|Carmen and Jonathan (top row)|
Dave, Kathy and Preston (bottom row)
|Twinkles (left) and Chelsea|
But in the early morning hours after the police came to inform me of this horrific tragedy, something almost miraculous happened. I was lying on my bed crying, sobbing to be exact. I could not process this loss in a calm way. The grief was enormously overwhelming, and my tears and sobs continued off and on for several hours.
Within a few minutes of me lying down, Twinkles jumped up on the bed and immediately and unhesitatingly came to my side and smelled my face and licked a few tears off my cheek. He then turned around several times in a circle and finally settled down right up close to my tummy and chest, as close as he could get. And he let me pet him and hold him snuggled up tightly while I sobbed and moaned. He never tried to move away or get away from my grasp. And he purred constantly. We stayed like that for at least 3 hours. I was finally able to calm down somewhat, in part due to his loud purring and rhythmic breathing. And eventually I was able to get up and start facing the new day, going through the motions of daily life as I started to deal with things related to this life-altering news.
I was so glad my cats were there, now demanding food and a clean litter box. Those little chores kept me sane during an insane time. I kept thinking of what Twinkles had done for me. I cannot describe the comfort and love I felt coming from that warm little body and the soothing nature of his loud, rhythmic purrs. Amazingly, he really knew what to do in order to help me cope and endure the beginning nightmare of dealing with such a severe loss in my life.
|Taking a break from play time!|
|Drinking sweet tea on my desk!|
But that is okay. My Twinkles was there exactly when I needed him the most. And I'll be forever grateful.
Written by: Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs where she sells her original handmade cat safety collars made out of all sorts of cute cotton fabrics. Her love of cats and all animals inspires her to create many types of useful and affordable creations for people and their pets. She also works as a volunteer with the Crafting for Animals Guild along with many other talented animal-loving artisans from ArtFire.