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After posting this morning something happened that I need to mention.

Hubby and I had our oldest cat put to sleep this morning. He was developing some chronic health problems that we weren't prepared to deal with.

Raqad was born in our basement of the parsonage we lived in in Alexandria, MN. in March of 1989. Sarah chose him to be the one that we would keep of the 7 kittens born to the stray I took in out of the cold of a Minnesota January. As soon as he was brought upstairs to part of out family he immediately took to Hubby as his special person, though he was very much a family cat. He was always sweet tempered and affectionate.

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grey_wonderer
May. 27th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry. It is always so hard to say good-bye. Your darling reminds me of our Tom that we had for 19 years. I had to take him and have him put down. It breaks your heart but sometimes you just have no choice. I will be thinking about all of you. (((((HUGS))))
pearltook1
May. 28th, 2006 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you, GW. We've seen it coming for the last 6 months, but it was still a hard decision. With Hubby being home for a change, and not wanting to chance Raqad getting worse while we are on vacation and Sarah having to deal with things, we opted to see him off today. Hubby said it was rather a good time - Memorial Day weekend.
rosamundeb
May. 27th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry. My cats are both the same age, and I keep anticipating having to make that decision. At that age, I think it's the right thing to do; they shouldn't have to suffer through chronic health problems. Once they start going at that age, it only gets worse. I'm glad he had such a loving family and a long life. But I know how much you'll miss him.

Raqad - how did he get that name? And how is your daughter dealing with the news?
pearltook1
May. 28th, 2006 02:52 am (UTC)
Thank you, Ros. Yes, that is much what our vet said, that it was most likely kidneys or diabetes, both needing daily meds and they are both the beginning of a downward slide in a cat already that old. He was very loved. Hubby and I were both petting him as he fell asleep.

Sarah took it very hard, with losing the puppy on Monday and then the cat who has been like the little brother she never had. She would tease him like a sibling. He was born about a month before she turned 6 so she really doesn't have many memories before he was part of the family.

My husband used to be a pastor so he had studied both Greek and Hebrew. We particularly like Hebrew. When Sarah came up stairs from playing with the kittens one day she said, "Mommy, my kitty doesn't run, he skips!" I knew the word "skip" is in the Bible, so I looked it up in the English/Hebrew lexicon and found "Raqad", which means "to skip, dance or leap about". When we later added other cats to the family, Sarah always asked if they could have "normal" names, so he was the last pet to get a Hebrew name.
rosamundeb
May. 28th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
"Normal" names... that's no fun. *S*

*hugs to you, your hubby, and Sarah*
mysteriousways1
May. 28th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
I will miss you, Raqad.
pearltook1
May. 28th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
Thank you, Myst. The chaise is looking rather empty.
onecheekyhobbit
May. 28th, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
Oh dear.
That's the hardest thing to do.
My thoughts are with you.
K
pearltook1
May. 28th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, K. We're going to be getting a small flat granite marker for his grave, which is in a shady, pleasant corner of our backyard. thank you :)
onecheekyhobbit
May. 28th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
We have a large flat rock that we found in the woods, and it's shaped like a heart.
That is over my first cat, that I adore.
K
pearltook1
May. 29th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC)
Oh! that is so cool :) I like that.
captnblood
May. 28th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Hi Lady Pearl,

So sorry about your kitty.

But, glad to hear you will be coming our way.

Best,

CB
pearltook1
May. 29th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Welcome back, Cap'n! Thank you, and I'm hoping to see you one of the times I'm in town :)

So good to have you back :)
captnblood
Jun. 4th, 2006 07:30 am (UTC)
Dear PT,

Will you be in St. L. this Saturday? If so, any interest in going to the Renfaire? It is just a few stone throws from LMW's house.

I do hope to see you again soon, and maybe this time you and my wife can meet as well.

I hope you really enjoyed the Bluegrass Camp.

My best to you and Bruce,

CB
graewolf
May. 31st, 2006 02:37 am (UTC)
Pearl, I'm so sorry.... I've been through that more times than I care to remember, but it's never ever an easy decision... many good thoughts to you, and a wish that he comes back to you next time around.
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