Tio, The Prince Cat

This is an emotional story for me to write.

I have been thinking about how to write this, because it is of a personal nature. And I finally decided to just write it the way it is.

My wife, Susan, and I (Michael) run the site here at ALifeOfLight.com We are baby boomers, our children are grown and we have 4 wonderful grandchildren. They live close by but not with us, but who we do have living in our home with us are our pets. Dog and cats. We have been a family like this for quite a while, over 7 years actually. We are very close. The cats sleep on the bed at night with us sometimes, the dog sleeps on the floor. One Mom, one Dad, one little girl cat (Lexi), a little boy cat (Tio) and our dog, Clancy. And you know how it is, even though they have names, your animal family friends get nicknames.

So for Clancy, it was Mister Dog, for Lexi - Tiny Cat, and for Tio it was Prince Cat, because he was so regal in nature.

Tio Was My Friend

Tio is my very good and close friend. When I go out to run I have to make sure that Tio is in the house, otherwise he follows me, calling to me to slow down so that he can keep up. Tio is a great alarm clock, and I know exactly when I have overslept because he is right up by my head, kneading the pillow with his front paws to wake me up because it’s like, “C’mon Dad, the sun is up, it’s time to go outside to play”

I like to write and I spend a lot of time at my desk when I'm not working with clients. Tio would sit there with me, and sleep and play around with my papers and other things scattered about on my desk. Lots of people have to get one of those timers and set it to go off after a certain amount of time working, so they can have a break.

Not me, when I had been working long enough, (in Tio’s opinion), he would wake himself up, do his little cat waking up stretch and maneuver himself to sit directly in front of my computer screen. That is his way of saying, “Dad, it’s time for a break” And for him the only kind of break that counts is for me to pick him up, cradle him in my arms like a little baby, he curls his little cat arms over my arm and we walk around the house.

We had to tour the living room, the fireplace room and go to look out patio door to see the hummingbirds and dragonflies in the backyard garden. Tio had a special spot where he lay under the hibiscus bushes keeping guard over his home. When he lay there in the garden, it was almost like he was a part of it, and we called him Tio Blossom. And part of our walking break was to make sure for him that the dragonflies had not taken over his backyard. And then, of course, like all good walks at the end, it was time for treats. Tio really liked little pieces of sliced ham. Spoiled or what?

I’m a coffee drinker, and it became the game, that I would work for a while and then all of a sudden ”discover” that my coffee cup was empty. "Honey", I would say, "Tio drank all my coffee." And of course, I would have to brew another pot. It was a good game, and Tio didn't mind being accused of drinking all the coffee.

We lived like this happy and peaceful for a number of years. We had a good routine, and it suited all of us.

Everything Changes

Our little family was doing fine, it was a wonderful life; light, peaceful and serene. And then a few short weeks ago for some reason, Tio started losing weight. A lot of weight.

He would eat and eat and eat, but never gain any weight back, his ribs started to show, the vertebrae on his spine appeared, it turns out he had cancer eating him up from the inside out.

He couldn’t jump up to my desk to help me work anymore, so I would pick him up and put him on the desk on my notepad, and when it was time for a break, I would pick him up from my desk and carry him, cradled in my arms on our tour, to the living room, to the fireplace room to look out the patio door for errant dragonflies and then to the kitchen for a treat.

But then a little more time went by and he didn’t want any treats anymore, and then he didn’t want any dinner.

He wasn’t in any pain; he didn’t cry when I picked him up and when I did pick him up, he just purred, that soft little sound of gentleness and love. Blinked his eyes at me to tell me that he loved me and kept on being a cat.

After a few more days had passed, he couldn’t get down easily from the desk anymore, and I was afraid he would hurt himself if he tried to jump down, so I fixed places for him to lie; soft bath towels, in the office, in the living room, in the bedroom.

I would get down on the floor next to him and rub his head and tickle under his chin, and he would purr and purr and blink his eyes telling me he loved me.

It's Honorable

We all know when someone is dying, it's just a part of that universal knowledge we all share. I think it is an honorable thing to be able to die at home. I think that way for people and I think that way for our animal family members as well. Surrounded by your loved ones, cuddled in their love, it’s a peaceful transition. Better in my opinion than the chilly cold of a hospital bed or the vet’s office.

