by Melissa Black
Thursday, February 10th, 2022
This morning we said our final goodbyes to our little “soul kitty”, Salem. She went peacefully in my husband's arms, as if she were ready to go. She gave us eighteen years of love and joy. She was so much more than "just a cat" (I hate it when people say that).
She was full of love and fun and mischief, in the best way. She was fiercely loyal to both of us. She was quirky, and at times seemed to have human qualities. She had so much personality that we often thought she might have been the reincarnated soul of a little girl. She slept by my left side - Every. Single. Night. Never on my right side. Only on my left side!
She was a hugger, and a cheek kisser. She was a world class jumper in her younger days. She was such a good jumper that she could have starred in a Purina cat food commercial, but she chose us. She loved to ride on Lynn’s shoulders.
She never left my side during my extended illness last year. She would lay at my LEFT SIDE while we watched countless episodes of “Paw and Order” for several months when I was too sick to get out of bed. She loved to watch animal shows on TV.
I can’t believe she is gone. I know that eventually I will stop crying. I am going to miss my little shadow - my soul kitty. “I will love her forever and 100 years.”
There will never be another animal that will ever come close to being as wonderful as Salem.
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