Cat Memorial: Shuggie from Hamden
by Lynn French
My Shuggie was one of the best presents God ever gave me. She was a stray who showed up at my back door one day.
She was very shy and it took some time before we became friends. Every night, I would go out on the back porch and call to her.
She would peek her head out and come to the stairs where I would leave her some food and water. I would watch her from the window.
One night I stayed out to see if she would come up if I stayed on the stairs and she did. It was at that point a great friendship was born one of mutual trust and love.
Eventually, I would hold her over my shoulder every night and we would sit and chat about the day's events.
One night, the most amazing thing happened as I was holding her over my shoulder. Her stomach began to punch me... Oh my word! She was pregnant. I could hardly believe it.
Sure enough, my girl gave birth to five healthy kittens (2 boys and 3 girls). We kept Shug and two of the girls (Arwen and Lisa) and found homes for the remaining three.
I was blessed to have my Shugs for 10 years. Every day she made me smile and she reminded me how important it is to love and be loved. I lost her nearly three weeks ago to cancer.
I will tell you that every night I go to sleep and cry just missing her and praying that she is with Jesus on his big bed in the sky.
My hope is to get to a point where I can think of her and smile. Everyone should have a Shug - she's essential to a beautiful life.
Thank you for this space.
P.S. I miss her sleeping on my head.