Our sweet kitty, Jade, left us this past week. She has been part of our family for the past decade, the last year of which she has been fighting kidney disease. She was happy right up until her last days, and died in our arms. She picked us to be her family, knowing how much joy she would bring. We went to the animal shelter looking for a kitten when Jade found my shoulder and wouldn't climb down. There she perched so often over the years, blessing us all with her affectionate purrs. Ever the diplomat, she convinced everyone in the house that they were her favorite, taking turns snuggling with us all. She was the only cat ever to enjoy a gentle shower, happily sitting on a fence post in the rain. Sweet little cat. Soft green eyes of jade. We buried her in a field under a tree where she might watch over her beloved birds and mousy playthings.
Goodbye, sweet furry friend. This week's favorite is a guardian angel, carrying Jade to another place where sunny spots abound.