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    Sad event can keep you off your bike.

    Today is a bright Saturday morning. I would normally be out on the bike by now.. Life's brickbats. Yes, there are worse crisis' in all our lives..
    Our cat who is always by our bedside purring for his cat milk,for 17 years has lung congestion.. No cure. Have to Decide when his pain is too much.. My wife is a basket case.. She just about weined him away from his mother several weeks after his birth. He came home very small..
    I could use a bike ride to feel better, maybe a short one when we evaluate Hidalgo later.. Meanwhile stand by my wife and Hidalgo when all wake up.. Thats what is going on in our lives today.. Just felt like unloading.. thanks..
    takes a lot to get me off my bike..

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    Our pets become intimate parts of our lives. They share our rhythms and routines. The give us affection, amusement, comfort. That Hildalgo has been with you for 17 years is a tribute to the care you have given him. I've been fortunate to share my life with several cats over the years. I have treasured their companionship and mourned their deaths. The decision to put a beloved pet down...to end its suffering...is torturously hard. Ride when you can or when you must. You have my sympathy.
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    Sorry to hear about Hidalgo, Zealot, we have a dog we feel the same way about. I know you'll do the right thing when the time comes, though it's always hard.
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    I understand. I have dogs and parrots that are a big part of my life and the life of my family. I hope that you can find comfort for you and Hidalgo in this difficult time. I'm getting ready to go ride right now and you will be in my thoughts as I celebrate an almost spring-like day.

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    Ouch. One of our cats Anubis has chronic renal failure. What this means is that his kidneys aren't working they way they should. We have to give him sub-cutenaneous fluids every five days. That's not easy on a cat with all his claws. We basically have to wait for him to "tell us he's ready" by laying down. It was pretty hard on my girlfriend when we were told. Sorry about your friend cyclezealot
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    Cyclezealot - I did 50 miles this afternoon and thought of you the whole time. I am so glad to see that there are people out there who make cats and othyer animanls a part of their lives. My oldest pet is a wild-caught Red-Lored Amazon parrot who will be 24 next month. Since their life expectancy is 75, he may outlive me!
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    Sorry mate
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    I've been a 'cat person' all my life so I know how difficult this must be.

    Going for a decent ride might be what you need to give yourself time out to think about the best thing to do. It's a hard decision, no matter which way you go.

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    The hardest day of my life was when my best friend and companion Phred died My heart and prayers go out to you
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    Thank all for your sentiments... Hidalgo is hanging in there. Breathing is difficult. Vet said problem has been caused by some kind of heart leakage.. Using Lasex to lessen fluid buildup.
    His pain is not too terrible, just very lathargic and not eating much.. We give him goat milk enhanced with Pediolite.. Did eat a bit of Ice yoghurt- French Silk and some finely chopped Meatloaf in mushroom sauce. His regular cat food is down there, rabbit- but he won't eat that.
    So this week, which will be tough to get through, food is whatever he will show interest in..
    Normally, he would wake me up for my ride by his jumping on the bed not long after the sun comes up- wanting his goat milk. His method has been to purr in your ear..
    Since Hidalgo seemed stable later in the morning I did get in my 31 mile ride. That helped me...Did talk to my co-riders much about his habits. My wife stayed home with him after earlier getting some errands done.
    One pick me up for Hidalgo is to put him on a cushion in the kitchen garden window in the sun looking out at the trees. There he purred- so that gave him some inspiration. Tomorrow is to be warm enough, maybe we can take him out on the patio, on a blanket and try to feed him something..
    Again. Thanks all. He is a silver tabby Persian.. Glad you understand..

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    Originally posted by cyclezealot
    ...snip....We give him goat milk enhanced with Pediolite.. Did eat a bit of Ice yoghurt- French Silk and some finely chopped Meatloaf in mushroom sauce. His regular cat food is down there, rabbit- but he won't eat that.
    ..snip...
    Your cat eats better than I do.

