Roughly 3 years ago I brought Laney home from Cat Guardians. I originally found Laney in the “special needs” room, and although her brother Robbie was a social one and the charmer, she hid in a little cubby hole in the kitty condo and all you could see were her eyes looking out at you. When I got a real good look at her, I fell in love. Not only was she physically gorgeous, but those eyes were just so soulful and innocent. And sadly, she also looked very lonely and scared. It just broke my heart that such a sweet looking creature looked so disenfranchised and alone. I wanted to do something for her, but I couldn’t afford to adopt another cat at the time, and having lost my girl Nikita less than a year before, I didn’t know if I was ready. But Cat Guardians needed to update their digs and make some extra space while they were doing that. So they decided to give Laney to me seeing as I was so taken by her and she really needed a home.
I am so glad they did. Because when the remodeling was finished at the shelter and it was time to give her back, I didn’t want to. We had built a strong, loving bond. For the first 6 weeks or so, she wouldn’t even come out of the back of my closet except for food and litter box needs, but after those initial weeks passed, she was letting me pet her and even jumping up on my bed and snuggling. Her biggest morning thing was to have about 15 to 20 solid minutes of “snuggle time,” and she would give me loving head butts that eventually would stick, so that we would end up lying top of head to top of head. God, I will miss that. I will also miss the times when she became so insistent about being fed that she would sit up on her kitty perch by the window and gently swat my head to get my ass up, sometimes even managing to comb my hair with her claws. I will also miss her watching TV with me, and sitting chattering at the birds and squirrels just outside the window. I will miss our chats about random things and lots of nothings. I will miss her waiting for me at the top of the stairs when I got home at night. She was my best friend and companion for the last 3 years and I am so, so thankful for the time I had with her. I hope I made her as happy as she made me.
I love you, dear Laney. We’ll meet again someday…
Your human, Cynthia