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  1. Melissa
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:28 am

    hugs to you
    (and tears with you)
    and I really have nothing more to offer, which makes me sad
    but know I’m I thinking of you guys


  2. Pam Mastin
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    I hear and feel you. We just lost one of our dogs and it is truly paralyzing and nothing else matters at this time. They give us so much.


  3. Garden, Home and Party
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    I am so sorry to hear Elvis is struggling a bit. It’s never helped me to know and understand the eventual end to a pet’s life. I am still struck by the helplessness that occurs when a furry family member is old and/or ill.
    The transformation of the kitchen and adjacent space is amazing. I know it will be wonderful!
    Best to you during this trying time with Elvis.


  4. Tina
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    I cannot get over the difference between “before” and “after”, which know isn’t really AFTER, just “part of the way through after”. How are you coping with the never-ending kitchen renovation? I’m 4 weeks into a hopefully 8 week project and feel like I want to cry and order out every night. Thankfully I mostly ignore both of those feelings.

    And I’m so sorry about Elvis’ downward spiral. I can’t imagine how difficult this is.


  5. Rosemary Gregory
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    Spend as much time as possible with your baby, you will never regret it. Everything else will work itself out. My heart is with you.


  6. Helen Glenn
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:37 am

    <3 Elvis <3 🙁 🙁 it's always so hard, which is as it should be except that it's awful <3


  7. Laurie Nicholson
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    I can absolutely appreciate the “brain in cement”, having just lost a much beloved pet. I’d say the brushing while Elvis rubs her head against her furry ball in a blanket nest is a prime activity right now. Remind yourself of what a splendid life you have provided, and continue to provide, for Elvis, and how much joy she brings to you … right now … today.

    Hugs and good thoughts to you. Your readers love you and appreciate every dimension of what you share with us!


  8. fern benson
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    hang in there…….
    I’ve be en there, done that, got more than 1 t-shirt as it were. With our cat Mittie, my husband Paul sat out with her in the sun of the back yard for hours on her last day. And with our dog Sasha…………our last day with her………..we made clay footprints of her paws, gave her her favorite junk food, her favorite place to walk………..
    our cat Pucky – a good smoothing brush.
    and I was happy to say I had an painter-friend (Connie Townsend) do their portraits!
    Aren’t we lucky they have been in our lives!


  9. Elisa
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:39 am


    Nothing else matters.


  10. Loretta
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    Prayers for Elvis from FL. I was almost in tears reading your post.


  11. fern benson
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    oh, and I like the paint color in the kitchen! Very close to mine (great minds think alike?)


  12. Patty/NS
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    Dear sweet, beautiful, Elvis; I totally understand the cement brain. Totally. Do what you can and don’t be hard on yourself, as a fellow pet mummy I too have been where you are. Just be and don’t worry about anything else. The new look for the sad room is fabulous. Take care. ?


  13. Tammy
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:47 am

    I’m so sorry for you and your Elvis, but you are very lucky, as is she. We took Oscar to the vet because he wasn’t himself – thin, no spunk. I had no idea that we would be coming home without him, no time to prepare, plan, nothing. Feel peaceful knowing you’ve left nothing undone. You’ll be ok and so will Elvis.


  14. Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    I know how hard it is to face the inevitable. But it is good that Elvis has you and you’re taking the time to make the most of the time you do have. Your paint job looks so much better than that godawful orange. Sending a big hug!


  15. Dianne
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:50 am

    Love Elvis and enjoy this time together. Thinking of you three.


  16. Jacqui
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    Sorry to read of your worries for Elvis. He has been a wonderfully loved soul you have been blessed to love. Be tender with yourself


  17. cyn
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    Dear heart,
    I highly recommend falling apart as needed.
    Also perhaps keep reminding yourself that this a part of life. Elvis knows and accepts this and is not bothered in the least. Follow Elvis’ lead and all will be as it should. Your relationship is highly successful, you are blessed. Elvis is loved.


  18. Jennifer Kenny
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    Hi! I’m sorry to hear Elvis isn’t eating well. Something you can try is called Forti-Flora. It’s a probiotic for cats but cats LOVE the taste! Sprinkle it on Elvis’ food and most likely he will eat! It’s like kitty crack. I’ve used it for my kitties through chemo and radiation, as well as kidney disease. Good luck!


    • fixitchick
      June 28, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

      can it be given to cats with hyperthyroid? my 17 [almost 18] year old beh-beh is getting so skinny and the vet said he isnt allowed anything but his prescription food.


  19. Tammi Velez
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    The room looks like a totally different place. It’s fantastic!

    There are no words for the rest. You are awesome and I’m sure Elvis appreciates you.


  20. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    June 28, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    Cuddle Elvis. Everything else will be there later.

    (Some of it may technically be a pile of ash later, but that just means you can sweep it up easier.)

    Also, if it makes you feel any better, eating is only one of the signs you’re meant to watch for. It’s pretty meaningless if she’s happy and comfortable otherwise.


    • ccr in MA
      June 29, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

      I second this about the not eating. When my Pan more or less stopped eating, he lasted for much longer than I thought was possible, and was happy to lie in the window or on my lap. Only when he couldn’t jump on the bed on his own was it really time; up to that point, he was skinnier and skinnier, but still purring and happy. Spend as much time with Elvis as you can.


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