Saturday, June 16, 2012

My heart is breaking


We lost poor Violet this morning.  I just can't go through all of the details.  There was nothing we could have done to prevent it ... there was nothing we could have done to treat it.  Her illness was not contagious, but in the words of our vet, it was "evil."

She really only suffered the last day.  Two days ago, she was still climbing me like a tree to sit on my shoulder while I made popcorn.  Last night, I was using a syringe to try to get some fluids in her, as she wouldn't eat or drink anymore.

Our vet gave her gas before administering the medication to end her life.  She had eight weeks of kitten fun at our home ... warm bottles of homemade formula, lots of kitten friends, sunny windows, and a chance at a long healthy and happy life.  A chance many kittens in her position would not have had.

We will not forget Violet.  And I am not yet out of tears for this one.

48 comments:

SharoninStitches said...

Truly heartbreaking. I'm sending you hugs. What a beauty. I'm speechless.

J Rae said...

So sorry to her about the loss of sweet Violet. Hugs.

Marilyn said...

I'm so sorry Theresa.
I'm teary-eyed just reading the post. She was soooooooo sweet.
You did all you could for her, and she had a happy 8 weeks with you and your family. She knew in her heart that you cared.
Marilyn

Giovanna said...

I'm so sorry that you're grieving again. Poor little Violet.

Anonymous said...

Young animals just like babies are fragile creatures/individuals. Unfortunately you have been visited with two recent tragedies. Hang in there, you are helping them even if it is for only a short time.
Elaine

Michelle~Sugar House Creations said...

My heart is breaking for you. Two litte ones were lucky enough to be in your care.

sand said...

This breaks my heart soooo much and I didn't even really know her only thur you..So very sorry for you and your family. Debbie DE

sand said...

This breaks my heart soooo much and I didn't even really know her only thur you..So very sorry for you and your family. Debbie DE

marly said...

I'm so sorry.

Beth said...

Many many people volunteer - but you - with your choice - volunteer with an open heart - the toughest and most courageous thing you can do. I have So much respect for you.

charlene said...

I have not run out of tears yet for my beautiful Boxer either and I so know your pain right now. My thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

T, we all have come to love your kittens because you introduce them to us and it almost feels like we are there. In this season of overcrowded shelters and many little lives being ended for lack of permanent homes I can only think that Violet was so blessed to have a few weeks of a wonderful life so many will never know.
You're doing good! Angela

Ginger said...

Oh Theresa, I am so very sorry.

...Grieve not,
nor speak of me with tears,
but laugh and talk of me
as if I was beside you....
I loved you so -
'twas Heaven here with you.

(an except from IP Richardson)

Melissa said...

Just broke my heart to hear of the little baby's passing. Such a cutie! At least you know that you gave her the love and caring she deserved before her passing.

ArchangelDecker said...

Sending hugs and prayers to you and Violet.

Maggie said...

How very very sad. At least Violet was loved and cared for by you in her short life, and i'm sure she knew that.

jan said...

Tears in my eyes too. Violet had a very love-filled life thanks to you, and hopefully soon you will be thinking of her with smiles instead of tears. ... jan

Cath said...

Poor Violet . So sorry for a terrible loss. XXX

Patty C. said...

Hugs

P.J. said...

Another angel. My heart breaks for you and your family. Thank you for giving Violette the best kitty life!

Megan Chamberlain said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I am crying as I write this, you made these precious little babies a part of so many lives with your wonderful updates about them.
At least her short life was lived with so much love and care around her, all that a kitty can ask for.
Big hugs to you and the other kitties.

robindefender said...

So sorry you've had to go through this twice in such a short space of time.

stitchinpeanut said...

I totally understand the tears... it has been such a hard year here too...pets are such wonderful gifts... and what a blessing it sounds like she was for you. Hang in there.

Sharon said...

Oh no! I am so sorry Theresa!

Terri said...

So sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers!

jonette said...

My heart goes out to you. When my mother was living, she rescued and saved hundreds of cats and kittens. Your stories remind me so much of her. I admire you for all that you do. Cats leave paw prints on our hearts.

Judy said...

So sorry you have lost another kitten. I feel your sadness.
I know you are really sad, but please remember all of the ones you save too.
God Bless.
Sending big hugs your way.
Judy in Kansas

Karen said...

I'm so very sorry, Theresa. Violet was such a precious little sweetheart!

jwood said...

Oh geez, this hurts. I have had only Siamese since I was 8 years old. My first lived to 14. My second lived to 22. My current one is 4. May you find peace knowing that she had a wonderful life with you.

Anonymous said...

so sad. Bless you for caring for Gods creatures the way you do.Violet was lucky to have a happy, safe and warm 8 weeks with you. We will all miss her too, but not as much as you.

Annette-California said...

So sorry Theresa about Violet. I know she had you for her mommy. And she knows you loved and cared for her, as she still loves you in Heaven. Oh she will not forget you.
Hugs to you Theresa, love Annette

Mouse said...

ohhh bless her cotton paws .... at least you gave her a lovely life even for such a short time you had her .... she will be looking down on you and every so often will go hi :)
(((hugs)) love mouse xxxx

Peggy Lee said...

So very sad.
{{hugs}}

Sheri said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Violet. She was so fortunate to have you caring and loving her in her short life.

Sheri

Grit said...

Das tut mir sehr leid:(
Liebe Grüße Grit

Hazel said...

Oh dear. You are really having a bad week of it! Huge hugs to you and yours and stay strong. xx

Lynda Ruth said...

She was a gem and will be missed. lol Lynda

Kirby said...

I don't think you will ever be out of tears for this one. She was special and a very lucky little kitten. Bless you.

Anonymous said...

It's been a tough week for you.

I'm so sorry to hear about Violet.

Thank you for the work that you do. All these kitties know they are loved, even if it's only for a short time.

Take care,

Carol S.

Marjorie said...

oh no. So sad because she had a home to go to as well. Her prospective parents must be heartbroken also.

Melissa Demas said...

My heart is broken for you. Sweet Violet...playing in heaven now.

woolwoman said...

so sorry to hear that news Theresa - she'll be safe and well now at the rainbow bridge. Melody

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry for all our loss, but especially your family's. She was a real beauty -- one so many wanted to belong to. Maybe her reason for being with you was to make us all think a little more about adopting... She was loved and happy.

Cari-in-VA said...

What a huge blessing that she eight weeks with you! I adopted a sweet little kitten yesterday - as I walked through the shelter, I just wanted to take them all home with me - thank you for all you do to save these precious little ones. My new little one is Cassandra - Cassie for short and Bella (who I rescued in January) hates her with a passion :-) It's only been 24 hours and I know they will become good friends eventually.

Debbie said...

Oh, I am so sorry Theresa for your loss of Violet!! Sending lots of hugs!

Debbie in Kansas

Stitching Noni said...

I am so sorry to read about sweet Violet. She had such a sweet face & would gave grown into being a gorgeous cat. Life is just so unfair sometimes. You have had a heartbreaking weekend. I wonder how you carry on but at the same time I know why you do. Each kitten and cat that is dumped or mistreated needs people like you & I am so glad that you are there to help them & to give them so much love, even if it is only for a short while.
Hugs xx

Meriem said...

oh Theresa, another little angel !
what a sad week for you

Lynn said...

Oh Theresa, I am so very sorry to hear about dear, sweet little Violet. What a shame, she would have been such a lovely pet. Life certainly isn't fair. She was so lucky to have been loved in your home for the short time she was here. It must have been a very difficult time for you. Once more I praise you for what you do for these little ones. Thank you.