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Godspeed my sweet Tequila kitty

by Therese on March 1, 2010

in My pets, Tequila

Tequila, Feb 14, 1998 - February 27, 2010

Tequila lost her battle with cancer on Saturday night, February 27, 2010. She was in my arms when she slipped away.

Tequila was in the process of being diagnosed with cancer. Her case was baffling to the veterinarians because none of what they saw pointed to any one type of cancer. It may have been lymphoma, small cell myeloma, multiple myeloma – they just weren’t sure. A month ago I took Tequila in for a routine exam & blood work. The blood work showed something was up, but she didn’t start showing signs of being sick until Thursday when she quit eating. Friday she spent the day with her veterinarian. Then Friday night I took her to the emergency clinic because she couldn’t breathe. I visited her a few times on Saturday and then late that evening when I went to see her, she died in my arms.

Tequila as a kitten

I talked with Tequila’s vet this morning (her regular vet, not the emergency clinic vet). Based on what she knows, and how things went at the emergency clinic, she’s thinking Tequila was being eaten up by cancer, and that there’s nothing we could have done. Even if we’d done more aggressive diagnostics (exploratory surgery) when all this started a month ago, she doesn’t think it would have helped. The cancer just had too much of a head start to do anything about it.

My heart aches beyond belief! Even though Tequila was a little kitty, she had a huge presence. Without her there is a massive hole in my heart and a very empty feeling in my house. Archie, Lydia, and I are all grieving pretty deeply this morning.

This has been a very rough month with both Tequila‘s and Lydia‘s health problems (no word yet on the biopsy). It really touches my heart to see how many people I’ve met online through Facebook and other places who have wished us well and kept us in their prayers. And of course, my family and real life friends have been a huge support. Thank you to everyone. It has helped very much (and continues to help).

Godspeed my sweet Tequila kitty. I love you so very, very much but I know we’ll see each other again someday.

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YesBiscuit March 1, 2010 at 10:24 am

So sorry for your loss. I’m glad you were holding her at the end.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

Thank you, It feel like it was a gift that I could be with her.

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purrxlots March 1, 2010 at 10:36 am

So sorry to hear about Tequila. It is hard for those of us who love our furry family with all of our hearts. It hurts so bad and breaks our hearts. We have the memories and the love will never end.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

You’re so right! Tequila was a large part of this family even though she wasn’t all that big herself. Thank you.

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VancouverCatExaminer March 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

So sorry for you. Loss is always so difficult. There is nothing that can make it feel better except time.
Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time,
Tequila was GORGEOUS!

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

Thank you so very much. Tequila’s personality was wonderful too. I wish you could have met her.

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Sandi K March 1, 2010 at 10:46 am

Therese, I am so sorry to hear this news. Tequila was your friend and their presence in our lives is huge. I know that heartache you describe, it almost hurts to breath. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Godspeed little Tequila.

Know that you and Lydia are in my heart and prayers as you await the news this week.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thank you, Sandi. Even though Tequila was small, she’s left a huge void in the house and my heart.

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Service Puppy Ruby March 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Tequila was a beautiful girl and we send you our deepest sympathies.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

Thank you Ruby.

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Tiki & Kirby & Kesey March 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

We are so very sorry about Tequila. She was such a pretty girl. Cancer is evil. Sending you loud purrs and soft woofs.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thank you for the kind words, the purrs, and the soft woofs. They really are comforting.

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Jan March 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Oh, Therese, so sorry to hear this news. I really hoped that you had found it in time. I’m glad for both of you that you were holding her when she slipped away.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

Thanks, Jan. I do consider it a gift that I could be with her.

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Sabra Welles March 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm

She couldn’t have had a better home when she was alive. Thanks for taking care of her. I miss her, too.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Thank you for putting her in my arms that day 12 years ago!

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Perseus March 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Therese, I am so very sorry to hear about Tequila’s passing. What a miracle it was that you were there and could hold her. Godspeed little dear Tequila. Here’s a special candle lit for her safe passing:
http://bit.ly/cvXIgp

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

That was very kind of you Perseus. Thank you so very much. I imagine she is running with the angel kitties and having a ball.

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lesliek March 2, 2010 at 8:11 am

I am so sorry for your loss. It is a miracle that you were there and able to comfort Tequila at the end. Prayers for a good biopsy result for Lydia, and for many happy memories of Tequila.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

Thank you, I so appreciate the good thoughts and prayers.

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Diane March 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’m so very sorry, Therese. I don’t even have the words to match your loss. My thoughts and prayers go to you and Tequila, and putting lots of positive energy towards Lydia.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 10:51 am

Thank you, Diane.

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Cindy nevarez March 2, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Awwww…Therese you poor things! I feel bad for you all. It’s so sad to lose an animal…especially to a horrible disease. But as was already mentioned…it’s good she was in your arms at the end. If my animals were dying, I would not want them to be alone without their loved ones.
She’ll be waiting for you…hang in there!
And positive thoughts for Lydia!

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Thanks, Cindy. I am thankful she didn’t die alone.

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Robert March 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Therese – I’m so sorry for your loss. I hate cancer. My own cat Mary went to quickly to cancer and I too wondered if I had figured it out sooner could they have done something. The answer was no…it took her quickly and rapidly spread. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I’m so glad you have Lydia with you during these sad days. Remember the good days. My fur kids send lots of warm hugs your way.

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Therese March 2, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Hi Robert, thank you so much for the warm hugs from you and your fur kids. I’m so sorry you’ve been through something similar. I find myself thinking the same thing – could I have done something more? I’m hearing from quite a few people who have similar stories and the answer is always ‘no, there was nothing that could be done.’

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Glo March 8, 2010 at 11:43 am

Tequila is now watching over you with great care as a reflection of the deep love you had for her. I truly am sorry for your loss.

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Therese March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Thank you, Glo.

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Carole and Sterling March 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

When Skipper died I was in California and a friend was staying at the house for him. Consequently, he never made the passage and haunted my bed for years. You could even see the depression of his paws on the bedding as he walked up to you. It spooked Chris and she refused to sleep in my bed when she stayed over but I never minded his presence. When I moved to the larger bedroom after Jody died, Skipper didn’t visit so oftern and with Sterling there, he stopped altogether..hopefully he found
his new space and is content.
I tell you this because it was so good you were there when Teqila crossed over..

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Therese March 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Thanks, Carole. I think Tequila and I both were fortunate when she crossed over. I’m glad she waited for me.

I vaguely remember you telling me that about Skipper. He sure was a great cat and like you said, I hope he’s found a place where he’s content.

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