Jul 18, 2011 - Cats, Personal    3 Comments

Four Years Ago Today

Four years ago, while recovering from major surgery and mourning the still fresh loss of my father, I felt an urge to expand my family.

I was nervous. I had tried to bring a second cat into mine and Tabitha’s lives before and it had backfired. I wound up with a sweet boy who just wasn’t right for us. When he died suddenly, I’m ashamed to say I was relieved.

So it was with trepidation that I visited the Ottawa Humane Society on a hot Tuesday afternoon. I clutched a list of requirements that the new cat would have to have for me to bring it home. There were dozens of kitties in cages and I spent time with each one. Some shied away, some were very demanding. I don’t know how long I was there but it was at least an hour. And then I saw him, a brown tabby peering out at me from a bottom cage. He was curious, but not needy. I looked at his information sheet and compared it to my list. A perfect match. I put my hand up to him and he came to sniff it. My heart went boom and all my doubts went away. The next day, I brought home my handsome boy, Neelix:

first picture I took of Neelix

It takes a while for me to bond to an animal, but like with Tabitha, I felt an instant tug towards Neelix and I knew he was going to fit into our family just fine.

It wasn’t until several years later that I realised that my list was missing a crucial requirement: a sweet disposition. Thankfully Neelix has one. I have never met a gentler cat in my life.

Happy adoption day my beloved boy.

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3 Comments

  • ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Happy Adoption Day,Neelix!? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • In my experience, the loss of a parent never really leaves us. No matter how many years pass it is still a very traumatic event with many reminders that come our way at the most unexpected times. For you to be the person you are today, Gary must have been a great guy!!

  • With the loss of a family member that can not be replaced, time can heal some of the loss. Replacing the emptiness and putting service into your life. See what you find that appeals to you and spend some time in that area. Having a pet, cat and or dog in our case is very helpful to. They can give you a laugh when you need it, a hug and a lick to support you. They will can be a companion in hard times and their love is just there waiting to be received. Enjoy them and let your life be filled with the joy that your pets and others bring to your life.

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