Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Our Sweet Tucker

Life continues outside of my quilting room and the last couple of weeks have been a bit rough. My Mom has been having some health issues and although we are grateful that they have been caught early it is still stressful to have lots of Dr. visits and information to process. She has outpatient surgery tomorrow and I will be spending the night because we head in to have stitches removed from last weeks procedure the following morning. I think she is MORE than ready to be done with this and will have a break before followup treatments start in January.

Tucker became very ill a few days before Thanksgiving and after a week of treatment that he didn't fully respond to we decided to put him down a week ago today. It is always a difficult decision when they are in pain. This picture is from a few years back when I was still sewing in our guest room but it is my favorite picture of him. It shows off his gorgeous eyes. Oh, Tucker...

He loved to keep me company while I sewed and was my quiet companion. The other cats he has shared our home with tended to be the dominant cat in the household and Tucker was content to observe life in a passive way. Even though he preferred the male members of our family he would sit on my lap when it was just the two of us and would hop down before anyone else came into the room. Like it was our little secret!

Elsa knew something was wrong with him and would often lay outside the laundry room door. She would poke her head in if the door was open but would rarely come in. I think she misses him and has been very clingy with me the last week. This picture was taken a few days before he got sick. I had gone downstairs to start another load of laundry and was surprised to see this on my return.

So, no sewing is happening. That remains the same.

29 comments:

  1. Life is interesting. So very sorry about Tucker. It is indeed so difficult to lose a beloved furry member of the family. Hope Mom is doing better.

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  2. I am sorry for your loss.
    I am very glad you Mom is doing better now - and I get her wanting it be done and over with!! I hope you both enjoy (as much as you can) this time and may it go by quickly and easily - MOM - GET BETTER FAST!!!!! (hugs) for you both!

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear that your mom is having health problems. It's difficult being the sandwich generation - still a parent of kids who need us but also having to begin being a caretaker for our parents. Hope she is doing better.

    And so sorry to hear about Tucker. We love our pets so much and they give us so much in return. Our Sammy is showing his age and I dread the day we have to make that same decision.

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  4. Poor Deb, there is a lot going on in your life at the moment. So sorry about your Mum's health issues, do hope it will all be resolved soon. And so sad to lose a beloved pet, you will certainly miss Tucker. Sending you cyber hugs all the way from New Zealand.

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  5. I'm so sorry Deb! What a hard time you are having lately - sometimes life just seems to gang up on us and the ones we love. My heart breaks for your loss of your beloved Tucker! And for Elsa too. Our Gypsy grieved for her sister Sable for quite a while before she finally seemed to come to terms with her sudden loss. I am saying a prayer for your mom and you ... and Elsa :)

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  6. Oh, Deb, I'm so sorry. I wasn't particularly attached to our cat but we had to have him put down the day before we moved here. He was a free, roaming,outside cat and we were moving to a new neighbourhood for feral cats, territorial possums and poisonous snakes so it seemed the best thing for him. I still moss him occasionally so I can only imagine how you feel.

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  7. So sorry to hear about your loss. It is difficult to lose a cherished family pet. Hoping the best for you and your Mom in this Holiday Season Hugs, Julierose

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  8. Oh no.... I'm so sorry about Tucker! I lost my sweet kitty in July and I still haven't stopped crying. They are family members and leave a huge hole in our lives. On a brighter side, I'm glad that you Mom is slowly getting better. God bless you and your family.

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  9. It is so painful to deal with the loss of a treasured pet. We have walked that path before, and understand how rough it is. Very glad to hear your Mom is improving. The fabric will wait until you return. Hugs.

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  10. ugh....I was wondering how you were doing. Prayers sent your way girl. Hang in there....thinking of you!!!

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  11. My heartfelt sympathies on the loss of Tucker. Your final act of stewardship to release him from his painful struggle is so heart wrenching, I know. Prayers going out for your Mom and for you, too, as a caretaker. Hugs.

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  12. Have missed your blog, but now we all understand your absence. As a lifelong pet owner, I firmly believe that releasing them from pain is our last act of love. Hoping all goes well with your mom.

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  13. Oh, no. :( I'm so sorry about your Tucker. He was beautiful! I lost my best-bud Koko last year at Thanksgiving in much the same way. He was a gorgeous seal point with blue eyes like Tucker. Here's to the fur friends that fill our hearts and keep us such very good company, and whose life spans leave us way too soon. We love them so much!

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  14. Rosemary B here:
    Oh my, I am so sorry Deb. We are at an age when our parents need us (that is what I am doing now, with my 91 year old parents every day)
    I am so sorry about your loss of Tucker. I know how you feel. I know your pain.
    I am praying for your strength, courage and for your mom, and your family.

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  15. Deb, this is so sad. Tucker did have beautiful soulful eyes. I share your sadness. I keep up with your posts on email even if I don't comment. Miss hearing from you though... hope you can find peace soon. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

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  16. My condolences on the loss of your Tucker. Best wishes of health and happiness to you and your family.

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  17. So so sorry that your Mums been ill and that you lost Tucker too.
    Wishing you better times ahead and cherished memories of your blue eyed boy.
    Hope Mums January treatment goes really well ~

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  18. I am so sorry for your loss. Love cats!
    Give your mum a big hug from across the ocean from me.
    Esther

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  19. so sorry for your loss. We had to put down our sweet Tucker (a Sharpei/rottweiler cross) a year ago just before Thanksgiving too. It's never an easy decision, probably the most heartbreaking thing I have ever done actually, but I knew it was for the best.

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  20. I'm sorry to hear about Tucker...he did have such gorgeous eyes, and it's sad to lose a sewing buddy. I hope that your mom's next procedures and visits go well and that the lull in treatments gives both of you a little time to regroup.

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  21. My heart goes out to you. Wishing you and your mom the best. (Elsa too)

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  22. So sorry for the difficult decision you had to make and the loss of your furry buddy.

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  23. I am so sorry for the loss of Tucker. It's always hard to lose a pet, especially around the holidays. :( Give Elsa an extra squeeze from me!

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  24. I'm so sorry to hear about Tucker. I would also guess that Elsa misses him and it's not like you can have a conversation to explain why her brother didn't come home...give her an extra cuddle for me!
    Best wishes for your Mom's health!

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  25. Oh dear trying times. I hope your mother improves soon.

    Dear sweet Tucker. I shall miss him. I'm so glad Elsa came into your lives.

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  26. It's always sad to lose a pet, they play such a huge part in our lives and are members of the family. ((Hugs))

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  27. You've been having a bad run. Sorry to hear about the death of Tucker. It's always hard when a loved pet dies. Hope your Mum is much improved and everyone has a good year of health in 2015.

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