The task no one wants to think about

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Blog entry by Rustic posted 11-05-2011 04:11 AM 1612 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last few weeks one of our cats has been getting sick. well, today we took her into the vet and was told she has lymphatic cancer. She has a few weeks tops. The Love of my life is devastated. She has asked me to make the box that will escort our “child” into God’s hands. I was going to make a little fancier box, but my wife wants simple. So I obey. The box will be made of ash. As I said… a task no one wants to think about. I will be carving Cotton Anne Kruse into the lid. Will post a pic when it is done.

Thanks for letting me share a bit of my life


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 11-05-2011 04:37 AM

I’m sorry to hear that Rustic. :-(

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#2 posted 11-05-2011 04:37 AM

Hey Rick, Sandra & I are also cat / dog people, we recently lost our 20 year old Oreintal variant Ben, he sat on my knee every night for the whole 20 years so I know how you & your wife feel right now, We still have a pair of 14 yo Busmeese sisters & a Ruby Cavalier King Charles spaniel, at least your pet isnt suffering anymore.
Go Well Rick :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 11-05-2011 05:05 AM

Rustic: I wish you luck on getting the box all prepared.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 11-05-2011 06:23 AM

Sorry to hear this Rick. I’ve had this unpleasant task several times and it’s never easy.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#5 posted 11-05-2011 06:52 AM

I am sure you will make a nice casket its a tough job for a pet I will likely make one in the next few years as my dog is getting up there she is 9 and has joint problems now. i am sorry for this great loss

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#6 posted 11-05-2011 08:18 AM

We live, we love, we lose, we weep, but still there is love
I know your pain lost ours last year
I hope there is solace in doing what we can for those we love
God Bless

-- "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

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#7 posted 11-05-2011 08:31 PM

I am sorry, My Friend! I believe an animal is loved so much because They can touch someone in such a way that it turns sorrow into smiles. You can Tell Them any thing, and They will love You the same. I know how You will miss Your Friend, because I have lost My Friends the same way! I tend to think that God has made That Friend in such a way that You will gain comfort from Him, or Her! And You will see Them all in Heaven some Day! just a thought I needed to share.

-- Saved! and so gratefull.Consider Who Created it All

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#8 posted 11-06-2011 12:34 AM

Thanks to all for the support

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 11-08-2011 03:34 PM

Sorry to hear this.
You making the box is a beautiful way to say goodbye.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 11-08-2011 04:11 PM

Sorry to hear it, pets are a wonderful thing. Best luck on the box.

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#11 posted 11-08-2011 04:30 PM

I’m sorry about your cat, Rick. It’s never always a heartbreak to loose a beloved pet.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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