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Guinevere – Nov 30, 2011

I got Guinevere from a shelter in June 1997; they estimated she was 5 to 7 years old. I needed a mouser when I had a built-in-1905 farmhouse in Deary, Idaho. She did great at that, and when I moved to apartment living to chase jobs in Boise, Bremerton, Redmond, and Seattle, she adjusted well to a new life. She liked people, but hated other animals in her old age. Mostly, she just snuggled in beside me when I was working on the laptop or reading a book. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

She’s been sick. Hyperthyroid and when that was treated it revealed her kidneys were in severe decline. She had been getting somewhat better, and I was hoping she was in a state of the illness that was manageable. Not to be though, as she got a lot worse this weekend and it was clear I would be cruel to keep her alive. I made the appointment and took her in today. The vet put her in my lap and I got to hold hold her and pet her as the vet put her to sleep. It took about 30 seconds. She just laid her head down.

Kim babysat me this morning. This is the photo she took of me and Guinevere, waiting for the time to leave.

I don’t know quite what to do with myself (time to post to the Internets!) and I miss her.

crossposted from King Rat.


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m_cobweb From: m_cobweb Date: November 30th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Phil. I'm so sorry.
the_4pril From: the_4pril Date: November 30th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
She was such a sweet little girl. You did right by her, the entire time. <3
shadowdaddy From: shadowdaddy Date: November 30th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very sorry to hear, Phil. It's never easy and I'm sending loads of sympathy.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: December 1st, 2011 12:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad you had her companionship all these years. It is so hard to let a pet go, but good that you could hold her and let her go gently.

Let me know if you want to get together for a visit soon.

schmooops From: schmooops Date: December 1st, 2011 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so sorry. :(
faerieburst From: faerieburst Date: December 1st, 2011 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)
::hug:: x infinity

RIP Guinevere, you were a wonderful cat.

domestinatrix From: domestinatrix Date: December 2nd, 2011 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry for your loss. She was a sweet old girl and obviously loved you.
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