But it’s a difficult thing. In our world we push death away. We see it on TV a dozen times a day, but up close and personal, we don’t have much experience with it. It’s honorable and difficult at the very same time. Gut wrenching emotions, and bouts of tears at the same time.

All the things I write about at A Life Of Light are things I believe with a passion. I live my life in the belief that we are all immortal Powerful Creator Spirits traveling on an endless journey through eternity. I believe we choose who we are going to incarnate with, human and animal. But the truth is, it’s hard to watch your loved ones dying a day at a time, because we are here on this physical plane, and our emotions are part of what make us human.

This past Saturday, Tio didn’t walk at all. We had a walking tour through the house, but only one. The rest of the day he just lay on the coolness of the stone floor safe in the midst of his family who loved him. He didn’t eat anything and I could get him to drink a little bit of water, but not really very much. But when I scruffled his head and under his chin, and I would get a little purr and a bit of eye blinking, and of course, I told him I loved him.

I'm Going Now

Sunday morning, I got up a bit early, I checked my computer to see if there were any emails I needed to respond to and I heard Tio meow loudly, something I had not heard for weeks. Then Susan called me from the bedroom, "Daddy, come here, quick, Tio is calling.” So in I ran, and I picked up my little prince cat and held him cradled in my arms. Susan scruffled his little head, and we both told him how much we loved him.

He blinked his kitty eyes for the last time, gave out one more little meow, as if to say "Bye Mom, bye Dad, I'm going now, I love you", purred just a little and passed into spirit while I held him safe in my arms.

So I laid him gently on the sofa, and went out to the backyard to the garden and dug a little grave for him under the hibiscus bushes where he used to spend hours sitting watching the hummingbirds and the dragonflies, pretending he was fierce and sniffing the breeze when it brought in scents of sage from the open desert.

I carried him one last time cradled in my arms out to his favorite spot in the garden, kissed his head, and laid his little body in the ground. I put his favorite ball into his grave and Susan cut a flower and placed it on his body. We held hands and thanked the Universe for the time we had to spend together. Then we covered him up and placed a special stone to mark the spot where our little friend’s body lies.

Then Susan and I spent the day telling stories about Tio and honoring his memory for the beautiful times we spent together. They were wonderful years and my only regret is that I wish I had more of them.

I made this image for my Facebook profile picture because it reminds me of how Tio looked when we were walking out to the garden that one last time. Snuggled in my arms, face turned up toward the gentle warmth of the sun, a peaceful secret cat smile on his lips.

I asked for a little beam of light the other day to be sent our way and I want to thank you for all the messages we got and the kind words of support.

Thank you.

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73 Comments on “Tio, The Prince Cat”

  1. Rick Lelchuk


    As I read this touching story my Rocky is purring next to me. He spends the days with me in the office. He’s our old guy, been with us for 12 years. He’s looking at me now. It’s attention time. Soon it will be snack time.

    We’ve lost animals before too. We cried, as I’m shedding a tear for Tio now. It hurts to loose a being so devoted to your happiness. That’s the way I see it. They each have their own personalities, each their quirks and each provide entertainment, joy and love.

    So here’s to all the Tio’s who we keep fondly nestled in our hearts.

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    1. Michael

      Thank you Rick, for your very kind words. It is quite an amazing thing how small furry creatures manage to slide their way into our hearts. And we welcome them there, never wanting them to leave. I am glad Rocky is there with you, I bet he’s a wonderful companion. 🙂

  2. Susan

    Yes. This was our life. I miss Tio Cat so much. Thank You for writing his story and sharing it with everyone. Once again, I shed tears. A Wonderful Homage to our Very Good Friend. Meow. XO

  3. Lynn Brown

    So very sad for your loss. Our pets are NOT just “pets,” they are our family & we grieve as such. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Lynn. They are indeed not “Just” pets, they are our family, just as you are saying. We miss out little cat boy a lot.

