Thursday, December 2, 2010

Not every story has a happy ending

Sometimes you try. You do all you can do and it's not quite enough. Sweet little Oliver has now moved on from this world.

He had a urethral tear and we took him to surgery with the hopes that it could be repaired. It was too deep. Inoperable. He was euthanized on the table.

I've yet to tell my kids. Their hearts will be broken. Yet again. Being the child of a veterinarian, if nothing else, teaches the frailty of life. Tonight we will have a talk. We will talk about life and death. About planning for the future but living in the moment. About being willing to love even if it means sadness and pain. And we will talk about going to the humane society to get another kitten.

I am responsible for this fiasco and really should have known better. Usually I'm pretty good at hardening my heart. But every once in a while there is a crack and some creature sneaks in. That was Oliver. Such a good kitty and I am sad to see him go.

And if anyone has the letter "S" sitting around the house you may send it my way. S is for sucker and I need to update my wardrobe. Dagnamit. What a world. What a world...

9 comments:

Angelique said...

Oh Shalet, I'm sorry. You gave him such an awesome chance at another life. I hope your kids can understand in time how much love he was able to feel while he was with you guys.

Sheryl Rayner said...

I'm so sorry. I'll send you an "S" but not for sucker -- for sensitive, super, super caring, special.

I think what you did was great. You gave Oliver a shot. Just because it didn't work out, doesn't mean it wasn't worth it.

Hugs to you all.

Laurie Jacobsen said...

Oh Shalet! How heartbreaking! And Sheryl said everything I was going to say - good for you for giving Oliver a shot, and for opening your heart to very real and potential heartbreak - good for you for not having a hard heart Shalet - good for you.

Blessings to you and your kids.

Rabbit said...

So sorry to hear it. My heart goes out to you. Am a bit at a loss for words (and it's hard to type through tears).

Thank you for all you did.

Karen Maezen Miller said...

I'm sorry. Saying a service for Oliver and your family.

Stacey said...

ditto what everyone else is saying! So sorry to hear about Oliver.

Brigid said...

Aw girl! I am sorry. You are not a sucker, a lover, a giver a beautiful woman!

Ingrid S said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news, Shalet. Good for you for attempting to rescue him.

Deanna said...

Not sucker, but softie. I wish God had given everyone a soft heart towards animals, this would be a better world.
Thank you for sharing. No matter how many pets I lose, and there have been many, I will always get more. My life is not meant to be lived without cats in it.