When you Love someone
with Body, Heart, and Soul
you care for that Loved One
when that One can no longer care for himself
praying as you do
you stay standing beyond exhaustion
you remain healthy despite great weight loss
and you are able to finish right to the very end
to see this Loved One off to the Better Land.
Our gorgeous 12-year old Max gently floated to the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, November 30th after battling more then two years with a nightmare that viciously wasted his body away. He was far sicker then we knew, for our Max never whimpered, never showed me that he was in distress, and not once did he ever complain that Mommy was sloppy when she fed him. Yet I knew him to be very ill.
I have not ever worked so hard in my life in an attempt to help one of our cats turn around back towards health. I just did not quit. On the day I made the Mercy Call, I knew in my Heart that’s it. In his final week of life, Max lost 8 ounces of weight. That is extremely rapid and is a very bad sign.
I witnessed our Max leaving. His Soul quietly left with the administration of the first sedative injection and before the contents of the euthanasia syringe were emptied, Max’s breathing stilled. That told me instantly how near death he was. That was a shocker! Right up to the very end I did not know the “truth” about Max.
He was an Enigma from the very day he was born, a day I witnessed. On that day when he heard my voice for the first time, he tried to lift his heavy head towards my voice as if he recognized me. However, he elected not to reveal himself to me or anyone in this house all the years he was a part of this family. Yet, he told me he Loved me with his eyes. He flirted with me which I came to know as his “goo-goo eyes”.
This post’s pictures were taken two days before our Max passed. Look closely. The picture of Max shows a cat that doesn’t even look sick. Even being as close to death as he was on that day when I went to the park, he fooled me into thinking it was OK to leave our home for a couple of hours. God bless you, Max, for being such a Courageous Soul so that Mommy could be with her camera. I will never forget how brave and strong you were.
I know there is a part of Max in each of these images. My emotions were transferred to my camera. My Heart speaks for itself in each image.
*There are no goodbyes with Love. There is only “see you soon”.
Photography/ “Above And Beyond”/ December 2018©AmyRose