After a sudden onset illness and two days of rapid decline, our Charlie passed away in my arms early this morning.
We aren't sure of the cause; but we did our best nursing her and keeping her as comfortable as possible. Ultra-low temperatures precluded us from making the 4 hour trip into Fairbanks to get her to the vet despite our continued efforts to get the truck running and on the road.
We adopted Charlie in 2007 from our vet while Odin was hospitalized the first time after being diagnosed with diabetes and chronic renal insufficiency. She had been abandoned by her previous owner and had been living in the vet's kennel for nearly a year at that point, so we have never been sure exactly how old she was.
Despite general crankiness, Charlie was a loving and adorable kitty. She was with us and provided comfort throughout Odin's illness and eventual death in 2008, and the death of his sister Celine in 2009 of massive stroke shortly after we arrived here. She valiantly survived a drive through Canada, two winters in wall tent and Ripley's puppyhood.
Charlie will be sorely missed, everyday, as I miss Odin and Celine.