10 September 2015

End of an Era

The last of the Alcoholic Daze menagerie has sadly met her maker. 

In the summer of 1999, we took on two kittens and a puppy. We must have been mad to take them all on in one go. Initially we had hoped to cure Kay of her fear of dogs, brought on when she was attacked at the age of 3 by a farm collie, when we were camping on a Yorkshire farm holiday. However, trying to find a suitable dog that would not intimidate her proved difficult and we had all but given up, settling for two kittens from a rescue centre instead, as at least they had a leg at each corner and would give her something to care for and love.  The kittens (Tabitha and Velvet) were still being weaned off their mother, so we had to wait a while before we could collect them from the rescue centre and near the end of that wait we were shown a batch of abandoned puppies that had just come in. We fell hook, line and sinker for Snoopy and ended up bringing the kittens and Snoopy home all on the same day in June 1999.

 
The kittens, Tabitha and Velvet, on their first day with us


 
Snoopy as a puppy

After much toilet training on their part and a big learning curve on our part, we all settled down together happily ever after. Except after two years, Tabitha (the tabby) got run over by a car, leaving just Velvet and Snoopy.

As regular readers will know, Snoopy had to be put down two years ago aged 14½ following ill-health  and yesterday Velvet had to be put down too aged 16½ , as she too had become very ill and the treatment was not working. The vet said he could feel a tumour. It was unthinkable to put her through tests and operations at her age, so a decision had to be made. I didn't like doing it, but it had to be done for her sake. It's the end of an era. I don't fancy replacing any of them right now and do think a pet-free environment suits me for the moment, but I don't rule out changing my mind in the future. Meanwhile, Rest in Peace, dear Velvet.

6 comments:

DD's Diary said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor Velvet and poor you! You absolutely did the right thing though. Lots of love xx

nuttycow said...

Sorry to hear about poor old Velvet, but my, what an age to get to! Much love.

Shadow said...

Oh sweetheart, this is one of the crappiest decision anyone ever has to make. My heart bleeds for you. Sending lots of hugs and mugs of warm tea...

K Ville said...

oh that's sad. I am sorry xxx

Rab said...

Sorry to read about Velvet Addy. The end of an era right enough. Hope you take care.

Rab

Flowerpot said...

I am sorry, Addy but I can't bear to see animals suffer, either. Will you get another cat or dog? I would have to! X