Monday, August 10, 2009

Losing a friend


We lost a really good friend last night. Henry was hit by a car. His pelvis was too broken to repair; he had lost all feeling in his legs and the doctor wasn't sure he would ever be able to walk again even with surgery. So we made the hard decision to let him go. The 4 of us crowded in the little room to scratch his neck and tell him how much we love him. He was drowsy on pain meds but he seemed comfortable and responded to each one of our kisses.

I keep going over last night, thinking about what I could have done differently. I realize there's nothing that can be changed. I'm so very grateful to the cyclist who happened to be riding by at that moment and saw it happen. Without him, it might have been hours before we realized that something was wrong. Instead he wasn't in pain for long and for that, I'm thankful.

This morning feels hard, empty. I feel like he should be rubbing up against my leg or asking to be let outside. He was a wonderful cat, patient with the boys, and always wanting to be cuddled. We miss him terribly.

Goodbye Henry.

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8 comments:

Jeremy said...

Henry was the best cat around kids I have ever seen. Our boys would roll over him, pick him up, chase him - and he would gladly play right along. Even when other kids would be over he would tolerate their attempts at "love" regardless of how painful they might have been.

We'll miss you, Bud...

tonia said...

we are all sad here too...everyone loved Henry and we will miss him so much...

it's really not fair. He was a phenomenal cat.

love to you all.

Adam and Raechell said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. How awful. Our thoughts are with you all.

Julie said...

What a sad moment in life. What a hard thing saying goodbye is ... especially in a situation like that.

Linda said...

They do work their way into our hearts. I'm so sorry Andrea.

Heather said...

How sad for you all. He looks like such a pleasant companion. So sorry for you and the boys, esp.
Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

Tasha Lehman said...

So sorry. Losing a pet is so tough. Hope the boys are handling it ok.

Mom Uytioco said...

So sorry about your beloved friend. Such a sad time. Hope you all are doing ok.