reply to post by Night Star
I'm so sorry for your loss!
People who have never had pets, have no idea what it's like.
I just lost my cat Socks on the 22nd.
Not sure how old he was, but we had him for 15 years.
It's never easy, not even when you know that it's coming!
There were two people last week that had threads about losing their cats.
And this is the time of year,
when most of the pets that we've had over the years have died.
What's up with that?
I've had lots of pets ever since I was 6.
But Socks was by far, the smartest & most 'human' of any of them!
Very in tune with how I was feeling,
He would only drink out of the bathroom sink, never a bowl!
He would come & meow to us when he wanted us to make it drip.
Then when he was done, he'd come find us
& meow again to remind us to turn the water back off!
When treats used to come in little round cardboard canisters, with plastic lift off lids,
he would hold it in his front paws & pry the top off with his teeth to get the treats!
The last few years he stayed close by me, whatever I was doing.
He usually slept with me at least part of the night
& would come wake me up in the morning if I slept too long!
Everything that made them special to us,
is what we have to keep thinking about & remembering.
And how we gave them a good life, that they might not have had otherwise!
Ours was a tiny, malnourished stray, that our oldest daughter saw in the park.
He followed her & her girlfriend & kept jumping in our van
when they opened the doors to leave.
They kept taking him back out & putting him in the grass away from the parking lot...
But he would run & try to jump back in!
They figured because of the way he looked & the way he was acting,
that someone probably dropped him off. So she brought him home.
I was upset at first...but it turned out to be one of the best decisions she ever made!
I wonder if ATS member's pets will get together & talk about what it was like
to have 'parents' that belonged to ATS!!!
When you feel up to it,
maybe it would help to share some more about your Straya with us!
Long distance hugs to you!