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    Raiyn... I sit here almost ready for my ride. Today a sunny Spring-like day....... Wife to sleep late. Not go to church today, so I will get my ride in.. Spend time with Hidalgo, today...... He rouses up when we put him in the garden window. Do not normally give him chopped steak or whatever soft meats are available, since it is not good for him. But this weekend that does not matter.On way back from ride, pick up some babby food and try that...
    My bike ride will better prepare us for tomorrow... Be back by noon.. Can't put Hidalgo through 3-4 days and hardly nothing to eat.. All his systems will soon shut down at this rate....What he ate is miniscule.. That would be torture.. They say animals let you know when it is time..?Do they?
    I do not go into work until pm shift tomorrow.. Unless Hidalgo rouses up and eats; Fear what we will have to do in the morning.. Glad I can be home before work so my wife does not have to do that alone..
    Another topic Riayn.. We lived in Sarasota,Fla. for many years.. Did not ride then. I was a runner then....Bet great for cycling? Recall Tampa as pretty congested. What part of Tampa do you live in? Pretty good riding there?
    Thanks for sentiments all...

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    Cyclezealot, our pets are our kids! They give so much and ask so little.
    RIP Mouse (cat) 1985-2002
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    Take pictures of 'em when you can, you will better remember their fur under your fingers.

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    Oscarregg.. I see your Major Taylor was born in the same year as our Hidalgo..

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    Oh, yes.. A picture we value of Hidalgo. last September he and my wife flew to Virginia for a family emergency.. We bought a car back and Hidalgo rode shot *** in the back seat, atop a box all the way. Rarely did he not attnetive to the scenery.. His biggest attratction he ever saw, holding him tightly looking into the Grand Canyon. He was interested in that...

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    My heart's out to you, Zealot. Pets give so much and ask so little in return. Many times, the last gift we can give them is peace and an end to their pain.

    I grew up with dogs, and did my wife. For most of our life together, we have had 2-3 dogs, plus other pets, as well. Plus, we raised show dogs for a time. My wife's favorite poodle, who she was very sympatico with, had to be put down last year. Now we are breaking in a new puppy, who is in my lap as I type.

    One of my Scottish Terriers was born into my hands, I raised her, she slept in my bed, and she died in my arms. We had good times together and I treasure the memories.
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    My heart goes out to you, cyclezealot. Sometimes they do let you know when it is time...Your plight brought me a sudden painful memory. When we were kids we had a german shepard. She was my mother's dog and slept with her every night. She never came to any of our bedrooms. Her hips were giving out and her pain was more and more obvious. My mother struggled with the decision to end the pain. The night before the final appointment with the vet the dog came to my room and woke me. I felt the goodbye. The next day as my mother tried to get her to go out the door the dog sat down as if to say no...this is my home and I won't leave. She died then and there. Talking to my
    brothers later on I learned that the dog had also climbed to the second floor bedrooms the night before and woken each of them one by one...we buried her under the lilac bush. Today, thirty five years later I have tears in my eyes thinking of that day. I will be thinking of you today and hope you can find peace.
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    We lost our cat last summer. My FBS (favourite bike shop) let me take home a Giant OCR2 to have my wife try out for the weekend because we no longer lived close to them. I had planned a couple of nice rides for Saturday and Sunday but Friday evening, our 16 year old cat began walking erratically and we ended up taking her to the animal emergency room. They managed to stabilise her and wanted to keep her overnight. Things were looking better. We got a call the next morning though with bad news. She suffered a cardio-respiratory failure and they tried for a half-hour to resuscitate her without success. Both my wife and I were too broken up to do any riding and I returned the Giant to the shop on monday without a test-ride.
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    We know our vet says there is no hope long term.. We can hope. Today, Hidalgo seems interested in baby food and goat's milk with Pediolite. Even still hardly any energy, but not great pain is exhibited either.. We can hope we are doing the right thing, keeping Hidalgo with us, as long as the pain is not overwhealming.. Sorta surprised that he will eat something.. The other end is working ineffectively.. Will see.. Meanwhile, we take him out in his basket to enjoy the sun on the patio, and the cat next door caught his attention,;if only briefly..
    I did have a 1 1/2 ride and had the mission of returing with baby food for Hidalgo, which we had not earlier considered. I did this while everyone else in the house was still asleep...
    As long as the pain is not too much in evidence- we like to think letting Hidalgo sleep in the sun is doing the right thing... See what Monday brings..
    yes, I know what you mean about putting the dog, that you grew up with, to sleep.. I could not do it.. My wife and Mom went to the vet without me.. That was almost 16 years ago..

