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Sunday, June 23, 2013



Today's challenge has and still is to be with my old puss and make her as comfortable as I can before taking her to the vet to be enthanased in the morning. emoticon

Old puss is not going to get well, and similar to the quote "Today's progress is determined by yesterday's choices", I chose yesterday to not put her in hospital over the weekend, but I did expect the vet to ring yesterday afternoon or today like he said. That hasn't happened, but I don't need the results of the blood work anymore - now is the time.

The SparkCoach challenge for yesterday was to spend at least 5-10 minutes outside. I did not do this mindfully, but did find myself outside in the front and back garden, following old puss around. She seemed to be checking out her favourite places, but also trying new places that were protected - so much so that we had to leave her as we could not access them! So sat near by, in between going in and out the house setting up new pots of water to entice her out to drink.

Now while I'm typing this, she is in her snooza bed near where I am sitting. I keep looking over to her, and if she looks like she is getting up or moving, I try to squirt some water in her mouth using a syringe. But she looks pretty settled for now. The fire has been lit, and we can also be warm and have the comfort of the fire.

I do hope it is not going to get any tougher to be with her and look after her before tomorrow morning. This is hard. emoticon

Today's SparkCoach challenge was to eat only whole grains. This is a HUGE challenge. Yesterday's shopping included: bread, tortillas, sandwich thins, muffins, and pita bread. Only the bread is 100% wholegrain!

A modification to the challenge is to substitute another food if you cannot eat wholegrain. But having a vegetable instead of a tortilla, sandwich thin, muffin or pita bread changes the whole dish in most cases.

I have even tried another supermarket, grocer, and speciality health food shop for 100% wholemeal or wholegrain products.

Beginning to think that I may have to get back into making my own sourdough bread again, and investigate how difficult it is to make tortillas. I imagine it would be similar to making sourdough flatbreads? I didn't master muffins, well they might be muffins, but they are not the English style muffins I'm used to. But perhaps having a tortilla filling with popcorn is a tasty and fun idea.

I don't know what tomorrow's SparkCoach challenge is going to be, but the day is already shaping up to be full of challenges, including but not limited to:

emoticon take cat whose has been a pet for nearly 20 years to be euthanased and cremated at Lawnswood,

emoticon be assertive to ask for refund ($180) from vet for blood work that I did not get the results for, and

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REBIRTHDIVA 6/25/2013 10:06AM

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BLUEJEANS27 6/23/2013 10:56AM

    And I agree with Nelljones. A new cat or kitten will bring such joy into your life. Sympathies to you --
Julia

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NELLJONES 6/23/2013 8:22AM

    I have been through this same thing too many times. I have learned to pay the vet before, because after I'll be crying to hard to be able to sign anything. Then I immediately set out to get another kitten, to alleviate the loss for my other cats as well as myself. In 2006 I lost all 3 of my cats, but now I have 3 new ones. The three old cats are buried in our woods out back with little grave markers that I bought at Miles Kimball. Life does move on, and we do outlive our pets, but that doesn't make it any easier to handle the end.

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_VALEO_ 6/23/2013 8:06AM

    She had a long and loved life on your side. Thank her a last time for picking you as her human friend.
I know how hard it is on you, but you are doing the brave thing to end her suffering, and to let her go.
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SUSIEPH1 6/23/2013 6:11AM

    I am sure Puss knows that her time is nigh .. Cats have a second sense about these things .. Give her lots of cuddles .. She will be in your heart forever ..
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