I believe that everyone should be like my late cat Holly. She was such a joy to be around growing up, and of all our cats she was my favorite. She always took time out of her busy day (which mostly consisted of napping) to pay attention to my family, and especially me. Whether it be sitting at the foot of my bed while I slept, or sitting on my lap, or even rubbing against my leg, she was always there for me. Holly was such an undeserving cat of what would present itself to her as she aged. Holly was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in her brain, and her slow demise started to begin. She was coughing up blood and could barely see straight, however, she still would find time to come and sit on my lap or sleep on my bed. As the disease worsened, and Holly continued to age, the vet and my family decided that it would be best for her to be put to sleep. I can remember the long ride to the vet’s office, and the sadness that overcame me as I thought that these were the final moments of her life, and our life together. Holly was suffering greatly at this time, but she still found time for me. During the car ride and in the waiting room, she sat on my lap as if she was trying to comfort me, when really she needed all the comfort. It was now time to put her in eternal sleep, and I carried her into her room. I continued to stroke her fur as the doctor was getting ready to administrate the liquid. She continued to purr and look in my eyes as she was getting her shot, and as her eyelids took their long, smooth journey to their close. Holly passed away at this moment, but she was such a warrior in her life. She was suffering, but still found time to be there for me. She was such a selfless animal, and she never seemed to show any signs of discomfort when we wanted her to come sit on our laps or sleep on our beds. Holly was an amazing animal, and people should really learn to be like her. If everyone was as selfless as Holly, this world would be such a better place to live.
Nick - Canfield, Ohio
Entered on February 17, 2009
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