Monday, February 24, 2014

Introducing Audrey Grace ...

Those who know me well know that I am a cat person. I haven't been without a cat in my life for 19 years. Since Losing Kona, I have felt a hollow emptiness inside that can only described as just that...emptiness. I havent had this feeling in 19 yrs....I knew it was time to take some action and today was the day. 

I'd been working on it for a few days now but my leads were getting me nowhere. The end of last week I responded to an online plea by a couple who had recently had a baby and due to allergy issues needed to re-home their long haired Siamese. I sent an email and called. I heard nothing until today and it was in response to my email stating that I would like to continue my search elsewhere if need be, I just would like to know. She apologized for not getting back to me but explained that she and her husband were having a difficult time giving away their cat. I total understand this, I cannot imagine being in a position of having to do this. I had a lead on 2 other declawed cats, one in Elephant Butte and the other in Las Cruces. One turned out to be an add that was 8 months old and the other, well, I missed it by 2 days. 

So today I took action. I called the Albuquerque Humane Society and asked for a list of their declawed kitties, I would like to come and visit and see who will come home with me. The woman on the other end of the phone said that she would get back to me with a list later in the afternoon. By about 1:30 I received a phone call back with a list of....one cat. There were two but the 3 year old grey male had been adopted that morning. The other cat was a 7 year old cat who had been returned to them twice...her initial surrender and again yesterday and both times because she didnt get along with the other cats in the house. I hate to hear stories of animals who have been returned repeatedly. Breaks my heart. I got dressed and Mom and I immediately jumped in the car and loaded up on all the necessities at PetCo and then we headed to the Humane Society. The Main Campus of the Humane Society is under a bit of construction so we had to check in at one place, and go find the cats in another. Once we checked in, and truthfully the whole ride over there, I was praying that there would be some kind of connection with this cat. When we walked into the room with all the cats, she was right in front of us. Mom and I both went up to her window and started to talk to her. She got very excited and came down to the front of the window to greet us. This was a good sign! As soon as we found an official person there that could allow us to see her more closely, we got her out of her cage and took her into a private room where it was just Mom, me and this lovely cat. She began to purr right away....and drool. An even better sign. In talking to the woman there I found out there were a couple other declawed kitties there despite being told there was just this one. We looked at Magenta and Macy but in the back of my mind was this beautiful girl kitty they called Lilo. The whole time I kept telling myself and Mom the name would have to go. As fate would have it we were destined to bring her home.

Meet Audrey Grace...


Audrey...meet everybody!

I felt she was deserving of a name that would identify her with a couple of beautiful, elegant women as she herself is a beautiful, pretty girl cat. Since we've had her home we've been unable to get a picture of her. She is making continuous rounds. I'm pretty sure that she is checking to see if there is another cat in the house because to her, I'm sure it probably smells like there is. She knows where the litter box is and knows where her food is....the rest is all up to her. She is checking everything out and slinking around the house. She may not get alone with other cats but she is very loving and affectionate and they say she is a lap cat. She fell asleep on Mom while we were still at the Humane Society!

I am looking forward to all of the things that happen when you have a cat in the house again. I'm looking forward to really seeing her personality come out and learning more about her. Like whether or not she likes yarn and our projects and stuff like that. We have UFO's all over the place. They are all nicely tucked away but you know what I mean! I just wanted you all to meet her! She came into our lives rather quickly but none to soon for me. Hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week! I'll see you back here soon, until then....Knit On!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

More Yarn & a New Bag !

Before I get down to business I have a minor Public Service Announcement. Considering all the crappy weather that's been happening all over the midwestern and eastern part of the country, this could be rather important. If you should decide to start a fire in your fireplace and you have a traditional wood burning fireplace as opposed to a gas one, PLEASE PLEASE do not forget to open your chimney flue damper. My lovely friend Dilshani forget this small detail this morning when starting a fire to warm her place up. She called me after she stopped all the fire alarms in her house, opened all the windows to let the smoke escape, (thankfully it was a standard windy day here The Duke City which helped get the smoke out of the house) and calmed the dogs and herself. By the time she had called, I was reassured by her post panic laughter that the amount of smoke she had inhaled had been kept to a minimum. Dilshani should probably not be left unattended at home by herself, certainly not while baking bread, but that is a story for another day. In any event folks, please always remember to open the flue damper in your chimney when starting a fire!

