Loving Your Pet Through Death…

My cat has lost weight recently and has not been eating.

We took her to the vet.

Diagnosis: kidney (or renal) failure.

Prognosis: not good.

There are things we can do to make her comfortable: give her fluids, change her diet, maintain low-stress environment.

But, ultimately, she’s dying. She could have months. Or a year.

Yet, somehow, I’m grateful.

Grateful that I know so we can not take her for granted. Grateful I can love her more. Grateful for the years she has given us.

This doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s never easy to watch a pet die. I’ve held two of my dogs in my arms when they were dying. And I knew a little ahead of time it was coming.

The worst part is the helplessness of it all. Not being able to help. To make her better. To do anything. Except hold her and love her and cherish her.

While she’s here, we’ll make the most of it.

Love her till death and beyond.

We love you, dearest Emerald.

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Our precious, precious kitty

Hiking in Colorado: Kruger Rock Trail

Hermit Park Natural Area

Hiking in Colorado:  Kruger Rock Trail

Kruger Rock Trail is an enjoyable hiking trail near Estes Park, CO. It’s 2 miles up and 2 miles down, slightly inclined the entire way up and then decline on the way back. It sits in Hermit Park Natural Area, which is a fee area.

The entrance to the trail is by a huge pavilion and camping sites. Open fields in the very beginning with a lot of beautiful wildflowers and butterflies and then up the mountain! Lots of shade. Trail very easy to follow. Amazing views of the town of Estes Park.  Great for families.

Town of Estes Park, CO

 

Hiking in Colorado: Mount Margaret Trail…

Mount Margaret Trail

Hiking in Colorado: Mount Margaret Trail

“Bear!”

We all freeze and turn to look at the outcry of my middle daughter. Out of the shrubbery emerges a….cow.

We all breathed a sigh of relief. None of us wanted to meet a bear.

Near Red Feather Lakes, CO, Mount Margaret Trail is an easy out and back trail. My kids and I hiked this trail that was relatively flat and had amazing wildflowers, butterflies, and pine smells. Burnt trees from fires a few years back (along with some beetle kill) dotted the landscape along with large rocks and boulders.

As opposed to Red Mountain Open Space, this trail had lots of shade and was a bit cooler because of it.

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Fun, easy trail that got me yearning for our forthcoming camping and ATV trip!