Spring has definitely sprung here in Central Texas, and our state flower, the ubiquitous bluebonnet, is in full bloom along every interstate and highway across the great state of Texas.
Spring is a time of renewal, of rebirth, but so far Spring 2011 has left a lot to be desired. Yes, it’s been almost two months since my last entry, but blog updates have taken a back seat to real life lately. I apologize for the lack of updates, but it’s been a sad couple of months.
I lost my grandmother a few weeks back, a wonderful little old lady named Wanda. She was a little spitfire of a women that succumbed to double pneumonia at the ripe old age of 77. A life long Texas Rangers fan, Memaw, as she preferred to be called, loved animals, sweets, watching TV, and hanging out with other little old ladies. She was an amazing person, and I’m glad to have known her for a little while.
Just a couple of weeks ago, my cat Fey was diagnosed with mammary cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy, and despite a great initial prognosis, stopped eating and began to fade away. Additional tests showed us that her lungs were filled with tumors, which all but ruined any hope of recovery. We did our best to make her comfortable and get her to take food and water, but she continued to waste away. We didn’t want her to suffer needlessly, so once it was clear that she could not recover, we had her euthanized. She died in my arms, curled up, sleeping like a baby, as she’d done thousands of time since she came in to my life 12 years ago.
I’ve lost quite a few family members, immediate and otherwise, throughout the years, but Fey’s loss hit me harder than most. She was an amazing cat and everyone that ever met her loved he immediately. To say that she’ll be missed is an epic understatement.
This too shall pass, and when the pain has faded we’ll probably rescue another kitty. Not as a replacement for Fey, but because there are so many other great cats (and dogs!!) out there that deserve a good home.
I guess the moral of this story is to make every day count with your loved ones, both human and non-human, because life is too short. To make a donation to Austin Pet’s Alive in Fey’s honor, click here