I received an email from Sandy on Christmas Eve:
"Hi Beth:It's been 2 hours since......it's taken me this long........Meyer passed away peacefully in my arms at 5:23pm this evening. Talk more another time. Sandy"
Meyer was 20+ years old. I'm saddened by his loss, but grateful that he died in the arms of somebody that loved him. I sure hope I can pass away the same way.
Fortunately, the update on Irma was far more bright. It took Sandy a long time to get Irma feeling better. Irma had a terrible case of URI, but gratefully, Sandy pulled her through:
Sandy's email to me: (Edited - but read the whole thing - you'll be glad you did!)
"Hi Beth:Nice to hear from you and Happy New Year. The holidays were quiet as usual and everyone had some turkey. Even Irma. Would you believe that on Christmas, after all the sub q-ing and 2 different antibiotics for 2 weeks and all the feeding with an eye dropper, that that little pixie stuck out her tongue for the first time and took the food off of my finger. The next morning she was eating by herself out of the dish and she hasn't stopped since. In fact, her little tummy is starting to bulge and she's even gained a pound already....
She is something else. She follows me around like a puppy and sits beside me when I'm on my knees changing the litter. She likes everyone here and cuddles with them and they love her too.
One of the things I love most about Irma is her 'hands.' Remember how she held unto your finger in the car and mine also, well, she uses those little paws just like little hands. She strokes your face, she feels your hair and she'll smack you too if your not looking, just because she can. Sometime she'll just be sitting there holding it up.
Beth, there's no doubt about it that Irma is all but recovered from her illness. I had an awful time with her nose, bleeding and all but that's all over with. Now all we have to do is make her good and healthy so she'll be able to live the rest of her life they way she should. Warm, happy and loved. I only wish it hadn't of been to late for Meyer and that he was here with us as well.
Thank you Beth for letting me have Irma. With Meyer no longer with us, I'm sure he wouldn't mind letting some other old soul take his place. I keep my eye on the web site but should you hear of another first, don't hesitate to let me know. It doesn't matter what sex, or how pretty or not, just the saddest and the most neediest one is perfect!"
(You know that I'll be looking for the saddest little ol' kitty at the shelter.)
Sandy's comment about Travis and his blindness? "Don't forget....one does not see love, one feels it.