Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Goddess of Wisdom

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above." James 1:17

From the day you were born, I knew you were special.  The first time I held you in my arms and you looked at me with your big round eyes, my heart melted.  My sweet Athena, you lived up to your name.  You were so beautiful and precious.

Although you spent the first 6 months of your life in and out of hospitals, you were still purring and so loving.  The experts said you wouldn't make it to 3 years old with your condition, but you beat the odds and lived to be 3 1/2 years old. You fought for your life with all that you had and through it all you were so gracious and sweet.

You were the topic of the Pet Neurology Convention in Las Vegas as they shared your case.  You gave the Veterinarians and Neurologists wisdom and through your willingness to survive, you allowed them to be able to study your case further.  They were able to do so much more research and development, so they could help other cats and dogs that suffered with your condition, in the future.  When I would take you to see a new Doctor they would already know who you were and they were so excited to meet you.

Athena, you were so loved by everyone who came in contact with you and you left a special mark in their hearts.  You had the will power to survive baby girl and I sacrificed all that I had to keep you alive and happy.  Since you've been gone, I am at a loss and completely heartbroken.  I got so used to you being in bed with me and always giving me kisses at night.  I still wake up at 3:00am when I would usually do your medicine and I lay awake and cry.  I miss you so much.  I'm so sorry I couldn't stop your seizures and I'm so sorry you suffered the last few days.

Even the Doctor cried when we had to put you down.  I'll never forget the way you just stared at me, still purring in my arms and how much I didn't want to let you go.  You ended up pulling the catheter out and the Doctor had to inject you twice.  Till the very end, you were still fighting for your life.

My sweet angel, you taught your mama what it truly means to love unconditionally, to sacrifice all that you have and to fight for your life.  And most importantly, to fight for love.  In sickness and in health, till death do us part.

R.I.P. my precious baby girl.

Athena (June 15, 2015 - November 15, 2018)

  • Athena suffered from a condition called FOPS (Feline Oral Facial Syndrome).  She would scratch her face and tongue to the point of bleeding.  We declawed her front paws so she wouldn't hurt herself. After a few years of treatment she completely stopped pawing at her face.  She also suffered with violent seizures which we treated with medication every 6 hours.

Bryan Adams ~ (Everything I do) I do it for you

"I would give it all, I would sacrifice
Don't tell me it's not worth fightin' for
I can't help it, there's nothin' I want more
You know it's true
Everything I do
I do it for you."


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Anonymous said...

Losing one of our fur babies is so hard. I’m sorry for your loss.

Bennjamin said...

I had a cat who looked very much the same - same stripes, and this very serious, demanding look in the eyes. After a year, I still miss the little thing very much. Pets can be very close to our heart - but Cats, in particular, can invade your human space and change it in mysterious ways. They can steal your heart. I think one of the reasons is that they appeal to something very old in us - something that predates us, maybe raw nature itself, the stuff we are made of (at least partially). When we face such an animal, we may suddenly feel like nature itself - all of the life that surrounds us on this planet - suddenly says: "I can see you, I know who you are". Like a mystery unfolds itself - we thought we were alone, and yet, all the life that surrounds us, suddenly tells us "You are made of our stuff too, Lisa". A spiritual experience, if you like. We won't feel this all the time, but the "perceptive me" in us can connect with this tangible field of 'spiritual awareness' of ourselves, the universe, Life.

Much love Xx

Farfalla Dreams ~ Lisa Marie Farfalla said...

Beautifully said. Your words brought tears to my eyes. I so feel what you said, must be why I have so many cats and always wanting more. I'm so sorry for your loss, it is truly heartbreaking. Thank you for your comment.

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