On Wednesday we took Gracie back to the veterinary hospital in Surrey as she wasn’t eating and was getting very weak. We expected the worst then but it turned out that the chemotherapy she’d been receiving was doing its job and had reduced her spleen and lymph nodes back to the normal size. Instead it was the side effects of the chemo that were affecting her appetite. They kept her in for a few days to stabilise her and fit a feeding tube so we could get some nutrients into her while her appetite was low. We went back to bring her home yesterday but she’d taken a turn for the worse overnight and was very lethargic. The vet advised us to leave her with them a little longer so they could get her stabilised again after her latest dose of chemo. Sadly it was too late and we received a call this morning to tell us that she’d died peacefully in her sleep overnight. We’ve both been very upset to lose her so suddenly but it was a comfort to know that she passed peacefully while sleeping. I did take a couple of quick snaps of her at the vets yesterday but I promised Gracie I wouldn’t post them so this is a shot I took of her in 2008 as I wish everyone to remember her - lazing around in the sunshine, posing for my camera like a pro. It’s very odd not having her here – the house is so quiet and I still keep imagining I’ve heard her jump down from the bed upstairs.
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and comments over recent weeks – they’ve all been very much appreciated. We would have liked to have had more time with Gracie (it’s only just over four years since we adopted her) but she was a wonderful friend and we both loved the time she was in our lives.