Saturday, February 26, 2011

Missy

There are moments in one's life where you are just bumping along doing your normal things and a speed bump gets thrown into the road to remind you to be aware. You try to get your bearings and return to what you're doing but things have changed. The normal is just slightly tweaked where you have to shift your perspective.

Over the course of the last couple of years, Maisie had been losing weight. She used to be a chunky 11 pounds but shrank down to 8. I didn't pay much mind to it because she was too heavy for her frame but when I took her in last September her vet was concerned. Her lab work showed no signs of problems. Then a couple of weeks ago I noticed she was not eating much and would stand by the water bowl. This was unusual, so I took her in. It turned out bad: her

kidneys had failed and she was dying. It was a sudden blow that took me completely by surprise. I decided to euthanise her so that she wouldn't suffer anymore.

Miss Maisie was the duchess of the house. The other cats paid her much respect because she could be fickle in her moods. Her size was no hindrance to her maintaining rule at Chez Runamuck. Even Buster, who outweighed her by a couple of pounds, kept his distance. But she was a loving cat. She didn't like to be held but she loved sitting on my lap or sleeping next to my pillow at night. She loved burrowing in the blankets to snooze. And her fur was the softest I had ever felt.

Goodbye, duchess. Mazola. MissMiss. You are missed here at Chez Runamuck.

8 comments:

yarmando said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Duffy.

Barbara said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. I'm facing something soon with my 17 year old Cameo. I can't even think about it. My thoughts are with you.

Tiggywinkle Knits said...

Oh, Duffy, I'm so sorry to hear this. I know she leaves a hole in your heart that will never be quite filled again.

Jeanne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, too. With five cats ranging in age from 6-16, I'll likely be going through it myself. I wish they had longer life spans. It isn't fair that they make us fall in love with them then leave us too soon.

Anonymous said...

My heart aches over your loss. Our pets are part of our families;my thoughts are with you. Cybergran

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

So sorry about your Maisie. But you did the humane thing.

Wishing you sweet memories.

Shelly said...

Oh Duffy, I'm so sorry about losing you Maisie. She looks and sounds like a wonderful pet. My thoughts are with you guys.

bluebunny said...

So sorry for the loss of your beautiful fur baby.