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    Originally posted by WhiteMtnWench
    ...snip..I learned that the dog had also climbed to the second floor bedrooms the night before and woken each of them one by one...we buried her under the lilac bush. ...snip....
    I'm sitting here blubbering like a baby. That really struck a chord with me.

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    Originally posted by cyclezealot
    [B]..snip..They say animals let you know when it is time..?Do they?
    Sometimes they do

    I do not go into work until pm shift tomorrow.. Unless Hidalgo rouses up and eats; Fear what we will have to do in the morning.. Glad I can be home before work so my wife does not have to do that alone..
    Seek support in each other

    Another topic Riayn.. We lived in Sarasota,Fla. for many years.. Did not ride then. I was a runner then....Bet great for cycling? Recall Tampa as pretty congested. What part of Tampa do you live in? Pretty good riding there?
    We live pretty close to Raymond James Stadium and to be honest we're moving to get my girlfriend closer to work to where she can use her bike or ride the bus in instead of taking the car. The ride situation on this side of the bridge is pretty pathetic, traffic screams by too close for comfort (I'm used to it due to my commute but...) We usually have to strap the bikes to the car and travel for a minimum of 30 min. to get to a place where we could pull off a decent ride . We're solving that problem very soon we're moving across the bridge to the St. Pete / Clearwater area. MUCH better ride situation. So how's Hildalgo today?

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    My heart goes out to you. It's terrible when you see a loved one suffering (and I include pets in "loved one")

    One of our dogs had a heart complaint which meant that his heart would stop, he would collapse and, though the vet told me the chances were that it would restart when blood oxygen fell, he taight me how to start it by heart massage.

    For about 18 months the dog slept in our room at the side of our bed. I basically never had a ful nights sleep all that time, because when he coughed and his heart stopped, I would almost automatically be at the side of the bed just pressing his chest to restart it. He was in no pain, as to him it was like a faint. He died in my wife's arms on the way to the vets when his heart finally gave out. We had seen him born and he was a part of our lives for 16 years.

    It's good to share your feelings. I got a lot of comfort from talking about Ferrari (great name huh ), but I sometimes felt people didn't quite get it.

    I hope things work out ok.

    Console yourself with the thought that for everyday of his life, he knew he was loved.

    If you have to make the decision, it's the last thing you can do for him. Take some pride and comfort from that.
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    Raiyn and all. Amazing.. We woke up and Hidalgo soon walked to the kitchen and wanted his goat milk.. Took him out doors in his basket yesterday and he helped me to weed the grass. Moral support only. Did not move out of his basket..
    Dr. says long term, no hope; but Hidalgo made it the weekend, since his digestive tract is moving, seems interested in eating. Still very very weak and seems not in too much pain. Breathing somewhat shallow.. As long as his breathing is fair and pain level acceptable- we may be able to keep him a little longer and he loves sitting in the garden window taking in the sun.. Don't think we are tortueing him very much which the vet seemed to confirm- we thought..
    Each day of life is precious as long as something redeeming can be accomplished.. Shift arrangement is such , Iwill be available to help out with my wife to go to vet if necessary. Thanks all.

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    Cyclezalot, I am sorry to hear this news, I used to have a cat he died of old age, and the one I had before him accidentley got outside and ran across the street into a neighbors yard, where he ran into a leg trap that was set up in the yard to catch rabbits. so he had to get his leg amputated. Now I have 2 budgies, and they seem to be going well. Hope everything turns out for the best.

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    Friday we will have another reason to ride. Today we lost Hidalgo.. Like to post this in his honor. My wife is so down, I tell her about depression and exercise..
    Might make some progress on getting her on the bike in due time.. I will need the ride tomorrow..
    Apparently he died of heart failure. I was at work, Gina had him in his basket holding him.. Think we did the right thing. He died at home and his pain seemed not too excessive. My wife had to step out of the house tonight and I have taken all his stuff to a storage area, where it is not so obvious a reminder..
    Yesterday,I took him outside in his basket, holding it up and he looked about on that sunny day... Took him on about a 3/4 mile walk where other cats and birds seemed to catch his eye. Made a couple meows at them..
    Probably ride to LBS in Escondido tomorrow.. Think about him every mile...We bought him home as a mere kitten and so many mornings he woke us up with his whiskers in our ears.. Silver Tabby's are a beautiful cat..

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