When you have an animal or animals you always know the day will come where they will leave this earth. Knowing and it actually happening are two totally different things. I have had Daisy and Monster for 19 and 17 years. They have been with our family through sicknesses, moving, kids growing up, and everything else. They were our family. On November 25, we had to say goodbye to Monster. He wasn’t eating and was having gastroenteritis issues; he received a anti nausea shot and some antibiotics for the intestines. In the past when Daisy or Slash have had gastroenteritis issues that did the trick but it did not for Monster. We took him into the ER vet Sunday and immediately when they took his temperature they took him in the back (it was 94.9). They brought him back wrapped in a blanket with a heating pad. The vet and tech both said that Monster’s stomach felt mushy and they look on his face told me everything. He didn’t think Monster’s outcome was good. I think he felt it was cancer but with the way Monster was dehydrated despite drinking, the IV fluids, etc he had been through enough. We did do blood tests again (we had them done a fews days prior) and when the results came back it showed low kidney function and he was not producing red blood cells. Monster had been having issues with diarrhea and terrible smelling gas and he let one go in the office that was awful. I put some paper towels under him in case he had to go potty and I noticed blood was all around his rectum. My heart sank and I knew it was time to let him go. I knew Monster would always fight to the end to be with me and he did. It broke may heart to make that decision but I couldn’t have him suffer. I held him in my arms until the end and still held him for a bit after he left.
Daisy started having the same issues; not eating, diarrhea, and vomiting we took her to the vet quickly because she has had gastroenteritis issues over the past year. She always bounced back after the shot and antibiotics but this time she did not. She was declining fast and I knew it was the same thing that happened with Monster. So one week and two days after Monster transitioned, Daisy also transitioned from here. This time my two youngest kids were present as we held her and gave her lots of hugs and kisses goodbye. I can only hope she was greeted by Monster and Pepper.
It has been heartbreaking to come home. I always greeted each animal with hugs, kisses, and pets. I had Daisy from the time she was a kitten and Monster was a year in a half. I miss their presence, I miss their meows, I miss their begging while we ate dinner, I miss them laying on my lap, I miss Daisy sleeping on my pillow, I miss Monster sleeping next to my side. I miss them so much. I will be busy doing something and all of a sudden this wave of sadness and awful pain comes over me. It takes my breath away and I have to pause a minute to get my bearings back. I have so many pictures and awesome memories of them, I will forever celebrate what they meant to us.