The Sasafras and the Rainbow Bridge | Mommy and Me Monday | 435th ed


Sasafras’ time on this earth has come to an end this week. She was my first “baby” before my girls. And their first pet. She was always the one to come snuggle or sit with us when we weren’t feeling well or were sick. Sometimes I think she even knew before we knew.


This week, she started to let me know. All of a sudden (it seemed) her weight dropped a ton. She started not responding to us calling her. She stopped eating. The final piece was that every time she went to drink water, she would throw it up. When she walked, she couldn’t retract her claws so she was sticking to the carpet. She also didn’t want to sit on my lap or to be touched…something she loved doing. She also stopped sleeping with the girls, where she would previously lay with one of them until they fell asleep and then come downstairs and spend time with us.

sas with the oldest

I even went to the store and got her some wet food to see if she would eat that. It was a big treat for her, and she just sniffed it, licked it and walked away slowly. It got to the point where it looked like it was taking huge effort for her to move and even sit.

Basically, she wasn’t herself anymore. At 15 years old, I knew it was likely her body just wasn’t working as it should anymore.


We had been discussing her and watching her. The throwing up got to be more and more. With that and the stopping eating, I knew it was time to call our Vet.

I told the girls that the vet was going to come on Friday and that Sas’s body might not be working right anymore and that she was going to go to kitty heaven soon. So, I made sure to get a picture with all of them together, which proved to be hard because Sas didn’t want to be on our bed (another of her favorite places). I wanted to get a picture with my first girl, too.


After the vet came and checked on her and agreed that it was her time, we had her euthanized comfortably at home. I also took some air drying clay and got a paw print for us to keep in memory of her.

sas paw print

Sasafras is definitely missed (especially by B who is having a really hard time), but we know that her pain was too much and it was time for her to leave her earthly body.

What did you do this week?

GET IN THE PICTURE WITH YOUR KIDS! Who cares what you look like?  Cares how you appear? Who cares what you are wearing? JUST DO IT! Come share your picture on the Facebook thread or use #MommyAndMeMonday!

It’s time again for Mommy and Me Monday. Pop out from behind that camera and capture yourself in action with your kids. Check out the inaugural Mommy and Me Monday for more information.  Need another reason to participate in Mommy and Me Monday? Read my post about why I blog with words from a friend’s husband.


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    1. Thank you! I didn’t think I was going to be as sad as I was. Poor sweet Sassy!

  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. First pets, no matter the stage in life is so hard to lose. I remember being like B when my Mom’s cat died. I was about 6, and remember her crying so hard. Sending big hugs over. <3 <3 <3

  2. I’m so sorry that your cat passed away. You’ll have memories of her and the cute paw print to remember her.

  3. It is so so hard, I know. 🙁 Especially that first fur baby loss.

    One book that was especially helpful for us was Cat Heaven, it isn’t extremely religious, but has the perfect balance for the kids. And it helped my daughter so much. I forget how old she was, but our first cat passed so many years ago now – and that book has lasted through many goodbyes to our fur babies.


    1. Thank you! I will have to look that one up and grab it for the girls. We can use all of the help with the transition.

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