(c)2003 Suzan Vaughn
(no reproduction without permission)
Lydia was stuck in a cage at the animal shelter, but her spirit was
undeterred. The tortoise shell colored kitty was waiting, biding her time for
her new friends to come and pick her up. When Sam the toy poodle arrived, she
pressed her whole body against the cage and tried to play with him. Sam also
became animated and frolicked about the cage as Lydia purred and pressed against
Beth, accompanied by Sam, was at the shelter to pick up her beloved cat Max's
ashes, when she noticed the little cat. I had told her that her next cat would
choose her, that she would not be looking for a cat at the time, and to watch
for a kitten.
Lydia was very familiar with Beth, showing me pictures of a lifetime they'd had
together as neighbors. She sent me the pictures that she had lived three houses
down from Beth, who was then a little girl, and she said her encounter with Beth
had taught her that animals could be more than just workers (she was a mouser
who was not allowed in the house), they could also be beloved companions.
"So you are saying that we have been together in other lifetimes?"
"Not exactly together, but acquainted," I told her.
"Would you ask her if we've been together in this lifetime?"
"She says yes and there is a name that is coming through forcefully.
"Wow," said the stunned Beth. Then she told me the story of Mini.
Mini was a small cat that Beth had been very attached to. It had been difficult
to let her go when she passed on, but when she did, she made room at Beth's
house for Max.
"When I went to the same animal shelter I visited yesterday," she
said, "I was there to pick up Mini's ashes. I visited the cat cages and put
my face close to the bars. Max reached out through the bars and patted my face
with his paw. I was hooked."
Mini's death had made a place for Max in Beth's home, and now Max was
returning the favor by passing on to make a place for Lydia. The two were
connected in a circle of life that made each of their transitions easier on
Beth, while serving the needs of each feline friend!