Have you hugged your pets today.
As I write this post this morning, I sit here with a heavy Heart. My wife and I said goodbye to a awesome little buddy this Sunday morning. I woke up this Sunday just like every other Sunday morning, but as I started down stairs I heard a faint meow... I stopped and heard it again. It was coming from downstair, so I went on down to see what Sylvester was into. Then I saw him laid out on the living room floor similar to the pic below, but something was wrong. He looked up at me and gave out another what sounded like painful meow. I woke my wife and we decided to get him to the vet asap. Being six am on Sunday the vets office was closed and it would be some time before we could get him to his vets office. All we could pretty much do is wait and try to make him comfortable, it was obvious he was on his way out, so I made him as comfortable as I could by placing him on a pillow from the guest room, and we sat with him through the painful process. He died a short time later and It was truly gut wrenching to listen and see him pass. Both my wife and myself sat there for the hour and talked to him and gently loved on him until he took his last breath and passed on.
Sylvester was a stray that we took in several years earlier and I must say, he was one of the best animals I have yet to care for. He had all his claws and yet he never once to um out on the sofa or other furniture. He didn't fight with our rattie "Winnie", or our other cat "Pugsley". Pugsley died a couple years earlier and that was a rough day too, but Sylvester went so fast that it has taken us by surprise. I really don't know why I feel compelled to post this other than the fact that misery loves company I guess, but I do want to say this to any fellow animal lovers here. Have you hugged your pets lately, if not, please do so, I'm living proof that they do bring happiness to our lives and they are missed tremendously once they're gone.
Here's a pic of my little buddy; I'm going to miss him trotting down the stairs everyday when I get home from work and asking for his treat for the day.