Sunday, May 29, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Another Old Friend

We've had a tough couple of years with our little furry friends, and the time has come to say goodbye to little Cassie:


She was diagnosed with diabetes a few months ago, but had been responding quite well to her insulin injections.  We boarded her at the vet for this trip to California, so they could continue the insulin therapy.  Sadly, a few days ago she began to be quite ill, listless, not eating, and uninterested in her surroundings.  Investigation revealed a large mass in her abdomen, and this morning we got the news that the end had come for her.  They have been keeping her comfortable with morphine, a heated igloo, hand-fed treats when they could get her to eat.  But the time has come to say goodbye.

Here's the little darling in earlier days, as a spry young cat in the Sierra Foothills, lounging on top of her favorite perch:

Cassie was a stray, found wandering the streets of the small Gold Country town of Sutter Creek in 1997.  We adopted her from the animal shelter, and she had made lots of moves around California and then to Australia in 2006.  She was a cat with lots of personality, with a funny little meow, a shivery tail when she was pleased or excited, and a big fondness for her dinner.

It's hard not to be there with her at this sad time, but we are so fortunate to have such caring, affectionate staff at the vet in Moss Vale.  They really appreciated Cassie and always loved having her stay.  She was among friends at the end, and for that we are grateful.  We'll miss you, little friend.

6 comments:

floribunda... aka Julie said...

My condolences, Dianne -- it's always tough to lose a long-time companion...

Clare said...

Oh Dianne. So so sorry. She'll be up at Rainbow Bridge having fun with Alfonse.

Hugs

bellsknits.com said...

another loss while you're far from home. That's very sad, for you and Ross. Thinking of you. She was a much loved cat, that much is obvious.

Tonya Ricucci said...

sorry, Diane.

Libby said...

I'm so sorry for you. It is hard to say goodbye, but I hope a comfort to know Cassie was (and is *s*) in good, loving hands.

Jan said...

My condolences to you. Parting is hard .