September 6, 2016 at 9:09 am #1316
Sharon and John H.Participant
On July 15, 2016 we lost the love of our life and family member, our beautiful Birman cat. Age (16+ years) and failing health took him much too early for us.
Miki adopted us in October 1999, after we lost another beautiful family member Kiliki. It was not an easy transition for Sharon, since Kiliki had been predominantly her cat. But it didn’t take long before Miki began to wind his way into both our hearts and wasn’t about to let go. And, it wasn’t just us that he captured. He never met anyone that he wouldn’t rub up to and purr loudly. A little chin rub or a stroke on his white, fluffy tummy, and you were his BFF forever. When we came home Miki always met us at the door with his “where have you been” meow.
It is one of the most difficult decisions in life to recognize it is time to let go of a pet-family member, even when their quality of life is so noticeably absent and they have told you so. Trying to make the decision on your own can bring about so many emotions that can confuse and bring about uncertainty, even when you know it is the right thing to do.
That’s where veterinarian Carolyn Naun becomes such a god-send. Initially it was just asking the questions of how and when, reading her web site and links on it, then longer conversations when the time was near. Carolyn was with us through the entire process, and when the time came she was as compassionate and classy as anyone could expect. Placing our Miki in beautiful wicker basket lined with a fleece blanket after he had passed is an image that made it easier for us to say goodbye.
She didn’t stop after our Miki was gone. We selected cremation and Carolyn handled all the sad details and brought Miki back to us, along with a package that helped us with the grieving process. That was followed up by a beautiful hand-written card expressing her condolences and thanking us for trusting her to assist with a peaceful passing.
We’ve shared our story with several other humans owned by pets, and it never fails to bring tears. We will recommend Carolyn to anyone who has to make the terrible decision that has such a profound impact on our lives.
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