Tara was adopted as a kitten from an animal shelter in 2007. She quickly grew into a beautiful, fluffy, sweetheart whose sweet personality made all the important events that followed so much better. As the events took her to Canada and back, she didn’t learn any new languages, but she was always the boss, dictating bedtime for everyone and getting out of bed for her wet food. She was everyone’s friend (once she opened up to you, otherwise she stared at you with the suspicion of an amateur detective), greeting you every time you came home, or hanging out near you because she felt safe around you. She was a nurse, providing comfort for whatever kept you in bed and because she thought her purring was the key to making you feel better (it was). She was a caring older sister to Onyx (when she wasn’t smacking him because she wanted her own space), watching diligently to make sure he was eating when his mouth was sore. When the family got bigger with marriage, she quickly accepted everyone into the home, adoring my husband to the point it felt like she was in competition with me for his love, and she was the happiest she had ever been once he joined our family. I know that animals will choose their companion and it was an honor to be hers for so many years. Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are that she spent 16 years with us, and we got to see her beautiful face and enjoy her sweet, gentle personality every day. We miss her immensely and will continue to love her always. She was an amazing cat. Thank you, Tara-beara.