Sad News


Her Royal Highness “The Queen”
September 13, 1998 – September 11, 2014

It’s with a very heavy and sad heart that I write this post. Victoria (HRH) took a turn for the worse last night and today. I took her to the vet this afternoon after school. There was nothing they could do for her. I had to have her put to sleep. I couldn’t watch her suffer. She’d begun gasping for breath, and when they did a blood test today, they knew she was severely anemic. Oxygen just couldn’t get to her tired and worn out body. She was already in enough pain from the arthritis. The vet said it could be one of two things, either her kidneys were failing or there was a disease in her bone marrow. Either way, there just wasn’t a treatment for her. He said I had a choice. I could take her home tonight, and she may pass away with a great deal of pain in the next twelve hours, or she could live through the night in pain and I could bring her back in the morning, and he’d spend all day running tests. He said they’d have to let her rest between each test because they’d already almost lost her when they drew blood.

I couldn’t let her suffer. I asked if I could have some time with her, and they let me. I petted her and stroked her head, talking softly to her and reassuring her that the pain wouldn’t last much longer. We cried together, and then I called the vet back in. They gave her a sedative, and she did not react well to it, then they gave her the other medicine and she went to sleep. Victoria passed from this world to the next at 5:35 pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014. She would have been 16 in just a few days.

I will always miss Victoria, just as I will always miss my beloved Calico who died in 2003 at the age of 18. Whereas Calico was always sweet and even-tempered, Victoria could be ornery. But Victoria loved me and I loved her. We’d been almost constant companions for 16 years. We’ve been with each other and comforted each other through some difficult times. She will now never suffer again.

I love her, and I will miss her terribly. Good-bye, Vic.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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