Frankie Weiss and Her Magic

Epilogue without a prologue

JOHNNIE WEISS had to be put to sleep (euthanized) on November 28, 2006.

Just a couple of days ago, while lying in bed before falling asleep, my thoughts turned to Johnnie; it suddenly dawned on me that this beautiful Tabby cat, physically, had been part of my life for nine years and one day.

On that fateful day I noticed Johnnie’s heart was beating in a way that alarmed me, Instead of a beat of about 140 per minute…her heart was heaving in a manner that made her side or lungs swell much more obvious than in a normal beat. Her regular Vet was about 20 miles from home. No, I would not waste the time driving to Marlton, New Jersey, besides Dr. Honey only came in on certain days. I called a Veterinarian near my home and made an emergency appointment to bring Johnnie in for examination.

I put her in the same pet carrier that I had used 9 years and 1 day earlier, when I brought Johnnie and Frankie Weiss into my home and life. They both were about 4-1/2 months old at that time. Johnnie was timid…Frankie is brash, bossy and demanding. Johnnie ran and hid behind the sofa, Frankie started to explore her new home.

But you already knew that if you read the story I wrote about “Frankie Weiss and Her Magic.”

At the new Vet’s office I was introduced to Jill, a pleasant young lady, a Veterinarian; we went into an examination room…Johnnie would not leave the carrier. Gently I lifted her out and onto the steel examination table…Jill quickly applied her stethoscope to Johnnie’s heart and lungs and immediately suggested X-rays be taken. Naturally anything to help Johnnie was of extreme importance to me, and of course to Johnnie.

A short while later…I received a crushing verbal blow…the X-rays showed that Johnnie’s lungs were filled with fluid and there were also signs of possible cancer. Asking this young lady Vet what could be done for Johnnie and (for) me. The look in this young lady Vet’s eyes were of sadness and deep regret…as she answered me…practically nothing.

For a quick second, I did not grasp the meaning of the word...nothing.

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