Friday, August 19, 2011

R.I.P. Shawn Gonzalez Salzman

"If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever." ~A.A. Milne, "Winnie-the-Pooh"

This morning, we had to put our little baby, Shawn, down. My heart is broken. I stayed with her until she passed. It was much easier then I thought it would be because it was so peaceful. I cried like a little baby though. Our vet and his assistant were fantastic.

This was one of the most difficult things we had to do but we knew it was the right thing. I miss her already but that's life. Death is always harder on the living.

A few months ago Shawn had gotten sick. After numerous tests the vet discovered she was experiencing the beginnings of renal failure. He said it was something that could not be fixed. We took her in weekly to get fluids. She got meds. She held on for a while but a few weeks ago, she started going downhill. When I was in San Diego, I was so worried the whole time.

Last Friday, we took her in and the vet said it was time to make the decision. We probably could have kept her alive a few more weeks but it was not fair to her because she was having a hard time walking and her system was just shutting down. It would have been selfish to make her suffer because we did not want to make the decision.

She had a good life though. She was also a devil dog from hell. She broke so many things in the house. She ruined so much stuff. She caused so much havoc but we loved her. She was my little girl. She was part of our family.

She loved terrorizing poor Scoutie. I am not sure how Scout will take being the only cat again but I bet deep down inside, she will miss Shawn in her own way.

Bye my little Shawnie, my precious gordita, you will be missed.

I will be offline for awhile.


  1. Sweet friend, I am so, so sorry that your little kitters had to go to sleep. Shawn is sleeping ever so peacefully now though. You're a good mama.

  2. Sorry to hear about your kitty.{abrazos}

  3. HUGS! I know how hard it is to lose a loved furry pal.

  4. I'm so so so sorry. We just brought a ton of pets into our home the last 2 weeks and I can't imagine not having them now

  5. Oh man Caro. Sorry I didn't see this before. I am so sorry for your loss. She was beautiful and I bet she knew you guys loved her. XO