Monday, June 12, 2017

Sammy ? - 6/12/14

I helped Sammy over The Rainbow Bridge three years ago today.  It was obvious that he was not doing well, so I scheduled a dental appointment.  After many trapping tries, I successfully delivered Sammy to the morning appointment.

One of my favorite images of Angel Sammy

Sammy stayed in the beer cooler-turned-shelter
 
Angel Sammy, beginning to look a bit rough
Tongue-out Sammy!
After the vet examined Sammy, she said that his mouth was in horrible shape, and advised that there would most likely be medicines to administer for a some time afterward. We also tested him for FIV, and he was positive.  His back legs were pee-stained, and he was thin.  Although I could pet Sammy, I could not hold him, and the idea of trying to drop pills down his throat seemed impossible.  She and I decided that euthanization would be the kindest thing, and I wrapped my arms around his body as he left this world.  I cried, and the vet cried too.  Neither of us had expected that result to the appointment.

Sammy had a unique meow, that sounded like 'Arf!'  His name was New Guy, or Guy, until I trapped him to have him neutered in 2010, and The Hubby helped me deliver the cat-laden trap to the low-cost spay and neuter clinic.  The Hubby totally forgot Guy's name when filling out the paperwork, so he used his grandfather's name of Samuel.

Three years since we saw you last, Sammy, and I know so much more about pilling and handling cats, and I believe we could have found a way to keep you healthy if that vet had had to pull all of your remaining teeth.  It wasn't the cost; it was logistics which tripped me up, and I get sad thinking about that.  You were ready to go...you told me with your eyes that you were done with this life, and with that body.  Sammy, you were a wonderful kitty, and it seemed we had a good connection with each other.  Patty O'Malley probably wouldn't be such a spoiled brat if you had stuck around longer, ha ha ha.  You know that I think about you often, and that your ashes are carefully shelved in my bedroom.  I remember the first time that you appeared in the yard, hiding on the south side of the house, with the snow piled high all around.

💕💕I love you, Angel Sammy💕💕

20 comments:

  1. He knew you loved him and he loved you for the gift of caring. Hugs from all of us.

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  2. He was well loved. We know how hard it is to lose someone. Thanks for sharing your memory with us.

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  3. You did the best you could at that time, and gave him a peaceful goodbye. And what you learned from him you can help your current (and future) kitties. Rest in peace Sammy.

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  4. Sammy was lucky to have you taking care of him...and having to make the hardest decision to let him go. Thank you for loving him. Purrs as you remember him today.

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  5. Sammy was lucky to have you and your love. I'm sorry for your loss. It seems no matter how much time goes by, it is still painful. *hugs* <3

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  6. What a precious little guy. We do all we can for these precious little angels entrusted to our care, and it's the hardest but bravest decision of all to admit when we can't do anymore.

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  7. Purrs to you as you remember this sweet,special kitty.
    He was lucky that you were the one caring for him and though he had to leave,we are sure he was thankful to have you in his life and giving him love.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

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  8. You didn't let him suffer--that's really the best love of all.

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  9. So sorry to read about poor Angel Sammy. Sometimes it's better to be a bit early than to see him in pain.

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  10. You made the last few years of his life so wonderful. You ended his suffering with love.
    Take care.
    Robin

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  11. Sammy knew he was loved, and you knew he loved you too. Best gift of all.

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  12. Cats always know when it's time.
    I think it's much harder for us. You did the right thing.

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  13. In tears reading about your dear Sammy. I'm glad he felt your arms and love around him.

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  14. What a beautiful tribute to that most handsome Angel Sammy the Tuxie! Animals live in the moment and Sammy had so many wonderful moments!!
    Hugs to you as your remember him
    Madi and mom

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  15. My Sissy told me it was time to go. I could see it in her face. It's a very hard decision--one that we always question. Our kitties take a piece of our heart when they go.

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  16. That was a lovely tribute to Sammy. I am sure you did the right thing. Kitties always know when it is time! ❤️

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  17. sammy received from you both; the greatest two gifts available; love and compassion ~~~~~~ and he knew it; and he will never forget it ♥♥♥

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  18. What a sweet tribute. Sending many purrs your way at this remembrance time.

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  19. A sweet tribute and what a good heart you have. Sammy had you there at the end... all kitties need a person that cares about them at the end... all kitties need someone to love and respect them all through their lives. Thank you for making a difference.

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