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Shiva Prall

Shortly after my beloved cat (Ayla) had passed a little girl came to my house carrying to little kittens in a laundry basket. She asked if I would take one because her daddy was going to put them in a sack and throw them from the truck if she came home with them. About that time my boy Shiva (the gray one in the photos) jumped from the laundry basket and I caught him…and then my girl Kali (the white one) jumped and I caught her. I knew then they had chosen me and it was love in an instant. We have had 12 ½ years of joy, laughter, and unconditional love. (Kali is still alive and healthy) They have been with me through moves, the passing of my father and sister, and a divorce. They have always comforted me. Shiva became ill with renal failure but with the assistance and care of Dr. Beth Ritchie Shiva was able to have several more months of happiness and relative health. He showed such strength and grace during those months. Shiva stayed with me to help me through the first year anniversary of my sister’s death and Christmas. I asked him to let me know when it was time for him to go….and he did. Shiva passed with the assistance of Dr. Ritchie on December 30, 2009. I held him, stroked him, talked to him, thanked him for the joy, laughter, and love over the years and he laid there and ever so slightly with the rest of his strength wagged his tail in agreement. He slipped very serenely and peacefully to final sleep and up until the last second his tail wagged…….Here is a poem given to me shortly after his passing.



If it should be that I grow weak,

And pain should keep me from my sleep,

Then you must do what must be done,

For this last battle cannot be won.


You will be sad, I understand;

Don’t let your grief then stay your hand.

For this day more than all the rest,

Your love for me must stand the test.


We’ve had so many happy years,

What is to come can hold no fears.

You’d not want me to suffer so;

The time has come, so let me go.


Take me where my needs they’ll tend

And please stay with me until the end.

Hold me firm and speak to me

Until my eyes no longer see.


I know in time that you will see

The kindness that you did for me.

Although my tail its last has waved,

From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.


Please do not grieve, it must be you

Who had this painful thing to do.

We’ve been so close, we two, these years,

Don’t let your heart hold back its tears.

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