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A Sad Day – R.I.P. – Dorian

January 18, 2014
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on…

Today, after a months-long struggle, our sweet kitten, Dorian, left this earth for the Rainbow Bridge. He died surrounded by those who loved him dearly, and we will all miss him terribly.
Throughout the decline of his health, we all weren’t sure what was ailing him, but the vet who saw to him at the end gave us a diagnosis that, now that we’ve researched it, explains every single bit of his illness. Dorian had Feline Infectious Peritonitis, which was brought on by the feline Coronavirus. We did all we could have done to prolong his life and give him a happy and healthy one to the very end, but there is no cure and no treatment for what he had, so when the time came, we had to say our goodbyes and let him go.
There’s a Dorian-shaped hole in all our hearts here at the Armstrong-Piet household. Dorian was the sweetest little kitty I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and loving. He was very much Saundra’s cat, as you’ll see in the photo below. My roomies have two yellow Labradors whom I often walk in the evenings, and tonight as I walked them, I looked up at the sky and honed in on the moon and the constellation Orion. Dorian lived through the holidays and through Saundra and Roger’s 16th wedding anniversary (which was yesterday). He also lived through the full moon. It seems as the moonlight began to wane, so too did he, and it was as swift as the scorpion bite that killed Orion in Greek Mythology. I know all of that doesn’t take away from the grief of losing Dorian, but those are the things that went through my mind tonight as I walked. Dorian lived an amazing life, and he squeezed every moment of loving out of everyone in the household, especially Saundra. We’re just sad that his life with us was so very short.

The last photo we took of Saundra with Dorian – November 2013
May 2012 – January 2014
Our sweet kittle skittle. You’ll always be treasured in our hearts and spirits.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dani permalink
    January 18, 2014 1:53 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I know you’ll have plenty of memories to cherish and he’ll be at peace and no longer suffering. He looked like such a sweetie!

    • January 18, 2014 11:03 am

      You can see a couple more pictures and a little video of him as a kitten here: We’ve closed the fundraiser we had going for him, but the pictures are still up there. Many more can be found on Saundra Armstrong’s Facebook page. She has many albums with our pets there.

      Thanks for your comment. The world just seems a few shades darker without him here.

      • Dani permalink
        January 18, 2014 7:10 pm

        Yes, it always does seem darker without the little ones about.

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