Monday, 22 September 2008

A Sad Day

Today we had to say goodbye to our beautiful Pebble. She was 20 years old and for the past couple of months her health had been deteriorating. She had arthritis, kidney problems and hadn't eaten for over a week. The vet agreed it was the kindest thing to do. Brian held her but I had to go and sit in the car - I'd already blubbed enough.
I'll miss our conversations...she could say 'ham', 'out' and 'buff' (that meant milk) and she did a great Chewbacca impersonation when she wanted to go in Liz's room.
She had a good life, bless her, I console myself with that.

23 comments:

Rosemary said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss, when a pet lives that long you have such a sense of history with them that it hurts more to have to lose them. Yes, what you did was a kindess to her - I think it is the last responsibility of an owner when a pet is nearing that end, to let them go painlessly. Pebble looks like she had a lot of "purr-sonality" when she was running your home (as they all do).

S said...

I was sad to read about Pebble. As Rosemary says there's a lot of family history there. I have never had a pet so I can't really say that I understand but I am so sorry that you have lost what must be a family member ...

Sue said...

Sorry Linda - that last comment was me. Dyslexic keyboard tonight ....

Abbie said...

Oh, Linda.. I'm sorry. Pets have an uncany way of grabbing a hold of hearts don't they? 20 years! That sounds like a lovely life.
xoxo~
Abbie

Dot said...

Oh sweetie...I am so sad that your Pebble has left you. She sounds like she was such a beautiful girl; full of personality. I smiled at the thought of her Chewbecca impersonation. And cried at the thought of Brian holding her as she passed over.

I know she would have had the best life with you and that she leaves a big hole too.

Our fur babies wrap their way around our hearts and give so much love.

I am thinking of you and sending you love and support (and my kitties do too).

Dot xx

Heather Robinson said...

Oh Linda, my heart goes out to you on the loss of your dear Pebble. These furry members of our family become so ingrained in our lives and enhance our living. I know that you will miss dearly. Giving them a good life is indeed one of the greatest gifts you can give. Be kind to yourself as you grieve!

Kasha Rolley said...

I am so sorry about your loss Linda, loosing pets who are family members is one of the hardest things we have to face, they just live too short!

Mary S Hunt said...

i am sorry to hear that pebbles has left you. she had a fabulous 20 years! life with you and i know how much you will miss her...
i lost grandma dawg a few months ago and we were great friends too
baby dawg is trying to fill her paws tho
and she has some big ones to handle the job!
each is different though.
pebbles was a beautiful kitty...

KernowWitch said...

My heart goes out to you Linda, sadly I do understand. She looked a beautiful regal cat. Remember that she had 20 years of love and you did the only thing you could....Special hugs Chrissy x

Chriss Rollins said...

So sorry to hear of your loss pebbles was indeed a beautiful cat.
20yrs is a long time and I do know she would have been part of the family... Both you and Brian did the right thing although it's heart breaking it was the kindest thing you could have done.
Be kind to yourself knowing what you did was the best for pebbles.
take care.
Chriss x

Jacky said...

A sad time for you and your family Linda...our pets are such an important part of our family life.
Pebble was a beautiful cat and sounds like she had a beautiful life.
Warm hug from me over in Australia.

Jacky xox

LazyKay said...

Sorry for your loss - such a big gap is left behind when we lose our pets.

xxxxxxxxx

Rosie said...

They leave their pawprints all over your heart don't they? I still cry remembering my beautiful Tilly, and I only had her for 3 years. I know you will miss her dreadfully, but you definitely did the right thing.

sesga loves 1950s said...

Im so Sorry to hear your beautiful Pebble has gone ,she will Always remain in your heart and Memories
Extra big hug from sesga xxx

WendyCarole said...

I am so sorry to hear about Pebble

Chris said...

Oh Linda what a terrible loss for you. I know we don't like to see our animals in pain but they become such a big part of our families and their loss is so hard. Sending you ((((((HUGE HUGS))))
love
Chris xx

MAGPIE said...

I read about you sad day last night and couldn't leave you a comment.... I have been where you went .... my cat was 16....the same thing.
As other's have now written I feel I can..... It brings it back, what a wonderful life they have when they are well...and only let you in when they feel like it.
Hugs from me to you all, Pebbles was a beautiful cat

Jaqi said...

Oh Linda, Ive just found your post, Im so sorry, you poor thing, bless you. Its so sad losing a pet and you had her a long time.
Take care of yourself I feel really bad for you, JAQI XX

Juliann said...

I just popped over here from Lay hoons blog...I just wanted to say I am in tears...I am so sorry about your sweetie...I have an old gal that is 19 and I just dread that soon approaching day. Sounds like your girl had a long happy life!
Peace & Hugs

\***/ Jean said...

oh so very sorry for your loss, bless you for giving her a wonderful life...

Kath said...

Oh Linda....it is so hard to let them go but you did the right thing...I know I have been there...Pebble had a wonderful long life....hugs
Kath
xxxxxx

Jackie said...

Ohh!! How sad for you. But she rewarded your obvious love and care with a long life.

purplecat said...

Oh Linda I am sorry- We too had to let our cat Ebony go in August-She had bladder cancer. I miss her coming in through the window saying "hellow"" well it sounded like it to me!