The Best Gift I Gave Myself this Year

Blog author: 
Beth Tarbell

This past year, I gave myself a remarkable gift: the gift of feline companionship. In late August, I adopted Peter from Thundering Paws -- by far the best decision I've made in a long time.

Peter at home
Peter enjoying a warm spot at home

I was looking for a cat because my previous cat, Homer, died of cancer at 18. I had been "catless" for quite a while and realized that I needed to be "re-catted." I began searching and looked at various rescue agencies in Austin.

I was very impressed with the dedication, passion and compassion shown by everyone at Thundering Paws. Everyone took the time to find out what type of cat I wanted and to see if I would be a suitable cat parent. Melissa and Jane went out of their way to ensure that the adoption was successful. They wanted to make sure that Peter and I both would be happy. And we are.

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with high blood pressure (highly unusual for me; my blood pressure is usually quite low).

Well, I have worked on managing my stress better, and Peter has helped with that. I am happy to report that my blood pressure is nice and low again. And, I like to think that Peter is part of the reason for that.

He has added such joy to my life. From the very first day, he slept at the end of my bed. He likes to be cuddled frequently, and I am all too happy to oblige.

He is a very sweet, loving cat.

As you can see from his picture, Peter is handsome and healthy.

Thank you, Thundering Paws, for rescuing all of these lovely cats and caring for them. Thank you for bringing Peter to me.

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