In our line of work we help our clients face loss on a regular basis. We walk them through how to know when “it’s time” to let their friend go, we offer support when the rigours of age or disease become too much for their loved one to bear, we hold their hands as they navigate fear, confusion and even anger and, we’re there for them when they make the eventual decision to come into our Hospital and bid their furry friend good bye. Each one of us at Brentwood Bay Vet has encountered death a hundred times or more and we’ve each done it with empathy, with well timed hugs, with compassion and a firm resolution to guide our client(s) through the other side of it safely.
Today was different though. Today we were the ones in need of hugs, we were the ones in need of support and we were the ones in need of reassurance as we made the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to our beloved Office Cat B. At roughly 18yrs old her body had grown very frail, her mind was starting to falter and she was fading a little more almost daily. Her bad days were outnumbering her good days. She was our friend, coworker, our emotional support, our trouble maker, our beautiful little styrofoam stealing goblin and we loved B too darn much to ever risk having her suffer so the decision was made to let her pass from this world. True to form, B spent her final day helping do one last Hospital order with Office Gal Shauna, helping Office Gal Katy do laundry and helping Dr Simon read the newspaper before being snuggled and whispered to and told how much she was treasured as she slipped painlessly away.
Brentwood Bay Vet is very quiet today because our littlest team member is gone but Office Cat B thankfully lives on in 9 amazing years of pictures and snuggles and memories and stories and even the books that Office Gal Shauna created about her and we know, that if we hear the faint jingle of a bell in the corner of our Hospital, that Office Cat B will have stopped by to make sure that the family she fell into is doing OK.
Office Cat B.
Roughly 2002 - June 13, 2020