If you remember my last post about my Birthday and the gifts I received, you may remember me mentioning my Mom got me another gift certificate to Village Wools so I could do a little more shopping! I LOVE gift certificates to Village Wools! I've received enough of them over the years now that I can tell what it is as soon as I see the envelope. I know the size and the color of their envelopes well enough that I don't even have to open it to know its one of their gift certificates. At any rate, it allowed me to do a little more shopping and who doesn't LOVE to shop for yarn?! Village Wools had gotten a shipment about a week and a half ago of a bunch of stuff; Malabrigo sock yarn and Rios, Wooly Wonka Aerten DK with cashmere and Arianrhod Lace with stellina, and Madelintosh Sock, Tosh Merino Light, DK and Pashmina. I had lots to choose from. I was drawn to the Madelintosh Sock because there was a brand new colorway in and there were 2 skeins of it. Anyone who knows how I shop knows that I will generally buy 2 skeins of sock yarn, if that's what I'm buying, so I have plenty enough to design a shawl.There are lots of patterns out there designed to use 1 skein of sock yarn but my patterns are not any of them. I like to wear and design bigger shawls than that which requires me to have more than 1 skein of sock yarn. The shawls I design usually use about a skein and a half of fingering weight yarn, give or take a bit, but I digress. The colorway of the yarn I got was called Ember. Its one of the new Madelinetosh colorways and It Is Gorgeous. Here it is...


Isn't it stunning!? There were a couple of colorways I was looking at and everyone in my crowd said to get this one as opposed to the other new colorway which I cannot remember the name of but was equally as pretty. I've also been trying to get colorways that I don't have anything like. I tend to gravitate, like we all do, towards a certain shade of colorways but I'm trying to expand that out a bit. This Ember colorway is very close to a lot of the colors I wear because of the color of my hair. Its a cross between a brick red and a burnt orange and its fabulous! Just like all of the other fingering weight yarns I own, I cant wait to design something awesome with it! I also added to my collection of cables while I was there. I have a large collection already but what I didn't have was another pair of 16 inch cables so I can have more than 1 pair of mitts or socks going on at the same time. I prefer the Knitters Pride cables to the Knit Picks cables. I haven't had any problems with them at all and  I've heard of people having issues with the Knit Picks cables coming unattached at the join. Here they are...


I also picked out the buttons for the baby sweater I am making but haven't start yet. I wanted to keep the buttons in the same family of what I did for Savannah's sweater. Here's a closeup of Savannah's buttons...


I wanted to stay with this theme because the family is all about everything Celtic. Here are the buttons I chose...


I love them! One of the things I learned when I made the last sweater is the important of getting buttons that will fit through the button holes you make! Small detail but it wasn't anything I had thought about until I was making them the first time. With the baby sweater I am using a little heavier of a weight yarn and these buttons are only slightly larger than the ones I used before so it should work out perfectly! I'm happy with the choice and can't wait to see it when its all done and put together!

Last, but certainly in no way the least, in this blog post from last week I told you guys about the contest I won with Jessica Knits in Scottsdale Arizona. Well, today the bag arrived I assure you, it is AWESOME! The bag is made by Offhand Designs and it is the Iris model. It is made of Damask fabric in colors of purple and gold which, ironically, are my old High School's colors and are also the colors of Royalty. Everyone who knows me know my love of the Royals so I think that's really cool! It is a nice size bag with a lot of pockets. There is enough room on the inside to carry 2 bottles of wine or large bottles of water, whichever you prefer. It has a flat bottom to it and it will sit flat on its own. There are 4 large pockets on the outside too and has a magnetic closure at the top. Hers the front side of the bag...


...and the back side of the bag...


