(Sainte-Adele, Quebec, Canada)
Mitsou lived with me for 18 years. She was a wonderful cat, with a lovely personality and deeply affectionate. We had a very deep bond, and still have. She shared almost two decades of good and bad times with me and when I had to make that painful decision, it crushed me completely. She died in my arms at the vet's office, after our last soul-to-soul conversation. She was purring, relaxed, she knew I was there for her and doing the best for her.
My spouse was with me and we decided that we would bury her in the country, by the river, close to where we now live together. At the time, I was working in the city and would only be there during weekends. So we choose a lovely spot in the shade of georgeous evergreens and we buried Mitsou with her favourite toy and a silver ring I was always wearing. Then we planted a lovely New Guinea Impatiens on her grave. Sylvain carved her name on a tree trunk. I am a ritual person and it always helped me to know that I do things the right way according to my own needs and beliefs.
A week later, I was walking home from work and a sudden glitter caught my eye in a store window I just passed on my way. It was a jewelry store and there was the same exact ring I had put with Mitsou in her resting place. I walked in and found out it was the last of this model in that store. I tried it on, and it fit perfectly. I bought it without the slightest hesitation.
A few days later, I had a dream. I was walking on a deserted road beside a field with tall wild plants and a fence. I could hear a cat mewing and I recognized her voice. I called to her and she came from under the heavy plants. I got down on my knees, and took her in my arms, across the wire fence. She cuddled on my heart and we went home. I fed her and was so happy to see her eat and purr. She was looking at me with those same loving eyes as ever. I could see she was fine and happy.
I believe she came back to tell me that she had safely arrived on the other side, and to thank me for loving her so much, up until the very end of her life.
This was almost 10 years ago and I still love her and miss her deeply. But I know she is OK and that she is taking care of me and of Lili, the beautiful lady cat that came to share my life after her. Lili will never fill the empty place left by Mitsou, but I love her as much, and will do everthing to make sure she is safe and happy.
So, thank you Mitsou for that wonderful gift. I am still wearing the silver ring, honoring our precious bond until we meet again, over the Rainbow Bridge.
And thank you Lili, for being there in my life everyday.
Love you both xxxx
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