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Saturday, October 01, 2005



i understand 2 days ago my cat masha stetrad seeming different. we realized she hadnt been eating for the past couple days. yesterday my mom brought her to the vet after she fell into a deep sleep and had several accidents on the floor (tmi?). they gave her an IV and did bloodwork but they didn't know what was wrong whith her. in the evening, on our way to the vet's to say goodbye, we got a call saying she had just died. we never got to say goodbye while she was alive, but we did get to a couple minutes after she died. me and my mom and my sister cried and cried my dad is gone right now and masha was his special cat so that made us feel even worse. today we buried her in the yard. we included a piece of her favorite kitty blanket (which im holding right now), some flowers, a cat shaped charm, some pennies, an old silk scarf (which we wrapped her in), a published story i wrote that i had dedicated to her, catnip, and a note telling her we loved her and reminding her who she was, just in case she ever needs it. it seems silly, but feeling like she was completely prepared for whatever was going to happen made me feel better. now i'm crying, though this morning i vowed i wouldn't after masha was buried .i miss her, but i know her spirit is here with us. my biggest regret is that we made her die in the cold, hard vet's offiece instead of on my bed where she was the most comfortable. she was 15, and ready to die, but i still feel like, why today? RIP Masha

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