Acquired: Other (stray, given cat by friend etc.)
Posted Sep 01, 2015
This cat found me when I was in college and she was in bad shape. Someone had shot her and my roommates and I went door to door trying to find her owner. But could not find one, she was in bad shape so I took her to the vet. She had a fever and a bad infection from the bullet. They were never able to remove the bullet and it was alway in between her shoulder blades which made her walk with a cool swagger. She was very protective of me and would never let my roommates dogs enter my room, she would stand guard at the door all day and night. She was with me through college and into my thirties. She always greeted me at the door with her bouncy run to the door and meow. In order to keep the shedding down, I would take her to the groomer and get a Lion cut which would last for 3 months. It was so cute and we would joke that she was the tiniest lion. She actually loved it and would prance around the house. Whenever I was sick she would not leave my side, she would stick near me. She was not one of those cats that wanted to be alone, she needed her people and would get depressed if she was left alone for too long. She would not eat if we were not home so it was important not to leave her alone for long. She would only eat when we ate. She also would come when called and learned how to walk on a leash. There were very few people that she didn't like but the ones she didn't like she would let you know and let them know, her ears would go back and she would howl and she did attack two people in the time I had her. They never came back, they were dates I had at the time and I guess she sensed something about them that wasn't good so I trusted her.
When she was older she started to get sick a lot. It started with a leg injury and then lung infection, high blood pressure, and finally she died of a rare form of pneumonia. It was heartbreaking but she went on her own terms and held out to say goodbye, I know I could not have put her down, I couldn't make that decision. She had such a unique personality.