Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Every day at school my preschool daughter picks out a library book from the IMC to bring home. On Monday she picked out Curious George Goes to the Hospital. I thought it a rather odd choice but read it to her anyway on Monday night.
The next morning my husband woke up and went to feed and care for our cats. He noticed that Katy Bear looked sick and put some food in her bowl. She tried to walk, but couldn't. After consulting with the vet on the phone, we learned that her symptoms were consistent with a stroke and she probably wouldn't live. Before taking her into the veterinary office we talked with our daughter and told her that Katy was very sick and that she might not survive. With heavy hearts we had time to say some quick goodbyes. The vet put Katy to sleep.
As soon as my husband left for the vet's office, my daughter went to retrieve the Curious George book. She really wanted to understand what was happening to our cat, and I couldn't help but wish that Katy Bear would return just as Curious George had from the hospital. Sometimes books are good at explaining difficult topics but I don't own any that help explain the loss of a beloved pet. My husband and I adopted Katy 10 years ago, when she was just a kitten. We'll miss our mouse catcher. We'll miss our apple peel eating cat. We'll miss her shoe loving ways. We'll miss her.
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