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The news stories that never fail to put a smile on my face are those that feature heroic pets, whether it's the newly adopted cat who awakens her family when a fire breaks out or the dog who alerts their human that an epileptic seizure is imminent. Remember Tara the cat who saved a 6 year old boy from getting attacked by a dog?
True, I've never had a cat do anything that would lead the world to view them as anything other than an "ordinary cat", but when you love your pet, every single moment you spend together matters. My cats have always been my greatest joy and my greatest comfort...and that makes them my greatest heroes.
One moment that I will never forget for as long as I live happened just last June. I was lying in bed working on a blog post about the dog movie "Max" that was about to premiere. I started to watch the music video by Blake Shelton for the movie's theme song, "Forever Young". I don't know if it was the images from the movie or the song itself or the two combined, but I started crying. Not just a few tears either but outright sobbing.
Truffles ran into the bedroom, hopped on the bed, got into my lap and started rubbing against me and purring. She knew that I was terribly upset and her first instinct was to comfort me the only way she could...with her love. Little did I know a few short weeks later she would be gone in the blink of an eye. That moment is the reason why I titled the blog post announcing her passing "Forever Young, Precious Truffles". She was only four years old and it's the way I will always remember her...forever young.
Needless to say, when I adopted Mudpie she had some gigantic paws to fill and the monumental task of mending a completely shattered heart. That popular adoption quote "Who rescued who?" has never held greater meaning. While I still haven't even begun to accept the unfairness of what happened to Truffles, the pure joy that Mudpie exudes 24/7 has proven to be so healing and therapeutic.
And that makes her a mighty big hero in this cat mom's eyes.
Do you have a hero pet in your life?
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