I really love this bag. It will go with my purple Namaste bag perfectly! I am looking forward to carrying this bag starting with my next knitting outing :-)

I will be doing lots of counting, charting and knitting this weekend. I'm finally getting the edging going on my Phydeaux Designs shawl and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope you are all having a wonderful week and are looking forward to a weekend filled with knitting. I'll see you back here soon so until then....Knit On!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Partying Knit Down !

What more could a girl ask for than to spend time with some of her knitterly friends on her Birthday? I had such a wonderful time yesterday. Prior to the beginning of the festivities it was a fairly relaxing day which I really needed. Its been an emotional roller coaster for me lately. 

The evening started at a local Italian Eatery where we all met and had dinner which was awesome! After dinner was over we all came back to our house for cake, ice cream and presents and cards and knitting. Everyone was so generous which their love and kindness. Here is a picture of the cards and other stuff I received...


I can break this all down for you. Here is Lori...


Lori is a good friend and a very talented knitter! She gifted me with a knitted little kitty, knowing I had just lost my beloved Kona. Here is the little kitty...



Accompanying this sweet little knitted kitty was a card with a beautiful poem written on the inside...


So sweet I started to cry. Lori is a member of our Monday night Stitch Group and knows just how close I was to my cat Kona. Thank you Lori!


In this next picture from left to right is Frankie, Margaret and Aunt Betty. Betty had already gifted me with a gift certificate to Village Wools with which I went shopping Saturday afternoon. I showed you my loot in my last post, I believe. 


Margaret and Frankie went together and got me a skein of Cat Mountain Fiber deliciousness. In each one of these monster skeins is 100 yd each of 8 different kinds of stuff. Here's what it looks like...


Never in my life would I have ever thought to own a skein of this amazing stuff! Thank you Frankie and Margaret!



(Margaret wasn't feeling too well, that and she was in the middle of almost laughing here!)


From Left to right here is Melanie, Dilshani and Kristy. 


 Here's Melanie and I...


Dilshani is making me something special and it isn't ready yet. I cant wait to see what it is!


  and Kristy gave me this....


Its a little box filled with mini skeins of shiny accent yarns! In the bottom of the container were these...

The cutest little stitch markers! I love them!


She also brought along her special camera that takes really cool mini Polaroids! Here is the pic she took of me opening her present...


Thank you Kristy!

Here is Mom, ever so picturesque!


She gave me another gift certificate to Village Wools so I can do even more shopping! Yay! It was a wonderful night spent with friends who are so kind and generous with their love, and support. The best part of the night was watching Dilshani become absolutely mesmerized with Mom's spinning and realizing everything she could do if she were also a spinner! The spend time on the floor going through yarns and batts, and fiber and stuff. It was awesome!

I need to close this quickly so I can finish getting ready for Tuesday Night Knit Night. I just wanted to share this with you guys. I will see you back here soon so until then...Knit On!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Happy Birthday To Me ...

The past few days have been rough, but not as rough as they could have been. I really think that my brother is watching out for me, perhaps pulling a few strings, so certain things have fallen into place to help soften the blow of Losing Kona. My brother has always looked out for me, even more so in death. It's hard to explain it any other way than that but just read about how the last couple of days have been for me...

Wednesday evening was a somber one. Kona had only been gone for a mere few hours. His sitting post still sits next to my end of the sofa where he used to sit. I am not ready to move it just yet. Soon. Just not quite yet. Mom and I were watching the news, I wasn't even knitting, and my phone rang. It was a very excited Dilshani on the other end of the phone. She told me that early this morning, around 9am, she entered a contest Popejoy Hall was having on Facebook. The contest was to email Popejoy Hall and tell them why you would like tickets to see their production of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. So she did. She read me what she wrote them as tears ran down my face...

"...I would love to bring my best friend Claudia.  We have both sustained deaths in our family and suffer from depression, yet we choose to move forward every day! We share a love for musicals and theatrical productions.  She has been a huge blessing to me and continues to help me deal with the recent loss of my mom.  This is an experience that I would love to share with her and a way for me to give back to her for all the love, encouragement and support she's given me.

