I was first introduced to Rae when my 13-year-old cat Ernie was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer and had only hours or days to live. I was offered
immediate euthanasia, but I wanted some time to say goodbye and, as Ernie truly hated going to the vet, I wanted to give him the option of dying at home.
At our first conversation Ernie made it very clear "no more vets;" he wanted to die at home and wanted me to stay with him all the time. I had to call
Rae to get permission to leave the house – however, it was always granted, so long as it wasn't too long!
Through Rae's generosity, compassion, and gentleness, I came to know Ernie on a much deeper level. I had always known him as a sweet, affectionate,
and sensitive guy. With Rae's help, I met a gentleman cat who was a wise and humorous philosopher. He approached his impending death with calm acceptance and shared his process of going
inward. He mentioned that leaving these bodies was a lot of work and takes focus, as we get really attached to them.
He eventually refused food, said he just wanted water, and for several days he enjoyed visiting all his favorite places in our home and garden. I was able
to be with him as he breathed his last.
I am eternally grateful to Rae for allowing me to share his process in a way that honored his wishes and allowed me to support him in the way he
San Pedro, CA