My Dear Handsome Boy,
The day I lost my heart to you is still so fresh in my mind. It was a beautiful, sunny day nine years ago--the kind of day that makes you understand why they call New Mexico the Land of Enchantment. By the time we'd gotten home from the Santa Fe PetSmart where we found each other, my left arm was sunburnt from the sun beating through the car window and I had a funny tan line from my watch.
I knew nothing about cats. All I knew was that my grandma, your great grandma, said cats were easy and my landlord said cats were "unique little creatures" when I told him you wouldn't need to go outside. I had no idea how to pick out litter or food or cat toys. But I knew I loved you. From the moment I spotted you through the cat room window, I knew you were mine. I tried to be responsible and interact with the other cats, but you already had my heart.
I didn't know it could hurt so much to love something. When I signed those adoption papers, I was making a promise to love you and to protect you for the rest of your life. For most of our time together, I've felt like I was failing to keep that promise. I'm sorry I didn't find a way to help you sooner. I'm sorry that we spent over six years dealing with your bladder problems. I don't know if there was anything we could have done earlier, but I'm sorry you suffered for so long.
When I handed the shelter volunteer at PetSmart the adoption papers, she told me that you would be content to snuggle all day. I only saw glimpses of that love bug she said I was getting for our first 8 years together. For the last six months, though, you have been a different cat. You've been loving and playful. You've snuggled on my lap and slept on the pillow between my head and Rye's. When I wake up and hear you purring next to me, my heart feels like it's going to explode.
You are my heart. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful that we found each other.
Happy 9 year anniversary, my darling boy. Here's to many, many more happy, healthy years together. I love you more than rainbows.