Well, alot has happened since last time I posted almost a year ago. Once the summer hit, I just became so preoccupied with work and homelife that I really lost the time to blog. However, my husband has told me a few people have been asking about my blog and so I realized I need to invest some more time into my literary endeavors.
First an update on my pets. We still have Bob, the yellow fish and Bob the blue fish and Bob the red fish. We had started with five total and had a loss a gain and then loss again so now the tank seems to be holding steady with the three fish. Until recently, I had two cats. Isaac and Shadie. Shadie recently had an adventure outside of the house. This past April the weather has finally warmed up in Virginia and we had our backyard door opening and closing alot while we prepared the grill. Unbeknownst to us, Shadie snuck out of the house that Sunday evening and I didn’t realize until Monday mid-day. This may sound terrible that I don’t keep track of the kitty but we have two levels and Shadie tends to find quiet places to hangout when my three year old is running around. He is also second fiddle to Isaac. So on Monday afternoon after running some errands and realizing Shadie has not stopped by to spend some quality time with mey, I started to do a major search for him–in the basement, laundry room, closets, etc. That’s when reality hit me that he must have escaped throught he back door. I walked around the back yard, and behind our houses where there is a patch of woods that butt up against a park and the highway. But no luck. Next I sent a notice to the local shelter and my friend send me a picture she had of him so I can post his picture on fliers. After picking up Ari from day care and feeding him dinner, I explained that Shadie was lost and we need to post signs and try to find him. He was very enthusiastic about helping with this and he told me that Shadie did not earn a sticker since he got lost but Isaac earned a sticker since he stayed home. Ah, the mind of a three year old. On our way out of the house, we bumped into our neighbor and explained how Shadie got out of the house and asked she keep a lookout for him. She was very sympathetic to our situation being a pet lover as well. Ari and I spent the next hour roaming the neighborhood and putting out signs.
On Tuesday, while at work, I told my colleagues about Shadie’s departure and one of our assistance who used to work for animal control recommended that I put out socks that I have worn through the day. Put one in front of the house and one in back. Apparently the cats can smell the odor for miles and it can help them come home if lost. I thought this was a fantastic tip as I had never heard of this before. But amazingly, I did not have to resort to this. In the middle fo the day I received a call at work that my neighbor for Shadie and he was at her house! It turns out, Shadie came in through her doggie door she had in her basement and he was hanging out in her house! What a smart kitty. So that was a wonderful reunion.
Two weeks later, Isaac became severely ill. He bacame acutely dehydrated and stopped eating. I knew in my gut that this was not going to have a happy ending but I brought him to work for diagnostics and based on his labwork, his kidneys were failing. I kept him on IV fluids for over 48 hours but to no avail. His labwork did not improve and his kidney values were through the roof. We had to make a tough decision but do the right thing for him. I called Eric to have him bring Ari to the clinic to visit Isaac and say goodbye. We took some pictures and I explained as best as I could that Isaac was very sick and he won’t be coming home. He will be going to heaven. Of course this was not really a concept Ari understood but it was the best I could do. After Ari and Eric left, I had my friend and colleague administer the injections that let Isaac go to sleep peacefully. He was thirteen years old. I had him since he was a year old and he kept me company through my residency at The Ohio State University, he moved with me to Fairfax Virginia, and then to Centreville. I watched him grow from a snappy, suspicious, sneaky kitty to a relaxed, atttention seeking, affectionate senior. His loss has been very tough. Sadly, Ari is still trying to understand that Isaac is not coming home. It has been two weeks since we lost him and even yesterday Ari asked about him. I patiently reiterate that Isaac had a boo boo and was hurting and now he is with other happy cats in heaven. We are sad and will miss him. My friend recommended a very good book that talks about cats going to heaven. I am going to have to get my hands on this book soon and see if that helps him through this. I think it is hard for him to understand that Isaac is not coming back, especially since Shadie recently left and then returned.
Well that is it for now. I am going to try my darndest to blog regularly again, especially since I have a few more updates to make and some fun animal stories to share. Things should more upbeat with the next posting. Until then…