  4. Ruth Gontrum

    Oh Michael, I am so sorry! I couldn’t hold back the tears, when I read what happened. You see, I have a cat, too, his name is Amigo, and he really is my friend. And though death is a part of life, it hurts so much to say good-bye to a loved one. You made it easier for Tio to go and I think he really said good-bye to you with his last meow. And somehow he will always be with you.
    Thinking of you,

    1. Michael

      Thank you Ruth for your very kind words. That is the perfect name for your cat, Amigo, I am sure he is your very good friend. You know how I believe about the Universe, I do think our relationship was perfect. I just miss Tio and having him here in this physical life with me now.

  5. Holly

    So sorry for you loss.. Brings back memories of our dog Navine.. She had cancer and left us quickly last summer… There are things that I miss and often see her beside me still as I work in the office. But I won’t reminisce as this is your time… Enjoy the memories….
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    1. Michael

      Thank you Holly. I am sorry to hear about your dog Navine. I still look out the patio door and see Tio there giving me the high five to let him in.

  6. Dorothy

    Michael & Susan,

    I am so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved Tio. The tears are rolling as I write this to you, I feel your grief. Sending you and your animal family, love, light, and prayers, for peace in your heart.


    1. Michael

      Thank you Dorothy. Tio was a precious part of our family. Thank you so much for your prayers and the light you are sending us.

  7. Sharon

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful and intimate part of your life with our community. I have also had and lost family (pets).

    Tio and you made such a good choice to live together and reci-give ALOL. Over the next while, be as kind to yourselves as you have been to all of us.

    Hugs and blessings, Sharon

    1. Michael

      Thank you Sharon. You are right, this was a very intimate part of our lives. Thank you so much for your kind words. Our community here is wonderful and supportive and we are truly blessed.

  8. Pedro

    Dear Michael and Susan,

    I had to write a couple of words. I just arrived home…totally tired from a complicated day (its almost 1 a.m. here) but your Story reminded me of all the pets that have come and gone in my Life. I grew up with cats (41 years old now 😉 there where countless good furry souls. I contribute to Tios memory. Thanks for sharing. You are very good people and have helped me a lot in the past weeks with the “Daily dosage of ALOL” 😉

    I wish you more Love & Life!

    1. Michael

      Pedro, thank you so much for taking the time to write to us, that really means a lot. I am so glad that the ALOL messages have been helping you. We truly appreciate your kindness and your wonderful words.

  9. Lori

    That was such a beautiful story. My tears are falling and my heart is heavy for both of you. I know what this feels like too. Your words expressed the beauty of a friendship between humans and animals. Thank you for sharing this.

    Even though the loss and hurt never go away, they do fade with time. I wish you both peace at this time of sorrow.

    Love always,

    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kindness, Lori. We know Tio is here with us, we just miss being able to touch him and watch him in his garden and listen to his purring.

  10. Susan

    Thank you all for your words of comfort. Tio surely was a Blessing in our lives. We so appreciate your reaching out to us. We feel the Light!

  11. Jim

    I recently lost 2 sisters that blessed me for 21 years. Animals are so full of unconditional love! We can learn alot from our furry friends.
    Blessings to you!

    1. Michael

      Thank you Jim. Our furry friends do give us so many blessings in our lives. You are so right, their hearts loves us absolutely unconditionally.

    1. Michael

      Hi Rosemary, thank you for your kind words, I sincerely appreciate them. I have had other cats and dogs before, but for some reason this relationship was very special. Just one of those things that you know in your heart is the way life is supposed to be. It was wonderful, most of my sadness is for myself because I miss that everyday contact. You are right, I did learn a lot from him.

  12. Willena Flewelling

    Michael and Susan, my heart goes out to you today, as the loss of Tio is so fresh. Words are so inadequate… our furry friends take up such a big place in our hearts, don’t they! I still miss my Honey kitty, who enriched our lives for 13 years… and her grandson, Goldie, who blessed us for 17 years. They’ve been gone for 8 and 5 years now, and other furry friends have come to join us… but I will never forget the ones who are gone.

    Cherish the memories!!

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    1. Michael

      Thank you WIllena. Our little animal friends take up a whole lot of our heart space, and fill it with love. It’s a wonderful feeling. Clancy is doing a bit better, for a while he really missed his friend a lot, but I think the animals are connected in a very heart way, and those two still are.

