1999 - 2012
Amelia had developed hyperthyroidism and although a cat's life can be prolonged with daily medication, there was no way that would have been an option with Amelia.

As much as I know she loved me and appreciated having a home with me for the last part of her life, she never would allow me to handle or pick her up. She had progressed well enough to sleep next to my head and purr in my ear. That in itself was a huge accomplishment and pure music when I heard her.
Sometimes she would even rest her paw on my hand. She loved me to stroke and pet her but she would scream as if being tortured if I attempted to hold her even for a few seconds. I realized my needing to hold her was not as important as her being content so I gave up trying.

She was the miserable cat no one wanted they told me at the shelter.

Well I wanted her and she brought joy to me. I was her proud companion for only 3 years but in that time I learned a lot from her. She was a challenge who taught me the meaning of patience and acceptance.  She was very special.

She took a turn for the worse two days ago and chose to spend her time in my basement where it was cool.  The basement is where I took her when I first brought her home to try and teach her to play. I would lock Toby and Bonnie, my other cats, out and it would just be me and Amelia. She loved when she found me in the basement doing laundry or piddling around and would follow every step I took.  I stayed with her downstairs for these last two days and this afternoon before I took her to the vet we spent time in the garden which she loved.

Under the caring and compassionate hand of Dr. Debrah Berman at the Thornhill Veterinary Clinic with me at her side Amelia went to a place she will be forever happy.

In her honor please forward her story and encourage people to consider older pets when they are going to adopt a kitty. 

Like me, they will never regret it.

My beautiful challenging Amelia was put to sleep this afternoon at 4:45 p.m. July 19, 2012
                The Last Battle

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep
Then will you do what must be done
For this - - the last battle - - can't be won

You will be sad I understand
But don't let grief then stay your hand
For on this day, more than the rest
Your love and friendship must stand the test

We have had so many happy years
Through happiness, laughter, sadness and tears
You wouldn't want me to suffer so
When the time comes, please, let me go

Take me to where to my needs they'll tend
Only stay with me until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I have been saved 

Author Unknown
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We who choose to surround ourselves with lives 
Even more temporary than our own 
Live within a fragile circle easily and often breached
Unable to accept it's awful gaps 
We still would live no other way
We cherish memory as the only certain immortality 
Never fully understanding the necessary plan

Irving Townsend