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I am a high school English teacher in an urban high school in Oklahoma City. I am a member of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 2309. I am a Democrat, a union activist and a worker for social justice. I also am a Christian (Congregationalist). I play chess and coach our school chess team.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

RIP Whiner

Whiner with our friend, John Thompson

Today Cat and I had to fulfill a painful responsibility for all pet owners and lovers. We had to have our cat named "Whiner" euthanized.

Whiner was part of Cat's house when we "blended" our houses together. Orginally, his name was "Prince", but soon afterwards Cat changed his name due to his constant meowing, usually for food.

Whiner was about 12 years old, but had been declining lately. He also wasn't taking care of himself at all. He had lost a lot of weight and was having trouble getting around. It got to the point where keeping him alive was cruel.

So we took him to the vet who advised us to end his suffering. So we acted in his best interest. He now rests in our back yard where he enjoyed laying out in the Oklahoma sun.

Goodbye our friend and companion.

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