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My beautiful little boy Willie has been gone almost three weeks now and I am getting worse with everyday that passes. I cry myself to sleep and hold his collar in bed with me. I hug the little pillow he slept on in my bed. He was always by my head and now he is gone. He was my best friend and my always by my side. I rescued him when he was two and he didn’t come out from behind the sofa for almost six months. Once he did, he never left my side. If I was sitting, he was on my lap. Last year he started to shy away again and sleep all of the time. He was diagnosed with dementia and he had anxiety. He wore a diaper for the last year of his life because he would urinate whenever he wanted. For ten years before that he never had an accident. He was coughing and wheezing a lot towards the last few months but never stopped eating. While he would still sleep with me, he would no longer sit with me on the couch. He would wander around the house like he was lost and pace back and forth a few times before letting me pick him up. I let this go on for at least six months before I convinced myself it was time. When I decided, I took him the same day. I held him until he crossed the bridge, have his ashes at home but still feel guilt and pain. Was it too soon, should I have waited longer? I don’t know if I will ever move past this. I love him so much and I feel lost without him.

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I am so sorry for your loss of Willie. It is so hard losing someone we love so much. I had a kitty who would go into a corner and turn around repeatedly, unable to get out, or prowl through the house unable to settle down. You did the right thing for him, his quality of life was lessening with each day. And as awful as it may sound you released him from his confused and painful life and he is at peace. There comes a time that there is nothing else we can do. I understand your sorrow, all of us do. Let the tears flow, they help our hearts to heal. There are many things you could do that might help you. Put his pictures in a special album or have one framed, write your thoughts in a journal, talk to him (I do that a lot) or any thing else that you feel would be good. Most importantly take good care of yourself, get lots of rest and eat well. There is a Monday night candlelight ceremony at 9 o'clock that many of us attend. Scroll through the website and you will see the info. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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Thank you for your kindness. It means so much.
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