A Pet's Death Affects A Family

March 5, 2020
Oliver and Duke

Photo by: Greg Carpenter

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Is it normal to still be sad a few weeks after a pet passes?  I know the answer is yes, but I didn't realize how much it would affect me. 

I've always been that guy who says, 'I'm a dog person...cats are okay, but a dog...now you're talking."

Yes, I lean toward dogs.  But, there was something about Oliver.  From the very first day I saw him at the Baltimore County Humaine Society, we had a bond. 

He was in his "display" and I was looking at all the cats.  Oliver and I locked eyes and the rest was history.  He was SO cute.  Oliver was patiently looking at me, sitting, with his tail wrapped around his front two legs.  He was so gentle looking.  I, immediately, said to my family, "that's our cat." We looked at several others, but I kept going back to Oliver. And, he was focused on me the entire time.  He'd just look at me as I scanned the entire area.

We took him home and for the next 11 years he'd cuddle on the couch with me as I watched TV at night.

He was my cat. 

Since late January, he fought and aggressive oral tumor and stopped eating. I had to make "that" decision.  Hated every second of it.

You know it's the right thing to do, but you don't want to actually go through with it.

I miss my little buddy!

If you want to see Oliver, click here.