Monday, March 01, 2010

Good Riddance February

It's been a cruel month.

On the 15th, Mary, my 21 1/2 year old matriarch kitty headed off to the Rainbow Bridge cradled in my arms. I believe she had a stroke several months ago, but had recovered enough to continue to boss everyone in the house. However, on Saturday the 12th she had what was apparently another one and her downhill slide picked up steam.

And last night, Zoey the wonder dog (age guestimate is 12 she was a rescue), also took the journey as I sang (for the eleventy seventh time), Oh Canada to her. I sing to my babies a lot..mostly nonsense songs...but yesterday Oh Canada was the only one I could sing without sobbing. She was on new meds for an infection and her arthritis and as of Thursday and Friday doing sooooooooo much better. We'd planned on a Saturday afternoon outside enjoying the high 50s temps. But before we could do it she had a massive seizure which indicated a stroke. Certainly her newly regained agility went to hell and she was absolutely frantic. Fortunately she calmed down, ate a good supper, stayed up past her normal bedtime wagging her tail. Awakened me at 0300, restless and the day went downhill from there. We spent most of the day on the floor. Her on a pallet of blankets and me on the loveseat cushion and various pillows.

This picture makes me cry..not because they look sweet but because it was so funny at the time. As Zoey's arthritis took hold, she had a whole lot of trouble with her back hips and her legs would go out from under her on slick floors. I'm not sure if Mary thought she was helping, but she almost seemed to stalk her. And as soon as Zoey went down, Mary would go snuggle up to her. Zoey was NOT thrilled. And would bark and whine as if to say, "She's touching me mom!! Help" And this one time the camera was on and I got a quick flash-lit snap of them. (I took it to Picnik and got Zoey's eyes back to the dark brown they were but for some reason, in there Mary was so dark to be unrecognizable)

"If tears could build a stairway,
And memories a lane,
I would walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again"

I miss you guys so much. Thank the universe that you found your way into my life. xoxoxoxo


Julie said...

Oh Susan, it's so rough to lose them but even tougher when it's two right in a row. I'm so sorry for your loss. You'll be in my thoughts. Hugs from me and my three kitties.

Anonymous said...

Susan, I am so sad to learn of your loss. Especially when the losses come in multiples. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish I was there to give you a big hug but a virtual one will have to do.

Sue AKA Ollipup

Cookie said...

Oh no.

Susan, I am so sorry for your losses. Both Mary and Zoe had good long happy lives because of your loving care.


Sara said...

Oh, Susan...I am so sorry to hear that Zoey is gone...I know you are really hurting...Hang in there, hon.

Lauria said...

I'm so sorry, Susan!!!

I wish I could come over with a cup of soup and a hug! :( :(

I miss you, as silly as it sounds having never met you, and your loss makes me so sad, I'm all teary-eyed. You'll be in my thoughts. Please let us know if there's anything we can do. I always have an ear!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about Mary and Zoey. I wish I could give you a hug too.

Devorah said...


Sheri said...

So, so sorry. they were beautiful together.

Crystal said...


I remember when you adopted Zoey. I'm so sorry to hear that you lost both Zoey and Mary.

KatyaR said...

Oh sweetie, I'm soooo sorry for you. I can't believe this. I'd give you a big fat hug if I could.

Missy said...

Oh wow. So so sorry... (((hugs)))

Paul said...

I'm so sorry you lost your little ones! *hugs*

Kristen said...


I'm so, so sorry for the loss of your dear Mary and Zoey. My heart aches for you...I remember all too well how that feels. They leave such big holes in our lives when they go, don't they? Here's a big hug from me and Youk and Flan, and snorgles from the wee goatlings.

Anonymous said...

You were lucky to have such wonderful friends and they were so lucky to have found such a loving and caring home. You probably don't think so now, Susan, but the sun will shine again.

Much love,


woolies said...

ahhhhhh so terribly sorry for your loss. Our dogs (4 of them) are all still chipper - the oldest one will be 10 soon). We are down to just 2 cats now. And still cry for the ones that have gone on.

Hugs to you.