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Asheville, North Carolina
Hi. I'm Cleo. After being surrendered at Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill, NC I found myself being gawked at by a couple of humans whom I eventually adopted. I let them refer to themselves as "mom" and "dad", and they couldn't have found a better home than one filled with... me.

Monday, September 3, 2012

A Very Difficult Post

     It is with a heavy heart that I write today's post, folks.  This is a very sad place today, and even I feel the emptiness.  Grayson's breathing continued to be very labored, and he just would not eat or drink anything, unless mom or dad tried feeding him with the syringe, which stressed him out terribly.
     Mom called my doctor yesterday, and they left with the little guy in his carrier, hoping to figure out what was bothering him.
     When they came home a while later, their eyes were red, and the carrier was empty.  Apparently, they brought Grayson into an exam room where a Vet Tech. took some basic information, and then brought him out back to take his temperature and check him over.
     He became very stressed during all this, and though they tried to calm him by placing him in a small cage to chill, they said he went into respiratory and cardiac arrest, and died.  Just like that.  So small.  He didn't even have a chance.  
     When the doctor came out to talk to mom and dad they expected some sort of explanation about his condition, and what would be done for him.  They did not expect to hear that he'd just died.  Mom broke down and headed out the door.  Dad wanted to comfort her, but also wanted to know details.  
     This could've been something that Grayson had since birth, and it was only a matter of time.  
     He was likely the runt of the litter, and, because of where and how dad originally found him was possibly neglected and ignored by a mother who knew something wasn't right.
     Whether mom and dad brought him in a day earlier or a day later doesn't make any difference.  They said it was probably only a matter of time, and the fact that he'd been such a ball of energy for the couple of weeks mom and dad cared for him didn't mean anything.
     Now I feel bad about all the times I hissed and growled at him.  I know he just wanted to play, only wanted a friend.  I guess I could've been nicer to him.  
     When they came home dad picked up Grayson's little toys, and the dishes they'd been feeding him from.  He washed the syringe and bowls out that they'd been using.  His tiny litter box is still on the bathroom floor.  Dad will remove it later today, I'm sure.  
     Mom was up most of last night, and dad got up around three this morning and had her come to bed.  She's sleeping right now, and I hope she's not having any bad dreams.
     Mom, mostly, did everything she could, giving Grayson a chance to feel loved and cared for.  The way he'd follow her around, play with her, and sit with her says it all.  Don't be sad, mom.  He knows you loved him and wanted to take care of him.
     When they came home without him they went in and laid down on their bed, and I almost immediately jumped up and curled up with them.  I knew something wasn't right.  We have a way of knowing, don't we?  I just knew.
     I'm sorry you had such a short life, little buddy.  Know that mom and dad loved you, and you even started to grow on me.  Honest.  Please say hi to Isaac for me and dad, okay?

                                   Rest in peace, Grayson
                         July ?, 2012  -  September 2, 2012
                                           We love you


The Furries of Whisppy said...

We're so sorry about Grayson's sudden departure. :(
Please give your Mom and Dad lots of cuddles and stay close.
Much hugs to your parents (your Mom, especially) and to you too.
RIP, little Grayson. Your life may have been short, but it was filled with lots of love. :)

Angel Prancer Pie said...

So sorry to hear this. Comforting purrs being sent to you and your pawrents. ((HUGS))

Random Felines said...

safe journey across the Bridge Grayson. We are so sorry he had to leave to early.....we have gone through this and it hurts so much every time....

Old Kitty said...

Oh no! :-( Oh Orbit - me and Charlie are so so so so sorry! Oh dear! Oh little Grayson - what a tragedy. But he was loved and cared for and we are so glad he was with you all. Take care

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

We are so so sad to read that Grayson had to leave for the bridge. As heartbreaking as it is, sometimes we just have to make that journey early. Purrs to you and your mom and dad--we know that little boy had the best time of his life while he was a part of your family.

Katnip Lounge said...

Our hearts are crying with you. What a horrible thing to happen...please take some comfort that you and your family provided Grayson with a wonderful little life, and lots and lots of love. Hugs and purrs from all of us.

Amber DaWeenie said...

Such sad news to be hearing this morning. We are so very sorry. Take comfort in knowing you gave Grayson a lot of love that will be taken along to the Bridge. Run free little buddy!

Daisy said...

Oh Orbit, I am so sorry little Grayson went to the Bridge. I am glad that Grayson knew love, kindness and a full belly during his short time with you.

Mickey's Musings said...

Orbit, we are sorry we did not visit when you had little Grayson. We are very sorry he went to the Bridge. It was wonderful that your family gave him a happy place to live until it was his time to go.We know you are all very sad now. Purrs!
Purrs Tillie and Georgia,
Tiger,Treasure,JJ and Julie

Marilia said...

So very sorry!!!!!!

Cat said...

Oh my goodness, that was just an awful thing to happen!!! We are so very sorry, it is so unfair when they are so young but Grayson knew your love and kindness in his short life and he knew what it was to have a family.

Cat said...

Oh my goodness, that was just an awful thing to happen!!! We are so very sorry, it is so unfair when they are so young but Grayson knew your love and kindness in his short life and he knew what it was to have a family.

Michelle said...

I am so sorry to hear the bad news. My thoughts are with you.

Quinn and Angel brandi said...

We are so sorry the little one didn't survive. You gave him a lot of love during his short life, so be glad about that.
((((hugs)))) to the whole family.
brandi and Mama Carol

Cleo said...

Thank you all for your very kind words and sympathy. Dad's back to work today after a long weekend off that didn't turn out quite as planned, and it'll be mom's first full day home alone with just me again.

Ann Boyajian said...

Oh, Orbit, we are so sorry about the little guy. He was lucky to have found a loving home, even though it was only for a short time. You must do your best to comfort your mom and dad.
Mom is all leaky-eyes right now.
Purrs to all of you.

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I can only imagine how devastated you must be. I had lost my Bobo to breathing/heart issues but was blessed to have had him for 18 yrs. I cannot imagine the pain that you must feel having something so unexpected happen to one so young. I am sooooo deeply sorry. My eyes are leaking

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

Sorry to hear about Grayson :(
Such a little cute boy <3

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

We just learned about Grayson. Purrs of comfort to you all...

Angel Junior, Orion and Sammy said...

Oh goodness. We sure are sorry to read aboutlittle Grayson. At least he had love and caring from a wonderful family before he had to cross the bridge. We are certain he felt the growing care from you too Orbit.

Little Miss Titch said...

it's always so sad when one of our fur babies cross the rainbow bridge and more so when they are so young but you all loved him and gave him the best life that a cute baby like him could have had,so when the time is right you will see him again,and then the fun will really begin,nose bonks from Speedy and hugs from Mum

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About This Blog

Created in July 2011 this blog chronicled the everyday life of a well-seasoned, spoiled house panther named Orbit. He was a nearly constant companion for almost 22 years, and ruled our roost until he passed away in December 2014, and the loss of his companionship hit us like a ton of bricks.
After more than 2 years without a live-in feline friend we found this senior Tortie gal at a local shelter and just couldn't leave without her. Cleo certainly came with an abundance of purrsonalitude, and has staked her claim on our hearts and in our home since day one. It took some long, deep thought, but I decided to pick up where Orbit left off and let Cleo tell her stories. Of course from time to time I'll add some non-Cleo posts, but she'll get over it.