Last week I had to make the difficult decision to let my beautiful cat, Cookie, go.  At 14 years old, she lived a long wonderful life, the last 8 years of which I was blessed to have her in my life. 

She helped me through some of my lowest points.  No, she could not advise, commiserate, agree or challenge me.  What she offered was unconditional love no matter what I looked or sounded like.  She gave me warmth and affection as she followed me around the house, curling up beside me wherever I landed.   Focusing on her helped keep me grounded in the present moment when I needed to the most.

She added joy to my days.  Seeing her first thing every morning as she excitedly waited to be fed – ready for a new day, watching her as she napped in her favorite chair in such adorable positions, coming to greet me when I arrived home, “asking” to be brushed and her having her climb into bed with me most every evening.

Cookie was a special companion and will be missed deeply. 

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Who has been such a companion to you during the highs and lows of your life?

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