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In Memory of Ivy
#1 August 21, 11:56 pm
In Memory of Ivy
It’s been almost a year since Ivy crossed the Rainbow Bridge and it is only now that I feel I can write about her.

When I was 20, I had just come home from Cornell University for personal reasons and was battling depression and struggling to find my way in life. I was living on my own for the first time and wanted a companion. Even though I was allergic to animals, my family had always had a cat and a dog and I had learned how to cope with my allergies and asthma. I went to a shelter one day just to look at kitties. I didn’t know then that “going to a shelter and looking at kitties” meant bringing one home MOL

But the moment I saw Ivy, I knew we were meant to be together. She was six months old and had been in foster care but returned to the shelter because an older female cat was picking on her. We went into a room to play together and she completely ignored me MOL But I wasn’t deterred. I knew she was mine and I was hers.
I vividly remember bringing her home and watching her explore the apartment. My asthma was very bad that night and the night after, and even though I adored her, the thought entered my mind that I may have to return her to the shelter. Fortunately, I did not have to. I seemed to adjust to her and my asthma settled down. The people at the shelter recommended not to let her into my bedroom to help with my allergies, but the first night I shut the door to the bedroom, she cried and cried and there was no other choice but to let her in. I’m so glad I did.

Ivy was a loving, loyal, beautiful and sweet companion who stayed by my side through my wild 20s, through a move to a bigger place, through 3 roommates (one with a dog!), and eventually to my current house where I acquired a live-in boyfriend (who brought a cat!), the addition of 2 dogs, and more cats. I always felt a little guilty about the many changes I put her through but she handled them beautifully. She was always okay because she was with me, and our special bond was never disrupted by anything.

I always expected Ivy to live to old age and though I hated thinking of losing her, I imagined it would be a peaceful crossing at the vet’s with me holding her paw. Unfortunately, her crossing was traumatic and I am still haunted by the last 24 hours of her life. The vet wanted her to have a dental cleaning and I was nervous. We had a blood test done first and discovered her thyroid was off and she needed medication. After stabilizing her thyroid, she went in for her dental cleaning and all went well. She came home and was happy and frisky, racing around like a kitten as though she felt great having clean teeth. But two days later, she suddenly stopped eating her Fancy Feast. I knew something was terribly wrong because she had always been obsessed with her Fancy Feast. She deteriorated quickly through the weekend and I brought her in as soon as the vet opened on Monday. They didn’t know what was wrong but tried to get her fluids balanced and temperature up. In the afternoon they called me and said we needed to get her to an emergency vet. It was 45 minutes away. My boyfriend drove and the drive there was a nightmare because she couldn’t seem to breathe. The 45 minutes felt like an eternity. The emergency vet did everything they could but her lungs were full of fluid and then she had a seizure. I felt that even though she did not want to leave me, her body was worn out and giving up. I made the decision to let her go.

Even a year later, I miss her more than words can say. Although I know I will love other cats in my lifetime, none of those relationships could replicate the one I had with Ivy. I love you Ivy, always and forever. Thank you for sharing your life with me.
#2 August 22, 9:11 am
Hi Becca,
Letting go is never easy for any of us. We have had many pets, dogs, cats, hampsters, rabbits, etc. We love each and everyone of them. They are our babies. We remembers the good times and the bad times. Letting go is never forgotten. Sometimes we must make the desicison to lets our loved ones go, other times it's made for us. Neither is a good thing. I can remember each and everyone of our dearly departed loved ones. Our family often talks bouts um. Sometimes even a drive to the store we will see another pet that does something the same way one of ours did and it brings a smile on our faces and a joy in our hearts.
Becca...always remembers the good times you had with Ivy....she remembers the love you two shared too!
Never feels sad, bouts your descision....you dids it out of love for Ivy.
We will never forgets our friendships we share with you and Ivy and the family.
Much Love to you all.
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#3 August 22, 9:43 am
I know how hard it was for you becca. Sweet ivy will always live in our hearts.
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#4 August 22, 11:03 am
I'm so so sorry. Breaking my heart making me cry with you. Sometimes the hardest thing for me is when bonding really close with a new family member. Is realizing that they might not be there some day. It seems silly. But after losing my best friend human James at 38 and then having the honor of taking care of his beloved car Seska. Who was only 6. She became my soul mate. I thought I would have forever with her. But I only 3 years later God took her too. So I guess what I'm trying to say is I understand. You love them so much and it hurts so much when there no longer with you. Especially those special offers ones those best friends those soul mates. No matter if it was yesterday or a year ago. It still hurts the same. So all my love hugs and tears for you. I truly do understand. The truest friends in my In tire life have been a few special felines. Hang in there. Angel Ivy. Will be there for you when it's your turn waiting. CA
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#5 August 22, 11:06 am
Love Machelle. And Boo Angel watches over you. I'm sure of it. Even comes by and says hi from time to time. You will feel a hop on the bed but look and no one's there but there she is. Checking
On you. Love is forever
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#6 August 22, 11:31 am
Angel ivy is watching over you always becca.
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#7 August 22, 6:32 pm
Thank you all for stopping by and for sharing your kind, beautiful, and heartfelt words. It means so much to me to have such special friends like you who understand. flowers
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