Today has been one of the hardest days.
Today we had to put Prudence to sleep.
We got Prudence as a kitten; our very first pet at our very first apartment early in our dating years. I remember seeing her and thinking she had the prettiest green eyes. The whole way home she was whining in her little cardboard box. And then I sang along to the radio to her –
Won’t you come out to play?
Greet the brand new day”
And just like that, she stopped whining and curled up in my hand. That was all it took, and she had my heart.
Prudence was with us through EVERYTHING. Moves and miscarriages. Babies and new pets. She was always a trooper and always my baby girl. Always affectionate, she’d run to greet people at the door and circle at your feet. She sat on command, was always patient with the little ones who wanted to snuggle her a little too hard, and was always there for some needed affection.
Over the past few months, she began to have medical issues. Thousands of dollars and tons of vet trips later, our poor little girl was no better off. She was on meds twice a day and prescription food that weren’t giving her any relief. My baby was in pain. It felt selfish to let her suffer,so I had to let her go.
I cried all morning after taking the kids to playschool. More tears on the way to the vet. Got to hold her and tell her I loved her as we said goodbye.
And that was it.
The kids are home now, but the house still feels a little bit emptier. She’s gone but she will always have a big piece of my heart.
“The wind is low
The birds will sing
That you are part of everything
Rest In Peace, Pru.
I will love you always.
(Lyrics by the Beatles)