I suppose it is the height of narcissism to post something so personal, but Spider Robinson used to say that shared joy increases and shared pain lessens. Shannon, the older of my two cats (but not quite 9) had kidney failure and she was put to sleep today. She was the most loving cat I've ever known. She used to rub her face against mine and purr. She came to me from the Good Mews no kill cat shelter in town, and I've had her for less than two years. Damn it, it wasn't long enough, though I am so very grateful for the time I did have with her. Tonight I feel like I'd rather be dead than live on without her. That will pass, but oh, she was my heart's darling and the best thing, other than family and friends, to ever happen to me.
Blessed be, sweet girl. I will miss you. Be happy and I'll see you anon.