Dooms-Day in the Kenney Household

My Blue kitty went back to the vet tonight after having another down-hill day health wise. He is losing red blood cells and they do not know why. In my desperation to bide some time, I opted for the blood transfusion option. After getting home and talking to my husband on the phone (he is 700 miles away on business), we decided it would be best to let him go. He is in too much pain, and we're afraid that all we are doing is prolonging the inevitable.

I hope he gets to spend forever in the grassy sunshine-fields that he always adored so much.

This is one of the hardest decisions of my life. I will miss him so much! =( If tears could stain a blog, this one would be soaked in them..

Photo credits: Teresa Kenney.

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January 31, 2009

Sgcallaway1994

My heart breaks for you... I know first hand how deep the pain goes. We also had to put down our beloved friend Fred in October of 2007. He too was loosing red blood cells and no one could figure out why. We opted for a blood transfusion and then comfort care only from that point forward. The transfusion bought him another 3 days. He missed his 14th birthday by 1 month and a couple of days. This little miniature schnauzer was a huge part of our family. To this day, we still miss him terribly. My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family! We found our strength and happiness knowing our friend was no longer in pain and was forever playing in the backyard of doggy heaven. (The photograph below was taken in his favorite spot, on the back of the futon in the front window of our old home.)

In Memory of Our Beloved Friend and Companion: Fred 11-14-93 to 10-12-07
   Dog posing in front of window   

January 31, 2009

Dmccale

Very hard thing to do.I have a dog 15 yrs old and his time is getting closer.I have had him all his life.It is the one I have in the clouds.I said when he goes I will frame that photo and know he is in doggy heaven.It will get better.
dmccale

January 30, 2009

Rebeccaosborn

i'm sorry for this loss.... he looks beautiful and will now be resting nicely in peace x

January 24, 2009

Retina2020

I know how difficult that decision is. We had to make the same decision for our 15 year old Schnauzer. Look back at all the happy memories and that your cat lived a long and full life.

January 15, 2009

Kenneystudios

Thank you all so much for your kind words. The comfort and support is much appreciated.
There actually is a 4-year-old kitty with a nearby shelter that I want to add to our family. He's been with them for a while. I wanted to bring him home when we still had Blue, but Blue was really a single cat kind of guy (he wanted all of our attention and didn't want to share). My husband is going to be calling soon, so I am going to work my darndest on convincing him to let this little guy into our home.

January 15, 2009

Unaphoto

Hi Teresa,
don't worry, you've made the right decision by letting him go.
I would not like to be kept alive when all there's left to me is pain.
When it come to your sorrow, one thing for sure, at the end of your post, I was crying too.
This is not going to be easy, but think of it this way : you gave Blue a life of comfort and love.
This is priceless and you should not stop doing it. Share your kindness again, find a new pet...
My heart goes out to you! Best wishes.

January 15, 2009

Irisangel

awww, so sorry to hear this. I know all of the images you have of him will keep him in your heart always.

January 15, 2009

Davidwattsjr

Sure sorry about your loss... never easy.

January 15, 2009

Eclecticelegance

I am very sorry for you - we have a 13 year old dog who is showing signs of age, but is still enjoying life - but we know that it will eventually come to what you have had to go through someday.

But you did the right thing - even though it was difficult - I believe that God gives us the responsibility to care for our animals the best we know how - and some times we have to make those hard decisions for our beloved pet's benefit.

I am very sorry for your loss.

January 15, 2009

Kenneystudios

You are all so kind in leaving comments. It is so much appreciated. I am so happy to be a member of this community! You are all so supportive. Thank you all so much for your kind words!

January 15, 2009

Kenneystudios

I would love to have another kitty to hold right now. I've losts several dogs in my life, but we always had at least one back home to love and cuddle with after returning from the vet with sad news.
There is a beautiful 4-year-old male at Petsmart that is very affectionate and meows a lot, similar to my Blue. I am going to talk my husband into adopting him.

January 15, 2009

Noonie

VERY wise decision. He couldn't ask but you knew.....I've known people who kept pets too long for only their benefit. If you're still not working, may be time to think about that baby????? At least planning and figuring it out will give you something positive to be working on. And, yes, another cat......

January 15, 2009

Sil63

Teresa, I know this may sound kind of disrespectful... but how about adopting another kitty as soon as possible? I found it helped me to overcome my loss.

January 15, 2009

Teekaygee

Oh Teresa, i am so sorry to read your very sad news. My heart goes out to you; I know how much pets touch our hearts and lives. Your decision to let him go was the ultimate act of kindnes; I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have of him.

January 15, 2009

Kenneystudios

Thank you all so much for your kind words. It's 6am right now as I write this, and I'm missing him something awful. :( It's already so much quieter in this house. He was always so chatty and had so much to say, even in the middle of the night if he happened to catch me awake.
Again, thank you all for your kind words. They mean so much and do make me feel a little less sad.

January 15, 2009

Xmasbaby

As one who is in the middle of making this same decision about my beautiful cat, I definitely feel your pain. I never knew it would be so difficult to make this decision, even when knowing it's the right thing to do. I've added a few more tears to your blog.

January 15, 2009

Littlemacproductions

I am so sorry. You made a difficult but wise decision.

January 15, 2009

Sil63

So sorry to hear that... I know very well how it feels, it was the hardest choice for me too. But now I'm sure my beloved kitty is watching over me from where he is and he's happy playing with other fellow kitties like him...

January 15, 2009

Mildegard

Poor kitty... He lived a long and happy life, and lives even after - in loving memory.

January 15, 2009

Fultonsphoto

Very, very sad, but you have done the right thing by not prolonging the suffering, sorry for your loss, Regards Warren

January 15, 2009

Imdan

I completely understand. My heart goes out to you and your kitty.

January 14, 2009

Marilyngould

Your love, kindness and compassion for your kitty is overwhelming. Making the decision to let them go in order to prevent pain and suffering is one of the hardest choices for those of us that love our pets so dearly. I am so sorry for your loss -- I hope he is running in fields and chasing butterflies. Kindest regards, Marilyn

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