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Beatrice was truly the smartest, mellowest, most gorgeous cat ever. From the second I adopted her from the SFSPCA it was true love. For reasons unknown to me, she was adopted and returned twice after first being rescued from the street. From a skinny, somewhat short-haired cat, she exploded into a glorious creature. I never tired of her relentless anti-literacy campaign as she worked her way between me and all reading material; her ever watchfulness sitting in the window waiting from me to come home (= dinner!); her easy assumption that every guest would swoon over her and give her the compliments and attention that were her due; her soft chirp to get attention as she was splayed on her back wanting some belly kisses; her absolute joy when she realized her favorite shrimp shrimp was on the menu; her calm and ready acceptance of both temporary boarding cats and new rescues; and, finally, her soft patience, and quiet dignity at the end – gracefully submitting to all efforts to save her. All she wanted was to curl in my arms and let me talk quietly into her fur, recounting our time together and assuring her she was so utterly loved and appreciated. People keep telling me how lucky she was to have me as her guardian when, the real truth is how lucky I was that she chose me. If we are fortunate, there are a lot of wonderful animals in our lives… and there is always one that is/was the one… I constantly miss her.
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