Three weeks ago, we lost our beloved pet, Lion-O. I truly feel that God placed him in our lives to help us during a really hard time in our life. Back in September 2011, we had lost our son, Brooks, through a fairly late miscarriage (you can read about this in other blog posts I have written). We adopted Lion-O the next month and he was a special little friend to us, giving us joy as we mourned. His life was cut shorter than it should have been (he did not even live to be 4 years old), but we are grateful for each day that we had with him even though some were challenging. For example, we still have a bed mattress that we need to air out and hopefully remove the cat urine now that it's getting sunny again.
As I look through the pictures over the last few years, it's easy to see how important he was to our little family. I am sad that Anna and Kate will not get to grow up with him as we had originally thought. Here are a few pictures to remember our little bud:
Curtis and Lion-O had a special bond. I found so many pictures of Curtis and him together.
Even though the spray bottle was used to discipline him, he slept next to it occasionally.
This was one of the few pictures I found of me with him. I guess I was usually behind the camera.
He showed up in funny places like the bathtub. He loved to sit inside suitcases before we would leave on trips. Actually, he peed on that mattress that I mentioned above when we left him for 3 weeks. He clearly was not happy to be away from us.
He enjoyed playing with the gift wrap during birthdays.
I went to pull out the mixer for Curtis' birthday one year and he wanted to help me.
He loved killing bugs and eating them! Actually, last summer, he found a mouse in our house and he ended up killing it. The mouse traps didn't work, but Lion-O did! ;)
In his last few months, he started to adjust to Anna's affection for him. She dressed up like him for Halloween and she loved giving him hugs and kisses. He was very patient with her even though he was scared of her loud noises and excitement around him. He really was a good cat! We're thankful he is now out of pain.
Thank you, Jesus, that you care for us so much that you bring us joy through your creation, even through a small pet. Lion-O was a great gift to the McDaniel family and we will greatly miss him.