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  1. Ruth
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    Thank you for the update. I’ve wondered about your sweet girl. It’s just the hardest– loving and hurting at the same time. Lots and lots of love and hugs to you and Paul and Elvis ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. Lady B UK
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    been there, know how it feels, my heart goes out to you both. You will know but I hope it isn’t soon xxxx

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  3. laura
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    That is the face of a kitty who is so loved, and knows it. Sending you a lot of comfort and a big hug this morning!

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  4. Chrissy
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    I’m so sorry. So sorry. Your cat has known a fantastic and wonderful life. He’s been loved beyond measure. I hope just knowing that gives you some comfort. I hate that you are having to go through this. :o(

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  5. Diane
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:23 am

    I love that last photo. Interesting how the small black mark on her face looks like a heart.

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  6. Susan Macdougall
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:24 am

    It always amazes me at just how much love, tenderness, and life exist in one little being that inhabits this earth. We are always the better for having known about it.

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  7. Carole @ Rustic Artistry
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    As soon as I saw the title of this post I got worried. Now I have tears in my eyes but am happy that you are still getting to be with Elvis and love her in person. Collectively we readers will do everything we can to send you positive vibes of support.

    Love, hugs and kisses to Elvis.

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  8. Anna McFarland
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:25 am

    My heart breaks for you. We love our pets. They bring joy, comfort, laughter into our lives. When Elvis crosses the Rainbow Bridge, know that he will be waiting there for you. I can’t imagine heaven without our loved ones AND our faithful pets. My thoughts are with you.

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  9. Ceil
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    Feeling your heart wrenching pain!! Our senior girl just turned 16 and we thought she had just a UTI. Turns out she has a rare malignant growth only seen in dogs (survival rate 6-8 month) so no history on how it affects cats. Inoperable as removing could cause incontinence or paralysis. She seems not to be in pain any distress – enjoying each day with her a a gift. Breaks my heart to think she will not be with us for much longer. ???

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  10. Pamela Ledbetter
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:29 am

    I know you are cherishing the days you have with her. The deeper the love, the harder it is when they leave us. They become so important to us and their lives are just a vapor ! It doesn’t seem fair. Hugs from a stranger for both you and Elvis

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  11. Sarah
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    I feel your pain. My baby dog, Lotus, is in a similar situation. She is 14, and has carcinoma of the salivary glands. We did the fancy surgery, we did the chemo, and she felt like hell. So we have stopped, and are treating the symptoms, and she seems happy, but a little wonky from the drugs. However, we hang on and hope for more time. It is so hard to decide when the time has ended. I hope they let us know so we don’t have to make that decision. <3

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  12. Gretels Treasures
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    Thank you for keeping us updated. We’ve all been through this rollercoaster ride, though each experience is different. Just enjoy the moments. That’s all we have

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  13. Katherine
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    Elvis is a well loved girl and she knows it. What better life could she have had than the one she’s had with you? I hope you’ll find comfort in remembering, when the time comes, that you loved her beyond measure and she knew it.

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  14. Lisa
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    This is cliche, but I still believe it is far better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Wishing Elvis, you and Paul peace as well as the courage and strength to let go when it is time. Enjoy these precious moments together

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  15. Wendy
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    I am so sorry — and as impossibly hard as it is, I am glad you recognize that quality of life for Elvis is an important factor. Best wishes.

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  16. Shannon Walls
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:31 am

    Prayers for peace and comfort. My heart hurts for you. Elvis is a blessed kitty to be loved so much.

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  17. Jennifer
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:33 am

    Victoria,
    I have been a Veterinary Technician for over 16 years and have been with many, many people as they struggle with the big “WHEN?”. It sounds trite, but it really is true: trust yourself, listen to Paul – you will know when it is time.
    This link is to a quality of life scale that helps sometimes in making that decision.
    http://vet.osu.edu/assets/pdf/hospital/companionAnimals/HonoringtheBond/HowDoIKnowWhen.pdf

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  18. Valerie
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    We have a wonderful, sweet dog named Frisco. He was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago. We give him insulin twice a day, which keeps us on a pretty tight schedule. My husband and I can’t travel together, because leaving Frisco with someone else is just too much work. Most of the time, I send my husband off and I stay home with our sweet, half blind (cataracts/surgery/good luck-bad luck) furry kid.

    It’s ironic, because I was the one who said I didn’t want another dog. I didn’t want to get attached, have my heart broken, deal with the aftermath. Now I’m the one who bristles and jumps to his defense when anyone mentions how they would “deal with the situation.” Is it inconvenient? Sure. Do I get weary of the schedule, the expense, the mornings of begging him to eat when he doesn’t feel like it? Yes.

    But when he’s snuggling between us on the bed at night, or chasing our grandson around the kitchen island, or just sitting patiently waiting for his eye drops, insulin and cookie, I realize it’s all worth it. And I’d do it again.

    Blessings to you, Paul and Elvis. Nothing compares to the love and companionship of a good pet.

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  19. Jaymee
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    Thanks for the leaky eyes 🙁

    We are losing our Orange Kitty to kidney disease. Fluids help, but he hates it and the car rides to the vet.

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  20. Amy Rosenkoetter
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:34 am

    “But at the very beginning of all of this, I had told myself that I would listen and TRUST Paul’s judgement about the hard decisions because my own line in the sand would be impaired.”

    That is love – on both your and Paul’s part. I am so sad for all of you. I’m hoping that her last days, however many there may be, will be days of love and joy, many purrs and treats, and great and abiding affection. Much love and hugs.

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