Sunday, December 12, 2004


I'm chickening out.

The last week or so has been terribly cloudly and gloomy, and tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same. But Tuesday is predicted to be bright and sunny and beautiful. So, if I think she'll be ok one more day, I am holding off on having the vet come until Tuesday.

We bought the house we did in part because of its big, fenced yard that even the cats wouldn't get out of. Suki has spent her life living mostly indoors, either below or far above ground level. She got to go outside and eat grass and lay in the sun for a while on a leash several years ago, but hasn't been able to in years. So I was happy to be able to let her out safely. Until she found the hole in the fence. Then I kept her in, for weeks and weeks because we couldn't get around to fixing it properly. They'll have the whole next summer to go out, after all, right? I want her to have one last morning in the warm sun, though it will be too cold to go outside. We have a window seat facing the morning sun, and she liked to go there before she got sick. Now on Tuesday I will get up early and help her get up on it and sit with her a while.

You know, knowing that it is coming doesn't actually make it any easier. And for someone like me, who doesn't ever kill bugs if I can help it (I scoop them up and put them outside), the idea of scheduling the death of my pet is just about as traumatic as the death itself. I will have to do this four more times in the next 10 years or so, though, so I guess I'd better get used to it.

1 comment:

Jen said...

It never gets easier, and honestly, I recommend you NOT witnessing the actual injection. If your mom can come over, or your brother, or anyone, it would be easier on you.
What will help, is having a burial in your yard (of course, I don't know if you can dig in the frozen earth right now or not). When our pets died, we would make caskets out of anything we could, decorate them, and fill them with the things that pet loved. Save Suki's collar and make a plaque later. A simple picture frame with Suki's best picture and her collar surrounding the plaque is a beautiful memorial.