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 Scene Around Town
   BY PETER PHELPS
  in school or well-meaning advice from family and friends. Life’s solutions do not come in the form of answers you can regurgitate on tests, but on what you do when you don’t know what to do. This is one of those stories.
Lillehammer was a Tuxedo. She grew to be an important part of our family over the years. She was far from demanding, but when she thought you needed a lift, she would sit next to your chair and gen- tly pat one of her front paws against your ankle letting you know that everything was going to be alright.
Over the past year, Lille began to slow down as old age tends to do to each of us. I don’t know what 22 cat years of age equates to in human time, I’m guessing she was nearing 100. I also don’t know quite how to calcu- late the thousands, maybe millions of moments of joy she brought to us in our home and hearts, but it was a lot.
About 19 years ago, a three-year-old black and white female cat living at the local humane society adopted my fam- ily. It has been a life-changing journey. Today however, that physical voyage ended due to the ravages of old age that took our kitty.
Creatures of habit, as domesticat-
ed pets often are, she knew when you should get up in the morning to feed her (and yourself); and when it was time
to call it a day with another round of kibble before she retired to one of her favorite polar fleece-covered chairs.
It’s true, if you want the best seat in the house, you have to move the cat.
I share this story because many of you also are forever-pet caretakers. Someday if you haven’t already, you will probably have to make final deci- sions too. Please rely on the support of your local veterinarians as well as our local animal shelters. Those groups are important resources in our community.
Having a pet euthanized is never
an easy decision. It takes all of one’s strength to think about which is better: quality of life for a dying pet or prolong- ing the inevitable to avoid making that decision? I will pause here and say that the staff at the veterinary clinic on Dick- man Road were a great source of comfort, as were the pet owners patiently sitting in the waiting room observing our presence. Sadly those medically trained profession- als deal with life-ending situations proba- bly all-too-often, but they also are there to
When we were adopted by an orange Tiger cat we named Henry Fjord, after the Norwegian auto maker about seven years ago, 15-year-old Lille was a bit stand-offish with the interloper. Why would we need another cat when she was doing just fine in that department? She soon discovered that the new ‘cat’ needed to know who was here first, insisting that age eclipsed youth. There was quite a bit of discussion on that point, but Lille’s demeanor proved final; she was the mistress of the house, and
Will we be adopted by another feline or two and be Scene Around Town again? That is still a topic of discussion between the two of us and the newbie who now holds the senior kitty rank in our home. But I do know that includ- ing a pet in your life (from our area animal shelters in conjunction with
This is one
of the toughest columns I’ve had to write in my many years as a journalist. Nothing can properly pre- pare you for this topic; no classes
provide care to make your pet’s life safe, comfortable, and long-lived whenever possible. Our local veterinarians are your pets’ family physicians and sources of consolation to their humans.
the newbie would learn to live with it. Happily they grew to tolerate one anoth- er quite well respecting boundaries that they set for one another.
Life well-lived and love amply shared.
our valuable pet doctors) makes colors more vibrant, music so beautiful, and fragrances much more sweet. Thank you to all the Lilles that enrich our lives beyond measure. Rest in peace after a life well-lived and love amply shared.
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