I'm a dog person at heart, but my work schedule and lifestyle hasn't always lent itself well to owning a dog on my own. So I adopted a little cat named Luna, instead. She was petite and grey and had long fur (I had sworn myself against a long-haired feline!), and when she sat in my lap at the shelter and purred, I fell in love.
She must have already used up eight lives by the time she came to me. My little bear left our world all too soon, and left me behind in a healing process that will, I imagine, continue for years.
Life is just better with an animal, so I eventually made it back to the shelter in search of a new companion. I found a little black kitten who liked when I scratched her belly. One family had already applied for her; I was on a waiting list. I'll never forget the moment the shelter agent told me: they had named her Luna. It was fate. I knew at that moment, wait list or no, she was The One for me.
I renamed her Shai (pronounced "Shay"). She is named for the Egyptian god of Fate and Destiny. She is my childhood cat, reincarnated in female form (too weird!). She is my spirit animal: loving + curious, with a serious backbone when it counts.
Special thanks to Haley at Carnefix Photography for images associated with this post (she rocks!)
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