A year ago today I didn’t want to open my eyes. I was afraid of what I was going to find when I did. I tried not to fall asleep the night before, but I failed. I was angry with myself, because I knew I wasted precious time.
Eyes open, my fears were reality. Alex, our beloved elderly cat, the brave one who had his tail amputated due to Cancer the year before, was struggling. He was uncomfortable, he was weak from not eating in days, and his nose still was bleeding…
He cried the night before. A heart wrenching plea that my husband, Marc, and I tried to ignore. We were clinging on to the hope that the trip to the vet earlier in the day would help him. That somehow the shot he received would save him. We wanted that so badly.
But it wasn’t to be. He cried again that morning. Marc and I knew we had no choice. We had to help our little boy, our cat that we loved with all our hearts, stop hurting. We had to give him peace. We called the vet and waited.
Alex was so brave those last few hours. He was happy. He wiggled his little stumpy and assured us that we made the right decision. He made sure we knew how much he loved us, and we did the same.
Alex was a remarkable feline. He adopted me into his heart almost immediately. The love, attention and care he received from Marc and I made him overcome his rough start and fear of people. Alex had a larger than life personality. He touched so many people and made so many people laugh. He was a true character, right down to his love for Cesar salad.
Alex was fortunate to find the love of his life, Gracie.
I can’t believe that a year has passed. But it has. Our love for Alex still is strong. It was hard for us to decide to adopt Lucy, but we did so because we knew that Alex would want us to rescue another cat and shower them with as much love and attention that we did him.
So we adopted… And we know that Alex approves of his sister, who is so similar to him in many ways, that we feel she shares his soul. After all, isn’t that the true meaning of nine lives?
Alex, sweet boy, we will always love you and miss you. You will always hold a special place in our hearts. And when we close our eyes at night, we will always see you wagging your little stumpy.
Love you buddy,
Mommy, Daddy and Lucy
I also want to thank all my friends in the Cat Blogosphere – your support and love meant and still means the world to me…