I meant to write a blog post long before now. I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been over three months until I looked at the date on my last post. Obviously I dropped out of the April A to Z Challenge. And then didn’t post for three months. Time flies, right?
Life got a little busy, between pets, work, home, and yard stuff. I think our biggest news is that we had to say goodbye to our cat Joey in May. We had been battling various health issues with him for a while, and we had said we would keep on as long as he had a good quality of life.
He started losing weight, and stopped responding well to the medications he was on. Our vet did a few non-invasive tests to confirm her suspicions of an intestinal tumor, and once that was confirmed we knew it was time to let him go. Our vet was wonderful about helping us make the decision.
Joey was always a people cat. He loved people, and other than demanding attention was very laid back. Almost everyone who has ever been to our house has spent hours holding Joey. He liked (and often demanded by tripping or clawing you) to be held like a baby. He was very popular at the vet’s office because of his personality.
Once we talked to the vet about the results of Joey’s tests and made the decision to let him go peacefully rather than putting him through anything else, all of the vet techs came in to tell him bye, and what a good, sweet boy he had always been. Even the vet cried when it was over, and she came to take him away. She kept apologizing for crying, and saying she wasn’t being very professional. Honestly, it made us love her even more. When your vet cries with you over losing your cat, you know they’re invested in their care, and have done everything possible for them.
We’re finding our new normal now that we’re down to just three cats, and the two dogs. We’ve decided to wait a little while before we add another fur kid to our family. We aren’t actively looking to foster or adopt at the moment. We lost three pets last year, one this year, and have been dealing with at least one pet having extensive (and expensive!) medical issues for a few years now. For the moment, everyone is reasonably healthy. We’ve decided to take some time to savor that.
We don’t have a certain time frame in mind as to when we’ll start looking to add another furry family member, but I know it will happen. Knowing us, it will happen sooner rather than later, but we both think we need the break right now.
Other than that we’ve just been keeping busy with ordinary day to day things. The garden is doing reasonably well this year. We’ve almost completely finished reinforcing the fence, and Duke has been staying in the yard.
So what about you? How have the last three months been? Anything fun or exciting going on this summer?