[UPDATED   This post was originally written on December 7th. We weren’t ready to have this news out of Facebook so quickly so I waited to actually publish it. ]

If you’ve had a pet you know where this is heading…

[You can stop now I won’t be offended. If you continue, you may want to grab some kleenex]

There comes a time in every pet owner’s lifetime when there is a decision about continuing the pet’s life.

They might have been more naughty than nice. They may have shed a bit more hair than you liked. They may have even taken away part of your favorite sofa or bed. But you still know that you will miss them.

We really had a Black Friday with the realization that our cat, Jacob, would probably not make it to the end of the year. Initially we were hoping to make it through that weekend. Since then it has become a day to day ritual – walk down stairs in the morning and look to see the status. I almost feel like a Roman emperor – thumbs up or thumbs down (life or death).

12 years ago, almost to the day, we brought home 3 kittens that we named Joey, Jacob, and Link. We also brought home an older female named Mia. Mia would rule the roost for about 10 years before she lost her battle with health issues.

Unfortunately, Joey was the first to go. He had cancer and just, suddenly, wasn’t well. He went quickly and even though it has been 3 years, he is still missed.

Now it is Jacob’s turn. He has liver cancer which will not end well. The picture at the top is from Saturday night as I said goodnight to him. He had gotten to the point where he just wanted to lay in our front window. He was let out a few times to explore the vastness of the front yard, as a young cat, and has always wondered about that place on the other side of the glass.

It’s time for Jacob to join Joey. I can never remember which was the fluffiest and which was the fuzziest. That was determined by Sheila and Nancy many years ago. But I know that things will be pretty darn fluffy and fuzzy now in that kitty front yard where there is no glass to keep kitties out.

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