|Kerry enjoying the cool of the sink (2013)|
Today we are saying goodbye to our kitty, Kerry. Unlike her younger sister EJ that we lost roughly 4 years ago, this goodbye is not unexpected. And as we have no biological children, this loss (and any of the pets we have said goodbye to previously) is for us the loss of a child.
Kerry came to us the month after we got married, having been a stray that wandered into my in-laws garage in Iowa. As a senior citizen cat (she's nearly 16 years old), life has been getting rough for her the past few months.
Named after former Chicago Cubs pitcher, Kerry Wood, she originally was the most anti-social cat that I have ever seen. Not just to strangers, but even to us. In some ways, that made her the perfect pet because she didn't demand any attention, and it didn't cause us any guilt when we sometimes had to leave her alone all day due to work and school schedules. She wasn't even necessarily fond of any of the additional pets that we have added (and sadly subtracted) from our family, yet outlasted all of them - the exception being TC, who we "adopted" when Bill's sister got married.
She loved to eat people food, especially chocolate, popcorn and anything cheese flavored. She also was very sneaky about getting such things, since we don't make a habit of feeding our cats off the table.
When we broke the news to our foster kids, they were as upset as we are. In her old age, Kerry became more social, and would even lay with the kids on the couch during movie nights. More than once she would wander upstairs and lay on their beds with them.
The decision to put down a beloved pet is super difficult, and one that we didn't take lightly. However, Kerry's health has been on the decline, and we felt it more humane to go this direction as opposed to letting her suffer for however long it would take.
We will miss her dearly.