In my ten years on DU, this is, IIRC, only my second OP, but I felt the need to share. Any of you familiar with the musical CATS will know about the Heavyside Layer. That is where I want my Gracie to go--the song keeps coming into my mind...Up past the Russell Hotel, Up Up Up Up to the Heavyside Layer...
Things will be better there, I know, and I hope she'll keep happy memories of her time with us, the love and care we've given her. She's a Russian Blue, about 15 years old, and has had a rather checkered past, none of which is her fault of course. I feel good, knowing we've made her last years safe and comfortable. But it's hard...We shall always miss her.
She's sleeping now, and in the morning I'll carry her gently to the arms of the vet who will make her passing a peaceful one. We've just lost a family member whose death came 'way too early. Clearly not on a par with losing Gracie, but still...sometimes things do pile on.
Didn't mean to go on for so long, but thanks to those who read and care. Forgive me my tears, and blessings to all.