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Author Topic: Snoopy Sally has gone to the Rainbow Bridge  (Read 8825 times)
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« Reply #45 on: April 07, 2012, 07:11:43 PM »

Bug,
Thank you so much for your message, I am having a bit of a hard night tonight and it was a pleasure hearing from you.
I have not been feeling well at all, and of course in addition to Snoopy, I have so many concerns about my son, who is home now, but has an additional problem which I have never heard of before, a "drop foot" which caused him to fall last evening.
Something we do not want him to do, of course.  His wife says he is ok, so I guess he was lucky this time. 

Dear Snoopy is still here all wrapped up in his warm snugglies, inside his canvas shroud, and all of it inside his little cardboard casket from the vet.  It is all taped tightly shut with Gorilla tape etc. and he was all ready for his new grave,  BUT Shirley, my animal unfriendly neighbor has had company, grand children etc. and they have all been out in the back yard, and PEERING into my yard for several days, I even saw those kids peering into my yard from inside her sunroom!!  I don't understand what the fascination is unless she saw me digging for several days; and so now I don't dare go out and actually put his casket into the grave.  Tho she can't see the open grave behind the gigantic rosemary bush, she would see me carry the casket out.    I will have to wait till the coast is clear!!
Sad but true, but I think prudence is the best course of action considering my neighbors attitude towards animals.  Snoopy is comfy and safe where he is, so I guess he won't mind waiting a bit longer, bless his heart.

Thank you Bug, I am glad to hear about your pet cremations, and I am beginning to think that considering how very poorly I have felt after my few days of digging, that perhaps I am just not up to such activity any longer.  I hate to admit it, but it really bothers me, but age is what age is.
Soooooo,  I am thinking that the next time I lose someone, I also may have to start cremating.  For someone my age, it certainly would be far easier.

Sooo, I called my cemetary, and asked about having ashes of a pet buried with me in my plot (when I get one) and was astounded to learn that it is ILLEGAL in NJ, a state rule!!  Have you ever heard of such a thing?  I cannot for the life of me imagine what harm it could do to anyone, if I had a little urn or perhaps urns burried with me.   Is it legal where you live?  I am interested in learning about such a law and in how many states it exists.  And also it seems that quite a few of the Itchmos do cremate, so I am thinking most states must not care about people having their pets' ashes buried with them, which I think is very nice.
In any case, where there is a will there is a way.
So thanks again Bug, it was nice to chat with someone tonight.  And you are lucky that you know someone who has a pet cemetary.

I wish you and your fuzzy babies a lovely Easter.  And I pray your little new fellow continues to feel perky and happy, basking in your excellent loving care.  I'll bet he already knows how lucky he is.  Have a good evening and bless you.
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« Reply #46 on: April 07, 2012, 07:56:54 PM »

BW- tell your son to use an arch support or some sports tape or an ace bandage. It will support the foot until things get back to normal. If he uses tape or an ace, it needs to come off at night.
 Shirley sounds like a real pita ! You should do the burial when you feel ready and if she says anything tell her where to put it. It's your yard and you can do whatever you choose there.
 I also prefer cremation for myself and most of the pets. Shelley and Sitka are buried because they passed at home. Patches and Gypsy were cremated and their ashes scattered in the yard. Remy's ashes are still in the living room, because he didn't like to be alone. Trooper will be cremated and I will probably bury his ashes and Remy's with Fragile. Fragile doesn't like to be away from us, so she will not be sent for cremation. Punkin and Oreo will also be cremated ,as will my DH. Neither of my children want to be though. I think its always a personal choice and about each person or pets like and dislikes. But remember if you have a lot pets, you will run out of room for caskets. Not to mention its hard to dig a grave big enough as you said.
 The important thing is to do what feels right to you.
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« Reply #47 on: April 08, 2012, 09:33:24 AM »

Leslie,
Thank you for your description of all your burials.  It is helpful, and your description of doing everything depending on your pets preferences
>>Fragile doesn't like to be away from us, so she will not be sent for cremation<< is also helpful.  I guess that is why, inside, I felt that Snoopy would want to be as close as possible to us all in the sunroom.

You are right, they don't all have to be done the same way, I can pick and choose depending on individual preferences, and it may be that I will be able to get someone to dig for me at some point.  The Lord may provide. :-)

I will check and see how things look next door, and if the coast is clear and I feel well enough, I may try and bury Snoopy today, tho I don't feel well at the moment.  I am going to try and  make a doctor's appointment next week with a cardiologist.  Something is definitely not right, and at times lately, I feel like I am not only totally wasted, but also walking through deep water, only way to describe it, slooow speed with lots of effort. 
I will go visit Jeff today.  Hopefully it will be a fun day for little Gracie, she is 5 1/2 now.
I hope you have a lovely Easter Sunday today, and that all of you and your precious fuzzies are well for the holiday.  Bless you all.  Barb
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« Reply #48 on: April 08, 2012, 02:21:47 PM »

BW, please do continue to take care of yourself; going to the doctor if you don't feel well is a wise choice. Enjoy your visit! Everything will always get done, I've found, even when you have to move at a slower, more comfortable pace.

