Bella Bleu - 1999 - March 6, 2013

by Susan Genadry
(Santa Barbara, Ca. USA)

You showed up in our backyard one sunny July day in 1999. You rubbed against my husband's leg and looked up and meowed at him, as if to say, "I'm yours. Do with me what you want."

We gave her some tuna and she came back every day for awhile, until she decided she wanted to become an official member of our family and moved in.

When we took her to the vet to make sure she was okay and to have her spayed, the girl at the reception area said, "She will change your life." Not being cat people and only having had dogs, we didn't then understand how right she would be.

"Little B" attached herself to my husband, always being either on his lap or going for walks in the garden together. They were never apart. I loved her so very much, also, and was honored when she would grace my lap with her presence. The fact that this didn't happen often made it all the more special to me.

When Bella lost her appetite last month, we took her to the vet and after running tests and x-rays, we found out she had advanced lung cancer. She had never acted at all sick. We could not possibly have known anything was wrong.

After telling the vet we would do anything to save her, at any cost, and being told nothing could be done, we took her home. We couldn't get her to eat, so called a mobile vet who gave her fluids, a shot of something that included a steroid and appetite pills. She felt so good that she was able to eat her favorite NY Cheesecake and jumped on the bed that night, purring and cuddling. We knew it was her way of saying "Good-Bye."

The next day, she couldn't eat and the appetite pills weren't working. It killed us to see Bella hungry yet not being able to eat. We decided not to force feed her. That was not the way our beloved Bella was going to spend the final days of her life.

We made the appointment to take her to the vet the following morning. We spent the final hours holding her, kissing her and telling her how much we love her.

I was with her as she fell asleep, talking to her and singing her a song I had written for her many years ago, as I stroked her beautiful, soft head.

The girl at the vet's office on that day 13 years ago was right. Bella changed our lives and we will never be the same.

We love you, Bebe.

We will all be together again one day.

Comments for Bella Bleu - 1999 - March 6, 2013

  Jackets NEW
by: William Jack

Well Bella Bleu was a good cat and the care and its cure was done Indiana Jones Jacket properly and its our duty that to check our cats to a doctor in a month.

  Help NEW
by: Anonymous

I know how you feel a despite everything I have not gotten over the blame of would I be able to have accomplished more for him I am sad for your lose I trust you feel better Sophie was excellent you made the best decision by not giving her a chance to endure write college papers for money.

by: Anonymous

I feel your pain and I am truly sorry for your deep sorrow. Just remember as much as you loved Bella Bleu, she loved you back many times more. I think that's why they treat us so nicely. You were loved very very much. Lucky she found you! You were special to her and she to you. What good parents you were. When I read so many parents don't take their cats to vets and let them suffer, I feel so proud of you both to try to go the full measure. I did and I still couldn't save millie. So try to remember sometimes it just happens. I love her every day still. Hope this helps your soul. gwyn

  Peace to Bellas family
by: Anonymous

So sorry for your loss. I just lost a cat back in January. He had been with me for 13 years. Last July, his sister who was his age, took off one day and I haven't seen her since. Then, in January my other cat was chasing off a stray and he got hit by a car and killed. I have since adopted 2 cats from a shelter. A 5 year old male and a 6 month old female. After reading your story, it made me reflect on the 2 I had lost recently. Cats are a special part of a family. They love us unconditionally. We won't ever forget them for they gave us so many cherished memories. Peace to you both.

  our friends
by: Anonymous

our friends are part of God's creation- surely he will restore ALL things when he takes us into His kingdom!
i just lost 2 cats and a dog i have had for 15 years. So i can understand your feelings. It is hard to say good-bye.
I prefer Aloha!
That's Hello and goodbye!!

Peace to you,

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