Today I said good-bye to my precious furbaby, BJ, my soulmate for over 18 years. You have blessed us with years of happiness, fun, memories and your unconditional love.|
I remember that December day in 1997 when I answered the door and Brad stood there with you in his arms, a rescue from the shelter, for Alissa for Christmas. I wasn't sure an indoor cat was a good idea, but you stole my heart the minute I held you in my arms. Your beautiful soft, shiny black fur glistened in the sunlight and your purr was as loud as a humming motor. Looking into your golden eyes, one could see the glimmer of a thankful soul.
We've encountered some bumps in the road in our journey together. You loved to go outside. During one of your sneaky escapes, you were gone overnight and met up with something which caused you to become ill. Whatever this was required 2 surgeries. But you bounced back and again was our sweet BJ. Several more times the escape artist showed himself and I spent many hours searching for you and praying that I would find you. God answered my prayers every time!
Years past and Alissa married and went off to college, 2 more years past and Greg left for college. During those very difficult times in my life, you were there for me. You knew when I needed you and would lay in my lap for hours allowing me to rub your soft black fur and listen to the hums of your purrs all the while graciously sharing your unconditional love. Your heart is as golden as your eyes and everyone that ever met you would say the same.
The past few years age crept upon your body. Slowly, that gleam in your golden eyes began to fade. But even though your body began to fail and your purr grew faint, your unconditional love never faltered. You still were there for me when I needed you.
Although your soft black fur still glistens in the sunlight, your bones began to peek through as you have become so thin. Slowly your body is wasting away and its not fair to allow you to suffer any longer. No longer do you run and play but lay contently on your perch or in our laps. You never complain but continue to fight. But today I give you back the love you so freely gave me and set you free. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS, MY SWEET BJ and I'll see you someday at the Rainbow Bridge. Forever I hold you in my heart.
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