Many blessings and hugs to you.
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« Reply #49 on: April 08, 2012, 04:00:25 PM »

BW- You need to be checked for congestive heart failure, some of your symptoms sound like that. You may also want the Dr to check your B12 levels, you may need a shot. Please make the appt tomorrow if you are still having trouble. Remember to take all your meds & supplements or a list of them. It could be a reaction between medications too.
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« Reply #50 on: April 08, 2012, 05:39:01 PM »

Leslie and Catwoods,  Yes, I will call for a doctor's appointment tomorrow.  I did manage to put Snoopy into his grave today.  I almost filled it up, but then got so tired, I thought I would finish tomorrow, it's just about done, and he is safe and sound inside.

I went to Jeff's and he is looking better today.  I am supposed to go there tomorrow after lunch so that he is not alone.  Melissa is afraid for him to be alone too long, considering he fell down the other evening.
But I will absolutely call for a doctor's appointment, since I still don't feel normal.  My bp was good today, so it must be something else, I still suspect my heart Leslie.
I found something online about a pulse pressure, the difference between the systolic and the diastolic, and supposedly, it shouldn't be more than 40 or so different, and mine is ALWAYS far greater than that, my bottom number is usually  70 to high 90's different from the top.  When my bottom number was low, I was always pleased, but now I realize that is not good in comparison to the upper number.  It is called Isolated systolic hypertension.  So I am wondering why the doctor never explained that to me, and I will certainly ask when I go to see him.
I am wondering if it can explain why I feel so awful much of the time lately.   I was attributing it to all the stress, but it may be something more.  You are right Leslie, and I will certainly look into it.  Thank you.

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« Reply #51 on: April 09, 2012, 03:45:45 AM »

BW - thinking of you & do take good care of yourself - it sounds like you have had a lot of stress/focus away from your own health, but it's good that you are now considering that more closely.  Please keep us updated as I know we all share concern & care about you.
On the cremation/burial issue for my furries, I have always preferred the former, since I move house frequently and would hate to leave any of mine behind.  Over here it is preferred for people too - since land for burial is in short supply & expensive - and also you have the issue of ongoing care for the grave.  I want my ashes to be mixed with my beloved furry ones - if the cremation doesn't allow that, they can't stop whoever scatters them putting us together first.....
Although I am lately drawn to the idea of a woodland burial, where you have a rapidly biodegradable casket & a tree  is planted over you.  Perhaps they wood allow my dear ones ashes to be added there.
 

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« Reply #52 on: April 09, 2012, 05:20:39 AM »

I have been away, but wanted to echo what the others have said about taking good care of yourself. It's not easy growing older (I know!) and you have had a rough go of it with your son's medical challenges and Snoopy's passing. Now it's time for YOU!

It's interesting to hear everyone's plans and intentions for the remains of their furries and themselves. I wish I had made the decision to cremate and keep ashes sooner than I did, but I have several of my cats' ashes and two pups (one is Tiffany plus friends - didn't know about private vs group cremation at that point) and hope to have their ashes mixed with mine and scattered. I think the important thing is that you do what feels right to you and that fits your own situation. Your furries are at the Rainbow Bridge, whole and healthy once again, so their earthly bodies are just a part of who they are.

I'm glad that Snoopy is at rest now. It's hard for us, though, isn't it?

Take good care of yourself, dear lady, and please let us know how you are doing.
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« Reply #53 on: April 09, 2012, 05:15:46 PM »

BW, everyone basically said what I want to say.  Take good care of yourself, everything else can wait.  You have a lot going on, you should take time to take it easy.

I had wasabi cremated since I want to carry him around in every room I goes to.  I will place him in his favourite spots, where the sun shines, where he can sees outside.  He was an indoor cat, I only let him out for 30 minutes top during summer and he only hang outside for around 2 minutes when it is 40 below.  You do whatever feels right for you.

Please take good care of yourself, sending you lots of {{{Hugs}}}.
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« Reply #54 on: April 09, 2012, 06:01:37 PM »

BW, I hope you got an appointment for yourself today and that you're feeling better than the last little while. There are a lot of reasons why your pulse pressure could be high, including the medication you're taking for your heart. It's good to get it checked out, no matter what it may be.

