The benefit of living in a city is that we were able to have Dr. Peter Erling, DVM, an expert in critical care come to our apartment to help Cleo. We did not want her final memory to be of a stressful car ride and doctors office smells. Dr. Peter was there within thirty minutes of my call. He checked her out and agreed with our assessment. It was time. First he gave her a sedative to stop her pain and stress but so she was awake for our last goodbyes. We hugged her and kissed her and told we loved her. She tried to purr. I promised her we would stop her pain. After she was gone Dr. Peter stayed with her petting her while I went to get Tucker. It was important for him to sniff her and realize she was gone. Cleo was wrapped in her favorite fuzzy leopard blanket and Dr Peter took her away. She will be cremated and buried at sea by him. Princess Cleo 1997-July 14, 2012
On my previous blog I wrote about having a plan in place because emotions make your mind a mess. This was true when Cleo's time came. I was ready to make the call. My husband said it was not natural. Trying to have a discussion when you are so upset is difficult. He said he didn't want to play god. I explained that by domesticating animals we already had. If she were in the wild, the moment she showed weakness, another animal would have stopped her suffering. It's nature's way, the circle of life. By domesticating them it is up to us to recognize when the suffering has surpassed the quality of life. I let him choose when we would call. We both agreed when it was time. These decisions are never easy. The important thing is to put your animal first.
For days I had been crying as I watched her deteriorate. I cry now as I write this. Somehow, when I carried Cleo out to Dr. Peter's Jeep I was able to stop, I felt at peace because I knew she was. Dr. Peter will donate her blanket to an animal in need. The grieving process has just started. Going to bed without her by my side, her favorite food and toys, are all reminders of our loss. As sad as it is we are lucky to have Tucker. Tucker who is only eleven and just loss the one friend who was there 24/7 for him. She taught him everything he knows. He is sad and trying his best to be top cat. We will love him and comfort him with all that we have. I am greatful for his health.
When Cleo was first diagnosed with terminal cancer I wrote her a poem. I finished it today and posted it on Her 'Cleo" page. Everyone grieves differently. this helped me say goodbye, a little.
A special Thank You to Dr. Peter Erling, DVM of Choice Veterinary Care. Their mobile vet service is amazing. His compassion in hard circumstances was much appreciated. Sadly I have put many animals to sleep in my life; I have never seen such gentle compassion or such a peaceful exit from life. He not only put Cleo first but answered all of our questions and gave a much needed hug as I handed her over. Thank You. We are very greatful.
I could not save Cleo. We can save other animals. If you can find $2 to spare please donate in memory of lost pets to http://www.everydayhero.com.au/rebecca_harvey_zoogirl my favorite charity or to a local pet rescue or animal shelter near you. We can make a positive difference in the lives of animals.
Thank You for your Love & Support, Rebecca
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