  13. Nick

    Michael my friend.. wow, your love come out load and clear with your loving Tio story.

    I feel for you and yoru wife… but that will not bring back your lovely prince… but hope it will give you courage to believe you have done what no one lese would do for Tio whole alive… so BE HAPPY that you where able to serve Tio as you did and love Tio as you did that was all that was required of you and both of you done a marvelous job…

    As you wrote the story, I almost felt like being there with all of you and experience the love that was surrounding yoru loving home.

    Tio is not gone… but that Love is will stay present for every.. especailly if you an dyour wife are able to let Tio go.. accept that Tion finished the task that was assigned here on earth… Tio made you more loving towards others and that was a great task very well accomplished (knowing you and reading all what you wrote here, tells me it is true)

    Michaeland Susan… have courage… be happy for being of service to a wonderful Prince who deserved your love…all of you are now together in person and in spirit.

    Thanks for sharing your love through the story above.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you so very much, Nick for your very kind words. I think you are right about Tio’s mission, it was one of the really good things in my life (and there are a lot of them0 to be able to share this time and experience with Tio. My heart grew a lot in it’s ability to show a bit of love and caring kindness towards me. It was quite a beautiful experience, the time that we all spent together, and I will treasure it for a long time to come. 🙂

    1. Michael

      Hi Julieanne, they do make such a difference in our lives, quite amazing sometimes how strong those bonds really are. Tio was a very loyal little boy, and very very friendly. I am glad you liked his story. 🙂

  14. Lani - Aloha

    Aloha Michael, your post really brought tears to my eyes, because your story emphasize love, pain and goodbyes. I know family pets are an addition to the family and they become so much of our own lives and the most pleasant thing is that they are their for us to hold, cuddle and love when we and they need it. God created such loving creatures to bring love out of us. I appreciate you sharing such a personal story. Mahalo, Lani 🙂

    Ps..it’s nice to be part of a warm group on fb.
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    1. Michael

      Aloha, Lani, thank you for your very kind words. We have had pets in our home for a long time, it is till hard to remember that Tio isn’t there when we get up in the morning. His heart was full of love and we treasure each moment we had together with him. Mahalo to you 🙂

  15. Dr. Erica Goodstone


    What a sweet and delicate story about your beloved Tio. I pass my neighbor’s window each morning. Usually her precious bulldog is so happy, sliding back and forth on the radiator where he sits looking out the window, wagging his tale. But yesterday was a different story. He would not even look at me when I passed by. He averted his eyes, looked down and just sat perfectly still. He was depressed because his owner was not home. Today when I passed by, he looked sad again. And then she came home and his tail started wagging again. Animals are so real and authentic and loving.


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    1. Michael

      It is quite amazing how connected we are to our animal friends. Spirits join up together in this journey and they can be human or animal spirits sharing the journey. The connection is profound and just like you are saying, authentic and real. Tio was a big influence in my life and I miss him a lot. 🙂

  16. Steve Borgman

    Michael, I’m sending some love and encouragement your way. I never thought I would love cats as much as I do. I married into a legacy of cat lovers when I met my wife: since then, I’ve been privileged to know Muffin, Calvin, Mojo, Madison, Flanders, and Mocha. Flanders is my regal Orange Cat. And they all keep me company in their own ways. Life would not be the same without them. That’s what I figured out when we had to say goodby to Muffin and Calvin. Thanks for sharing your beautiful journey with Tio with us.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you Steve, Tio was my friend and even though I had had cats before (if you can even phrase it that way) there was something significantly different about this relationship. I had never known a cat who wanted to be picked up and carried around before. It was very sweet. I am glad we had that journey together.

    1. Michael

      Thank you Michael, I sincerely appreciate your kind words. It is nice to meet fellow animal lovers. 🙂 More writing coming up soon.

  17. Donna Merrill

    Michael, you forgot to warn us to take out our tissues. OK…I stopped crying..Now, we all know that everything on this planet will die in their time. But people don’t talk about it.
    But the dying process is beautiful when you are with your loved one.

