About 2 hours after I posted last night, Lucy passed away in John's arms. I had been giving him almost hourly updates during the day because she was in such distress, and after we got her diagnosis at the vet I called him. When we got home I called again and told him to hurry. Dr. Jeff was ready to come over whenever we called, but it turns out Lucy was just waiting for her Daddy to come home. Almost as soon as he picked her up, she had a spasm and died. I suppose this was the best way. I truly think she waited. Skootchie is very upset. I called him down for dinner but he wouldn't eat for a couple of hours. Finally, with lots of coaxing, he ate. Again this morning he wouldn't come down for breakfast (how I long for the days when he would wake me up in the wee hours!). He is clearly upset, and of course he can sense how sad we are.
This morning we took Lucy to the Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery (the oldest one in the U.S.) to have her cremated, John's choice. He is really broken up. He was there when she was born, and again when she died.
I am hoping Skootch can rebound a bit before we leave on Saturday. Maybe it's good we're going away - we all need some grieving and healing time. John's mom is a real cat person, so it will be good to stay with her.
Soon I'll post a more fitting tribute for Lucy...
I am so sorry. One of the most difficult things is that our pets, our furry family members, do not live as long as we do.ReplyDelete
I, too, had a cat die in my arms. Although terrible, I am glad that I was with him at the end.
We are so sorry for your loss. Our best thoughts and prayers to you at this difficult time.ReplyDelete
I'm so very sorry...ReplyDelete
we are so very sorry.....but we are glad she held on to say goodbye to John. soft purrs to all of youReplyDelete
I'm sorry the loss of Lucy. The most beautiful thing is when man overcomes the fear of pain and gets to the end with her cat.ReplyDelete
Rest in Peace, Lucy.ReplyDelete
Adios, sweet Lucy.ReplyDelete
I don't think there's any question she was waiting for her dad. And as very sad as this is, she was surrounded by love and safety when she crossed...which is something I think we all want.
It will take some time for Skootch. A long time ago, when I lost the last of my two original cats, the little boy I'd gotten as a tiny kitten (Eddie, William's old bro) was distraught for weeks. His sadness with the loss of his sis was particularly poignant.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Lucy loved her dad and needed him to be there with her. Blessings to all of you and special love to Skootch.ReplyDelete
I am so so sorry for your painful lost:(ReplyDelete
I'm sorry for your loss.ReplyDelete
I have teary eyes. This is very sad. I am so so very sorry. I'm glad Lucy saw her Daddy and died in his arms.ReplyDelete
Skootch needs time to grieve as well. they know!
I´m so very sorry!ReplyDelete
Receive my sinceres condolences.
I am so sorry. It is such a very special pain to lose a beloved pet!! You have my sincere condolences xxReplyDelete
how very poignant that she was able to be with him one last time.. My heart goes out to all three of you. May time wear down the rough edges of the pain and let you remember the fun and the love with a smile instead of a tearReplyDelete
Lucy was waiting. We are very sad for your loss. We hope Skootch feels better soon. Nellie was upset for months after Licorice went over the bridge.ReplyDelete
We sends you healing and sympathetic purrs.
Nellie and Mommy
my heart hurts for you all. so, so sad. I'm also so thankful that John was there to say goodbye. rest in peace sweet Lucy.ReplyDelete
I am truly so sorry for your loss. There are no words that can express how much. Will keep you all in our purrs.ReplyDelete
I'm visiting from The Cat Guy's blog just to say I'm so sorry and that I understand ,as we all do, the pain and loss.ReplyDelete
Take care, all of you.
I'm visiting from fourwhitepaws. I'm so sad to hear about Lucy. She was probably waiting for her daddy. We're sending purrs and hugs from our house.ReplyDelete
Rest in peace dearest girl. I came from Cat Guy's blog to pay my respects. I know how terribly this hurts and that Scootch is grievig has to be terribly hard to bear.ReplyDelete
Lucy was waiting indeed and thank goodness she saw her Daddy before she flew away.
Love and warm hugs.
We are so very sorry for your loss. She lived a loved life and that is the best gift you could ever have given her.ReplyDelete
Purrs and hugs to you all.
Meg and Quill
So sorry, Ann and John, and Skootch. I never expected word like this of Lucy. You have been through so much and I know how much it all hurts. Love to you all.ReplyDelete
John and Ann - so sorry about Lucifee - I kcnow you'll miss this important member of your family. Love to you both.ReplyDelete
We are so very sorry for your loss. We are purring for you both, and for Skootch. Fly free now, sweet Lucy.ReplyDelete
It's fitting that she waited for her daddy. I'm so sorry for your loss.ReplyDelete
I am stunned, shocked and deeply saddened by your sudden loss of Lucy. This is truly hard for all of us and of course...especially you and John. Our hearts are breaking. This is especially hard because we just can't make sense of it. We are praying for all of you and praying that Skootch will get through this. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Much love, Caren & CodyReplyDelete
Love to all of you during this sad time.ReplyDelete
We are so so sorry for your lost.ReplyDelete
Big hugs to you!
I am so very sorry to hear about your dear sweet Lucy. We all send you many purrs and hugs along with lots of love. I do believe she waited too. Run free dear girl, run free.ReplyDelete
Oh so sad, we are so sorry! Tears. Purrs.ReplyDelete
We are deeply saddened and sending you heartfelt purrs. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxxReplyDelete
Sorry to learn about Lucy. I understand from experience how hard this is for you.ReplyDelete
We're so sorry to hear about Lucy..Gee whiz, it's all just so totally unfair and sad. Purrs and prayers are going out to you from all of us.ReplyDelete
Tom, Mom Julie, Mitty, Tinker & Anastasia
Sorry to hear about Lucy, hopefully Skootch is doing better.ReplyDelete
We are so sad to learn of Lucy's passing. It is always dreadful to lose one so loved. To leave whilst being held close in love, is a gift. We send rumbly purrs and love to you both and Skootch.ReplyDelete
We are so sorry
Gerry, Mungo & The Ape xx
I am sorry for your loss. You guys gave Lucy a wonderful life, don't forget that.ReplyDelete
(From Leah in NC)
Oh, Ann! Your comment on my site sent me to yours (I've now stuck it up on our topsites so we can see it - I've found that's best way for me to 'follow'. If I can see it, I will click on it regularily!) SO SO sorry to read your most recent posts. So hard to say goodbye to a pet pal, part of the family. Hope Skootch is coming to terms with it and you and John too. Still shed a tear for my old dog, and he's gone three years now. They leave a hole in the house. Mel and M xReplyDelete