Its is with Great Sadness we say “Good Bye Miss P.”
You think you would eventually get used to it. Or at least it wouldn’t hurt as much. But actually, it’s just the opposite with me. With each loss, it just gets more difficult. That is why it has taken me so long to write this “good-bye” to our sweet Miss P.
Her full name was Miss Preakness! She was named after the street she was found on in Paterson over 13 years ago. She was a little weary when she first came into our care. But who could blame her. Living on the streets on her own and fending for herself must have been difficult. Especially because she was such a small cat! But after a few years in our care, she became the official S.T.A.R.T. lap cat!!! Everyone loved our little Miss P! Anyone who came into our office would get “that look”! She would stare at you until you finally got the hint and sat down so she could jump on your lap! It was her most favorite thing in the world! If you would stay for an hour she would sit on her lap for an hour in all her glory! She hated when you would have to leave!
Although Miss P. was barely seven pounds, she still ruled the roost! Her best buds, Duke,
Jackson and Honey put up with her bossy personality and loved her very much! In her younger days, she would run back and forth like a crazy kitty and jump up on the highest scratching post like a tiny cheetah! Duke and the gang would just watch her and wonder what the heck she was doing! Boy, she made us laugh! The three of them and Miss P. would practically sit on top of each other trying to enjoy the sun together! They were quite the crew! Sadly, over the years, Honey, Jackson and Duke passed away. Miss P. made friends with the other cats that came into her life but it was never the same as it was with her best buds.
About two years ago Miss P. was diagnosed with pancreatitis. She slowed down a lot and we all did everything in our power to keep her going. She went to the veterinarian every couple of weeks for medicine to help keep her comfortable and stimulate her appetite. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease and it is extremely difficult to control in a multiple cat environment. After about a year she had nearly no appetite and we had to start giving her fluids to keep her from getting dehydrated. The fluids started out every few days then went to every day. Why would we do this you might ask? Well, this little girl wanted so badly to live. Miss P. had a fight in her that is impossible to explain. So many times we thought "this is the end” and that she wouldn’t make it through the day. But she would get a surge of energy and then she would seem almost back to normal for a while.
A few weeks before she left us, she took a turn for the worse. Miss P. couldn’t keep any food in her. She wanted so badly to live but she just kept losing weight. Then the day finally came. On March 13, 2015, her little body couldn’t go on anymore. We thought about having her euthanized but the vet assured us she wasn’t in any pain. So we let her do what she loved the most. She sat on one of her best friend’s lap for hours! Jacqueline and I stayed with Miss P. all night. Many of the S.T.A.R.T. volunteers stopped by during that time to say their good-byes. Then sadly, a little after midnight, with Jacqueline and I at her side, Miss P. passed away. She crossed over the Rainbow Bridge where Duke, Jackson and Honey were all there to greet her.
Good-bye our beloved Miss P. We will forever miss our funny, adorable sweet girl every time we walk in the office door.
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