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Pictures taken during May 2020

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The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds!
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Closeup on the Blue Angels
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Thunderbirds, we meet again!
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I don't think I've ever taken photos of the Blue Angels before
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Some good looking jets
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Also this guy... who just wanted to fit in
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The flyover was a dumb idea but it was sort of fun to track down the jets
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All spaced out
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Go Thunderbirds
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I caught a second round of the jets because I saw a bunch of people parked on the side of the road. I just quickly parked and asked what was going on
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It was right in front of the little airport so I was finally able to get some shots of it
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Next time I'll have to come back at Golden Hour
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So soft
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Closeup of the stripes and spots pattern on Neil's fur
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Neil's not sure why he's getting so much attention
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I see you
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Back at the vet again. We thought for the final time, but no.
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Put those ears away, there's no need for alarm
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Since we thought this was it for Neil, I put his missions on my bag. He says "these seem familiar.."
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Yep, only two
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He liked the window
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This is such a great photo of Neil
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He was such a little goober
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Sun time again
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In the last couple weeks, Neil kept getting thirsty but couldn't really quench it. So he kept drinking from weird places
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Rather than stop him, I just moved a chair up to make it a little easier
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He seemed to prefer this mug so I just kept refilling it and making sure it was accessible
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12 cups??
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His fur started to feel different near the end
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When we thought Neil was leaving us on the 1st, Mom and Becky did a very nice thing and sent some flowers in a Neil-esque holder. They tried to cancel when he got his reprieve but it showed up anyway. I thought it was great. Neil approved
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I put the spider plant outside since I figured it'd do better out there
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We watched all of From the Earth to the Moon together
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Neil's fur started to get a little ragged
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But he was still as friendly as ever
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The final weekend was very rough. It was on me to make "the call", but with the weekend, I had to decide on Friday or last until Monday. I decided to wait.
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Neil was not having a great time. if you look at the timestamps of these photos you'll see that I was basically just sitting with him all night
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The vet said he wasn't in pain, he just felt very "blah".
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Brothers
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Neil looking for water again
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This is the last photo of Neil and Buzz together.
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On this, the final night, Neil almost looks normal again
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I found him downstairs. He was ready.
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On his little tuffet of towels
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How're you doing, buddy?
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Photos don't capture it, but he was moving strangely. It was clearly costing him a lot of effort. And his fur was tacky and ragged. But he made it through the weekend
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Despite everything, he still enjoyed looking out the window
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It's a good show out there
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Nice and bright
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It took some effort but he sat up for a while
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Oh Neil
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He was very wobbly
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Well. It's time.
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This is the last photo of Neil. He was everything you would ever want in a cat. Just perfect in every way. Once he got sick he held on so much longer than anyone thought. And it was a privilege to be there with him. This photo was taken after Neil was given a sedative. He slowly fell asleep and I just kept petting him, talking to him, and making eye contact with him. Acting on the vet's advice, I let him take Neil away for the end. Neil did a good job. He was a good cat.
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Whenever I gave Neil his fluids, I stored the needles in a taped-off plastic cup, so I could dispose of them safely
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Neil's Needles
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Each needle roughly represents a day.
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