Kuriko Osborne 1988 - 2005
I came home from the last day of GenCon and found Kuriko colapsed by the door in a puddle of urine. At first I thought she was dead right there until she move a little. I took her into the kitchen to see if she'd perk up for some food, but she couldn't even sit up.
I took her to the emergency vet, and I could tell it was bad. The vet did an exam and an x-ray and found several masses through Kuriko's body, including one that had dislodged her trachea. I couldn't even string the words together, but there was nothing to be done. I said goodbye to Kuriko and stayed with her while the vet sedated her and put her to sleep. I think she was really already gone... she didn't make a sound and didn't focus on anything. It felt like someone tore a hole in my chest. She has been with me most of my adult life.
My friends Keith and Sherri were kind enough to wait up for me while I brought Kuriko up to their farm and helped me bury her with two other cats from our tribe that had passed on.