Dear Sophia.

24 hours ago, I had to put my best feline friend to sleep after 15 years.

Dear Sophia,

Thank you for the ten years of friendship you allowed me to have with you.  Whether, you realized it or not, you helped me get through some of the toughest times in my life.  You saved me from myself a lot of those times.  I am forever grateful for the time we spent together.

Remember when I adopted you?  Remember how you were sitting in that tiny cage and everyone passed you over because you weren’t a kitten?  I’m so glad I looked in your eyes that day and saw the kindness and love that you bestowed upon me everyday after. 
Remember the walks we would go on in the woods behind the apartment?  I told you all my secrets on those walks.  You never told a soul.  Thank you.
Remember when Ian died and you didn’t leave my side for weeks?  Maybe it was months.  Truth be told you never left my side.  You may have been the only bright light when I was in such a dark place.  Thank you.
Remember when I met Jason?  Remember how you loved him the minute you met him.  Remember how determined you were
not to let him die so you would put your paw on his throat to make sure he was still breathing?  Remember the songs he sang for you and about you.  He loves you so much.
I know you are having a blast right now, running and playing.  I know Ian was waiting for you.  After all, you were his bear.  Just know that the hardest thing I ever did was let you go.  It was not a decision I made lightly or easily.  Really, I just want to thank you for being my best friend.

Love always,