We started 2010 with three pets, Tiger (yellow cat), Skittles (calico cat), and Bailey the dog.
We got Tiger as a kitten, and had him for over 16 years before he died in November. He grew up with the boys and was always the most tolerant cat. He just ignored all the running and shrieking around here when the boys were little. He was a big cat - 18 pounds once he was full grown. He spent most of his time sitting on someone's lap, purring. I have yellow and white cat hair embedded in most of my quilting projects, because he was always on my lap at some point during the quilting process. We miss him.
About a year and a half ago, she had surgery and the vet told me then it was cancer and would probably come back. Then in August of this year, she had surgery again and it wasn't very successful. Since then, she had been in "recovery" mode and hadn't been able to go out for walks or do the fun things we used to. On December 8, I came home and found her in distress, so I took her to the vet. There were no good options left, so I made the difficult decision to have her put to sleep.
Needless to say, this December has been a very depressing month. People who have pets will understand how I feel . We still have Skittles, and she has started sitting on my lap every day, which she never used to do. Maybe she misses the other pets, too. I'm used to taking Bailey for a walk every day after dinner, so that's been a big change in my routine. I may have to get another puppy or dog in the spring. We had some leftover cans of food, so I asked my husband to take it to the Humane Shelter for me. I knew that if I went, I'd probably come home with another dog and that probably wouldn't be the best thing just yet.
So this is my memorial to my pets. Sorry for the depressing post. I'll be back later to post about quilts! Thanks for understanding.