1999 - 2009
In Loving Memory of
April 1999 - July 2009
Lucy was adopted from PetsMart 10 years ago. She was one of the ugliest little kittens I'd ever seen and since I already had two cats at home (Fred and Ethel, thus the name Lucy) I was hesitant to take another. So, I held her at the store for a little while and promised her that I would look in on her the following weekend and if she was still there that I would take her home with me. I went back, she was still there, I took her home and I am so very, very happy that I did. She melted my heart and will remain a part of it for the rest of my life. I miss her so much I can't explain. Adopt a pet! They need us as much as we need them. One thing that I didn't mention to you in my letter yesterday was that she learned to ring a little chime that hung on my refrigerator door when she wanted her treat. It took me one weekend to teach her to ring the little chime and from that time forward when I would ask her if she wanted a treat she would run to the refrigerator door, reach up and ring the chime. I would meet her there and give her that treat as promised. No matter where I was in my house she was there. She remains in my shadow today.
Thanks for doing what you do. It helps the rest of us cope with the worst part of pet ownership. The saying goodbye part. I am feeling better now that Lucy's home. I was feeling unsettled and lost until she was safe at home with us. I give her little box a few soft taps every night as I pass her on my way to bed. I think it's helped me come to terms with her absence.
Here's Lucy's hello story. When Lucy was a little tiny kitten I would call out to her when I would return home by saying, "Hello-o-o, Lucy, I'm Home". One day during my arrival routine she let out a loud meow that sounded just like a "hello-o-o" back to me. I would always scoop her up and give her a big hug and smooch and I guess it became her treat or reinforcement and over time she perfected that meow to sound exactly like "hello-o-o". She and I would sing hello to each other quite often and I have her singing her hello on tape that I will cherish forever.