Thanks for the chance to enter this contest!..."

Well, she won! And knowing what I know about Dilshani now, I am not surprised. I am just not surprised. The funny thing is that she enter this at 9am, long before she would know what my Wednesday would bring with the loss of Kona. The show was for opening night the very next evening. Historically in the past I have always celebrated my birthday for days, not just the one single day but several. I love my birthday! I think this was a way to begin celebrating my birthday which, given the circumstances, I would likely not have done on my own. So, I thank Dilshani who wrote such a lovely email, and I thank my brother, her mother, and the Universe for pulling all the strings to place us together in Popejoy Hall Thursday evening. We started the evening with a gigantic dinner at Saggio's which is across the street from Popejoy. When we were done we walked across the street and picked up our tickets at Will Call...


It was a fabulous show! Sally Struthers added so many of her own little nuances that were so perfect. I thought she did such a wonderful job in the role!

Friday continued to be a surprising day. I was in the middle of talking to Mom in the afternoon and my phone beeped the way it does when I get emails. I checked my phone and couldn't believe it. Several days ago I entered a contest on Facebook on the Jessica Knits page. (Side note: Jessica Knits is a wonderful knit shop in Scottsdale AZ where my Mom and I used to visit when we were there a few years ago when I was being treated at the Mayo Clinic. After long days there we just wanted a nice place where we could go and knit and Jessica's was the place. Late last fall they even bought up over $400.00 worth of my patterns so that they could carry everything of mine in their shop. I have followed their Facebook page ever since). The contest was to win an Offhand Designs Knitting bag valued at $120.00. Well, I won! I couldn't believe it! Here is a pic on the bag that was from their Facebook page...

 
Doesn't it look awesome! I contacted them to give them all my info they needed to send the bag. They called back to confirm a few things and I was able to speak to the owner Tammy. They even want me to come and teach a class on one my shawls! I think probably the Scottsdale shawl would be the most appropriate. I was so excited! This is my Scottsdale Shawl...

 
Friday evening was Valentines Day and we thought we would go out to eat to celebrate that and my Birthday and all this wonderful good news since we have plans for Monday evening which is my actual Birthday. We were going to go to Pappadeaux's but their wait was an hour and a 1/2. No thanks. We went next door to Texas Land and Cattle who had a 40 min wait. That was much better. We checked around at other restaurants and everything was a terrible wait. Probably not bright on our part to want to go out that evening without a reservation but there you go. Texas Land and Cattle it was. While we were outside waiting I took a picture of Mom and I...


This is a great pic of my Mom and not so much of me. She is so funny. I love that lady more than life itself and there isn't anything I wouldn't do for her. We had a lovely meal. I had filet minon oscar with asparagus and 2 blood orange margaritas...best margaritas I've ever had. They were fabulous!

Saturday was the Wooly Wonka Trunk Show at Village Wools and we were all excited to go there and check everything out and finally meet Anne who is the magic behind the label. I had partnered with Anne last year and designed my Petit Jardin shawl pattern...


I even wore it to the store so she could see it in person. We had such a wonderful time. We talked and talked and talked and really got a chance to know each other better and it was really nice. I finally asked Ann if she minded if I took a picture of the two of us for my blog and she didn't mind at all...


Dilshani also came to shop which was awesome. Something you need to know about Dilshani....she loves the production/show Wicked. I mean, she loves it and lives it. She has often told me that she'll refer to herself as Elpheba because its a character she really relates to in the show. I have not seen it...yet. It is coming back to Popejoy the end of this coming summer and Dilshani is going to take me to see it! She carries a Wicked Kitting Bag. I have one too but its not my go to bag. Hers is her go to bag all the time. End of story. So knowing all of this...I nearly dropped my teeth when I found a skein of yarn in Anne's baskets with the colorway called Elpheba! I carried it around the store until Dilshani got there because I knew she would have to have it! And she did. She bought it and also a skein of green that matched to go with it. I told her she should make a shawl with the body the green and use the Elpheba for the edging. She likes the idea. 

