Back up a couple of years. At that point I had Elliot, Emily, Eloise and Elizabeth. In March of 2012, after a two-year fight, I lost Emily to cancer. Then, in October of that year, I lost Elliot. The vet suspected cancer then, too, but never was 100% sure. After he passed away, I adopted a little ginger bad boy called Petie.
Now Petie is and was a total kook, into everything and crazy as a bedbug, but SO cute and very sweet and he makes me laugh every day. I thought, with Eloise and Elizabeth and Petie, we'd be set for a while. Sadly, in July of this year, I also lost Eloise to cancer. I thought then that, when the time was right, I would finally get my Crazy Eddie. I wasn't sure when it would be, just that I would know him when I saw him.
Almost exactly a month ago, I went to Petsmart to get cat litter, and I stopped by the adoption center. There was a precious little tuxie just begging to be held. It was a girl, so I figured she was not for me, but then I took a chance and held her for a while. I knew then that, even being a girl, I had found my Eddie.
She is truly the most amazingly calm cat I have ever met. She's not afraid of anything (though the vacuum cleaner makes her wary), she has fit into the house just amazingly well (Petie, after first being certain I had ruined his life by bringing her home, now plays with her non-stop), and is just the sweetest, most affectionate baby. She talked continuously for about the first three days, but I guess she had told me everything about herself by then, because she doesn't talk so much now. She does purr a lot.
Of course, no pet can replace another, but I am constantly amazed at how the ones I have seem to be a perfect fit for me when I need them. As always, God provides, and I am profoundly thankful.
DeAnna Julie Dodson has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. She is the author of In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered, a trilogy of medieval romances, as well as Letters in the Attic, The Key in the Attic, The Diary in the Attic and The Legacy in the Attic, contemporary mysteries. Her new series of Drew Farthering Mysteries debuted in the Summer of 2013 with Rules of Murder, followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado in 2014 from Bethany House. Another Drew Farthering Mystery, Dressed for Death, is due out in Spring of 2016. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats.