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Old 09-01-2012, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Maxie was old-at least 20 years old and she just wore out. She stopped eating Monday and my daughters and me knew we had to do what was best for Maxie. That's a hard part of being a pet owner, knowing when you have to do what you don't want to do.

I made the appointment with the vet and the emotions started-guilt (maybe I did something wrong) grief (she'd been a family member for a long time) indifference ("What do I care? It's just a cat") back to grief and guilt and finally acceptance.

We saw the vet today and we asked for a quick check to make sure we had made the right decision. We had-renal failure.

Sweet Maxie was laid on a nice soft blanket, given an injection and she passed peacefully. Just like that.

But something miraculous also happened today -my vet is located across the street from a Lutheran church and almost to the second that Maxie passed, the chimes started to ring out the melody signaling the hour change. The chimes rang out 12 mournful times, stopped, and then played a beautiful hymn. I've been going to this vet for 14 years and have never heard those chimes until today.

Take from this what you may, call me a sentimentalist, but I believe in my heart this was a sign for me and my daughters that all will be well.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood, DE and beautiful SXM!
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My condolences on the passing of your sweet Maxie. The chimes were her peaceful passage on to the Bridge where our Lucy, Lola, Pru, and Reggie, Grady, Oliver, and Blade await her.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:19 AM
 
Location: West Palm Beach, FL
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I'm so sorry for your loss. It's one of the hardest decisions to make being a pet owner, but know you did the right thing for Maxie. I too believe that was a sign.
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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So sorry for your loss. I believe she is now running the great catnip fields of the sky, happy and healthy, with lots of new friends. My Buster and Katrina were there to show her around.{{hugs}}
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:28 PM
 
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Take from this what you may, call me a sentimentalist, but I believe in my heart this was a sign for me and my daughters that all will be well.
I call you a person with a heart of gold. Maxie is just letting you know how much she appreciated your love and attention. She is also reminding you of the compassion that you have passed on to your girls.

A big hug for all of you.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Lincoln County Road or Armageddon
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Thank you all for your kind words-the compassion of strangers reminds me that the world is truly a blessed place.

It's been a week and I still can't bring myself to get rid of Maxie's personal effects ( an old pair of my flip flops she loved to destroy, a clean litter box sitting in the spot it's occupied for years), but that will come in time.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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No need to rush. The absence of the items often amplifies the void. Take some time to jot down your memories from those 20+ years. It's hard at first, but really helps trigger those warm fuzzies.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm very sorry. 20 years is a good, long life for your Maxie. As a pet parent, you "done good" -- especially at the end, when she needed you most. Peace to you and your family.
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