4/20/2002 - 7/17/2020Sharing this in loving memory of my Mom's cat Coco. My mom had her for 18 years until she (Mom) was diagnosed with Leukemia in Oct 2019. She had to come to VA for treatment and Coco stayed in GA at my Mom's house while a family friend cared for her. When it became clear that Mom's treatment was no longer working and she wouldn't survive for much longer, her friends in GA drove Coco up to Virginia where Mom got to see her and spend some time with her before she (Mom) died. It meant so much to all of us that Mom got to see her one last time. A wonderful friend of mine, Kirsten, who had never owned a cat offered to take Coco. She only had her about two months when she suspected something was wrong with her and took her to the vet. Coco was diagnosed with Stage III Kidney disease and despite giving her fluids daily by IV and 1/4 of a Pepcid her appetite just did not improve and we had to make the heartbreaking decision to put her down. We arranged to have Dr. Gibson come out to Kirsten's so that Coco could be at home and would not be stressed when she took her last breath. Kirsten and I were both there, Kirsten holding Coco's body and me holding her face and looking her in the eyes, both loving on her as Dr Gibson administered the 3 shots over the 45 mins or so that it took to let her relax and pass peacefully. My hope is that Mom was there in heaven waiting for her when she arrived.Kelly KyriacouLeesburg, VirginiaJuly 27, 2020
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Coco and I only had a few short months together, but we bonded quickly, and she was my constant companion. She followed me around the house wherever I went, and was quick to jump in my lap whenever I sat down. She even occasionally would "help" with work by walking across my computer keyboard :). At night she would tuck me in by laying on my chest and licking my face or putting her paw on my chin. I miss her and her soft fur, but take comfort in knowing that she's not suffering and that she's been reunited with her Mom who raised her and loved her for 18 years.
R.I.P. Coco πŸ’•πŸ’•
Kirsten Gunsolus - July 27, 2020

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