Tessa (la Contessa)
5/1/2003 - 4/25/2020One week ago, with the compassionate guidance and help of Dr. Miranda at Lap of Love, Cherubino, her loving companion cat and I had to say goodbye to our dear, sweet Tessa. It has been a heartbreaking experience and our grief is palpable in the apartment, but I am comforted by the fact that Tessa, who had almost made it 17, is no longer in any pain or suffering. As a good friend said to me the day I made the appointment with Lap of Love, our family animal members can’t ask us for mercy. We just have to give it. I am eternally grateful that I had 5 weeks at home due to the CVirus. This allowed Tessa and I to sit right beside each other every day while I worked so I was able to be with her every waking and sleeping second until the end of her life in this realm. She was with me for 16 years and I was her person. She was bonded to me in a way no other pet has ever been and I have had many. She needed to be held. She loved being picked up and for me to just carry her everywhere and the second I sat down, she waited for me to get comfortable and then jumped up in my lap. Tessa needed me with a certain ferocity none of my other cats have. We had an extraordinary bond. Tessa had dementia as she was getting older, along with arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, so she was beginning to visibly suffer on many levels when not sitting in my lap or sleeping right beside me. She knew me, but seemed to have forgotten her surroundings entirely. It is with profound sadness that I released her from this realm but I know she is in a place of bliss now and the suffering is gone. Tessa, we miss you profoundly.Camille GiffordChicago, IllinoisMay 4, 2020
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From the moment I met Tessa and Camille I could tell the bond was special. Sitting and listening to stories about sweet Tessa and Cherubino it was clear how much they are adored and loved. It was such a blessing to be able to help Tessa transition peacefully in her mothers arms. Thank you, Tessa, for taking such good care of Camille, I know you will always be watching over her and Cherubino.Miranda Shaw - May 5, 2020
Precious memories of those we love will always live in our hearts. Tessa will be missed but not forgotten. Thinking of you and Cherubino. I'm so sorry for your loss and sadness. In comfort and peace, Tessa will always be with you xxE Riza - May 4, 2020

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