Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Our Forever Friends

Today I lost a loyal and devoted friend of 18 years, my cat Mischief. He had a long and happy life and was in too much pain to carry on so my sister took him to the vet so that he could be pain free, playing and romping in kitty heaven right now.

It's been a tough day, through tears I've remembered all the good times we shared together. The first time we saw him, he was only a few weeks old...I was about 12 years old and Lisa was 15. We went to a farm out in Warsaw, Va and saw him there- a cute little white furball with grey ears and knew we had to have him. After picking him out though..I kid you not (pun intended) a goat started chasing us! I hightailed it to the car, jumping through the window Dukes of Hazzard style and once safe, yelled to Mischief that we'd be bring to bring him home in a few weeks.

When we got him home, I decided we needed to celebrate his birthday every year, so we had to know which date it was. I got out the calendar, set it on the floor, and had him step on a date to let us know. He stepped on June 4th. His 18th "birthday" would have been tomorrow.

The years passed and Mischief developed his own unique personality, which we loved. He was the sweetest cat one minute but you could see when he simply had enough and you would know to leave him alone. Outsiders never learned this lesson well. Throughout high school friends would come over and we would say, don't pet him! Of course they never listened, had to show off, and boys would soon be screaming like little girls when he wrapped himself around their arm, biting and scratching away. That was our mischievous little kitty.

When I left for college my sister took custody and I came to visit as often as possible, even bringing my Bailey over for play dates. He slowed down in the last few years but would still come to greet me when I came over, purring and climbing into my lap. I saw him for the last time Saturday and held him and told him I loved him one last time. It would never be enough though. He gave me unconditional love, devotion and even some bites for the last 18 years and I cherished every minute.

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