Saturday, August 06, 2011
Thank You, Fremont
Our little Fremont has died. For the past several months, Fremont had been lethargic, at times with little appetite. Our vet saw her many, many times, and could not find an organic reason for her symptoms. Her symptoms appeared right after the death of Midget, this past January.
We put Fremont on an appetite stimulant, had her scanned (for growths..tumors), found nothing, so went on vacation last month. Our cat sitter, Lorena, stayed at the house with Fremont, and our two kittens (now, almost 6 months old), Snowy and Smokey.
Nick and I were in the backcountry of the Sierra Nevada mountains for one week, and unreachable.
We came back two weeks ago to find that since we left, Fremont had not been eating at all. So Lorena took her in to the vet. Lorena and our veterinary team found cancer - fast growing - in Fremont's abdomen. She seemed in extreme pain. The tumors were wrapped around her kidneys and liver. The poor little girl. They made the decision to let her go. Nick and I have a standing order to our veterinarian and Lorena. They have full authority to make such decisions of life or death with any of our animals in our absence, and I totally support their decision. I am just so sorry that I could not be with Fremont as she died. I really do not understand why the cancer was not found earlier. I honestly don't doubt the competence of our vet, but it seems really, really, weird that cancer would grow so very quickly.
The morning Nick and I left for the airport for vacation, Fremont was sitting on top of the back of our green leather couch. I remember the dusty smell of her fur as I buried my nose between her shoulder blades, ran my hand down her right side, scratched her head between the ears, gave her a treat, and left, not knowing I wouldn't see her again, at least in this life.
Nick and I buried Fremont's body two weeks ago, along with Midget's ashes. Midget had died this past January, and the ground was frozen, so we had her body cremated.
I embroidered a linen shroud for Fremont.
I have been sewing quite a bit. It's the blogging that's been faltering! I'll soon post more of my sewing, and also about Snowy and Smokey...our Egyptian Mau gentlemen, who we adopted in April.