We didn’t really adopt Blackcat. She adopted us.
She was a feral cat outside our window for many years.
She distrusted humans. They almost certainly hurt her. An x-ray showed she had been shot at some time in her life.
But we crossed paths. And we became a part of her life 15 years ago.
On a cold winter’s night many years ago, she needed a warm place to sleep and we had one.
Eventually she moved in with us and became part of our family.
Now she is slowly transitioning into the next world.
Saying goodbye to a beloved pet is saying goodbye to a member of your family.
It is gut wrenching.
She has brought us love, laughter and joy.
Now there are tears and sorrow.
I just went to gently pet her.
She purred, as if to say, “I understand. And I love you too.”