Friday, September 7, 2012

Saying Goodbye


In the Spring of 1998 this spunky little orange guy entered our lives. Ole and I had recently moved to Virginia from Chicago and we were trying to get pregnant, with not much success. On a whim, we decided to adopt a kitten to bring some joy into our lives. Little did we know that he would wrap us around his paw and he would become a very special member of our family. Milo had tons of personality and we always joked around saying that he never got the memo that he was a cat. He loved being with us and took on many human traits. He was our first child in many ways. Our kids have grown up with him and he has been such a gift. Even when he was being a pest we still loved him unconditionally.

The past few weeks have been especially hard as we knew his time on earth was shortening with each day. The twinkle in his eye was fading quickly and he was failing in other ways as well. Last week Abby was petting him and she looked deep into his eyes and then looked up to me and said "Mommy, Milo is dying" it broke my heart but, I knew she was right. Yesterday I had to do one of the most difficult things in the world as I prepared my kids for the fact that I had to take Milo to the vet and he would not be coming home. We all held him and cried and cried and then they said their goodbyes. 

It was an awful day!

I hardly slept at all last night and this morning I woke up and instinctively went to the door to let Milo in for breakfast and this morning he wasn't there. Abby wanted to sleep with me last night and she also had a very restless night and woke up this morning in tears. It's going to be a rough few days around here while we adjust to our loss, so please keep in your thoughts and prayers. In our hearts we know that Milo is in a much better place and is no longer in pain but we miss him and wish more than anything that he was alive and well and still with us. 

Milo 1998-2012 
We will always love you!

6 comments:

Unknown said...

We too have had "Milo's" in our life and each time we have had to part, it has been a very sad period.

Though you may not be thinking about this at this time, please consider adopting a new kitten when it feels right, we have and the memories live on.

Paula said...

This makes me sad for all of you. We have our boys that we love like they are children.
Thinking of your sweet family.

Grandsie's Sew Busy said...

Your family is in my prayers. Huge tears streaming as I read your post. Loosing a very special member of the family is so very
difficult and I truly can empathize will y'all.
Hugs to y'all.
Diane

Tammy said...

I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a fur baby. I know yesterday was a very hard day for you. I hope that your children know that their Milo knew how much he was loved by them. Sometimes the right thing to do is the very hardest thing to do. Please know that you have our prayers and condolences. After talking to you yesterday I felt so bad knowing what you were facing. Time really does heal wounds and your family will always remember the special funny things. Memories keep our loved ones alive. Start with sharing stories with each other!
Hugs!!
Tammy

Laurie said...

Praying for peace and healing. I thought it was pretty cool to see a cat interact with an Ipad.

I lost some of my virtual furry friends this week. It's bear hunting season and there are a couple of bears (bearstudy.org)that are not longer with us. Hard to see God's creatures go.

kathy said...

Aw, what a sad story. But so sweet that you let Abby sleep with you. I am 46 years old and still feel devastated by the loss of my beloved family dog, at age 14. It is so hard for kids! You are a good mommy.

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