This post is by special request from Jamie at Thoughts Fur Paws and Sandra, Tuna's Mom. Tuna was one of those once-in-a-lifetime cats who touch their human companions hearts so much that the love between them is all-consuming. Tuna was born on October 18th, 1995 and was sent to the Rainbow Bridge on March 23rd, 2007. Even after all this time, Sandra can hardly think about her without crying. The second picture is Tuna and Sandra with the Christmas tree at Tuna's last Christmas. Christmas was Tuna's very favorite time of year. Tuna loved going outside and especially loved chasing leaves and bringing them back to the front door of the house, where she would leave them. One day in 2005, Sandra was playing with Tuna and giving her a tummy rub when she noticed four lumps on her stomach. She was surprised, as the lumps hadn't been there a couple of days before. She rushed Tuna to the vet as soon as possible and soon learned that Tuna had both fibro sarcoma and spindell cell sarcoma, very bad news indeed. Tuna had two operations and two full courses of chemo over the next two years, but the cancer always came back, usually within a few weeks of the end of the chemo course. Tuna fought very hard, but near the end her weight was down to only three pounds. When the vet told Sandra that there was nothing more he could do for Tuna and the kindest thing would be to send her on to the Rainbow Bridge, Sandra was heart-broken. She took Tuna home for two more days to say goodbye. She pampered Tuna as much as she could and took her out in her stroller. Her brother Blackie found a leaf and brought it to Tuna. Sandra found this immensely touching. When the time came, Tuna went softly and gently, in Sandra's arms. Sandra couldn't bear to let the vet take her body away for a long time, but she finally did. Tuna is now buried in a pet cemetery, where Sandra can visit her. Sandra doesn't have a blog, but if you would like to leave her some comforting words, I will see to it that she gets them by e-mail.
Tuna loved Christmas and leaves to chase.
When Autumn winds blew, away she'd race.
Cancer took her away
To the Bridge to play.
Leaving Sandra to mourn, with tears on her face.