I had one today.
I left at around 11:00 to run what I hoped to be a 16 mile run. I stopped after 8. Those 8 miles were run on a hilly course at 7:15 pace (58:00 flat) and I was pretty happy with that, but the pace was a struggle so I decided to go easy and head back home. Looking back, I'm glad I did.
I got home and was drinking some water when my cat, Lilly, threw up. Then she threw up again. This isn't really all that unusual, so I didn't think much of it. I cleaned it up and went back to cooling off after my run.
A couple minutes later I heard what sounded like Lilly moaning. A bit worried, I found her underneath the bed and she was breathing heavy and didn't look so good. I moved the bed and got her out and knew something was wrong. While calling the vet, she lost some control of her bowels. At this point, I'll spare you the rest of the details...I really have no idea what happened to her, but it wasn't pretty. Fortunately, it all happened pretty quickly (I didn't even make it to my car to head to the vet's office) and Lilly was gone.
Ellie and I got Lilly in 2004 and immediately she and I had a bond. On the car ride back from Wisconsin to St. Louis (I was in school down there at this point), Lilly slept on my shoulders. She would greet me when I got home from school or work by running over and laying down on the floor right in front of me. Every night, she slept between my feet, either above or under the covers..depending on the season. When I'd want to roll over, I'd pull my legs up to my waist, then rotate, and then replace them around her. She really was adorable, and she was my first pet. It can't ever be easy to lose a pet, but the first one is proving especially difficult--and she was only 3!
Looking back at this morning, at least I did come home when I did. I can't even imagine how hard I'd be hurting if I came home and found her in the condition she was at the end, without knowing anything about what happened. So for that I'm very thankful. She really was a sweet kitty.
I miss you, Lilly!
Lilly tormenting Parsenn yesterday before I left for work.