Animals, Charlie, Family

Saying Goodbye to Charlie

Charlie, 1998–2019

Charlie – 1998

I am writing today with sad news. We had to say goodbye to Charlie on Sunday (9/1). Charlie was 21 1/2 years old, (she turned 21 in March) which was pretty amazing considering she had been dealing with kidney disease since 2011. She was my first pet as an adult and was with me for almost half of my life.

Terrie_CharlieCharlie & Me – 1998

Charlie was the softest cat! She used to come down and sit on the couch with us so we could brush her. I loved petting and brushing her, she would always purr happily and fall asleep on my lap. More recently she spent most of her time in our bed… or had it become her bed? Charlie would wait for me as I got ready for bed at night and then we would snuggle until we both fell asleep.

The last week of August she started having trouble with her hind legs and by the end of the week, she had stopped eating. We took her to the Vet Saturday morning and found out she was permanently losing control of her hind quarters. There were a number of issues that could be causing the problem; however, none of the solutions were suitable for a cat of her age. We discussed it in detail with our veterinarian and came to the sad conclusion that euthanasia would be the kindest option for Charlie.

After our Vet appointment, we took Charlie to the park. She always loved going outside and it was a beautiful day. Charlie soaked up the sun and ate some grass one last time. She was euthanized at home Sunday morning by a Caring Pathways veterinarian; Charlie passed quickly and quietly.

Soaking up the sun – August 31, 2019

Charlie was such a sweet girl and I miss her so much. It was very hard to say goodbye to her, and it has been incredibly difficult without her. I am truly grateful for the time Charlie was in my life.

Enjoying some grass – August 31, 2019