And bless her heart, my Aunt Betty gave me my birthday gift certificate early so I could shop. God Bless her. So shop I did. I had been eyeing a few things for a while that I was able to pick up while I was there. Coincidentally, I also got some yarn that was very similar to the Elpheba yarn that Dilshani got only mine was true sock yarn. And by true sock yarn I mean I will make socks out of it, not a shawl. There are many hand died yarns like madelinetosh and Malabrigo that are sold as sock yarns and are so wonderful but I would never make socks out of them. That yarn is reserved for shawls regardless of how its marketed. Really, nowadays, sock yarn often refers to it being a fingering weight yarn rather than a description of how it should be used. Anyway, I got some true sock yarn in the same colorway as Dilshani's Elpheba....


Isn't it fabulous! I think it will make awesome socks. I also got some other sock yarn of which I really liked the colors...


With all of the fingering weight shawl yarn I have been acquiring I have neglected my true sock yarn section so I am trying to build that back up a bit. But there was this Malabrigo you see....I have been eyeing this colorway for weeks and I had to have it. It had to come home with me...


This is Malabrigo sock in the colorway Archangel. I think its rather appropriate since Dennis, my own personal angel, has been really looking out for me for the past few days. I had to have this. Everyone says it goes good with my hair :-) After we were done at Village Wools we went to Flying Star and killed ourselves with Southwest Bennie's and giant eclairs. It was another good day. 

I am so blessed by the family and friends that I have. And this was all Pre-Birthday! For my actual Birthday which is tomorrow, several of us are going out to eat. Monday night is usually Stitch Group night except that Sidney and Lisa are out of town at a Ren Fair in AZ. So we called Lori and Melanie and a few other knitterly friends and asked if they wanted to go out to eat to help me celebrate! I think we are up to 9 people now, it will be wonderful! Then we are all coming back here to the house for cake and ice cream and knitting. Could a Birthday get any better than that, I ask you? It will be wonderful. I am so excited.

Today, today is a relaxing day for me. I have a chance to write, which is always good for me. I couldn't wait to share all of this with you guys really. After losing Kona, which was so hard, all of these wonderful things fell into place that kept me from wallowing. It kept me falling deep into the corners of my mind when it was the easiest time for it to happen.The fact that these events, the death of Kona, then all this wonderfulness, coincides with my birthday which is 2-17, is remarkable. Its just another reminder of the importance of my own life. More importantly...to actually live it. I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to the coming days. I am. Especially tomorrow night! Happy Birthday to me!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Losing Kona ...

When you lose a beloved pet you heart breaks in a special way. I don't think it matters if you lose your pet tragically in an unexpected way or slowly as was the case for me and my family. For me, even as I struggle to find words to write at this moment, I know my heart will heal from this loss but it will take time, and probably a new cat, to help it along. I've kind of always believed that the best way to help getting over the loss of a pet is to fill that void rather quickly, certainly if that was the only pet in the house. This post is dedicated to my beloved Kona. He was so special to me its hard to believe his life with me was so short and is now over. He had only lived with me for three short years. Three wonderful, fun filled, laughter and snuggle filled years. Let me tell you about my beloved Selkirk Rex, Kona...


I adopted him from a dear friend of mine who was moving and unable to take him with her. She was heartbroken. When she adopted him from the shelter she had been told that he had been returned several times. She cried when we left and several times after that as she wondered if she had done the right thing. I can't imagine what it must've been like on her side of the fence but I know what it was like on mine. It was as if he had been with us forever, since he was a kitten. None of us could conceive how this wonderful, loving, personality filled cat could've eve been returned to the shelter. We didn't know much about his past other than that. I have always believed that pets who have been adopted and saved and given a forever home know this and they repay you with love and devotion. They give back to us more than we could ever give them. I know this was the case with Kona. From the moment I brought him home, he knew I was his Momma. He followed me everywhere. 


