September 15th 2012 8:36 am
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Trupanion (the pet insurance company we use) had a contest for "How my pet changed my life." Mom wrote a story about me, and we got picked for an award - a $25 PetCo gift card! Here's the story Mom wrote:
My Tonkinese cat, Rider, came to me at a time when I really needed him. In January 2010 I lost my shelter cat, Mr. Fez, very suddenly from complications of a urinary blockage. He was only 4 years old, and I was heartbroken. My European Burmese, Linus, was very bonded to Mr. Fez, and missed his best friend. Linus started annoying my 14 year old shelter cat, Mickey, and I. Poor Mickey didn't appreciate Linus' antics at his age! I needed another kitty to love, and Linus needed a new friend (before he drove Mickey and I nuts!) but I wasn't sure what route I wanted to go...
A friend suggested the Tonkinese breeder she got her Tonk from. I contacted the breeder, and Rider was available at 6 months old. I decided Rider would be the perfect new addition to the family, and new friend for Linus. Rider moved in the end of February 2010. Initially Linus was NOT happy to meet his new best friend. He would hiss and growl at Rider... and Rider (who could clearly tell when someone was blowing smoke) would just walk right on by. That really seemed to irk Linus! Linus quickly figured out he had another young cat to play with, and started making play advances. You could see the confused look on Rider's face "You've been calling me every name in the book for days... and NOW you want to play!" Linus and Rider soon became best friends, and Linus wasted no time showing him all the high places and how to get into trouble! Mickey also liked Rider, and Rider didn't annoy him like Linus sometimes could.
Sadly, Mickey passed away in April 2010 due to kidney failure, only 6 weeks after I got Rider and 3 months after the death of Mr. Fez. I don't think Linus and I could have got through that without Rider. Losing two cats three months apart was extremely difficult. Rider was there to help Linus and I through that.
Rider has also proven to be a good show cat. He is a Grand Champion Alter in the American Cat Fanciers' Association. I have met several friends on the show circuit I wouldn't have without Rider. Rider is very special to me.
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Hadn't read this before. Mom and dad found me after they lost their Tonkinese at age 8 to kidney failure. And here I am 14 years later! I'll be 16 the end of this month.