Monday, July 20, 2009

Farewell, Sooty


I don't know a whole lot about Sooty, as she started her blog when she was diagnosed with lymphoma in May. I did learn that she moved halfway across the world to New Zealand with her family and she liked it there. Before she got sick, she liked to go out in the warm weather. She was the family's official greeter, always there at the door to welcome any family member returning home. When she was feeling bad, she stopped doing this, but she rallied a bit not long before the end and started doing it again. Sooty's tumors were in her intestines and at her age of 13 and the fact that she had lost so much weight before she was diagnosed persuaded the vet that an operation was inadvisable, as she would probably not survive it. Sooty was put on chemo, but it didn't work. She seemed to get better for a little bit, then got worse again. The hoped for remission didn't happen. Sooty went through all this in good humor. She willingly took her medicine and tried her best to eat and gain back some weight. When the vet discovered that the cancer had spread to Sooty's liver, her family made the hard decision that it was time to send her to the Bridge, to spare her any more suffering.

                                         Sooty lived to a goodly age,
                                         Then cancer took her in a rage.
                                                   Her folks helped her go
                                                   To the Bridge, although,
                                          They hoped to keep her to a ripe old age.

9 comments:

♥Da fambly cat-a-blog kitties♥ said...

It is so sad that she lost her life so early, We read her blog and her momma and dadda are heartsick.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We didn't know Sooty, but we're glad you wrote about her. We'll stop by to leave a word.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

We are sorry to hear about Sooty. It is bad that we meet this new friends after they have crossed the bridge. How do you keep track of so many friends Karen Jo?

Thoughts said...

Hate to hear stories like this of that nasty C-word. What a sweet soul Sooty was....

Jaime

The Devil Dog said...

It is so sad to hear of a beloved pet's passing.

Roxy

Brian said...

Poor sweet Sooty, we'll all be with you forever.

Princess said...

Sootykins is at the bridge, having a wonderful time with Caesar. I just know it.
She will be missed and loved always that is certain.

adorable limerick!

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We did not know Sooty,but we purr for her family.
She was such a pretty panther.

Purrs Mickey, Georgia & Tillie

The Island Cats said...

We didn't know Sooty, but we are sorry she got cancer and had to go to the bridge. We purr for all of those who are missing her so much...