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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
“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
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