Tuesday, January 27, 2009
In Memory of Chloie
My mother called yesterday with terrible news. Chloie had been sick for a few weeks. My mom consulted the local veterinarian who said to give her some antibiotics but when she only got worse mom finally took her in.
I was at Lowes looking for seed starting materials when she called. She was already crying when she broke the news. Chloie had cancer.
I have had Chloie since i was 11 years old. She has been my loving friend for 16 years. She has always joined me in the gardens chasing insects and hiding beneath the iris foliage. Always following me through the gardens. She at times would follow me during late night strolls through our small town. She would run ahead and then wait for me to catch up. Chloie was a fluffy long haired cat. Mostly grey with a white under belly, feat and nose. In her smokey, grey fur there were swirls of a light brown that intensified in the summer. A feisty kitten, the first time i picked her up she scratched my on my nose. I cryed and said i didn't want her. That of course wasn't true. She became my side kick. My bedroom was her hang out and favorite place to sleep. She even ripped a whole in my window screen so that she could come and go as she pleased on summer nights.
The Vet advised that putting her to sleep would be best. She had tumors in her stomach and one large one pushing on her throat. She was unable to eat very well for a few days before she went in due to this tumor pressing against her throat. I gave mom the o.k. to have her put to sleep. I have never lost a pet that has been such a huge part of my life. I didn't realize how painful it was going to be. I expected Chloie to live much longer. She has always been so healthy and active.
Monday afternoon Chloie was put to rest. I am going to miss my friend. I will plant Chloie a beautiful garden with irises and daylilies that she loved to play under so much.