This week’s Happy Tail is from Pam Mross of Wisconsin. Pam lost her longtime companion, Cleo, earlier this year. Eventually, her grief was eased by the adoption of another feline friend—not a replacement for Cleo, but rather a new life to love.
This past May, we let go of our 19-year-old cat, Cleo. It was devastating, and initially I questioned whether or not I could ever have another pet. A few weeks after her passing, my friend called with a suggestion I wasn’t ready to hear. A cat had been found with a broken leg and taken to the vet, where the doctor nursed him back to health. By June, he was ready for a forever home, and my friend thought our home was the place.
I had second thoughts. But then I realized, although I could never replace Cleo, I still had to give love another chance. T-Max has become a member of the family. The vet guessed his age around four, and he is quite the character and lots of fun. We now know that he was meant to be a part of our lives.
I learned something: For those of us who love animals, there is always more love to be given to those in need. For those who have lost a precious member of the family, a new life can help us mend.