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I first saw Oz, named after my favorite movie, housed alone next to a cage of adorable kittens. While everyone cooed over the babies, my attention went to this underdog. Oz didn't try hard for attention; he seemed to understand the appeal of kittens.

We'd been looking for a brother for our cat, "Bear", so I asked my husband

to come meet Oz. On our return visit I held him for the first time and knew instantly he was "the one"; he fit like a glove.

For months, Oz took a real shine to my husband and I found myself questioning whether he even liked me all that much - until I had surgery and would be out of commission for weeks. During this time Oz started to come around and by the end of my recovery his loyalties had shifted.

Oz was always close-by; computer time, watching tv and especially bedtime. He would dutifully join me for a tuck under the covers. His purrs, nibbles and loving gazes filled my heart; we were a team and spent many wonderful years enjoying each other's company.

In his 13th year, Oz didn't seem himself and after a trip to the veterinarian's we were given the bad news. Oz had developed diabetes and would need special care. Sadly and despite our best efforts over the next several months, Oz didn't respond well to treatment. His doctor felt he would now begin to suffer and his time had come. Our hearts broke in a million pieces. Ozzy was brought home for one last night with us. I stayed close-by him as he'd always stayed by me.

The following day Oz passed over The Rainbow Bridge at exactly High Noon, the time the sun is the highest and brightest in the sky.

Christine Brooks
Narragansett, RI

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