TOWNSHIP OF OLMSTED, Ohio – This story is about my kitten, Bella.
After losing my adorable dog Papillon at 14 in 2015, I felt incomplete. We had moved into the Columbia Park development for 55+ years ago and were very happy. But when I lost Rufus, I said what all the parents of grieving animals say … “never again!”
It went on for about a month with no reason to get out of bed. Then I got a message from my cousin, who was a volunteer at Berea Animal Rescue. She said when – or if – I was ready to adopt a new furry companion, to let her know.
I woke up on a Friday morning and suddenly had the overwhelming feeling that it was daytime! I also said to myself, “A cat this time.
I went to the pet store and bought a litter box, some litter, and a few cans. I had to figure out how to get to the rescue. I left. (It turned out that my cousin was on leave that day.)
Well, after finding my way there, I never realized that they would have a whole wall full of cages stacked four high. The volunteers were so kind, helping me narrow down my choices.
The last row contained a 9 year old cat named Polly. My daughter’s name is Holly, and I wanted a senior cat. A sign? She only weighed 6 pounds, which ticked another box (small and light).
I asked to hold it and they brought it to me. She looked up into my eyes and meowed. That’s when we adopted each other and got her new name – Bella.
It was five years ago … and also the last time I held her in my arms! She is very affectionate, but on her terms. She sleeps next to me every night and is on my lap all the time … on her terms.
Canton of Olmsted
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