We welcome pets into our homes for many different reasons, but everyone will agree that they greatly improve our lives and our well being. The act of rescuing a pet and giving it a good home filled with a lot of love, is one of the most selfless acts we can ever do as human beings.
Eighteen years ago we rescued a cat named Izzy, who was quickly named Mistress (aka Ms. Kitty), and brought her into our first home in Haddonfield, New Jersey. She and Lion instantly became the centers of our universe.
I can best describe Ms. Kitty as one of the most inquisitive, smart and very in-tune cats that I've ever come across in my lifetime. She was always near me in the kitchen, watching me prepare our lunches and dinners, as well as desserts. Her favorite spot in the entire house was resting in front of my giant spice rack. We used to joke that she was judging my technique and recipes, to make sure I wasn't skipping steps or messing things up.
I can't tell you how empty my kitchen, my home and our lives feel without our kitty by us. Believe it or not, she was a very important part of this blog because of her presence. Letting go of that love and that companionship has been the hardest thing for us.
Our pets are members of the family, and in this lifetime, as parents, we make the promise to love them dearly and provide them with the best possible care. When it is time to say goodbye to our loved ones and make our peace, that love will continue to be there in our hearts.
Ms. Kitty, you're going to be greatly missed.