Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Sunday night we had to do one of the saddest things I think a person ever does.  Our black cat, Jenny, has been fighting a battle with cancer for four months now.  For two days she wasn't eating or drinking and was hiding from us, coming out now and then for pets and cuddles.  Last night she was laying on the landing of the stairs and couldn't get up to walk away from us even when we were having to step over her.  This is not how Jenny normally acted.

I'm sorry if this is going to be too much information, but sometimes you just have to pour your heart out.  I don't do this very often, so please bear with me or just read something else.  I would certainly understand.

Jenny in her favorite spot looking out of the window.

She even let us pick her up which she never does.  So we knew it was time.  Well, Joe knew it was time.  I didn't want to believe it.

We picked her up and put her in her carrier.  Usually she fights us and scratches us when we do this.  Last night she just lay there and let us.  She cried a little, but that's all.

Because it was a Sunday night we had to take her to the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School Emergency Room.  I took what I thought would be a short cut and ended up driving 30  minutes longer than  I should have.  Joe sat in the back with Jenny.   She usually cries and puts up a fuss the whole time she is in the car.  Last night there wasn't a peep out of her.  *sigh*  We knew she was very sick.

The people at the Emergency Room  were wonderful.  So  nice and kind.  Joe told them what was going on and asked for her to be euthanized.  They gave her a brief examination and agreed with our vet, Dr. Yuhas, that this was the kind thing to  do.  We  opted to be with her when she went.  I was petting her and she was looking at Joe and purring.

We decided to not bring her remains home, so they gave us a clay medallion with her name and paw prints on it.  So kind.  We had to bring it home and bake it, which we did last night.

She was a beautiful and sweet cat who was inseparable from Joe.  They adored each other.  I know this grief too shall pass, but for right now it really, really hurts.



  1. Kathy, Sending Joe and you hugs. I know right now your heart is broken. You did the right thing to not let her continue to suffer. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  2. I know how the pain is when you lose a beloved pet. The pain is hard now but the memories will be something to share forever! RIP sweet Jenny. Valerie

  3. As some of our pets are just part of the family, it is hard to say goodbye. Praying for comfort for you and your hubby.

  4. Oh...Kathy and Joe!!!
    The tears are pouring down my face (I've had to retype this several times now).
    I'm so glad you two were there for her. She knew and she knew that you knew (hope that makes sense).
    Our pets are our kids and a huge part of the family.

    Prayers for both you and Joe.
    I'm so sorry.

  5. My heart breaks for you and joe.
    Sending you a hug and a prayer.

  6. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I'm sending you and Joe lots of hugs tonight....we know how it feels. My hubby had several cats when we married 20 years ago. It's been hard to say good bye to them. Sweet hugs, Diane

  7. So sorry to hear about Jenny. She is at Rainbow's Bridge. (((hugs))).

  8. Sorry to hear about your cat. They are fun, we love them. Miss them when they are gone. Hugs and prayers for both you and Joe. I like the remembrance piece.

  9. My deepest sympathies to you & Joe. Making 'that' decision has to be the hardest. I know. I've made it.
    What a beautiful tribute to such an elegant cat. Prayers & the Lord's peace to you both.


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