Monday, 15 April 2013

A sad day for the fogies - farewell to our cat Horrace

Today is a very sad day for the fogies, earlier today we had to take our 21 year old cat Horrace to be put to sleep. Regular readers of our blog will probably have read our previous post about Horrace, and how lucky he was to come to Turkey with us when we came here.

Against all the odds Horrace survived the journey with us to start our new life, and even more incredibly became stronger day by day after we arrived. Last year he enjoyed better health than he had for years, and he loved to wander up the mountain every day after breakfast returning again at tea-time - 5.00 pm on the dot.

Recently he has not been eating very well, and we have been trying everything imaginable to encourage him. We have cooked him chicken, bought him livers which he has eaten cooked and raw, we have even had our friend Ertan hunt rabbits for us - his favourite food from his old hunting years. But he continued to lose his appetite and his weight. He did not, however lose his fondness for his favourite place - the mountain beside our house and right up to yesterday he disappeared up there for the day.

Today we had to make the decision, and took him to our wonderful vet Serkan, who agreed that his day was done. His poor, tired body was in complete shutdown and he only had hours or at most days left. I have nothing but praise for the method Serkan uses for putting animals to sleep, first giving an intramuscular injection which made him relax, a second making  him unconscious, before the final intravenous needle, which by then he knew nothing about.

 I am sorry if I am upsetting some readers by including these facts, but after some not very pleasant experiences with pets in the UK, I feel it is worthy of mention. I have never known a vet who cares for the animals he treats as Serkan does, even giving him a kiss goodbye before the final injection. His compassion is second to none.

It is ironic that yesterday marked the anniversary of our arrival here, so we absolutely made the right call to bring him with us, he had a complete and wonderful year, he loved it here.

So now we have to adjust to a life without Horrace and it will be hard. He was larger than life and a wonderful character, but we both believe he is now waiting for us with our other friends at Rainbow Bridge. RIP Horrace you dear, dear boy.

Horrace 11th February 2013

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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  1. A sad day, but I'm so glad Horace had his year of good health roaming up and down the hills under the Turkish blue sky. 21 is an amazing age for a cat.

    1. Yes a sad day. But you are right 20's is a very good age for a cat and since we rescued him he's had a good life.

  2. I'm so sorry. It;s always hard to have to make that final decision. It never gets any easier. What an incredible age and what a lovely final year for him. I am so glad you have a caring vet. We have one too, at last, they are not easy to find here...hang on to him. xxx

  3. We are very lucky with our vet Ayak, and I'm glad you've found one you value here too. One of our concerns about moving here was veterinary care, so it is a great peace of mind to have found such a gem. xxx