Monday, March 4, 2013

A Final Goodbye

Sadly, our last family pet has passed on today.  Last March, we lost our cat Buddy, and today, we had to say goodbye to our cat, Baxter.

I got Baxter on a farm just outside of Janesville, Wisconsin in May 1997, and I remember choosing him from the rest because he was the cutest and fluffiest and was very playful.  When Pat and I met in 1998, Baxter and Buddy were not fans of each other, but after a few days they became inseparable.  Buddy was always the playful one and always, always had to be on your lap.  Baxter loved to play with glitter balls but preferred to curl up on the couch, usually the back of the couch with the sun shining on him. 

Buddy left us on March 14, 2012 after suffering from feline leukemia.  Since Buddy has been gone, Baxter became much more loving.  Lately, he had been sleeping at my feet at night and preferring a lap over the couch any time.  We could tell that Baxter wasn't feeling the best and seemed to at times, act like he had a stroke or something.  Then yesterday, he began having seizures and after an entire day of struggling, we took him to the vet this morning to have him put to sleep.  I was relieved to see him peaceful and quiet and I am sure Buddy was there to greet him and guide him to a big comfy couch for them to lay on in the sun!

We will miss you Baxter.  Thanks for almost 16 great years together!
May 1997- March 2013