CatMommy
Lost my baby girl, Morrison, January 21, 2014.  A heartburn diagonsis three years early resulted in a tumor in her espogusus and my husband and I made the very tough decision to send her to kitty heaven tht same day.  She was seven.  Surgery would have been extremely risky and somewhat experiemental, as it was a very rare case.  There would have been no guarantee of the doctors being able to reattach her espoagus to her stomach and it would have required Morrison to be on a feeding tube for the remainder of her life. The specialist told us that her quality of life would not have been great and we maybe would have gotten another year or two with her.  We adopted her as an eight week old kitten, along with her sister, Starscream, who is still with us and extremely healthy.  Morrison was my girl.  Our bond was like no other.  

Two months after we lost Morrison, we adopted another cat, mostly so Starscream would have a companion when my husband and I were at work. They have since bonded and seem to be doing fine, but our new friend, Cringer, has not warmed up to the humankind. I keep waiting to recreate the bond Morrison and I, even though it will never happen. 

Today is especially rough.  Morrison loved Christmas and I am dreading removing her stocking from the box of decorations.  She was always  a part of our Christmas card, and I am struggling to even get the energy to do the card.  I tried and broke down. 

I know I will never fully move on, but as we approach the holidays and the one year anniversary, I find myself getting worse and not being able to let go.  I know our decision was the right one, but I feel so guilty for doing it.  I feel so robbed that I only had seven years with her. . . I wanted so much more time.  I miss my best friend so much.





Emily J. Pollock
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Dalidog
The holidays are going to be very hard for a lot of people this year.  I know I won't unpack my Christmas things because I know my babys things are there.  She was always on my Chirstmas card.  Other animals are fine, but if you had your forever pet, no other one, no matter how much you love them, would be the same.  Hearing your story, you made the right decision for your pet.  You wouldn't want her quality of life to be so compromised.  It is never easy.  Hugs to you and Morrison

Dali, as much a daughter as any human...  pure love
Until we meet again

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Jinxandmatildas_mom
After losing both my babies this year, I can't even go in the attic to get the Christmas decorations, my husband says he will go thru them first , my life has revolved around them for 20 years, everything I ever bought usually had something to do with cats, I have cat blankets, bowls,cups, ornaments, etc, and how my jinx loved Christmas , always in the garland, even the tree, I don't know how to do this without them
Kathy
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MrB1_
I let my beloved friend, Buster, leave me 3 months ago yesterday. I can understand your anguish now that the holiday's are approaching.

I miss my buddy so much and it doesn't seem to get any better. I thought on Thanksgiving that this is the first Thanksgiving in 13 years that I didn't have my funny little guy around. And, now Christmas is approaching and it will be the same thing.

Knowing that our best friends are gone is so difficult. Instead of getting easier, it seems that each day makes the sorrow deeper. I've lost many pets over the years and have mourned each one with great sadness. This loss is different and more pronounced. We had a bond.

As we all enter the Christmas season, all I can do is thank goodness that my Buster and I found each other. It doesn't lessen the pain or make me feel better but I'm hoping someday it will.

I'm so sorry for your loss and hope you find peace.
Roberta
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patent123
Holidays are hard when you lose a loved one.  I wondered what I would do for Christmas and how hard this year could be...I wouldn't remove Morrison's stocking I would honor her memory if you can handle that.  Hang it up and fill it with her favorite treats.  After the holidays go and find a special cat at the shelter and give them to that cat in memory of your girl.  I think I want to do this for my girl...its sad but its kind of nice to spoil a needy animal in honor of her specially since there was a time that my girl was behind that cage door waiting for a family.  Christmas for our family is always about remembering those we have lost and we still include them in our celebrations in some way.  Its just a way to let ourselves and them know that even though they aren't with us in person they are still with us in memory. 
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lacecat
The holidays can be hard for someone who has lost their fury companion.I had my 17 year old cat put to sleep due to kidneyefailure it was devistating. I cried for two days.It's been a year this month since her lost.I still miss her.
Melinda Cline
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Dalidog
It is so hard.  I lost my Dali 9 weeks ago and every day seems to get worse, I miss her more and more.  I did not have Thanksgiving this year and won't have Christmas.  My family is angry, but they don't understand.  I was looking for something this morning and stumbled across a box of stuff I bought after Christmas last year on sale.  On top was a little dog santa hat I bought for my Dali's pictures for this years Christmas cards.  I cried and cried, shut the box and lost it for a while.  It is soooooo hard.  I miss her so.  For the first time ever, no "real" tree at my house.  I will put up a small silver tree I already had just so my grandkids can come over and have a tree. But no decorations like usual.  No big shopping, no lots of presents.  I have been asked many times what I want for Christmas.  My only answer....   My Dali...   I wouldnever want anything else.  Not sure what to do, I've been told again and again to accept it and move on.  I just glare back and say nothing, but remember those who told me that and what I think of them now.  Christmas will be church, a donation for my Dali, baskets to the pet shelters, and my memories...PERIOD

Dali, as much a daughter as any human...  pure love
Until we meet again

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Leahbeahis
Patent123, I love your idea of spoiling an animal who is not yet adopted. I wish I could rescue an old chihuahua and let it live out the rest of its days filled with love and companionship, but I don't think I can open my heart yet. Since Lucy died I have been a mess. I've owned dogs all of my life and so I'm not used to being "dogless". What's worse is Lucy was different, she was like my daughter. No other dog could measure up to her. Your idea seems like a perfect solution, to buy some needed (and some not-so-needed but oh so fun) items for an animal in need in honor of your baby. This way I can feel connected with Lucy by honoring her. Thank you!
~ Leah
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