastatic cancer. He had surgery a week ago, but hasn't eaten much for almost two weeks (and nothing since last Friday morning) despite being on IV fluids, anti-nausea meds, an appetite stimulant and pain killers.

    It's tough to say goodbye to our little friends, even if they are just critters.

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    If Mr. Snickers disappeared, I'd have a shit fit. I don't even want to think about future responsibilities yet
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:17 AM GMT
    Very sorry to hear it.. my condolances..

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    Apr 13, 2011 2:37 AM GMT
    Sorry to hear that man. I can't bear losing pets—it's definitely a death in the family. So sorry you had to go through this but at least you were there with him at the end and gave him a good life.
  • laguna07

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    Apr 13, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    So, so very sorry for your loss! They are very special RELATIONSHIPS!!
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Sorry for your loss. I lost my dog of 16 years last year and it was traumatizing. Take your time at remember the good times!
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:26 PM GMT
    Thank again, guys. I have been teary-eyed a lot over the past few days and the condolences help. This is a nice community.

    BambinoRex: I am not a believer in the afterlife, but when I first lost a beloved pet in 2002 this piece was extremely comforting to me. (Kind of like the Xmas when I was about 8, and had figured out that Santa doesn't exist, but still pretended to myself that he did.) I picture mself with the three cats I've lost over the years, and the ones I still have now, all together. It's a very happy image. Thanks for sharing.
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    Apr 13, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    That final separation from pets have been among the most painful experiences of my life. I take solace, to this day, knowing that each had a full life, where much love was shared. In this regard, I'd guess you and your cats also had similar relationships. "The greatest adventure in life is love", which takes many forms.
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:13 PM GMT
    I'm very sorry about your cat icon_sad.gif and i did once cry because a cousin stepped onto my critter icon_sad.gif

    I used to have a hamster for some months, and all night she struggled just to get out of the cage. One night, i decided to set her free but later nights to find out there are lots of rats outside the house. I felt very bad afterwards icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    Sorry for the loss of your furry loved one, showme. May the memories of Cotton warm your heart.
  • toybrian

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    Apr 13, 2011 3:27 PM GMT
    Showme, know how you feel. My dog had cancer also and had an operation on her leg to get rid of the cancer. On her way to recovery it must have been worse than I thought because she ate a big hole in leg and then had to put her sleep. It was only a few weeks ago but still miss her and know it will be a while before I think about replacing her. Do love animals but want to get over her before i start to care for another dog. Was just surprised at how much the operation was and that they were going to give me the ashes to keep. Did not do that and just wanted the memories I had of her.
    Good luck to you and others in here that lost a pet..
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    showme saidLove for a pet counts as a "relationship," right?

    Anyway, I'm very sad today - we have to euthanize one of our cats. He's only 8 but has metastatic cancer. He had surgery a week ago, but hasn't eaten much for almost two weeks (and nothing since last Friday morning) despite being on IV fluids, anti-nausea meds, an appetite stimulant and pain killers.

    It's tough to say goodbye to our little friends, even if they are just critters.

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    I'm so sorry for your loss i lost a baby puppy i named Skylar in September 2010 he was attacked by a bigger animal and suffered fatal injuries and died from them. I feel your pain because it's so hard to lose something that you loved.icon_cry.gificon_sad.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:41 PM GMT
    AWWWW I'm so sorry to hear that. I work at a vet so I know how serious cancer can get in pets. It's the worst. I lost my cat to intestinal cancer. It's really hard because you feel as though they are apart of your family. I hope that you feel better icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:45 PM GMT

    I am sorry about your loss....(((HUG)))
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    Apr 13, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    My cat of 16 years died 5 years ago and I still can't talk about him at length without getting all teary eyed (and I'm not the crying / emotional type at all).

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    Apr 13, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    apt773 saidMy cat of 16 years died 5 years ago and I still can't talk about him at length without getting all teary eyed (and I'm not the crying / emotional type at all).



    Sigh. I know what you mean - my first (while an adult) cat died in 2005 at 16 and I still think of him.