Thank you so, so much for the kind words about Pippa. Kristien and I are very upset and still feel extremely shocked by how quickly it happened. It helped me greatly to write about and process my feelings and know that others would miss Pippa, too. Sharing how I felt helped get me through the day… your kind words helped keep us focused on our positive memories. <3 I’m so sorry to hear that so many of us have recently lost a beloved pet.
To everyone who asked about Henry – although he was there when it happened, I put him in his crib and closed the door when I started to give Pippa CPR, so he didn’t see much.. at least he didn’t understand much. He keeps asking for her but will probably move on quickly. I am thankful that he can’t really comprehend what happened.
This instance made me aware of how much I need a CPR refresher. A cat’s death is nothing like a human’s death, and performing CPR on Pippa was nothing like performing CPR on another person. But the moment did make me realize how ill-prepared I am for emergencies, despite being certified in CPR. I wanted to link to some websites that I hope you will visit. We all need safety reminders every now and then.
Edited to add: I’m getting a lot of feedback about how some of the original videos that I linked to are outdated or confusing. The LAST thing I want to do is confuse someone in regards to such an important issue. So I’m just going to link to some other websites and leave it at that. Sorry if anyone was confused. As I said, the intent was to spread information, but that’s not very valuable if it’s out-of-date or overwhelming. The best course for me is probably just to urge people to get certified.
I will definitely be getting re-certified in CPR very soon. Visit the American Red Cross to learn how.