Oh wow, this is a hard one today.
For those of you who have been following my project and Sacha's last months with me - thank you so much for your kind words - she sadly passed away today at 1.35pm.
Yesterday was bad and today she was refusing food and water again so we had the vet come in. She had got some infection in her gums and was in need of some teeth extracted, but she'd never survive the operation. The vet wasn't convinced this was what was causing the problems though. She said that antibiotics may help for a few days but after that she was certainly just going to deteriorate. So with very very heavy-hearts we all agreed that the best thing for her was to let her go.
Before the vet came she took herself outside for 20 mins and sat in the sun and looked around - was almost like she was taking it all in for one final time, knowing she was so ill. We sat out with her and stroked her.
Giving consent to put her to sleep was one of the hardest things i have ever done (crying as i type this). While they gave her the injection all i could do was cup her face in my hands and just repeat "I'm sorry". Her head went limp in my hands and that was it. We wrapped her in her blanket and i carried her to the car with the vet and said our final goodbyes and they drove off.
Needless to say we are all heartbroken, the centre image is of her bed in the lounge - i put a geranium flower on it for the shot. The other photos are a compilation of the best ones over the last 5 years. (bottom right was taken a few days ago)