 When I moved back in with my folks last spring we kept Kona in my room for a period of time to acclimate him with the house and new smells....like my parents cat Abercrombie. Kona was so happy to just be with me....

In his bed on my bed in my bedroom...

Excited to be looking out the window in my new room. 

Soon it was time to let him out of my bedroom and let him roam free and meet Aber. Their meeting went surprisingly well and they soon became best buddies...washing each others eyes and ears. It then became time for Aber to go to the Rainbow Bridge. He was 20 years old and it was just his time. After Aber was gone I think Kona went through a time of depression about being alone and on his own again. He soon pulled out of it and was his old self again though I believe he always missed Aber. 


This was one of the last times that he used this bed. He discovered being able to sleep around wherever he wanted! He had free roam of the house and he liked that. Though at night I had to keep my bathroom door closed; he liked to open and close the doors in the bathroom and kitchen, especially at night. Silliest thing. He liked to just stand there and open the door slightly and let it close...SLAM! When my ex-husband and I were together it was so bad that I had to tape all the kitchen cabinet doors closed...the ones closest to the ground. He was mischievous that way! 

He certainly liked to pose for pictures and this was one of my favorites with his feet on the post of my bed!

Last August we took him to the vet for a dental and he weighed in at a little over 16 lbs at that time. The vet put him on a prescription Overweight Management food. Over the course of the rest of the summer and into the Holidays we all noticed how slim he had become. Before we bought anymore of the OM food we thought a trip to the vet was in order.

Curled up on the table next to me as I was doing my Christmas cards...

Kona really loved sleeping underneath the Christmas tree...

He always cracked me up when he did this. He would lay will he feet out in both directions! So funny and so cute!

About a month and a half ago we took him back to the vet to make sure he was okay. He weighed in at a little over 8 lbs and he had developed diabetes. He was now an insulin dependent diabetic and I was giving him insulin injections twice a day. He didn't seem to mind much as we coordinated the event with treats. He knew he would get treats so he was okay with the injections. About 3 weeks ago he went back to the vet to have his blood sugar levels evaluated in what was called a Glucose Curve Test. This was an all day test so we dropped him off in the morning and picked him up in the afternoon. The testing showed that we needed to increase his insulin by a 1/4 unit.

 
He would sometimes sleep underneath my coffee table by my knitting to be close to me...

He LOVED this blanket and every time my Mom would use it he was right there to curl up on it next to her feet!

Kona loved to be close to us as we ate. He LOVED getting pieces of meat and cheeses. One of his favorites was the pepperoni off our pizza!

We increased his insulin per doctors orders and everything was okay for a couple of weeks. At the beginning of the third we started to notice that his breathing was very labored and his heart was beating very fast. Within 2 days of this he behavior had completely changed. He was only laying around and all the time. I had to pick him up to give him his insulin injections. And he didn't even twitch anymore when the needle broke his skin. We called the vet and told them about this recent change in behavior and we were very concerned. We were told to decrease the amount of insulin back down to just 1 unit and see if his helped. It didn't. The next day we were extraordinarily concerned and called the vet and insisted that he be seen right away, he was very sick but with what we had no idea. We were told to come immediately. As we arrived and were put into the room, Dr. Apodaca came to listen to him right away. He needed chest x-rays to get a better idea of what we were dealing with. When the images were ready she brought us into the back, passed where Kona was being cared for, to review them. She said that there was fluid in and around his lungs and in his chest cavity. I immediately began to cry. I knew what this meant and it was not good. She started to talk about the possibilities of what we could be dealing with, etc. She looked up at me and said "Why are you crying, its okay..." I knew in my heart it wasn't okay and that he was very sick and would likely not survive whatever was causing this. She suggested that we go to the Emergency 24 hour Vet Specialty Clinic where he could not only be fully evaluated but treated as well. Dr. Apodaca could do a chest tap and find out where this was stemming from but he would likely end up at the specialty clinic anyway. As we were discussing this and waiting, I took Kona's last picture...


