On Sunday morning at 4 a.m., our current dog, Edward, woke me up with some strange behavior. He was jumping all over the bed, including all over MrB — and he knows better than to do that! I coaxed Edward out into the living room, where I found PK, as we called Purrkoy, having trouble walking and standing. By 5 a.m. I had left a note for MrB and sneaked away to the 24-hour Animal Medical Center with PK. The neurology team came in at 8 a.m., confirmed that PK had had a stroke, and started treating him for swelling of the brain. I was hopeful at first, but he experienced a cascade of complications, and by this morning it was clear we had to let him go. I am thankful we had a chance to say goodbye.
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I tell Henry da dog we must paws at da 🌈bridge so I can make sure meowmie iz doing everything the way I want her to because I iz bery particular always! She sez thank you for all da condolences and she iz reading every message and will acknowledge every single one. She sez iz great consolation to know how much everyone loved me and I am like duh of course I am da most lovable and also a famous opurra star! Thank ewe to aunt @stacylomman for coming to visit me and for my turtleneck sweater and for taking a last picture of da magic toe bean for meowmie who waz bery stressed she hadn’t taken one. Thank ewe to @amcny and Dr Gutierrez for twying so hard to help meowt. Meowmie knows I was so speshul that this world couldn’t contain me and that having four years with me was like winning da lottery for a zillion dollars. I sez to meowmie da same thing I sez to her after I 💩 in da 🛀- you’re welcome!! Meowmie and Aunt Stacy are organizing all my photos and opurra purrformances and will share more of dem (and repeat da ones dey love da most). I’m so glad I let meowmie record a big purrformance the other day – even doe I made her do it in da dark! Like I said I iz particular about how I does things ❤️🌈 love to you all.
I’m also thankful for the outpouring of condolences from Purrkoy’s 15,000-strong Instagram family. I always knew many people were entertained by the antics of “babycat,” as he was also known. Those included his love for sink drinks and his habit of singing the “song of his people” — which we referred to as “opurra” — at the top of his lungs in the wee hours of the morning. By the way, he was strangely reluctant to perform his music for the camera and would literally hightail it out of the room if he saw me coming with the phone, but just four days ago, I kept the lights off and thereby managed to get a full aria recorded for his fans.
Anyway, I did appreciate how many people were amused by him, but I didn’t expect so many to tell me that they had shared him with their friends, family, and colleagues, and that he provided a bright moment for them on dark days. I find consolation in knowing that he made thousands of people smile.
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Hewwo, IG family, it iz me, babycat. Thank ewe for all your good thoughts. Da @amcny neurologists made da big fuss over me after my stroke but I kept feeling worse and worse. Henry da dog flew to da 🌈 bridge four years ago today and he was telling me that I could have all the sink dwinks I want there AND live in my family’s hearts forever. Dis sounded like a good plan. Also I iz going to be da new star soloist of da heavenly choir! 🎤🎶🌈 Meowmie iz amazed that her little devil on earth was in such a rush to become a little angel but I haz always done things my own way. I promised her that I will report back and tell her if Gigi da dog iz still as bad as ever tho. #babycat #pkstrong #rippurrkoy #toomuchpurrsonalityfordisworld
The AMC is performing a necropsy to see if a cause for the stroke can be determined. It isn’t always possible to find a specific reason, but we will give it a try.
Meanwhile, I have thousands of cute babycat photos and videos, as does PK’s beloved aunt, Stacy Lomman, and we will continue to post them on his Instagram account. Oh, and if you’re curious about PK’s name, you can read all about the inspiration for that in my first post about him from 2014.