Thursday, August 10, 2006

Lucas is at rest

I am sorry to have to tell you this sad news, but Lucas was put to sleep after his quality of life deteriorated greatly due to FIP. It all happened within a few days and Tedra did everything she could. She ordered extensive tests at the vet to make sure he couldn't be brought back to a healthy state. None of us believe in letting a cat suffer to the end, and she held him while the vet let him go. It was shocking as he was gone before I knew he was sick, it happened so fast. (I have been in Nashville for a week.)

It makes me happy to know that he was able to run, play, climb, and get lots of TLC for a few extra months. He was so pitiful when I first found him but he led a good life for at least a little while. I am so thankful to Tedra and all the volunteers at Joey's Feline Friends for loving Lucas during the last few months, I know they are upset as well.

I have to admit I have cried several times but I am also so thankful for what Lucas taught me about enjoying life fully. He challenged me to do more than I thought I could, and other cats will benefit from the lessons he taught me. Thank you for sharing Lucas with me, I know he was loved by many.

(Pictures are being emailed to me in a few days and that will be the last entry in this blog)


PrincessMia said...

Alisha, my heart goes out to you. I'm very sad to hear this news but you and Tedra did all you could. Thank you for sharing Lucas with us.

love and purrs,

The Meezers said...

Oh Alisha, our heart goes out to you. You and Tedra gave Lucas a chance at love that he probably would not have had. You were his angels and he will be waiting for you at The Bridge.

Max said...

Dang...I am so sorry :(

Patches & Mittens said...

You gave him the best possible life. There arent many people who would have given so much of themselves as you did.

He is happy at Rainbow Bridge now, free of the diapers, running in the daisies!

CalicoMom Toni

gatamiau said...

Oh Alisha, I'm so sorry. Lucas was such a special kitten, I'm sure he was blissfully happy for all you did for him. Hugs, sweetie.

Marta (SarapicoMom).

Oreo said...

Oh NO! You am a furry good purrson Alisha & I am so sorry for you. I know Lucas am at the Bridge waiting for you though.

George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

Very sad news. Lucas had a lot of people trying to help him, but sometimes they can't be saved. So sorry.

Hot(M)BC said...

Oh we're very sad for you. Yall helped Lucas so much and loved him so much that yall made his little short life happier than anyone could have expected. Lucas is playing at the bridge now, sans diaper, and he'll be waiting for yall.
Boni, Sanjee, Mini, Pepi, Gree, Mom Robyn and Grandma

Fiona Bun said...

Spend all your time waiting for that second chance
For the break that will make it okay.
There's always some reason to feel not good enough
And it's hard at the end of the day.
I need some distraction, oh beautiful release
Memory seeps from my veins.
Let me be empty and weightless and maybe
I'll find some peace tonight.

In the arms of the angels, fly away from here.
From this dark cold hotel room, and the endlessness that you fear.
You are pulled from the wreckage of your silent reverie.
You're in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here.

- Sarah Mclachlan

Finnegan & Buddy said...

Dear Alisha, Tedra & friends of Lucas,

We're so saddened to hear this news. You did so much for Lucas, and what a wonderful life he led. FIP is an awful, relentless disease and you did all you could for him. Lucas knows that and loves you all for it so much! He is happy and free at Rainbow Bridge now, leaping and jumping, dancing with joy that he is free of diapers and owies, but filled with your love.

Fly free, little Lucas. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

Much love from Finnegan, Buddy & mom

Anita said...

I´m sorry... a lot of kisses of sandpaper from Spain... :'-(

Badness said...

I am so sorry to hear about Lucas. I agree. These precious little animals come into our lives for such a brief time but they teach us so much. That is why God gave them to us. We may take care of them but who really gets the benefits?

You blessed Lucas with a very good life and lots of love. He blessed you with playfulness, his ability to overcome amazing odds and an amazing love for life.

We will never forget you Lucas.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

We are saddened by the news too. As all the others said he had the best possible life he could ever have had with you & Tedra. Bless you for going the extra mile with him. You are a special woman.
Rest peacefully little Lucas.

nels, ed, nitro, and/or xing said...

oh, sad, sad, meows to you, lucas lovers & friends. we just learned about him day before yesterday, and never got the chance to blog to him before he left.

but happy meows and purrs to lucas, for the comfort and care he got here, and for the sunny peace he enjoys now!

what a special little boy. we know the great goddess will take good care of him until you can catch up. and then the empty in your heart will be filled.

Rascal said...

Alisha my Mom and I are so sorry at your sad news. Thank you for being so good to Lucas and making his life a happier one.

Zeus said...

Alisha, what you did for Lucas was simply an amazing thing, and what made it even more special was that other people who visited your blog were able to see what was possible for pets with disorders or disabilities. You showed people that these animals can lead full lives and be very comforting to the people who tend to them. Instead of seeing something wrong with Lucas, you met him where he was at and helped him in his plight. I feel I have learned a great deal from you thanks to your sharing through this blog.

Lucas will be patiently waiting for you to reunite with him, and I am sure he will tell you thank you when you see him again. He was sent to you to teach you something that you needed to know, and even if you don't know that lesson right now, you will in time. My heart breaks with your's at his passing...

-Marina, Zeus and Isis' mom

Zeus said...

I posted a memorial to Lucas. If you wish to read it, Alisha, you can here.

Anonymous said...

Alisha,My heart is breaking at this news.My mommy says you and Tedra are very special angels.Lucas
was a very lucky kitty and so cute.
Thanks for sharing him in your blog.

Eric and Flynn said...

We are so sorry to hear about Lucas. We didn't know of him until today, but now he has gone to where he can be happy and peaceful.
You gave him love and that is such an important thing in anyone's life, animal or human.
From Eric, Flynn and their mum Jackie

Tigersan said...

Hugs from Japan!

kattonic said...

Oh Alisha, how sad. At least he knew love before he left, and kindness. Probably the biggest kindness was helping him to the bridge and out of pain.

momsbusy said...

just found out about lucas today. my heart goes out to you and tedra. you did all you could do. lucas knew he was loved and will be waiting at the rainbow bridge for your arrival.

KXBC said...

It's so sad he has to leave. But it was perhaps the best way out for him.

Victor Tabbycat said...

I'm furry sorry bout Lucas, but he's in a better place now an he couldn't haf had better care in this life. He's where the sun is warm, the grass is tall, the mousies are slow, an the birds fly low. Be at peace.

DEBRA said...


Lucas is free of all that ails him and he is romping with his friends and waiting for you at the bridge.

jenianddean said...

We are all so sorry to hear this sad news. He was certainly an inspiration to us all.

Kay said...

Huggers Alisha.

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We are so furry sorry. Thank you and Tedra for helping him enjoy his time here.

PrincessMia said...


Thinking of you.

love and purrs,

Magoo, Smudge, Bella & Dolce said...

You helped make his last months happy and comfortable. At least his passing was peaceful and far more humane had you not found him and tried to help.

Anonymous said...

So... does anyone else understand why I am so proud to be Alisha's father??


The Dad