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pipismama

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I am losing my best friend, my baby, to heart disease. The pain and heartache on this journey has been immeasurable. 

If you'd like to follow along on our personal journey, witness our good days and bad, or maybe you're going through a similar declining disease process, find connection here: https://pipsmom.home.blog/ 

I would really love to see if anyone else is experiencing the same things. 
cosesmom

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Dear Pip's mom,
I went through the same thing you are experiencing with my beloved Termy. He was okay for about four years as long as he had his heart medication and did really well. My vet told me that he could be a poster pup for the medication. When diagnosed he was a 4 on the scale of 1 thru 6. Up until he passed he was a 1 on the scale. He moved a lot slower and out nightly walks got shorter. We shared a lot of good years after he was diagnosed. I only let him go after he stopped eating and drinking but I don't believe it had anything to do with his heart. He was over 16 when he went to the Bridge so we shared a magical and wonderful journey. Enjoy everyday and make many more memories.
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom
goofygirlinva

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Dear Pipismama,
I have not gone through what you're going through with having a pet with heart disease. But I did go through cancer with my cat Squeeker. His was a sudden, unexpected cancer diagnosis after having a clean bill of health just a couple months earlier and then a decline over the next 3 months until I had to let him go. It was horrible knowing this beautiful, wonderful boy of mine was dying and all the things I was trying to keep him with me were not working. 

Like you, I too think of timelines with Squeeker. I think of the time when we lived in the townhouse that he first knew as home with me, I think of the time when we moved to the house where I currently live, of the time when I fostered other cats to see how Squeeker would react to others in the house (he absolutely loved other cats!), and then I think of the time when I adopted Bud & Red and they came to live with us. I also think of the trip Squeeker & I took to the Best Friends sanctuary in southern Utah, the time after that until his cancer diagnosis and, of course, life after Squeeker. So in a way, like you, there are portions of my life that are divided into the different periods when Squeeker was still alive. They are wonderful memories, but oh what I wouldn't do to still have him here with me.

As Termy's mom said, you don't know how much longer Pip will be with you, so as much as you can, try to enjoy every day and make many more memories. Take lots of pictures of Pip. And if you can, take lots of videos so you'll be able to see him move and hear the noises he makes. That's the one thing I wish I'd done more of - take more pictures and videos of my boy (and all of the cats & dogs I've known and loved over the years) so I could see the wonderful bounce in his step, hear his unique meow and hear his beautiful, hearty, nonstop purrs...

Hugs to you and Pip...

- Kelly
Angel Blackie's mom
Angel Squeeker's mom
pipismama

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Thanks for the reply you two.

We lost our girl yesterday. My baby, my best friend. Gone. Just like that. It all happened so fast and the days before had been some of the best in awhile. I wonder if she knew something was going to happen because she was extra cuddly and had extra energy.

I look back on those blog posts now and sob. Oh how I didn’t know in just a week, in just a few days, in just a few hours I would experience one of the worst days of my life.

And the world goes on. You still have to go to work. You still have to talk to people. You still have to eat, do the laundry, pay the bills, live without your baby. I had to stay in a hotel last night because I couldn’t go home. I couldn’t sleep in a bed where she had just been.

This pain feels unbearable and so unreal.
cosesmom

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Dear Pip's mom,
I am so so so sorry. I was hoping you would have had more time. It hurts so very bad to let them go. You will never be the same and for a very long time you will mourn the loss of Pip. The tears will fall and you will feel as if your world has ended and in a way the world you knew has ended. I read your blog and I felt all the love written in those words that you shared with Pip.It is a wonderful tribute to Pip's life and I am glad you shared it with us. When I lost Termy I felt as you do now and I wanted to die and be with him. I never thought that I would live to know in my heart that it's been over 19 months. I still cry and miss him so very much. You will go on but you will learn to live a new normal with out her.  You loved and were loved deeply. remember the journey that you shared with her. Close your eyes and feel her love.
Again I am so sorry for your pain and loss
Love and doggie hugs
Termy's mom
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