Thanksgiving weekend was full of ups and downs in the LeBlanc household. My family came to visit so we had seven little ones to occupy us while we dined on our traditionally turkey feast. We had loads of laughs, cuddles and pictures to hang up on our fridge by the time everyone left on Friday afternoon.
Friday night took a dark twist as one of our kitty-babies took a turn for the worst. We have senior cats and Asche has been “ill” for about a year. He had a persistent cough, but tests showed no cause. On Friday night, his breathing became extremely labored so we rushed him to the emergency vet clinic and had to make the extremely painful decision that every pet parent dreads.
With air trapped outside of his lungs paired with the persistent cough, the vet feared cancer and with a senior cat who’s quality of life was rapidly declining before our eyes, we made the decision to say goodbye. This is not the first time we have had to make the decision and it doesn’t get any easier, but we knew it had to be done.
It’s been a tough few days. The tears become fewer every day and the heartache is still present, but we know that is will lessen eventually although it will never totally be gone.
The Cedar Valley Humane Society has allowed us to adopt two amazing cats who had to leave our lives entirely too early. It only seems right, after this past weekend, that we give back a little of ourselves and let the healing begin on this Giving Tuesday.