What I Shed Today

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tears for Percy

on October 8, 2014

This is hard. I’m so sorry. But he’s had some presence here on WIST, though it’s just a shadow of the many years we’ve shared with him of life. So I’ll say, in those vague words we use to signal loss yet acknowledge hope of “more” beyond this bounded life, that Percy has “gone on.”

Only four days ago (how grateful we are that his decline was so brief), he began laboring for breath. He didn’t shake it off, so we took him to his vet. X-rays showed that his chest cavity was full of fluid. After it was drawn off, a second series showed a large tumor that was the cause.

Surgery, and chemotherapy, and radiation treatment, didn’t sound like medicine for our seventeen-year-old friend. They sounded like torture. (Oh God, why am I writing this? As if we owed anyone but him an explanation.)

We held him. It was gentle.

Someday, maybe, I’ll update this post to fully explain that “Percy” was short for “Persistence” and tell how he chose us as his people and our other cats as his friends. Tonight, it’s enough to say “thank you, dear Percy, for what you taught me about never giving up the pursuit of what one wants that is what one needs. In our memories, in our hearts, in Love, forever live on.”

Percy loved a few laps of beer, but only if it were locally-brewed craft ale.

Percy loved a few laps of beer, but only if it were locally-brewed craft ale.

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5 responses to “tears for Percy

  1. Mark says:

    This blog may be just a tiny window into your daily life, but this posting really showed just how important Percy had been to you and your wife. I am sorry for your loss, and I know that the grief that accompanies the loss of an animal companion is real. Some day I would like to hear that story of how Persistence chose you. It sounds like it would be a worthy tribute to a well-lived feline life.

  2. Mom says:

    Why did you write this? Because Percy was so special – with his “dark chocolate raspberry” nose – and his total devotion deserves every word. It was pure joy to know him. I miss him, too, and always will.
    Percy’s Grandma Kitty

  3. I’m so sorry for your loss. I know how hard it is to go through that. Percy sounds like a fantastic cat.

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