Tuesday, June 22, 2010

On the twenty-seventh day of summer...

we had to put our sweet Bella to sleep.

After picking Bella up from being boarded at the vet last week, I came home to find her lying on the floor, pretty unresponsive.

We ran her back to the vet and they began treating her for low blood sugar (she was diagnosed with diabetes last spring). The vet asked to keep her there until she was back to herself. By the end of the day, her sugar was still off and she had had a seizure, so we took her to the emergency vet so she could be observed overnight.

She had more seizures overnight, but her sugar was back to normal. I picked her up in the morning (the emergency vet is just for overnight) and took her back to our vet. Everyone seemed to think she was reverting out of the diabetes, but the vet said the seizures should stop within 24 hours. These weren't stopping and it was breaking my heart to see her suffering.

After lunch, the vet seemed to think there was probably something else going on (maybe a brain tumor) and we decided it was time to let her go. Scott, Ryan, and I went up to say our good-byes and we were pretty emotional. We had had her for over 11 years and she was a very sweet kitty.

I went back and pulled all the digital pictures I could find (her early days were on film, so none of her as a kitten). Here are some of my favorites:

At our house in Laurel:

They love to lie in the sun (and on tissue paper, too!):

In the snow (she loved to be outside and was always trying to get out the door. Once she snuck out behind us in the morning and was out all day! Luckily, she's not into wandering and we found her just a few houses away that evening!):

She helped us pack up and move to Memphis:

Made the long drive down in the back seat of the car (she loved to ride in the car, but always wanted to sit on my lap and look out the window):

First, in our apartment:

Then, the house:

She could get into the cabinets under the bathroom sinks and this is where she would hide during thunderstorms:

She LOVED playing with toy mice (along with watching real birds and other animals out the windows):

And would hang out with me while I scrapped:

She was definitely part of our family and she will be missed!


Katy said...

Bye, sweet Bella. She was a wonderful cat.

cory said...

Ahhh...sniff. i remember when she and Amore were kitties in White Marsh, and then when she would snuggle with us when we lived with you in Laurel. sweet Bella. Good memories...thanks for sharing them!

Crista said...

Thank you for sharing the photos. Such great memories!