Had to make the hard decision and let him go. Radar was 9 years old and a great cat. He was always ready to go to the woods. If I came out with a rifle he was ready to go and would take every step I took. On stand he would sit right beside me and not make a sound. He taught the younger cats to hunt and was absolutely fearless. He would chase a squirrel up a tree and catch it, kill it and through the body out of the tree. He was about 17#s before the sickness pulled him down. 2 years ago he developed a tumor on his tongue that was inoperable and the vet prescribed a medication that appeared to keep it in from growing. The last weeks we noticed that he didn't run in at night like he did previously but walked instead. He didn't seem to have the energy that he had before. He was just as loving and affectionate as always though. Last night he started tearing clumps of hair out. This morning the vet said that it had progressed to the lymph nodes and was attacking his immune system. I just could not force him to suffer any more and had to make this unpleasamt choice. We are all missing him now but I keep thinking of the previous posters and the comfort that the rainbow bridge brings me. Going to have to go now I'm having a little trouble typing. I will close with a picture I made of Radar 2 weeks ago. Goodby old friend I will miss you.