    My husband and I made the choice last year to take care of my father-in-law with the help of hospice at home. We knew he was dying, but there was always that little feeling of hope in our hearts. It took seven months, and our lives were put on pause.

    It wasn’t easy, but in a way beautiful. As he dwindled, he needed more and more care. The last few weeks of his life were 24/7 care. But watching his soul leave his body on the last moment was a beautiful experience. We were focused all that time on feeding him, massaging him, making sure there wasn’t a bed sore. All that changed our lives.

    Letting him go was not as painful because it was his time. We were doing reiki to help him with his transition. The death process was an experience. When we tried to share it with others, no one would want to talk about it. But, we did and still do. How wonderful this universe works. The release of a soul is a beautiful thing.

    1. Michael

      I apologize Donna for not warning you about needing tissues. It was quite an experience for us to go through and quite an experience to write about too.

      It is an honorable and beautiful thing to be with someone when they transition, human or animal. In the last couple of weeks, with Tio, we just knew, he would lay on the floor wherever we were, and we just took care of each other. It is a natural part of the world. It just seems that even though, our world is full of images of death and dying in the news or on TV shows, that many people have no real experience with it.

      We see it portrayed as a horrible thing, full of fear and regret and ugliness, but in fact passing is as natural as being born. It is sad because we miss Tio, but it was beautiful because it was something we all shared. Thank you for your very kind words.

  18. Adrienne

    Hi Michael,

    This is my first visit to your blog and I’m glad I have a hanky right here. That was heartbreaking.

    My sister just lost her cat so I know what you’re going through. I had a Cocker Spaniel for 19 years but I had to take him to the vet. Although he did pass away in my arms, I didn’t think I could come back to this house knowing he passed here. I know he forgive me for that and he’s always with me. I still miss him to this day and he’ll be gone seven years next month. I’m a baby boomer myself and he and I grew up together and since I have no children of my own, my animals are my life.

    Since then I have gotten another dog so they are definitely family to me. I’m so very sorry for your lost but I know that Tio enjoyed every single minute with you all.

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    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Adrienne. Tio was a member of our family and he was very precious to us. Wow, 19 years is a long time and I absolutely understand how it is to fear living in the house where your beloved friend passed on. We chose this way for us, and have not regretted it in the least. It was a sacred event to share and we have no regrets for having chosen this path. It was a precious moment, one of those star moments in your life, that you mark time around.

      I am glad you have another companion, our animal friends are such a huge part of our lives, there is this big empty hole where they belong, when they are not there, and I am glad you have another friend.

  19. Lydia Brown

    So very sorry to hear about Tio. A few months ago my family lost our precious Raven. She was a black Lab. Like Tio Raven brought such joy to me and my husband. Each day something happens to remind us she is no longer with us. I still feel her hugs because that is how she was. When we hugged her she would lean into us hugging us back. Peace and Blessings to you and your family.

    1. Michael

      Thank you, Lydia, for your kindness. I am sorry that you lost your Raven. I understand exactly how it is with sharing hugs with your dog. We have a collie dog who always wants to stand in the middle between us so he can share in the hug too. He is very sweet. Peace in return to your family, thank you for your kind comments. 🙂

  20. marquita herald

    Thank you for sharing your touching story Michael. As a life long animal lover I’ve suffered the loss a few of my loving friends over the years. It’s never easy to lose a pet because as you’ve so eloquently shared in your story they become an important part of our daily lives, much as a family member really. My sincere condolences for your loss, and I hope that you will find strength and comfort in your treasured memories.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you, Marty. We do have many fond memories of our little friend. He was part of our family for a long time. Susan and I both think we will see him again, we just miss having him around right now. 🙁

  21. Tony Manifold

    I feel your pain. My parents are putting down the last “family” dog I had (before I moved out) tomorrow. She has had a long a full life but it still hurts.

    1. Michael

      Thank you, Tony, I am sorry for your loss, it is always a very difficult situation I hope that you and your family do OK through this.

  22. Yorinda

    Big Hug, Michael!

    My thoughts are with you.

    The furry souls/angels which keep us company for a while during our human journey can be so precious and it is sad when they leave.

