Pets how do you handle their dying?
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Our beloved cat, Dusty, had to be put to sleep yesterday. He was the most even-tempered, intelligent cat. It pains my heart and the tears have not stoppe flowing for this 17-year member of our family.
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Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/3/2011 8:09 AM EDT
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Angela,that is a sweet name.I'm so glad that you decided to adopt again.We never really get over our lost beloved pets but adoption makes the lost just a little easier.Soon the tears will stop and be replaced with wonderful memories and smiles.Enjoy your new babies.You did a great thing by saving two of God's special creatures,some times I think they save us!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/3/2011 9:06 AM EDT
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I had said for the longest time after I had to put my Shepherd to sleep that I would never get another dog...well as you know it took a while but I got a mini doxie then a few years later I added another.  I have to tell you I thought I was crazy getting another dog but when I watch them run and play together I laugh so hard.  I just know they are having fun when it sounds like it is getting out of control and the "growls" begin to sound serious I call them and they both turn to look at me like I am the one ruining their fun.
I can't imagine not having them around.  I can tell them my troubles and I get a "kiss" on my chin and the world seems right.  Much less expensive than a therapist...(wonder if they are deductible as a non reimbursed medical expense...just wondering...)

Angela, glad you got the kitties.  They, I am sure have a much happier life and they are just showing their "appreciation" for their new lives.  I love the name Jezebel she must be a handful! Post pictures when you get a chance.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/6/2011 6:55 AM EDT
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I will try to post the pictures of Jezebel, the two year old female, smaller of the two and Squeaker, the tabby.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/6/2011 7:42 AM EDT
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Oh, how wonderful!  Nice cats.  Thank you Angela.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/7/2011 2:39 AM EDT
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Angela,  Your cats look so happy together!! They are beautiful!! Enjoy your
cats!!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/7/2011 5:58 AM EDT
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You feel like one of your own kin has died.  It takes time but you will recover.  We lost our cat 7 years ago and after three months I said let's get another cat.  I can't stand the silence in the house.  Take your time to recover and then if you want to fill the voic get another cat.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/8/2011 7:18 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?:
You feel like one of your own kin has died.  It takes time but you will recover.  We lost our cat 7 years ago and after three months I said let's get another cat.  I can't stand the silence in the house.  Take your time to recover and then if you want to fill the voic get another cat.
Posted by Mary Jo T


Mary Jo,
Go out an do it now. We still miss Dusty, and he will never be out of our hearts and minds, but these guys have surely filled some of the void, are loving and gentle, and needed a home. Jezebel spent the first two years of her life, well cared for, but in a cage at the Humane Society. They had 250 cats and I don't know how many dogs that needed adoption. All the animals are kept and well cared for, but a home of their own with loving people is great!  Jezebel and Squeaker are really giving us so much pleasure that I am happy that we adopted them.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/8/2011 7:19 AM EDT
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Angela,  Your cats look so happy together!! They are beautiful!! Enjoy your cats!!
Posted by Carol P


Carol,
Is your avatar your cat? She/he looks contented and beautiful too!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/8/2011 7:21 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Pets how do you handle their dying? : Carol, Is your avatar your cat? She/he looks contented and beautiful too!
Posted by Angela F


Angela, Yes, that is my flame point Siamese, Speedi. He has really long legs and can jump long distances
and runs really fast. He is my baby and is so loving. He is a rescue cat like our other cats are. We think he
is beautiful too!!!!  Thank you!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/11/2011 7:22 AM EDT
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This morning, John and I slept a little later, until 6:30! When we let the kittys out of the cage which we keep them at night to protect them from hurting themselves. Chase the Cat began almost immediately with Jezebel jumping into the kitchen sink. She is the most agile cat I have ever seen and a definite handful. She keeps Squeaker on his toes and he is not even a year old, amazing for a 2 year-old!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 8/13/2011 8:11 AM EDT
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Mary Jo,
Have you thought about giving a home to a new pet? Squeaker and Jezebel have been a godsend! The crying has turned to laughter since they give us plenty of action and are so much fun to watch.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 9/14/2011 7:24 AM EDT
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Just reporting on our new family, Squeak and Jezebel. They are contentedly happy and running about. The are settling into their new way of life. We will be heading south so it should be interesting to see how they fare in the two day trip.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 9/15/2011 5:17 AM EDT
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Just reporting on our new family, Squeak and Jezebel. They are contentedly happy and running about. The are settling into their new way of life. We will be heading south so it should be interesting to see how they fare in the two day trip.
Posted by Angela F


Hi Angela,I'm so glad that you decided to add new babies to your home.We never forget our lost pets,but nothing makes that loss easier than adopting new ones.Within a year I lost 2 dogs and a cat.They were all around the same age.I adopted Romeo shortly after the loss of my Kelly and Ditto.Rocky passed away and I adopted Juliet.I love them every bit as much as the others.They bring so much joy to my life! I have never been without a dog in my life and I couldn't imagine life without one.Enjoy your new kitties!

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 9/15/2011 8:08 AM EDT
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Angela - what good news!  I'm so tickled to know that you'll be having such a good time with so much love.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 9/15/2011 8:15 AM EDT
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Yes, I am happy that I took your advice. We miss Dusty, but Jezebel and Squeak have added joy and excitement to our lives. I wish that the community where we live down south would allow more than two pets. Oh well, we are happy to be providing at least two animals with shelter and they give us so much more in return.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 11/9/2011 5:19 AM EST
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Hi everyone,
We have had Jezebel and Squeak now for 4 months and we have fallen into a routine. They are out and about during the day, causing some chaos, but at night they head for the cage and sleep. They have brought love and joy. When I am on the computer, one or both get on the back of my chair. Jezebel has chosen my husband as her favorite human and Squeak has chosen me. Squeak will get on the arm of my chair and rub his face on my head, etc. I guess he is marking me as his! Everyone who comes to the house remark on how gentle they both are and they do not try to bit or scratch. Squeak is the friendliest, but Jezzie chooses whom she will allow to get close.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 11/9/2011 7:49 AM EST
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So sorry for your loss.  When my Zena (dog) goes, sadly I'll be a basket case.  I already told my husband that when it's time, I'm taking 2 weeks vacation for mourning & that the house will fend for themselves.  I hope it won't be for a long time & she'll be 4 in 2 weeks but I can't predict futures.

Re: Pets how do you handle their dying?

posted at 11/9/2011 8:21 AM EST
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Angela -- That's such good news - such lovely/loving news.
My Peaches and Badcat made their second annual trip to the vet Monday and were pronounced in excellent shape.  They are such healthy happy cats.  The vet remarked on how funny they are and what giant steps they've taken....... poor little kittens in the back room of the humane society's shelter ........ 

Jeannine - I think that too -what will I do when I lose them?  But then one of them does something funny and I'm roaring with laughter.  
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