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Eulogy for a lifelong friend [Feb. 3rd, 2004|12:12 am]
Darth Paradox
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My cat is dying. She had a stroke (or something) Friday night or Saturday morning, and her back legs are paralyzed. She's not eating, but she doesn't seem to be suffering much. However, rather than let her waste away like that, my family's going to have her put to sleep tomorrow.

Ashley was 14 years old - I've known her almost as long as I've known myself. She was shy for most of her life, but in the last few years became considerably more sociable. She always knew she could find someone at the computer chair, and I spent many hours there feeling her rub her head and back against my shins, reaching down occasionally to scratch her behind the ears.

Her brother Patrick, of the same litter, seemed to be the dominant male cat in the house, but Ashley was the one always willing to face off against the dog. After an initial fit of meowing, she spent her final days quietly under my desk at home - her favorite room, as the floor was always warm, and there were never many people there.

We'll miss you dearly, Ashley.
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[User Picture]From: themudgirl
2004-02-02 09:39 pm (UTC)
Oh. :( I'm sorry to hear about your cat, Darth. *hugs*
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-02-03 02:47 am (UTC)

Your feline...

Treasure the photos and all the good memories forever.

-Nick P-
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[User Picture]From: annaonthemoon
2004-02-03 03:46 am (UTC)
*hugs*

will sends hugs too. he's even sitting on the keyboard trying to type to you.
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From: ex_miang438
2004-02-03 08:23 am (UTC)
*hug* Poor kitty. I'm really sorry for your loss. :(
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[User Picture]From: chanilye
2004-02-03 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about Ashley. *hugs*
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From: pax41085
2004-02-03 11:45 am (UTC)
*hugs*
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[User Picture]From: absurdhero
2004-02-03 11:54 am (UTC)
First JerseyOtaku and now you. Damn. I'm sorry, man.
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[User Picture]From: harlenna
2004-02-03 05:13 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems to be losing their childhood pets this past year or so. One of my girlfriends had to put her cat down too a few months ago. My family had to put down my cat, that I had for 17ys because his back legs gave out due to arthritis, so I know what it's like to see that, and it's not a great feeling.

So I wish you well and comfort, and that your good memories will soon eclipse these sorrowful ones.
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[User Picture]From: harlenna
2004-02-03 05:13 pm (UTC)
(the time I lost my cat was last summer, not as recent as yours)
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[User Picture]From: nervy_girl
2004-02-03 08:18 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear that, hon. It hurts just thinking about it, and I didn't even know her.

*big squishy hugs*
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From: cybermercy
2004-02-03 10:13 pm (UTC)

*Huggles*

I think of my cats as room mates more than children. Maggie is now a realitive 25 every bit the flirt, and Bogey a distinguished 45. But as you said the wee besties growup with you.
It was hard putting my pet rat Polonius down. For 4 years he was my best friend. The stigma againts rats lessens the sympathy for the loss of a rodent vs a cat. But I think part of the apeal of rodents is that they have brief lifespans.
However my neighbor had to have her cat put down at simmilar age as Ashley. She was heart broken & non cat owners weren't terribly sympathetic- but how many people would cope well with the the loss of ANYTHING that had been aprt of their life for 14 years!?
Cat hair cover'd *huggles* Darth.
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From: tcdohl
2004-02-05 02:01 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Chris.

I wish I could say something to help, but it's not getting much easier for me, either. Just, I wish you and your family well.
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