Special bond

Jason and I rescued Leo from a shelter in Naples, Florida on April 29, 2010.

Leo, May 2010.

Leo, May 2010.

Although my family had a few cats when we lived on the farm, and my older sister had a persian, which was not friendly, when I was growing up, I never had a cat that was really my pet.I’ve always had a love for dogs, that has always been my pet of choice. Jason on the other hand, loves cats. One day he saw a sign at the gas station near our house that read free kitties, but when he called they were all gone. This of course got the ball rolling in searching for a cat we could call our own.

It took a while to understand the mentality of a cat, how to coexist in the same space.  Jason and I joke all the time that Leo is our dog, some of his habits and characteristics are not kitty related, they scream dog.

Jason picked a perfect cat for us. His personality is like no other cat I have ever been around.

IMG_1053It’s been a whirlwind of emotions and stressful at times as this kitty and I learned how to live with one another. With that said, over the last few years Leo and have developed a pretty special bond.

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I love when he curls up on my lap purring his soothing loud purr, or head butts me so I will pet him or his comical meow when he wants something. Leo has definitely won over a very special place in my heart.

The soothing purr

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This morning I woke up not feeling the best, so after Jason left for work I crawled back into bed. As soon as I was under the sheets Leo had appeared and positioned himself as close to my face as possible.

I started to scratch behind his ears and the deep purring began. This soothing sound continued as he moved his head showing me where he wanted me to scratch. His purr became louder as he repositioned himself. He was now resting his head on my arm.

Before I knew it, Leo’s calming deep purrs sang me right to sleep. When I woke and looked at the clock an hour had passed and Leo was still in the same spot.

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I love how animals can sense when something is wrong. Our kitty stayed beside me until I was feeling better this morning.  It was an incredible feeling to have his warmth on me as he took a nap with me.

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Leo is definitely a wonderful companion. He has captured a piece of my heart.