Tuesday, May 06, 2008

R.I.P. Gooseberry


We have been having beautiful weather!! I have been enjoying it.
Sadly, yesterday I had to have poor Gooseberry put to sleep. I had thought he had the AIDS thing but he had the feline leukemia. He had been sick before with lots of congestion. After two rounds of antibiotics he got better but not well. After that he got right back to full blown congestion again. Yesterday the vet did a blood count and he only had 8% red blood cells, which she said was really really low. She said he might get to feeling better with antibiotics but never cured. She suggested that putting him to sleep would probably be the best thing to do. So now he is buried in the flower garden alongside three other cats. I doubt he was a year old even but the vet said his teeth and gums looked much older. She guessed he was 4 or 5 years old. I told her that wasn't possible because he wasn't full grown when I got him last fall. This is the effect that feline leukemia has on them.
Here's a joke I thought was funny!!!

ROSES & HANGING BASKETS


A teenage granddaughter comes downstairs for her date

with this see-through blouse on and no bra.

Her grandmother just pitched a fit, telling her not to dare go out like that!

The teenager tells her 'Loosen up Grams. These are modern times. You gotta let your rose buds show!' and out she goes.

The next day the teenager comes down stairs, and the grandmother is sitting there with no top on. The teenager wants to die. She explains to her grandmother that she has friends coming over and that it is just not appropriate....

The grandmother says, 'Loos en up, Sweetie. If you can show off your rose buds, then I can display my hanging baskets.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Linda in Erie said...

So sorry to hear about Gooseberry. I'm debating what to do with my old cat, it's the quality of life issue but I always think I can pull him out of his health problems and it's always temporary. It's very emotional.

Love the joke.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Rachel,


So sorry about your kitty!
That's such a sweet picture and I was looking for a happy post of Gooseberry! :( I'm sorry but you did the best thing for the little guy!

Well, now- that joke is pretty funny!! :)


Junie

11:50 AM  
Blogger b13 said...

Very sorry to hear about Gooseberry. My schip is having a rough week and we are not sure how it will turn out. I'll say a prayer for both of us.

1:18 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Hi Rachel,
I was sorry to hear about Gooseberry.
It's always hard to lose one of the pet members of our family.
On a happier note, I loved the Grandma and Granddaughter joke, too cute!
xo

1:32 PM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

We all felt like we knew Gooseberry and this is a sad day. I am going to name one of my new chicks Gooseberry in honor of your cat.

About the Granny joke. Now I'm ready if I have to teach a lesson to one of my three granddaughters.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

So sorry about Gooseberry. We lost our oldest cat Mary last fall, but our new kitty has the same color as Gooseberry.

3:01 PM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

I hate to hear that about Gooseberry. I know how you feel. Remember when I ran over my cat and had to have him put to sleep? So sad!

3:15 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

I am sorry about Gooseberry Rachel. He was a handsome little guy. I know that he found a very good home and lived a full life with you.

I enjoyed the joke. Thanks for sharing.

Take care. Lisa

4:37 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh Rachel..I'm Sooo Very Sorry to read about your dear Gooseberry! I wondered how he was doing, and now I know. That Feline Lekemia is really horrific! And I hope after he crossed the Rainbow Bridge that all that pain and congestion just fell away and that he is romping around in Cat Heaven, as he should be. I remember when you told us you brought him home.....Such a sweet special Cat. You surely made his life better, in every way, my dear....! Bless You and Bless Dear Gooseberry, too!

4:50 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

I hate saying goodbye to pets. I like most pets better than I like most people.

5:28 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

Naomi sent me over to offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of Gooseberry! I know that he had a good home with you...

7:51 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

You are so welcome, dear Rachel...!

BTW: Those are little Baby Hawks!
And that is what I have been doing for about 12 days or so...Taking thousands of pictures....! The Nest is very VERY far away....! But it is great fun watching them....!

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Cathy said...

