Monday, July 17, 2017

Has It Really Been Three Months?

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?


  1. i am sorry to hear about the loss of your cat. You have my deepest sympathy.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Joey. He sounds like he was a wonderful cat. And what a wonderful vet - she sounds like a keeper to me.

    I have to say that I can totally relate to your desire to hold off on adding to the fur family for a while. I'm down to just 2 healthy cats at the moment. After losing two indoor cats and a family of 4 ferals all within about a 2 year period, I honestly just felt like I didn't have it in me to go through any more kitty trauma for a while - not to mention the financial impact. It's sorta amazing not to have thousands of dollars in vet bills, or deal with the emotional turmoil of all those life and death decisions.

    Here's hoping things can settle down to a dull roar for you!

  3. It's never easy to lose a loved pet. Sorry for your loss.

    Welcome back.

  4. Joey was so cute! Sorry for your and Nick's loss. It has been a hard time for you lately with your pets. I do agree it is good to take a little break and let things settle down before you think about fostering or adopting again. Hard to believe but December will be 3 years since Koda left us. I'm glad we impulsively didn't go outand get another dog. Now I'm not sure we will. Love corgis, but so much has changed, some for the good, others for the interesting. Not sure if adopting a dog would be the right thing to do at this point, so we too continue to wait and see.

    Hope the rest of the summer is a nice one for you and hope you post again soon!


  5. I'm so sorry to hear about Joey. I know what a hard choice that one is to make, but I also know there comes a time when it needs to be made, and it sounds like that time had arrived for Joey. Also, I agree with you about the vet's reaction. I lost four of my furry babies last year, and three more at the start of this year. Yes, they were rodents rather than cats and dogs, but they were still my babies, and I still loved them. I think the ones where you have to make the choice yourself are the hardest.

    Mostly the last three months have been good my end.

  6. Sorry to hear about your pet. My brother has lost 3 dogs in the last couple of yrs and it is really hard. My baby and bud is 10 and I have told everyone to be sure and dig the grave deep enough for both of us when he is gone. But we have just recently adopted a kitten and I have never had a cat before. Learning experience for me.

  7. Opps...sorry, meant to say thanks for coming over to the blog.

  8. We're so sorry about Joey's passing. We are grateful he had such a wonderful, loving home with you.

  9. So sorry to hear of Joey's passing. I guess it was time. And months can disappear so easily, can't they?

  10. Oh he was a handsome baby. I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I can understand trying to find your new normal before any new additions. I lost 5 last year and one this year and it's a huge adjustment not just for the humans but the whole herd. I hope yall are all finding comfort with one another. <3

  11. RIP Joey. He was gorgeous. Our cat was recently sick but she's recovered thank goodness. I dread the day...

  12. Oh, Danielle, I'm so glad you are back on blog but I'm very sorry to hear about sweet Joey. I've been in that position of saying goodbye to a dear cat-child and I know the heartbreak of that parting. Even though it has been a couple of months, that doesn't heal the heart. I still grieve for Gypsy at times, five years out, but of course it's easier now. Still, it's a hole in the heart and I'm so sorry.


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