My Deepest Gratitude

As many of you know, my wonderful cat passed away the other week. Losing a pet is tough on the heart - these little furry creatures in our lives hold such a big piece of our heart. They keep us company, they entertain us, they keep us active and happy, they comfort us when we are sad, they don't judge (that's a plus compared to our human counterparts!) and they give us way too many things to take photos of and losing them is tough!

The journey through my cat's illness was not easy or cheap. We went to the kitty hospital (two days overnight stay), a cardiologist and two vets. The second to last vet was based on a recommendation. We drove up to Vero Beach for the recommended vet but I wasn't impressed. I didn't like the way he talked about my cat dying in front of me (and my cat). I don't know ... it just didn't sit well with me. I had tears in my eyes so you figured he could have been a bit more gentle with his words because it was evident this was tough for me because I loved my cat. Yes, I knew he was terminally ill but it doesn't mean that using harsh words about his passing was necessary.

Be kind.
Be sensitive to other's needs.

To say the least, we didn't return.

When my cat stopped eating, I looked online for a vet locally and came upon the Tri-County Animal Hospital & Health Care Center. They did what they could. The doc knew that it would be expensive and unnecessary to run tests -- his illness was getting the best of him and it was just a matter of time. But, I was able to ask questions about it and he answered in a way that wasn't rude and uncaring but educational and straightforward. I got a prescription for an appetite stimulant and that was that.

Unfortunately, my cat wasn't interested in eating the pill -- at all. And, the next day, he passed away while sitting with me on our back porch. Ooooooh the tears.

The TCAH called the day he passed away to check on him. I'm glad my honey answered the phone. I was too sad to chat. I heard him say something along the lines of, "Thanks for your call. He passed away this morning."

Now, you would think that would be it. After all, I only went to this vet's office one.

To my surprise, I got a beautiful card in the mail with signatures from the staff. I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it was to get a little note in the mail from fellow animal lovers who understood the pain of losing a little four-legged family member.

Thank you, TCAH, for taking the time to call and then follow up with a heartfelt card.
If ever I get another pet, I will certainly take him (or her) to this vet's office.

"May it make your sorrow
easier for you to bear knowing
there are others who understand
and care. Our thoughts are with you."

Tri-County Animal Hospital
1811 Okeechobee Road
Fort Pierce, Florida 34950

Just a little photo of my wonderful Lynx who I miss so very much. 

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