I don't know if mixing animal and human ashes here is legal or not and I don't actually care. The instructions for whichever family member will get me cremated will be to mix all the ashes before I go to wherever I'll/we'll be stored or scattered. It was illegal for me to scatter my dad's ashes where I did, but I did it anyway. The only logic behind this being illegal is if you have to identify the ashes at some point in time through DNA examination. But, at that point, you wouldn't care anyway because you're dead.

I've always liked cremation because it takes up no space at all and you don't have to dig a hole and you don't decompose into something bad-looking. I've always liked the viking burials at sea where they'd set them off on a raft lit on fire. Always thought that was kinda cool.
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« Reply #55 on: April 09, 2012, 06:37:23 PM »

Bug, yes indeed, the Viking burials were very cool!!  I do kind of like that idea.
I was not able to get a doctor's appointment today, I had to go baby sit my son. We are all worried that he will fall again, and be alone when it happens.  But I will certainly make one.  I finished covering up Snoopy in his grave this morning, and that was a relief.  (and the end of the hard physical labor, which I now seem incapable of doing without suffering afterwards)

Last night, after I had placed him in his grave, coming home from my son's, I swear I had my first "visit."   I've sensed things,  but this was stronger and seemed more like a real visit.  I was thinking about politics at the time, something totally unrelated, when suddenly I got my visit.
Poor Snoopy was probably very relieved and grateful that I finally got him into his little grave! :-)    I don't know if you believe in "visits" but it made me feel better, as if he really still is "somewhere."  And that is important to me.

Tomorrow I will try and make an appointment.  I want to have an ultrasound.  I did have one several years ago, I've had 2 actually since I moved to this house, hmmm, within 8 years, and I did have a very minor valve leak, which might have grown worse over the years.

And Yes, I am wondering if it could indeed be one of the medications I'm taking for my blood pressure.  I will go back in my records so I can see when the high pulse pressure started.  I've been keeping bp records for years, since on my mother's side, ALL the women died of strokes.  So far I have outlived all of them.  Fingers crossed.

And I simply HAVE TO KEEP GOING, I have soooo many cats to care for, and no one else would want them.  That is such a big concern.
AND regrding the ashes, I may have to break the law too, but I really wouldn't mind doing that, it would be for a very good cause, I feel.
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« Reply #56 on: April 09, 2012, 06:49:08 PM »

Catmom5, and JoMax, and Soo, thank you so much for your caring messages.  Now that Snoopy is buried, I certainly will try and start taking better care of myself, and get a doctor's visit, and an ultrasound.
I do believe that a lot of it is stress, and stress can cause problems with one's heart, especially at my age.  It has been several months of severe stress, so I should really not be surprised to be feeling so unwell.
My son did look much better today, and this was the first weekend he has actually spent at home and not had to be medivacked back down to Hopkins.  We were all very relieved.

JoMax, the wooded area with the tree planted over the ashes, sounds wonderful.  I wish I had something like that around here.  I am going to plant pretty yellow day lilies over Snoopy Sally.

And Catmom, I appreciate all the info about how you and JoMax and the others have buried their loved friends.  It is very helpful.  I may well begin to use cremation, there do seem to be many advantages.
Uh oh, it is almost 11 pm, and I promised myself to start going to bed earlier, so I must say good night to all the dear Itchmos.  Sweet dreams all of you, and bless you.
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« Reply #57 on: April 10, 2012, 08:34:54 AM »

BW, about your son and his drop-foot. Can he get a pair of crutches for now, until they find the cause and rectify it? My neighbor has had it in the past and she needed walking assistance but recovered soon enough. Hope you got an appointment for yourself today.
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« Reply #58 on: April 10, 2012, 04:39:04 PM »

Bug, I just wrote a long message to you and then accidentally hit the mystery key that deletes everything, and lost it.  Won't write it again, probably too much info anyway, but thank you for the suggestion about the crutches.  They might be better than the cane.  he does have a walker with wheels for when he walks outside.  I'll tell him about your neighbor, and that will encourage him.
I am working on getting an appointment for an ultrasound, which I really want.  A month or so ago, when I had to go to the ER for my 225/115 bp, they did all sorts of other tests, blood work, EKG, and an Xray of my heart.  My doctor got all the info, and that's when he put me on the 2nd bp pill and xanax  for when I'm stressed.  I still want the ultrasound.

Thanks again for the suggestion about the crutches, I'll tell my son.  Bless you, and hope your new little fuzzy is continuing to improve.  Did  you put a photo up of him somewhere??  I'd love to see him.
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« Reply #59 on: April 11, 2012, 05:54:00 AM »

I'll get some photos of Cooper up in the Den in the next couple of days. He really doesn't hold still long enough for me to actually take a decent photo.
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