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My friend Sarah's cat Harley, who's met (and been petted by) lark_about, jenni_snake, and crazybutsound, and who's wished many of you "Happy Birthday, Damnit" wearing the sparkly sequined party hat that Sarah made for her, was put to sleep this afternoon. She'd been having problems with her kidneys for several years, but had been doing well with subcutaneous injections of fluids every other day. About a week ago, though, her kidneys began shutting down. She wasn't eating, and even daily doses of fluids didn't help. She was at the animal emergency hospital from last night, but Sarah wasn't given much hope when she took her in, and when she went to see her this afternoon, it was clear that the time had come to say goodbye. Sarah made the decision she had to make.

I've babysat Harley at Christmas ever since Sarah first adopted her as a rather quiet "I don't want to be picked up and held" four- or five-year-old from the shelter. But in the ten years that she lived with Sarah, she turned into a sweetheart who couldn't decide which she like better -- curling up in your lap to be petted, or sitting on the back of your chair licking your hair. Most evenings you got a little of both.

She's going to be missed, but remembered with a lot of love.


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Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your friend's loss. It's such a hard thing, to lose a pet, I know that all too well. Please pass on my sympathies.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, Andi. I will.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
Poor Harley! But at least the pain is over. Condolences to you, Karen, and to Sarah as well. <3
Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
Thanks, Jen.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Oh I'm sorry to read this! My condolences to Sarah. I'm glad I got to have a few visits with Harley.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Re: Harley
She quite approved of having two laps to choose between.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
This made me very sad. Poor Harley, and poor Sarah and you! She was such a darling when I met her. Give some hugs from me to Sarah (and keep a few for yourself). *massive hugs*
Jun. 23rd, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Jem. She was such a good cat, even if she did grumble a little at Sarah's penchant for making her wear hats....
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