Pet Series | Meet Salem

To celebrate National Pet Month the Pet Series are real life stories of pets from their perspective.

Here’s, Salem! He was my first and, so far, only kitten…

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From the very beginning, you taught me to reach out to those in need of love and acceptance.

On top of being the biggest out of my brothers and sisters, I was the only all black one. Everyone gawked over my much cuter orange and multi-colored siblings and even your own mom and brother weren’t too excited about having a “bad luck” black cat around at first; especially one named Salem.

Yet, the very fact that I was shy and different from my siblings is why your heart reached out to me. Once you picked me up, I felt like I was in the safest place in the warmth of your arms and purred myself to sleep.

You held me while you lied on your couch for hours before you went to your room. I know that you went through a lot of effort to have a cozy bed for me, but for the first time in my short life I finally had someone that made me feel like a gem.

I found the door to your room and scratched and meowed until you opened the door. You showed complete compassion and even though I purred loudly and fell asleep over your neck you did not move me away.

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Hanging out with my mom


Your affection led me to be more confident and curious. My curiosity always led me to check and recheck the same rooms of the house just to make sure nothing changed because I really liked things the way they were. One day I ran out the back door, but was so terrified I jumped on top of a table and did not move. Your mom came out, but she saw the look of terror in my eyes and was also fearful so when you came out to get me I meowed in relief as soon as I saw you…my safety.


Your mom later got a little puppy that was my best friend for life, but I did notice how your brother felt a little left out. I was seen as yours and the puppy was seen as your mom’s and he was without a companion of his own.

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I knew the feeling all too well and I wanted to give him what you gave me; love and acceptance. As I got closer to him, he reciprocated the same love back and seeing his joy made me want to make sure he always felt it.

I started sleeping in his room and I knew that you loved me even more for what I was doing for your brother because his happiness meant everything to you. He became my human best friend and you remained my sweet mom that we both went to if I needed first aid.

black cat named Salem with his best human friend pet series younfolded blog

Unfortunately, some things are not noticeable until it is too late and unbeknownst to anyone my liver was failing. The day I was no longer able to walk your brother rushed me to your room and you quickly cut your important meeting short to rush me to the animal hospital.

I was in there for 3 days and as my surroundings were fading away I would faintly hear of you calling any chance you got to check on my progress. The news you received was not good and you came to see me one last time.

When the vet brought me out to you, I was breathing my last and I could hear you crying and calling out my name. The vet told you I was in a comatose state so you thought that I was not aware that you were there. But as soon as I felt the warmth of your arms, I was once again in my safe place and purred myself to my final sleep.

I will never forget the tenderness that surrounded me during my full and happy life. I felt like the luckiest black cat alive because you all loved and accepted me just as I was.

For that, I am forever grateful…


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“When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul”

– A.D. Williams

Feel free to share your stories and have us all feel the love 🙂

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Much Love,


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18 Comments on Pet Series | Meet Salem

  1. What lovely memories you have of Salem. He sounds like he was a wonderful kitty! I love black cats. They get a bad rap because of their color, but I think black cats are extra lucky. You both were lucky to have each other. Thank you for sharing your story! 🙂 Koko

    • Awww…thank you!! I agree:) Black cats are so beautiful and extra lucky in my book;) So nice to hear from you, Koko! Hope ur well 🙂 xoxo

  2. This is a lovely post about Salem, how lucky she was to have you love her unconditionally! So sorry at how she died 🙁 Pets are so special1 Thanks for sharing her story with us!

  3. I have traveled many a road with my wonderful precious pets (both cats and dogs.) It is never easy to say good-bye. Their unconditional love can never be replaced. The beautiful thing about our relationships with our pets is their ongoing and everlasting memories. I wouldn’t trade all the tea in china for any one of them!
    Beautiful post.

  4. Below is an excerpt from the book “Who said I was up for adoption?”, which recounts my story of Ray …. 75lbs of German Shepherd/Rottweiler… with an attitude … and my first dog! Note that all profits from book sales are being directed to the Oakville & Milton Humane Society (OMHS).

    To set the scene – Ray was up for adoption and I had taken him into a fenced area at OMHS where he could wander around at will:

    He then started walking directly towards me. My thoughts were rather confused because, while his approach seemed rather ominous, I could not rationalize why he would suddenly be aggressive. Based on blind faith that this dog would not hurt me without some reason, and as I had not knowingly given him such reason, I stayed in my squatting position and watched him come closer and closer until he stopped literally inches from my face and looked straight at me.

    As I looked into his big brown eyes, I recalled reading somewhere that “the eyes are the windows to the soul”. If that statement was correct, then our souls connected for a brief moment, and then he gently reached forward and touched his nose to mine, turned, and walked away.

    When I took him back to the OMHS staff, I related the experience and asked if I should have been concerned. Their response was quite an emotional “Oh no! He is telling you
    that he wants to be friends with you. That is so nice!” That incident endeared Ray to me!

    Why did a simple nose touch have such a profound effect? I believe it was because, whereas I have known many animals over the years, this was a new experience. Other animals have expressed tolerance of me, usually based from a need for food or attention, but that simple
    nose touch was a planned and executed move on Ray’s part. He was not only showing that he was comfortable with me but, more importantly, he wanted a relationship with me.


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