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Jen
30th September 2007, 12:38 AM
It's been three weeks since we found out our oldest cat, Niko, may have cancer, and given his age, we decided not to pursue any great measures. The last week he wasn't eating normal, the last few days only treats mattered. It was time. He was my first pet in my adult life; for well over a decade he was my constant source of comfort, now I can't imagine when this pain is going to lessen.
Sweet dreams, Big Boo.
September 28, 2007

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Mary
30th September 2007, 01:19 AM
I am so sorry Jen. I hope time will bring healing. His sweet memories will one day bring gentle smiles and less tears.

luvzcavs
30th September 2007, 01:24 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your little man Jen. I am sending you healing hugs and kisses and will pray your happy memories will help you through this difficult time.

Spencer'sMom
30th September 2007, 02:42 AM
Oh, Jen, I'm so very sorry for you. Niko was just beautiful and I know your memories of your time together are even more stunning. Hugs to you.

pinkpuppy
30th September 2007, 05:10 AM
Remembering all the funny and loveable things will help. I know how you feel though still miss my first forever furball to this day 25 years later...

ourempire
30th September 2007, 09:39 AM
I am so sorry to hear this. I hopë you will find comfort in the memories, even though this is so very hard. :hug:

Nicki
30th September 2007, 09:52 AM
I'm so very sorry to read this Jen, he was a gorgeous cat and you obviously had a very strong bond with him.

That dreadful raw pain does ease with time, just leaving a sadness, but you also have many happy memories of lovely times together.

Thinking of you, cuddle the pups close, they will be missing their friend too.

Rj Mac
30th September 2007, 10:37 AM
We're so sorry to read this Jen, just to let you knw we're thinking of you at this time :flwr:

Jen
1st October 2007, 01:45 PM
I'm so very sorry to read this Jen, he was a gorgeous cat and you obviously had a very strong bond with him.

That dreadful raw pain does ease with time, just leaving a sadness, but you also have many happy memories of lovely times together.

Thinking of you, cuddle the pups close, they will be missing their friend too.

Besides the two dogs, we have another cat who hasn't stopped looking for his brother; it breaks my heart all over again. :( Jackson is 8 has has never been w/out his brother.

Cathy T
1st October 2007, 04:41 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this Jen. I do think you've made a very tough but wise decision. I nursed my last cat through lymphoma for 18 months but didn't continue when it became obvious it wouldn't fair to her. Know that Niko is in a better place and you won't have to watch him suffer through. Letting him go was the kindest and most loving thing you could do for him.

mrsfarmer
1st October 2007, 05:11 PM
Oh Jen, I'm really sorry to hear about your kitty, Boo. :( It will take time for your other kitty to grieve. I'm sure even the dogs notice a difference. Give them all extra love and they will help you grieve.
{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}

ppotterfield
1st October 2007, 06:35 PM
We had to have our 17 year old cat named Christmas put to sleep about ten days ago. He lived with four different dogs in our house, having arrived near the end of our ACS Gumbo's life, lived entirely through our ECS Abby's and then lived as an elder with Hadley and Buddy. Christmas was a special friend to my brother Michael who has mental retardation. We were in the car about three or four days after Christmas' death and he mentioned Christmas being gone and I reminded him about the Rainbow Bridge (which we had discussed before) and said Christmas is there with Gumbo and Abby to which he responded that he thought Christmas was at the North Pole helping Santa Claus. So, Jen, I hope Boo can make a stop at the North Pole on his way to the Bridge and visit with our Christmas for at least a short while. :hug:

Holly
2nd October 2007, 02:50 AM
Im so sorry, Jen. Hugs to you...

Cathy Moon
2nd October 2007, 03:30 AM
I'm so sorry for your loss of Niko, Jen. :hug::flwr:

Jen
3rd October 2007, 06:03 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts; each day is getting a bit easier.

Barbara Nixon
3rd October 2007, 06:53 PM
I'm so sorry that you had to lose your lovely boy go, but cats will withstand a lot before complaining, so it really was time and you did him the best service you could, by letting him go in peace.

Karlin
3rd October 2007, 07:12 PM
Oh I am so, so sorry Jen; I am only catching up on threads now and have just seen that you had to make this hard decision. :( He is such a beautiful boy in your picture, those grey fellows are so lovely. It will be so raw and painful now, but you will get some peace in having made this decision after you've had time, and I know you were concerned about him for a while; now he has release. You will find he purrs in your memory. :flwr: It's so hard to pick a 'right' time and then, it is so hard letting go. We can't ease the pain for you, but so many of us can share it and know just what you are going through.

Claire L
3rd October 2007, 07:31 PM
So sorry for your loss Jen :hug:

moonbeams
3rd October 2007, 11:35 PM
Am so, so sorry to hear about your loss..

Cathryn
3rd October 2007, 11:43 PM
So very sorry to hear this Jen...

Thinking of you right now :hug: time heals all wounds, you made the right decision by him :flwr:

Denise G.
3rd October 2007, 11:45 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Niko--he was so beautiful. Though it was hard, I'm sure you made the right decision for Niko.

Sending hugs and prayers your way. :flwr:

Celticharmony
6th October 2007, 12:26 AM
So very sorry for the loss you feel right now and can really empathise with you, having been there. As others have said, the pain will ease and yes, a time will most definately come when you will once more be able to smile when you think of the hundreds of happy moments you shared. You did what you had to do and what you know was the bravest and best thing for an animal you truly loved.

Jen
9th October 2007, 05:24 PM
Thanks everyone for all of your kind words and for keeping us in your thoughts. His ashes are now ready for us to pick up, and we have decided to plant a flowering shrub in front of his favorite window; we'll spread his ashes when we plant it. I think it will bring me a lot of comfort to have this type of marker for him, especially once the shrub blooms next spring.

Cathryn
9th October 2007, 09:44 PM
Oh Jen,

I am heartened to hear this, when dogs of mine have gone to the bridge we have often planted shrubs on their memorials, I was only this week-end gone wandering in the garden by the shrub planted on the memorial of one dog in particular and it was doing so well, I found it a great comfort indeed! :hug: :hug:

pinkpuppy
10th October 2007, 01:08 AM
That is an excellent memorial to remember them.:flwr:

Debby with a Y
10th October 2007, 01:15 AM
Jen, that is a beautiful plan and a fitting tribute. Big hugs to you and your family.