Do you ever take your cats for granted, even fleetingly, especially if they have done something, or continue to do something to annoy you?

Milo loved to jump on the bed, at any time of the day or night - but mostly when we were in it - and lick her you know where, near to your ear, and noisily. And that’s it.

Whenever we went out, for long or short periods, upon returning, she would be on the fence, or in the hall. Never failed once; reliable as clockwork.

She was the kind of cat who was always there. And, until the last few months of her life, always purring, always wanting to be near you.

When she died of thyroid problems - and boy did she fight for her life - it left a huge hole, probably bigger than all the fabulous cats who we have shared our lives with. She died on New Year’s Eve 2012. Her picture is small, but very visible on our mantelpiece.

Every time I look at it, I smile. A mixture of pleasure, thinking of 10 wonderful years she shared with us, and sadness that her loud purr and mischievous ways are absent.

My wife Anne, who channels Diana [read on even if you don’t buy this] saw her in Jesus’ arms the day she died. And Diana had told her about 1 month before, she had chances to re-join the Great Cat, but wanted to be with us.

You see that sums Milo up. You decide if it makes sense for you. But rest assured that is exactly how she would be if she could talk.

And you know animals do talk. Just not in the confusing way we humans do.

One more wonderful, priceless gift from God. Where would we be without them?

Milo, we love you.

  

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