There are some cats who are affectionate, some who are aloof, some who play fetch, and some who don’t goof, but you, dear Hayden, loved. You entertained us with your feats of skill when you would attempt to catch the nemesis that was your tail. A lap was never empty for long when you entered room. You snuggled up with me for weekend afternoon naps when Lesa was out and about, but you would always run to meet her when she arrived home. She loved that.

We tried to make your life one full of love and care, and I think we did well. I’m glad I was able to share my ice cream with you the other night, and that you had the chance to lounge on the bay window in the sun one more time this past week. I have never known a more beautiful, strong, and loving cat. I miss you and love you.