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'I Still See Him Everywhere ...': A Pet Owner's Story.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Saturday, June 12, 2010

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A boy is missing his furry friend who died of kidney disease at the age of ten.

Image of Ragdoll cat (C) 2010, by Karla Dorman. (The cat is her best friend's cat, and happily she is very much alive! :) )

I am very sad.  Last week, my kitty, a huge Ragdoll named "Sir Lancelot", died.  He was ten years old.  He died because his kidneys failed, and he got very sick.  He lost a lot of weight and stopped eating; he also had trouble peeing and going to the bathroom.  We got very scared, so we took him to the vet.  The vet said there was nothing they could do, so he, more or less, gave him a special shot to make him go to sleep, and he died.

I was with Sir Lancelot when he died.  I cried like a little baby, even though I am 12 years old and should know better.  It was the hardest decision our family ever had to make.  We knew Sir Lancelot was suffering, so we decided that maybe his going to sleep would be the best thing for him.

After Sir Lancelot got his shot and died, we brought him back home in a box; we then buried him by his favorite tree in the backyard.  Of course, all of us cried:  mom, dad, Patrick (my big brother), Emma (my little sister; she's six; Patrick is thirteen), and myself.  Before we buried Sir Lancelot, we all said special things about him that made us smile through our tears and how we would always love him and never forget him.  We then said our goodbyes and went inside as dad buried him in a hole he'd dug in the yard. 

We didn't feel like eating supper; we were all too upset about our kitty dying.  We were glad he was no longer suffering, but at the same time, when he died, it felt like a part of us, his family, died right along with him.  I guess a part of us did.

We are all a little sad, but we are getting better slowly.  The worst thing is this:  we think we hear him meowing or see him walking out of the corner of our eye, only to realize that he is no longer here with us.  It drives all of us crazy, and we start crying all over again.  I don't think we will ever forget Sir Lancelot:  he was the best cat we ever had.  He could make us laugh with his madcap antics and make us feel better wheenver he flopped on his side and rolled around or purred in our ears.  He had the sweetest "purr"sonality of any cat, and everyone who knew him loved him as much as we did.

We took Sir Lancelot's things to the local animal shelter, as a way to donate and help them out.  We may eventually get another cat down the road, but right now is not the time.  It's too soon after Sir Lancelot's death to even think of replacing him.  And he will never be replaced; he was definitely something special!

I am just glad we had Sir Lancelot as long as we did.  He brought us ten years of joy and laughter; now he's gone, and all we have are the memories of him.  To lose a pet is one of the worst things that can ever happen to a person; it's like you've lost an important member of your family.  Losing a pet is as bad as losing a grandma or grandpa or even a mother, father, or a brother or sister.  You still feel the same sadness and grief, and it takes a while before it ever goes away completely.

Oh, Sir Lancelot, whey did you have to die??  It's been only a week, but I miss you like crazy!  You were my special furry buddy!!!  :( 

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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 6/16/2010
To lose a pet is like losing a great friend.
Reviewed by Mark Lichterman 6/13/2010
I am a grown man, and yet I always cried terribly when the decision was made to "put my friend down." When Fergie, my ruby colored Caviler King Charles was put to sleep I held her in my arms, to my face until the shot took and my daughter and son-in-law could hardly get me home. Very touching story, Karen, even though you brought memories back that have me crying even as I write this.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/13/2010
I know this grief. Patrick
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 6/13/2010
They give us so much joy, to lose a pet is so very hard!!!
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/13/2010
Karen, this touches the heart of your readers.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/13/2010
A touching piece of work, Karen. Nicely done, my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/12/2010
It's hard losing a furry friend ... a cat just has this way of purring its way into your heart. :( An excellent, although sad, story, Karen, very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 6/12/2010
Loosing a pet is hard, I have lost a couple of cats myself, and its never the same without them, this is a great write thank you for sharing
In Christs Love

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