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Back in 1999, my husband at the time would travel with the military and I would get lonely at home. I wanted to get another cat to keep me company (my parents had to give our other cat away to friends due to allergies). I had decided I wanted a white kitten. One evening, my husband and I decided to go out to eat and as there was a long wait, I decided to go to PetSmart to check out the kitties they had in their shelter. My husband went to Barnes & Noble. When I walked back to the shelter, they were in the process of cleaning and told me I could come in to see the cats. I was looking for a white kitten and didn't see any. As I was looking, there was a beautiful grey and white tabby who came to the front of his cage and looked at me and started to meow. He touched my heart. I asked the volunteer if I could hold him and they said yes. The moment I held him in my arms I knew he was my forever friend. I told them I wanted to adopt him and they said I could but I had to take his litter mate with him. I was not interested in two cats and just wanted the grey and white tabby. They told me they would need to check with the shelter and would get back to me the next day. They called the next day to tell me they have agreed to separate the two litter mates and the good news is afterwards, they called me to advise it was the best thing they did because the other cat became more vibrant and loving with my precious best friend adopted.

From the moment I brought him home, he bacame an imnmediate part of the family. I named him Toby but the name never felt right. A week or so later, I came home from work and was hugging him telling him how LUCKY I am to have found him and how LUCKY he was to have me for a Mommy and then it clicked, his name would now be Lucky. I loved him so much and could not leave him alone for any longer than one day or I worried about him. One time my husband, his daughters and I went on vacation for a week and I was so distraught with just a neighbor coming in to feed him and visit him that I asked my father to come stay at my house so he would not be lonely. After that vacation, I would only go on trips where I could bring him with me, like when we would rent a house in Wildwood Crest. If we went on vacation, so did Lucky.

Five years later and after many years of trying, I was blessed to give birth to my beautiful son Christopher. I was so scared that Christopher would develop an allergy to Lucky and that I would have to find a new home for him. While he did have a slight allergy to Lucky per a skin test, he did not exhibit any symptoms and my son's allergist actually said that since Lucky was already in the house when he was born, actually helped.

This past year, I noticed Lucky started to lose weight and I took him to the vet where he was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism. He also had very high ALT (Liver) levels which the vet could not find out the reason why. He started to walk funny and noticed his right back leg was not working properly. We put him on thyroid meds as well as Prednisone and he began to walk normal again but just for a short time. He then began to struggle walking with his right back leg and then his left leg began the same issue. He would struggle to bend down to eat his food, had issues jumping up to bed or furniture or even just plain walking. We increased his meds and added some additional meds for his ALT but he still struggled. On June 20, 2014 I called my vet and told him about the changes and he said we could try some other meds but due to Lucky's age (16), it was getting time to think about putting an end to his suffering. I was advised through family and friends who have been through this before that if I make the decision, to do it sooner than later. On June 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm EDT, Lucky passed away and I his little legs are working and he is running around chasing moles and playing with his cousins. Iknow that when my time on this earth is over, I will see my beautiful furry best friend in heaven once again.

He was always there for me, in good times and bad. If I was sad or struggling, he would do what he did best, lie beside me, purr and wrap his paws around my neck to hug me. I will never, ever forget you Lucky! You were my best friend for 15 years and I miss you terribly. Be well my sweet boy until we meet again!

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