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My Sweet Shyloh...

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Back in 2007, I visited a website for a rescue shelter in my area. The month prior I had lost a cat that I loved so much, and the family was wanting to bring more fur baby joy back into the house.

At the urging of them, I visited a website for a local rescue shelter to see what they had going on. Much to my delight, there was a picture of two little kittens they had and my heart went flip flop.

I completely expected for these two to be gone by the time I was able to go to the shelter. Again, much to my delight, when I arrived they still had them both. My original plan was to adopt one of them, but I wasn't sure which one. I looked at them both in their cage, and noticed very distinct personalities. One was striking out at me, trying to paw me. The other was more huddled back in the far corner of the cage, acting a bit shy.

The shelter's contact person told me they were having a "2 for 1 Deal." Buy one, get one free. The children's eyes got all starry, and the expected "Please Mom! Please, Please, Please, Please can we get both" began coming from their mouths.

Two?? Really? Two??

So we got two.

I named them on the spot. Stryker for the boy who was reaching his paw out, trying to strike me. Shyloh for the girl, who acted all shy and stayed to herself in the back corner.

These two were hilarious. They would run all over, jump off of anything they could get onto, tackle one another and wrestle into submission. They walked on the outside of the railing of the staircase (which was terrifying for me as it was a long drop) until I found ways to barricade it...which they just found their way around.

The girl cat though, she was a snuggler. They were 3 months old when I adopted them, so they were still quite tiny. At just a few pounds, Shyloh was able to crawl up onto my shoulder and lay there sleeping. Stryker would try, but it just wasn't his thing.

After a few years, Stryker developed leukemia and had to be put to sleep. Devastating day that was, as it was the day after my son's birthday. After a few days, Shyloh began realizing her brother wasn't around anymore, and began a ritual of a crying-meow at 4:00 am, every single day for about 1 month.

I had compassion for her and it taught me so much about the cat world, and the feelings they truly feel.

Shyloh was my furry soulmate, my side kick for almost 14 years. She stood by my side as I dealt with life, rebuilt my life and learned to love my life. All the while, just following me around, purring away, rubbing her face on everything that was taking attention away from her, wanting to be fed and watered, and oh yes, clean my litter as often as possible, too.

Shyloh passed away yesterday, on my son's birthday :( She had been having issues on and off over the past few months. Older cat issues. It was her time to go. She waited until I got home from work, came in and checked on her, told her I loved her and petted her one last time. Then she opened her eyes, reached up her head and nodded it a bit. Then laid it back down.

Then she was gone.

Our fur babies bring a joy that is unmatched. I'm so grateful for our 14 year journey together. I can only hope others get to have a love like what I shared with this little girl. I will miss her, but I know she's in kitty heaven and feeling marvelous now.

RIP my sweet Shyloh xo
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    awww I am sad for you and the loss of your baby. As I was reading your story of their adoption, it reminded me of our girls - I too had lost cats and went looking and ended up with two, a bonded pair. One (Taffy) was coming out of the cage while Trinket huddled into the back. Trinket has ended up being the snuggler though we love them both. I am so glad for your time with shyloh but my heart aches for your sad loss. Especially after losing your sister not long ago.
    67 days ago
    Oh dear friend what a heart break. Our animals are such a large part of our lives. I pray the grief period goes quickly 😢
    70 days ago
  • ALOFA0509
    emoticon Aww Im soo sorry to here about your Best Mate Shyloh emoticon Beautiful Cats~ Soo sorry for your loss, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers emoticon emoticon
    71 days ago
    So sorry for your loss!! Hugs and prayers!!
    72 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/27/2020 10:29:36 PM
    What sweet pictures! My prayers go out to you. I know how heartbreaking it is to say goodbye.
    73 days ago
    I am so sorry for your loss. Pets bring us a lot of joy and love
    73 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sending hugs and prayers for healing. Our fur babies are truly part of our family and they are missed so much.
    73 days ago
    Boy it hurts to lose a beloved pet. My condolences! I’m sure her cat life was a life well lived.
    73 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Precious pics, Brenda. I am so very sorry for your loss of beautiful Shyloh. What a sweet companion you had for 14 blessed years.

    Big hugs, girlfriend. My heart hurts for you.
    Beautiful blog.

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    73 days ago
    Awwwwww, so sorry to hear about Shyloh crossing the Rainbow Bridge. HUGS and comfort to you. She knew she was loved beyond measure and that's the gift you gave her. And for sure, the love she gave you was beyond measure too.

    73 days ago
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