I'm very sorry to say this, but I've got some more sad news to report.
Not all that long ago, I shared with you that we lost one of our former IBK, Virgil Pettibone. Just a few days before I got these news I had received an email from Victoria, mom to both Henry (formerly Carmine) and Agnes Pettibone.
She reported that Henry been dropping weight, so they took them into the vet to have him checked out. Things were pointing towards cancer, but at that time they were waiting for a report from the lab to confirm this. Sadly, soon after, cancer was confirmed.
They had hoped that Henry would have some good days left in him, but I'm afraid he did not, and he declined quickly. They said goodbye to their boy last week.
Henry was a very dear cat and was absolutely adored by his parents, Victoria and Ian. This loss is huge for them, and I know their hearts are aching right now. Having spent time with Henry during his kittenhood, we know how special he was. We are so deeply sorry and saddened, Vic and Ian.
It is very strange that that these two young brothers would pass within a couple of weeks of each other. The vets feel it's a just coincidence because their illnesses are not related, but to be safe, advised all the Pettibone adopters to take their cats in for blood work and tests. I haven't heard from Rosalie and Renatta's dad yet, but everything came back good for Alvie and Agnes. Thank goodness.
Pettibone families, you are deep in our thoughts right now. We're so sorry for the loss and worry you have experienced. We love you and your kittens, and more than anything, hope this is the end of the sad news for a very long time.
I took this photo the day the Pettibones moved in with us. Here they are napping on Sue. We knew from the start that they were special ones.
Here's Henry conspiring with brothers Alvie and Virgil.
Here's their first meeting with Bean.
And here's the whole beautiful family.
What a special lot.
If there is something awaiting us on the other side, I do hope these two special fellows are reunited there.