Luna captured my heart when she put her little paw out of her cage to tap me on the shoulder at the SPCA. She was in quarantine and I asked her story. Luna had been brought to the SPCA very sick. She had been found in a barn. She was old (about 7 years), and had feline herpes, which had given her scars on her eyes and lungs, leading to chronic asthma. No one had wanted to adopt her due to her illnesses. She had been at numerous locations for almost a year and a half. Chances of her finding a home were slim. I decided I needed to give her the love and life she deserved, and was willing to give her whatever medical attention she needed.
Luna was able to outlive the time even the vet thought she had left. She thrived with love and great veterinary care. She rarely meowed, and we actually thought she didn't have a voice at first! Everyone at the vets office came to know and love her as she would calmly let them give her monthly shots (to help with her condition) and sat through her exams like a champ. She became my partner in crime, my one and only confidant. She greeted me at the door when I came home each day and snuggled next to me each night when I went to sleep.
Luna sat by me (literally and figuratively) every day while I was recovering from leg surgeries that put me in a wheelchair. She would sit next to my bed 24-7 while I was unable to move and when people had to lift me in and out she would follow wherever they took me, keeping a close eye on me. As I began to learn how to walk again (a 5 year process) she began to slowly leave my side as she saw me become more independent. It's like she knew she didn't' need to take care of me as much anymore.
Luna was with me when I went through many life changes, she purred next to me when I went through numerous heartbreaks, and seemed to know when I found my human soul mate that it was finally okay to say goodbye. After surprising vets and myself by how she was able to gracefully able to age and have her illnesses seem to not affect her, one day she stopped responding to her monthly treatments. My heart broke as I had to say goodbye to my fur soul-mate. My companion, my confident, my cherished buddy - Luna will live forever in my heart.