3/23/2004 - 3/13/2017Sam was my kitty for over 12 years and I could not ask for a better friend. He was the most loving, caring, affectionate, and social cat I have ever had in my life. He was my shadow. He followed me everywhere and every time I turned around, he was by my side. If I had to go out of town for work, he would sleep on my pillow and not eat or move until I came home, and the amount of love that he gave was more than you would think could fit into his little kitty body. Kitty kisses with his eyes were a daily occurrence and he loved pickles. Yes, pickles. This garnered him the nickname, "Pickle Face". Despite having a seizure disorder which required him to take a pill twice a day since he was 3 months old, it never stopped him from being one of the most affectionate and playful kitties I have ever met. He would even come to tell me when it was time to get his pill. He ate with me, slept with me, sometimes even showered with me (yeah, there is not a lot of privacy in your house when you have 3 cats.) From his wanting me to turn the faucet on so he could get a drink, to his taking walks with me outside so he could nibble some grass, Sam was the best kitty and the best friend I could ever have.

In the end, he hid his heart problem until he couldn't anymore. Despite it being the hardest thing I have ever had to do, I know he was ready to go. I sat with him, stroked his head and his paws and let him know that I was there and that he was not alone. I have faith that I will see him again one day and I take solace in knowing that he does not have to worry about anymore seizures and that his heart can continue to sop up all of the love that there is to give without worrying about it becoming too big for his little body.

I love you, Sam. Thank you for 12 1/2 years of love, affection, companionship, laughs, some scares, but over all joy. Rest well my sweet Pickle Face, until I can see you again. In the meantime, Brutus and I will take care of each other. Goodnight, sweet man. Sleep well. Until we meet again.
Jennifer WarnerPittsburgh, PennsylvaniaMarch 14, 2017
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Sam was such a handsome boy and so very fortunate to have a mom as devoted as you. Your love for him was obvious from the moment we spoke on the phone. I know your heart is heavy but I hope your fond memories of Sam help you through this difficult time.Erin Gorney - March 16, 2017

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