Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saying goodbye to the assistant

If you have been following events on Facebook and Instagram this will not come as a surprise to you, but for the rest of you I have some very sad news. I have had to say goodbye to my sweet furry assistant Peer.


I got him from an animal shelter less than four years ago and he was without a doubt one of the most affectionate cats that ever lived. Unfortunately he was already suffering from a chronic flu/cold type of thing (I don't know the English word for this, so you'll have to forgive me, but for the Dutchies among you: "niesziekte". ).

He had antibiotics several times when I just got him, but he did not respond to them. He was however feeling great and doing fine, except for the occasional sneeze attack and leaving snot all over the house for me to clean. So it was really  more of a practical problem that I could live with just fine, since he was such a wonderful addition to my household.

But unfortunately such a condition does do damage over time and this is what has been happening over the past two months or so. He slowly got worse and worse. We tried several treatments and medications, but he only started to get more miserable. So I had to make a decision in his best interest and he was euthanized two days ago.

I am incredibly sad and I miss him like crazy. He was a very cuddly and adorable presence in my life and he stole not just my heart but that of every cat lover that ever met him. It's a shame he did not get to live to a ripe old age, but I'm grateful I got to have him with me for almost four years.

So here we say goodbye to Peer: he was a lousy assistant, but the bestest of cats!

PS: Because of the above I will not be blogging for the rest of the week.


30 comments:

  1. Oh Carin, I am so sorry-I loved seeing Peer on your blog-it was always the first things I noticed! I do love black and white cats. We had one, too, named Jacques. We used to joke that he was always in a tuxedo, dressed for dinner. It's a hard job, making the decision, isn't it? I hate that part, but it always comes, and seems to be too soon. I think it's our ultimate gift of love and it was brave on your part. I think of him as being part of your work-in other words, laying around on your papers! He always gave us a smile and I thank you for sharing him with us all this time. I keep a candle going day and night on our dining table for those that need it, and you will be included in the daily prayer. All the best, Sandy

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet response Sandy. It is weird without him and both my blog and my house feel empty without his contributions.

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  2. O Carin, wat erg voor je en wat zul je hem missen. Ik weet hoe het voelt en het is vreselijk. Maar als ik het zo lees een hele moeilijke beslissing maar wel de beste. In zo'n geval zet je je eigen gevoelens opzij en kies je voor het welzijn van 'je kind'. Ik wens je heel veel sterkte voor nu en de komende tijd. Laura

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    1. Het is raar. De beslissing zelf is niet eens zo moeilijk, ik bedoel dat het gewoon duidelijk was wat moest gebeuren. Maar de gevolgen zijn wel moeilijk. Het is maar raar leeg zonder de assistent in huis en ik had hem graag nog wat jaartjes gegund.

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  3. Rest in peace, sweet Peer. Carin, I am so sorry that you are having to go through this and for your loss. I've had to do the same thing before and KNOW it is NOT easy at all. I do want to say "bless you" and thank you for doing what was best for your baby. Many times animals get to where they have no quality of life and people just keep them alive and let them suffer because they don't want to let go. You however, did the right thing for him. Praying for you, dear heart. (Hugs)

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    1. It was very clear to me what had to be done for him. He was suffering and getting weaker and weaker and I didn't want to put him through worse. I am having a hard time without him though, it feels like he was robbed of a longer healthier life and that does make me sad.

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  4. Caatje,
    So sorry for the loss of your furry buddy. .....the mourning for a member of our pet family can go very deep. Sending you a cyber hug.





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  5. My heart goes out to you. He was lucky to be loved by you and you by him.

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  6. Oh Carin, my heart is so heavy with you and for you right now. It is soooo difficult to love an animal so much and have to make that final decision. I've been there 3 times, and it's just awful. I'm so glad that you received so much love and joy from Peer, and it is wonderful that you adopted him from a shelter, and that he was able to know and experience your love for him. I will miss reading about your assistant and seeing pics from time to time. Please take all the time you need, and you are in my thoughts and prayers.......Linda E.

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    1. Thank you Linda. Caring for a furry companion comes with its wonderful and its terrible parts. Loosing them is definitely terrible. I was lucky to have him in my life and I wish he could have stayed longer.

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  7. So very sorry for your loss of dear Peer. You gave him a lovely life.

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  8. Carin - I am so sorry to read this. I know how you feel. We are watching our little old man Cully decline now. His sister Lucy has already left us. It's the hardest part of our bargain with our furry companions, but totally worth the trade for years of purrs and their antics. I sure that like all, Peer WAS the bestest of cats.

    KerowynA

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    1. He really was. Wishing you the best with your Cully. It's hard to know where to draw the line between what is a worthy cat life and what isn't. Peer had certainly passed that line and there was no way back, so I had to do what was best for him. It's a sad thing to deal with though.

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  9. oh Carin, I'm so sorry to hear of this. His presence in various photos radiated love and comfort and relaxed me even from a distance. May you be comforted...

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  10. Een heel mooi eerbetoon aan deze bijzondere assistent.
    Warme groet, Alice

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  11. Oh Carine, dat is zoooo triest en 't is zo moeilijk dat moment dat je voor hun best de knoop moet doorhakken , 'I've been there 3 times' en het is gewoonweg verschrikkelijk ze zijn als onze "kindertjes" je wil ze niet missen , je voelt je nadien zooo eenzaam , het zal weer wat tijd vragen om dit verdriet een plaatsje te geven , even een traantje wegpinken ... ik denk aan jou en wens je oprecht zoveel sterkte !!!!

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    1. Ja, hij laat een akelige leegte achter. Het is weer wennen zonder beessie te leven, maar voor hem was het echt het beste. Er zijn hier heel wat traantjes weggepinkt en nu nog. Dank je wel voor je lieve woorden.

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  12. Heel veel sterkte zo zonder je assistant, vreselijk verlies een huisdier.

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    1. Dank je wel, het is maar saai zonder zo'n assistent die constant in de weg zit!

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  13. Wat een moeilijke beslissing, veel sterkte de komende tijd!

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  14. Sending you hugs. As a cat mommy, I know how sad this time is. Sterkte en liefde!

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