Parting is all we know of Heaven,
And all we need of hell.
First, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your comforting words and sentiments after we said good-bye to Ripley. This is an amazing community and your support means more more than you’ll ever know.
I feel the need to offer some explanation about what happened. I started to go into all the details but ultimately decided to just stick to what was important.
Over the course of six days, we went from a diagnosis of fatty liver disease – a serious but treatable condition – to discovering that the underlying cause was advanced lymphoma.
The weekend before we got the biopsy results back, we had to force feed our normally voracious cat through a syringe and we watched him endure certain indignities that no cat – much less a pirate cat – should have to endure. Once we knew for certain what we were dealing with, we briefly toyed with the idea of chemo. But because our brave boy hadn’t let us know he was sick until the disease was advanced, there was very little hope. We knew that putting him through chemo would be for us, not him, and so we made the heartbreaking decision to let him go.
Our amazing, wonderful vet came to our home to allow Ripley to spend his last moments in the place where he was most comfortable. He slipped quietly and peacefully over the Bridge, with my husband and I petting him and telling him over and over again how much we love him.
I have no doubt that my dad was there to welcome him and that the merry band of pirates he is now leading includes his beloved sister, Molly.
One day soon I want to write a post that focuses on Ripley’s life – not his death – because he brought so much love and laughter to our household for 13 wonderful years.
But right now, it simply hurts too much.
I hope you understand why we have not been around much lately. The loss of my little orange buddy coming so close behind the loss of my dad has taken my breath away and I am finding it difficult at the moment to channel Mayzie’s happy, positive voice. Please know that we think about all of you often and remain with you in spirit, even if we’re not making it around to your blogs. And please know how much your love and kindness means to our entire family.