They faxed his records and we headed over there right away. As we arrived at the Specialty Clinic they had all his records and Kona was taken directly to the Internal Medicine Specialist they had on staff there. Kona was very stressed from the rides to and fro and because of his breathing he was put into an oxygenated incubator/cage. The specialist, Dr. Anne Hale, then came to talk to us. The plan was to do a chest tap and examine the cells to see if they could tell what was causing the build up of fluid in and around Kona's chest and lungs. This would also help to relieve some of the pressure for Kona and hopefully help him breathe easier. It would also determine what, if any, they could do to treat Kona. They would also do an ultrasound and look more closely at his heart. The doctor would call me later in the afternoon and let me know the results. We headed home and I headed to bed. I hadn't gotten much sleep the night before, I kept getting up to check on Kona. I was awakened by my phone ringing and I missed the initial call so I called back. It was the Clinic calling about Kona. I talked to Dr. Hale at 2:17, and if anyone who knows me knows the importance of 2:17 in my life knows what this meant, and the news was not good. Kona was in heart failure. He had the human equivalent of cardiomyopathy. The removed 100 mls of fluid from around his lungs and hopefully this was helping him feel a little better. I asked Dr. Hale if Kona was in pain and she told me that she believed that he had also had a small stroke and that he was not terribly aware of his surroundings. She also explained that she believed the diabetes that Kona developed was a secondary condition to the heart failure rather than a primary condition. Kona's heart had begun to fail about 6 weeks ago. With this particular type of heart disease there would not have been anything anyone could've done to improve the situation or prevent it from progressing to where we were now at. My heart was broken and I knew what was to come next. I asked her if it would be bad to let him go and she said not at all. He could not get better and he could not improve from this. I came out of my bedroom crying and broke the news to my folks. We called Aunt Betty who would meet us back down at the clinic.


Betty met Mom and I at the clinic around 3:00pm yesterday afternoon. We were ushered into the back of the facility to see Kona in the oxygenated cage he was in. When he saw me and heard my voice he perked up, came over to the edge of the cage and started to purr and rub his head against my hand. I leaned down and gently kissed his forehead and told him how much I loved him and that he soon wouldn't have to hurt anymore. Betty took her time as did Mom, each of us purring to him and talking to him gently to ease him. When we were done we went into one of the rooms and waited for them to place the catheter in Kona's arm. About 5 minutes later they brought him to us. He was purring so loudly as he was laying down on his side. He knew we were there and he knew we were the ones who have loved him so much throughout his time with us. The three of us petted and talked to him and gently caressed his head and belly assuring him that he would soon be set free. Dr. Hale came in and gave the first injection which was to just sedate him so he was in no pain. We continued to pet and purr to him as the tears rolled down the cheeks of all three of us. Then the doctor gave the last injection which would gently stop his heart from beating. She reached for her stethoscope to listen to Kona's chest. She looked at us and nodded her head ever so slightly. He was now gone. He was now at the Rainbow Bridge, greeted by many other furr babies who have gone before him. He was just over 14 yrs old. 

As I write this my heart continues to hurt and tears flow down my cheeks. There will never be another Kona. He was so wonderful in every way. I believed that even though he was with us for three short years, he was placed in my life for a reason. Perhaps more for him than me, I don't know. I have absolutely no understanding of how this sweet animal could've ever been returned to the shelter over and over again. Whatever those reasons may be...that path lead to him becoming a part of our lives. For that I am thankful. Everyone who has animals knows, they are family members. I am especially tied to my animals as I have no children. My cats have been my babies and when I lose one my heart breaks for the loss. I know there are many people who understand this and it brings me comfort to know that I am not alone in this. Treasure your children, whether they have 2 or 4 legs! When they leave us they take a piece of our heart with them. 

Thank you to everyone who has offered their condolences, I appreciate it tremendously. Hold your furr babies just a little closer today. You never know when it will be their time to go to the Rainbow Bridge. For those of you unaware of what the Rainbow Bridge is, you can go here to learn about it. For those of you who have never read the Rainbow Bridge Poem, I will honor Kona and close this post with the poem for him...

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
 
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....  
 
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