This exact time last week...
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Last Thursday morning I called my vet's office to make an appointment to bring my kitty, Socks in. You see Socks was getting very old and in the last few months had gone deaf and blind...he was 18 years old and we had gotten to the point we were taking it one-day-at-a-time.
Socks was my friend and my buddy and we had been together since he was very young. We had been through so much together over the 18 years...my daughter grew up from a pre-teen to a mother and wife, I had four grandchildren born, I had gotten a divorce, moved and started over 15 years ago. He has been my "constant" in my life. He was always by my side. When I came home he was always waiting on me, glad I was home once again to be with him. When I worked in my yard and my flower beds he always stayed near by, watching over me.
So when the last stage of his life began taking a toll on him I thought I'd take him in to see the vet just to see if there was anything they could do to make him more comfortable. The vet said he was in kidney failure and with his age, there just wasn't anything we could do. He said when I was ready to call them for them to put him to sleep. We left his office, went to the car and he died in the front seat of my car before I left the parking lot. I honestly feel he knew how hard it was for me to have to decide when to put him down, so he made that choice on his own. I feel so honored to have been with him, petting him when he took his last breath. He went out of this world very easily and peacefully.
I took my friend and buddy home, wrapped him in one of his favorite blankets, placed him in a box and took him out to the garden bench that he used to nap on while I worked in my yard and we had a little chat. Then I buried him on the edge of the yard, near that garden bench so when I'm out working in my flower beds he can continue to watch over me.
I feel so lucky to have had so many years with him and to have had his unconditional love and devotion. He will continue to live in my heart and my memories.
Till we see each other again my friend, I know you are waiting on me at heaven's gate~