Mary the cat came into our lives a little over 10 years ago. She was up for adoption at the local animal shelter and my daughter picked her out from the many that were there. Cindy and I had promised her daughter that she could get a cat after we moved in together. At the time, Cindy and I were still dating and Bekah was 6 years old. Fast forward to now, and we have been married 9 years and Bekah turns 18 two weeks from today. Yikes, how time flies. Anyways, Mary has been with us through it all.
We lived in a basement apartment when Mary came home with us for the first time. She was so scared and wouldn’t even think about going outside. After Cindy and I got married, we bought a house and Mary eventually decided to step outside and see what it was like. Well, it didn’t take long for her to become hooked to the outdoors and was quickly adapted to that lifestyle. No more need for a litter box, which didn’t hurt my feelings at all.
Throughout her life, Mary had to move with us a few times, where she had to adapt to indoor life, and then outdoor life again, but she did not complain and loved it no matter what. The past few years, we have been back in our house and Mary has been loving her outdoor lifestyle again. Just a few days ago, while we were having all that rain, I found Mary sleeping on top of the firewood pile in the carport. I’m not sure how, but sometimes we had even seen her sleeping on the top of the neighbors fence. It was pretty impressive, although it couldn’t have been that comfortable.
When the doorbell rang and the neighbors told us that Mary was passed away in the yard, it was hard to swallow. After thinking about her life with us and how long it has been, I feel she had a pretty good life. She was our first pet as a couple. In fact, she was probably one of our first purchases as a couple. I never realized that until just now.
Mary will be missed and there will never be another pet like her. I know she is in a better place now. Rest in Peace Mary.