I am so sorry about Gooseberry, he was beautiful and when I stayed at yours I loved him so much (and Pup and Miss White Lily and Munchie). You gave Gooseberry a wonderful home, you loved him and cared for him and it was obvious he was a very happy cat XXXXCathy

10:34 AM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

So sad about Gooseberry. I'm sure you did the right thing. It's cruel to let and animal suffer.

Love the joke. I wonder if I'll ever have an opportunity to try it on my granddaughter? LOL

12:43 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Hey, I got my pay-it-forward package today! I love every single thing, but my favorite is the doily/scarf, which I'll put on the library table my grandfather made. Did you crochet it?

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

2:04 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Congrats Rachel. I've never seen anyone segue' from a dead cat to a topless grandma in one blog before but somehow you did it. And quite well I might add.
Sorry about the cat by the way. I know they are great companions.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Rachel, I am so sorry to hear about Gooseberry. He was a very nice companion and entertainer for you.
I like your Granny joke! It serves her right.
And that Cliff, he really likes those Segues, I think he is getting some, maybe a fleet of Segues, for us to ride around on during Blogstock '08. For sure we can ride them in the parade, a lot do that around here.
..

3:53 PM  
Blogger possum said...

So sorry about Gooseberry. I loved that name... And he was so cute!One of the hardest things I ever did was put my Fino cat to rest. I had had her 21 years and she was grown when she came here. It is so sad when our little babies get sick. They are so helpless. You were a good mommie to Gooseberry. Bless you.

4:02 PM  
Blogger Ralph said...

Rachel
Truly sorry about Gooseberry.
But I really had good laugh with that joke.
Ralph

5:23 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Sorry to hear that Gooseberry was so sick...My daughter had a cat, named Cleo, that developed a tumor and she had to have her put to sleep. She cried for a full day and has not had another cat since. She was soooo attached to Cleo and it was very hard to have to put her to sleep. Funny how we get so attached...

Well, I guess I have hanging baskets too....lol I remember the old Phyllis Diller joke in which she said she wore a 36 long...

9:34 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Sorry you had to put down your adorable cat. It is hard caring for animals when they get ill and have to be put down. I have had to do it too many times. they most difficult was putting down my quaterhorse.

Touché, grandma!

5:33 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

Aw, I'm sorry to hear about Gooseberry. :( He was a gorgeous cat.

The joke was hilarious; one I'll have to share w/ my mom this weekend. It's one she'll appreciate now that she's had her "lift." :)

5:39 AM  
Blogger Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Oh dear Rachel,
I am so sorry to hear about Gooseberry. It is very difficult to lose a faithful companion... they are a part of the family. Warm thoughts to you. Many hugs.

Thanks for your nice words about Flora and for the Ferdinand Cheval's post. He was a remarkable men indeed.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Poor, little Gooseberry. One thing is for sure. His short life was blessed because of YOU! Your animals hit the mother lode by having you as their owner.
I'm sorry you lost him so soon.

I'm a B-cup, so I don't know if B-cups ever turn into hanging baskets. Maybe drooping baskets, but not full on hanging baskets.
LOVE that joke!

8:25 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Rachel ~ Ahhhh... poor Gooseberry! ~ jb///

11:15 AM  
Blogger Bob-kat said...

Here from Naomi's to offermy condolences. It sounds like you did the kindest thing.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

So sorry to hear about Gooseberry. Poor thing and he just got fixed too.

1:32 PM  
Blogger nora said...

Rachel,
I'm sorry to hear about Gooseberry also. I will admit the joke threw me for a loop!
I do like that you've buried him in the backyard next to the other cats.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Cheyenne said...

It's always a sad day when one of our furry friends has to leave us.
Sorry for your loss.

10:54 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel my dear....How are you doing? Just thinking about you and your loss of that sweet little Gooseberry....! These kinds of losses are so hard. But the life you gave him while he was here was superb! Small comfort to you at this moment, I know....Hugs, my dear.

BTW: More pictures of those Baby Hawks are up now....!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Doug Bagley said...

Loved the joke, sorry about your cat.

6:54 PM  

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