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Amy – page 3

She was a big fan of napping on my lap

She was a big fan of napping on my lap

After she recovered slightly, I offered her a small bit of the canned food and she ate it. I’m glad she got to eat her favorite food on her last day. One of the other quirky things she enjoyed in her life was drinking from a bottle cap and I got her to drink some water that way. She eventually went off to sleep on the kitty sill in the back room in the sun. She slept longer than normal. We had lunch and commented how she wasn’t up on the table. We keep a basket on there; we would often put her in when she tried to get to our food.

Hanging out on the back table with Kelly

Hanging out on the back table with Kelly

I kept looking in on her through out the day and she seemed to be sleeping peacefully and changing positions often. Finally, around 6, when I went to check on her, she was awake. I guess it was pretty obvious something was wrong because she didn’t immediately come to be affectionate with us. We gave her a bit of time but then I tried to get her to eat and drink something. She started to eat but then choked like she just couldn’t and she would not drink anything. Her eyes looked a little sickly and she was hunched over which is one of the indications of renal failure. The vet’s office closes at 7. At 6:40 I called, but the doctor was with a patient and didn’t call me back until about 7. I explained the situation and she graciously offered to stay late.

The silly thing used to sometimes sleep with her tongue out

The silly thing used to sometimes sleep with her tongue out

Amy fought hard as I tried to put her in the travel cage. I took that as a sign of hope because she still had her strength. My wife sat in the back seat with her on the way to the vet trying to comfort her. I was reminded of Maggie’s final trip to the vet as the one traffic light we needed to go through was red and we waited. I so hoped we could get her through another tough time as we had done in the past. I had the thought that a couple hours earlier I was trying to write my silly blog about trivial things and now suddenly I was in a life and death struggle trying to save a close family member.

Sigh - theres nothing on TV

Sigh - there's nothing on TV

They weighed her and she again had lost weight. They took her blood and gave her some fluids. When the results came, my heart sunk. Her levels were off the charts. She was experiencing full blown kidney failure. We discussed taking her to a nearby animal hospital where they could put her on intravenous fluids through the night and there was a small chance she might recover. The doctor said her bladder was small and she may have lost all ability to make urine. If that were true, her lungs would fill with fluid and she would die a horrible death. She was already traumatized from the trip, very old, and in terrible shape. We made the only possible decision two loving parents could make under the circumstances. We had to let our baby go.

She could be so silly!

She could be so silly!

Dr. Grassie had helped Maggie ‘cross over’ and I was familiar with the process. She explained it and our other options and left the decision to us. We just could not bear to let Amy suffer any longer. The doctor administered the first shot which was a sedative. We held her and cried. At that point, my wife had no choice but to leave for a moment to use the bathroom. Maggie’s death had been a very calm and peaceful passing. I turned Amy over to look in her face and suddenly she had a horrible moment of extreme terror. She tried desperately to get back to the kitty carrier so I let her and then she choked for a moment like she was going to throw up. Then she collapsed. I will be forever grateful my wife was out of the room at that moment. We held her, but she was gone already. After saying our goodbyes, the vet gave her the final shot and brought her back in the towel we had brought with us.

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