Wednesday, November 18, 2009

In Memorial: Rachel

Last night, we put Rachel to sleep. She stopped eating a week ago, though it took us a few days to realize that she was in fact not eating and not just being finicky. We realized it Thursday afternoon and our Vet is closed Fridays and the weekend. By Monday, she was barely conscious and her temp had dropped. The Vet tried on Monday to rehydrate her and raise her temp. He called us Tuesday to let us know that her kidneys had failed and that he recommended we put her to sleep. She went quickly and surrounded by love. We even got to hold her before she died - the only time we actually got to hold her in our 5 1/2 years together. It was a really nice way to spend our last moments together, almost as if she wanted to give us a gift. We buried her in the yard next to Paul with her laser pointer and a fresh catnip toy, then poured the rest of the half-and-half over her.

This picture, I feel, really captures the essence of Rachel. She was loving but also vindictive and a bit of a b*tch (in case you can't tell, she's deliberately planted her anus on the mouse). She had a rough exterior that hid a heart of gold. It took her many years to warm up to us. She really warmed up after Paul died, which was surprising to me - instead of becoming a recluse, she reached out to us for love and affection. Though I think not having Paul here once she became sick is what really did her in. We tried to cuddle with her, but we just never sat still enough for long enough. And I think she just really missed him.

Like with Paul, there's now a Rachel sized hole missing from our lives. The house feels very empty today.

Jason pointed out last night that her passing is an end of an era - the Paul & Rachel era. We adopted them 5 1/2 years ago - our first pets together. We went through so much - moving several times, getting new pets, then the baby. They taught us a lot. Me, specifically, they taught a lot about unconditional love - how to love someone as they are, not who we'd like them to be. They also helped me stop and take a moment to share love. And they gave me a glimpse of what it will be like to be a parent of a teenager.

I am grateful for the time we had together and the life we shared.


heathre said...

what a wonderful tribute to ms. rachel-cat. i love what you wrote.
big hugs to you guys.

Hilleri said...

Ditto to what Heathre wrote...
So sorry for your loss :(
Both Rachel and Paul won the kitty lottery the day they met you and Jason. They both were loved and lived full lives thanks to you guys.
Lv H

sunnywave said...

what a beautiful post, cora. so sorry for your loss and it sounds like both kitties had a wonderful life with you and jason. xoxo

Nanimal said...

oh... that sucks.
I love that you posted a shot of her with her anus on the mouse. lol. totally let me know what a shit she was in an affectionate kind of shaking your head way.
and maybe we can drive out with mimi and she can meet your puppy and play next summer. YOu know I am always hopeful that we will be able to afford to drive there for the summer.