    I had a few cats and the last 2 shifted house with me a few times and they were old and had a few teeth missing. One of the moves must have been one too many and the disappeared on the second day. I hope they found a new home, and I feel sad sometimes when I see a grey tabby.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you, Yorinda. You are so right, our furry friends are very precious. I have had a number of cat friends over the years, and there was just something special about this guy. He just got into my heart and lived there. 🙂

  23. Lynn Jones

    So glad you shared that wonderful story of a heart wrenching experience. I too, have had special cats that I was very sad to see leave us. It is so sweet how we as people can have an endearing relationship with our pets. I am sure you still miss your prince Tio. He died honorably.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you Lynn. It was difficult and honorable at the same time. He was an amazing part of their lives. And we are so happy to have been able to have shared those years together.

    1. Michael

      Thank you Sadie, it is a bit better now, and you are absolutely correct, the memories of our time together are wonderful. 🙂

    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Kim. And for the hugs. 🙂 In my life, Tio the cat represented a huge emotional change and a great acceptance of such an unconditional love, it was quite an amazing thing it have happen. I gave already Susan her hug and she said to please send one back to you. 🙂

  24. Steve Nicholas

    Thank you for sharing your story, Michael! I couldn’t help but think about how much Tio meant to you, and what an amazing tribute you gave to him. I also started thinking about my cat Leopard who we adopted when one of my wife’s friends was going to adopt him only to find out that he has leukemia. I don’t know if he is going to live a long life or not, but I just hope that I can honor him through however long we have him half as well as you honored Tio.
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    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kindness, Steve. 🙂 I hadn’t quite realized the depth to which we had woven our lives together. It was sacred and beautiful. I have no doubt that Leopard is going to have a fine life with you, and the truth is, it was easy to honor Tio’s life. The path just kind of showed itself. Well, maybe easy isn’t the word exactly, but true, maybe that is more like it. 🙂

    1. Michael

      Thank you Angela. Tio was such a part of our lives, it was hard to imagine a day without him. We have a new little boy now, whose name is Rico, and while he will never take Tio’s place in our hearts, he is in his own way, a precious member of our family. 🙂

  25. Leslie Denning

    Hi Michael. My husband and I are also boomers with grandchildren,and we love cats (currently we have 8). In fact, we have many ‘friends’ buried all over our farm. I think a lot of people don’t think that cats don’t have personalities, but we know better. Our oldest cat, Buddy, is about 12 now, and it’s going to be so sad when he passes. I’m glad you had such a friend in Tio. I expect to see all my pets again. They’re just waiting for me to cross over.

    All the best,
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    1. Michael

      Hi Leslie,

      They have such very distinct personalities, it is quite amazing. Tio’s friend Clancy goes out to his grave sometimes and the neighbor cat who Tio had a love/hate relationship with still comes by almost every day looking for his friend. Our house now has been graced by the presence of Rico, a fine handsome little fellow who we rescued. He is a wonderful little guy and has mad himself an integral part of our family in a very short amount of time. <3

    1. Michael

      Thank you, Donna for your very kind words. I still tear up when I read this story. We have a new little cat friend now, whose name is Rico, and he is very sweet. 🙂

  26. Gregory Bowen

    Hello Michael….This is a beautiful story…..People sometimes think that pets are only pets…..reality our pets are part of the family…..we love all our pets, but we have favorites….Sometimes we have a special pet that we really connect with….They teach us about unconditional love…..never hold grudges…..they don’t care if you ever explain yourself or if we are rich or poor….They just love us anyway….They also help us learn how to appreciate the little things…..like the hummingbirds and dragonflies….and when they pass on they teach us about transition and life change,….while giving us memories when we see their old favorite places….What a gift Thanks Michael And Tio The Prince Cat! Smokey
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    1. Michael

      Wow, Greg, thank you so much for your very kind words. Tio was my good boy, we bonded together in a way that was almost indescribable, and I still miss seeing him sitting in front of my monitor telling me it is time for a break.

      He did love us, you could tell just be looking into his eyes and listening to him purr. Not that he wasn’t a scamp sometimes, he certainly was. But his heart was beautiful, and fit together with ours perfectly. <3

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