Callie Girl

Thursday, September 8, 2011

In 2005, I fell in love with a kitten. You see, Tony invited me to go to a wedding he was in, across the country in Pennsylvania. Surprisingly, my Mom let me go with him. Except, the day before the wedding, Tony was needed for all of the bridal party festivities and I found myself in an unknown city, without a friend, but with access to a car. And after a few hours making my way about town killing time, I had a conversation with a man and his daughters about kittens and before you knew it I was on my way to the human society of Eight Four, PA [yes, that's the town name!]. At the time, I thought that Bridget was nearing her end, so I'd been contemplating buying a kitten for awhile, a little one who could help the healing process. And as I walked into the most decrepit human society that I've ever visited, there she was. A cute tabby with her sister, playing in a crate right by the door.

I called Tony on the golf course and let him know we were coming home with a kitten.

Our little Amish girl.
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Tony was a complete push over.
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She's livened up our lives ever since.
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She's always been responsive when I'm crying, would talk to me in long conversations, likes to "bark" at animals or bugs, and she makes an absolute fool out of herself rubbing all over our hands and feet.
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She was there to comfort me and Bridget, when it finally was the end for Bitty Kitty, even if it was years later than I anticipated.
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She was there to welcome Isaac home from the hospital.
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She was also there, and this breaks my heart to write, as I was pregnant with Ezra, but every day, I didn't notice as she lost weight. Slowing wasting away. It wasn't until the night Ezra was born, when Gina asked me if Callie was my "fat cat" that I realized that she wasn't. She wasn't at all. Somehow I was completely oblivious to her pain and problem. After Ezra was born we found out her numbers were horrible and that the doctor didn't give a great prognosis even with treatment. Not to be deterred, we thought a change of diet would help, because Bridget had also had kidney disease and went on to live another 7 years. Surely Callie being diagnosed with kidney disease at 6 years old would still give us a few years.

But here I am tonight, hoping in the same breath that she makes it through the night to her 9:00am appointment and that she just be released from the obvious pain that she's in now, just now.

Oh Callie Girl, I'm so sorry there isn't more that I can do.

You've been such a faithful friend to me.

25 comments:

Anita said...

Oh Leah. I am so sorry. I have tears welling up in my eyes, I fear the day when I know the heartache you are feeling.

Meredith said...

Oh Leah, I'm so sorry.

Whit said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I am so sorry to hear this. They really become family.

Mrs.BigTime said...

Oh gee Leah, I'm so sorry!

I don't even like cats - yet I'm crying over yours! What a sweet, special friend...my thoughts are with you and her...

Megan said...

Leah I am so so sorry. :( What an amazing friendship you've had with her.

Schmei said...

We went through this in June so I know all I can say is that I'm sorry and I'm praying for the best for your Callie. She knows you love her, and her love for you shows in these pictures.

L.C.C. said...

Oh Leah how sad :( I'm sorry. I know my husband would be heartbroken if he lost his cat :(

Lee said...

I'm so sorry, Leah! I'm crying at work right now, feeling echoes of the pain you and Callie are going through. I'm so sorry.

Kier said...

So so sorry Leah.

Bethany said...

I am so sorry your heart is hurting now and that a piece of it will soon be taken away. Prayers for you!!

Jill said...

It's such a terrible feeling. When the one thing you've loved for so many years and depended on, can no longer be the one by your side.

I'm so sorry for this decision, but you're doing the right thing by ending her pain.

Totally sucks. I'm sorry.

Sarah Louise said...

I am so, so sorry :(

Little Miss Southern said...

I am so so so sorry. I can not even imagine the pain you are in :(

Saying prayers for you.

bungalowbliss said...

Having been through this far too many times, I know the hurt you're going through. Thinking of you and Miss Callie...and hugging my own critters in honor of her.

Jeannie said...

My heart is breaking for you Leah. Having just lost my sweet feline friend Chloe in July, I can understand your pain. Please find some comfort in the great memories and friendship she gave you and know that she will no longer be in pain. ::hugs::

ourgoodstuff said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this. Thank you for the reminder to be thankful for the days with our furry companions, even (especially) after babies join our families and get most of the attention.

Many prayers and hugs for you!

Newlywed Next Door said...

I'm so so sorry Leah. You know I have a heart for tabby kitties. Sending prayers and love your way.

Rebecca (Craving Simplicity) said...

I am SO sorry! I know exactly the pain you're feeling. :( I'll be praying for all of you!

Selidji said...

Hi Leah,
I discovered your blog yesterday and have been reading it.You have an amazing family and you are truly bless. If you don't mind can I ask you two questions? First what kind of camera do you have? you take beautiful PICTURES.I recently had a son, his name is Olayemi and I am looking for a great camera to capture all the memories. Second questions where can i find the chalk board you used to write "one month, two month" for Ezra. Would love to buy it and do that too.
Thanks so much!

Leslie G said...

So sorry Leah. Your post makes me tear up. Praying for the best possible outcome for her!

Julie S. said...

We put our family cat down when he turned 19- he moved with us to 3 houses and partway across the country from NE to IL. It is so sad, and I can really understand what you are going through. I am so sorry.

Katie said...

Leah! So sorry! :( I am so sorry!

DianeTaylor said...

Oh Leah that is very sad news. I remember when you lost Bridget and how heartbreaking that was. I remember you also called your cat bitty kitty, like I called my little Christina baby that left me after 17 years in 2008. I have not been able to replace her since then, altho we have the best chocolate lab in the world now. I will be praying for a good outcome for your sweet kitty.

Linnea said...

So sorry to hear about your kitty! They feel so much a part of our families and it hurts to see them hurting. So sad for you all!

Molly said...

I'm so sorry, Leah. Our pets become a part of our family and are always there to comfort us. It is a hard thing when it's time to help them cross the rainbow bridge :(

 

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