In Memory of Ivy
You were sweet and adorable when we first met you. You went right to Arnie, which we believed you knew his heart needed healing.
In a very short period of time, it became obvious that I was the one you chose to love the most.
We thought perhaps, it was a woman thing and maybe it was. All I know is that you were always by me, purring and asking for more back rubs.
You were dealing with illness when we adopted you and accepted all that it entailed. We believed it was manageable and did all we could to help you.
Things turned around when during an exam, we were told that you were dealing with more than a tummy thing and your life expectancy was 6 months to 1 year!
It was heartbreaking to hear this and we vowed to do all we could to ease any of your pain and to give you all the love we possibly could for the remainder of our time together.
You had been on several meds, but when you were prescribed steroids, we were privy to a kitten instead of a sickly adult.
You talked all the time! You surprised me by bringing me a ball out of the blue and challenged me to toss it for you. The best surprise of all was that you returned it to me. Game on!
You enjoyed this activity so much so that you would bring your ball into the bedroom at all hours of the night and demand that I play. Oh, but of course, I did!
After that when you wanted to rest, you insisted that I come to you and lay with you until you were ready to go to sleep. (our other cat had control of the bed and you were too timid to challenge her)
We talked....you and I.... all the time. You understood me and I understood you. It was an amazing relationship that I would wish on everyone. You were my best buddy, my playmate and most of all, what I know to be, God's Gift!
You defied the odds and we had you for 14 months! I may have kept you a little longer than I should. I hope not because I wouldn't want you uncomfortable for even a second.
The house feels empty and I look for you all the time. I know it was time for you to go and I accept that. It's difficult to accept the hole in my heart.
I am thankful for all your love and know that I will love and miss you forever.
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