Maria Yeager

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A Single Teardrop

This is Ally. I was blessed in so many ways to have this cat for fifteen years. She was the most calm, patient and loving cat that I have ever owned. I was so fond of her that I actually wrote a book on her called “On Loan From Jesus – The Gift of Miss Ally Cat.”

When she was just a baby, probably about six weeks old, she came down with a nasty upper respiratory infection that almost took her life. For about a week, I had to feed her through a syringe since she refused food (if cats can’t smell their food, they won’t eat). I even set my alarm at night to go off every few hours so I could check on her and feed her. It was definitely worth the effort!

Several years ago, Miss Ally began to eat less and less food. She slept a lot, and I could tell she wasn’t feeling well. I took her to the vet, and he gave me some antibiotic drops since he thought she might have had a respiratory infection. During the next week, Miss Ally deteriorated rather quickly until she completely refused food. I tried desperately to help her by feeding her with a syringe, but she refused it. I knew that after fifteen years with this wonderful animal, the time had come to say goodbye.

As I waited for a friend of mine to arrive at my house (she wanted to go with me for support), I cried as I held this amazing cat. As I told her how much I loved her, a single teardrop came out of her left eye and rolled down her sweet cheek. I knew then that she was going to miss me too. She had just given me her last precious gift.

When we arrived at the emergency vet clinic, they quickly took Miss Ally away to run some tests. The vet came in with a somber look on her face. She told me that Ally was very, very sick and was in liver failure. I told the vet that I thought it was time to put her down, and the vet agreed.

I held Miss Ally for several minutes before the procedure. I cried my eyes out. I told her over and over again how much I loved her and how much happiness she had given to me. She laid calmly in my lap and occasionally looked up at me. As the vet injected the medication into her little leg, I rubbed her head while looking directly into her eyes. I wanted Miss Ally to see me as she left this world and headed toward Rainbow Bridge and in to the arms of Jesus.

I will never forget Miss Ally. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this as our pets really are members of our family. Putting one of these precious creatures to sleep is a very difficult thing to do, but take comfort in knowing that your pet is waiting for you at Rainbow Bridge, and we will all be reunited someday!

 

 

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