Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Violet Journeys

Yesterday was a very sad day in our lives.  Our sweet Violet was helped to the Rainbow Bridge after a brief battle with kidney failure.  He was nine days short of his 13th birthday, but now begins his 10th life at the Rainbow Bridge.

While we have had to endure the pain of losing one of our beloved family members more times than we want to remember, I will say that Violet's euthanasia was the most meaningful one we have experienced.  Instead of being in an exam room at the vet's office, they have a special room they use where there is a sofa and the privacy of a side door for leaving.  I also appreciated that when they took him in the back to insert the port in his vein, they brought him back to us without having administered the first injection that pretty much puts them in a coma.

We took Violet's favorite purple blanket, and it was draped across our laps.  He sat comfortably in our laps while Dr. Baker administered the two injections.  For those who are curious about what exactly happens in an euthanasia, two shots are injected - the first one calms the animal and they go completely limp and relaxed.  Then they inject something that stops their heart.  While it breaks your heart when it happens, it is really very peaceful to witness.  I was most fearful of them not being able to find a vein because even though we had been giving him sub-Q fluids, he was still very dehydrated.  Fortunately, they didn't have trouble getting the port in.

I have been completely overwhelmed and felt so much love and support from my wonderful family of on-line cat friends both on Catster and Facebook.  You all are so eloquent in your words of support and sympathy, and I know you truly love my cats.  Ted and I thank you for helping us get through this.  As one friend said, your pain begins when theirs ends.  How very true . . . . .

Thank you to Dr. Baker at Animal Medical and Surgical Center for your compassionate demeanor.  She was not one of the vets that had seen Violet, but was the only one available yesterday.  It makes all the difference in the world when you have a vet who really seems to care.

Violet was a stray that found his way into our home and our hearts.  He was the talker of the family and a very affectionate kitty who loved nothing more than laying on your stomach in bed and trying to rub on your face or lick your cheek.  He was a very photogenic kitty, and didn't mind wearing an occasional hat or funny bow tie for some of his holiday pictures for Catster.  I know his brother, Gleek, will miss him as they were sleeping pals.

Violet joins many siblings and friends at the Rainbow Bridge, and we know the sky shines a little more purple because he is there.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bird Watcher

While the birds we see in our backyard aren't particularly colorful, it is fun to try to figure out what kind of birds we see! Last night a coyote showed up on Beagle Dog Rock which is outside our backyard. I ran in to get the zoom lens for the camera, but he was gone by the time I got back outside. I was glad to get a few pictures of a hummingbird!

This woodpecker has the coolest zebra design on his wings!  If you click on the second picture up, you'll notice the bird (sharing space on the cactus with the woodpecker) has dinner in his mouth!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Friday, June 1, 2012

Desert Wildlife

You'll have to click on the picture to see it better, but this coyote crossed the street right in front of our car when we were coming through the neighborhood around 2 p.m.  We stopped to watch him, and another one crossed the road too.

With such high temperatures here (109 degrees) today, I do feel sorry for them as far as being able to find water.  I know there are plenty of rabbits for them to catch for dinner, but water is harder to find.

If you own pets, please make sure they have adequate shelter and water during these hot summer temperatures!  Keep them inside as they don't have the ability to sweat like people do, and they can get very easily dehydrated!