this drawing is a doodle of my deceased(?*) cat, named shopcat. she still means so much to me. #art #pet #cat

---- long desc about her below (venty/sad) ----

when my family adopted an indoor cat, a stray cat started to come around. she was friendly, vocal, and seemed to genuinely enjoy our company. we named her shopcat, because she was often let to sleep in the shop on rainy days.

while my indoor cat was still warming up to me, shopcat instantly became a friend to us all. when we went out for bonfires, basked in the hot air, or were swimming, she was nearby.

she would not hesitate to sit in your lap or meow back at the sound of her name that we had given her. we lover her so much, that when we saw another cat bully her and chase her up a tree, we nearly shot it in revenge.

shopcat made every day spent in the summer of 2018 a joy, another friend in the hot sun.

one night, it was raining very hard. shopcat sat at our porch door, meowing to get in. knowing that she would scratch up our vehicles, i did not let her in. i pet her. little did i know my last words to her would be "i'm sorry."

after the storm passed we never saw her again. we never found her body, either. when the coyotes' yips were heard, we had a feeling she had been eaten by them.

nevertheless i will never forget her. though i only knew her for a summer, i never thought i would miss her as much as i do. just writing this brought me to tears.

summer is approaching again, and its been over a year since she was left. i am hoping she will return again. i can only hope. even if she is gone, i will remember her running to greet me everyday after school and every time i went outside. i think about her waiting by her food bowl to see us, just as my dog does now when i go outside. it hurts to want her back.

shopcat. ???-2018? i love you. i'm sorry.
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