Ming’s Story Part II — Farewell To My Furry Friend

Jim’s note: Though I wrote this back in 1997, it feels like only yesterday and, reading it still brings a tear to my eye.

MingIt was a sad day around our home this past Memorial Day as we said a final good-bye to our beloved cat, Ming. Ming was more than a family pet. He was our friend.

There have been times when he would do things that made you think he was more like a “furry person” than a cat until, just to remind us he was in fact a feline, he would do a very “cat like” thing — like perform a perfect yoga posture as only a cat can.

Ming has touched our hearts deeply and will be missed by all who had the pleasure to meet his furry being. Some may remember Ming’s story, written in my newsletter years ago, when, thanks to the efforts of many people, Ming pulled through a major kidney problem.

That was a time when the power of prayer was demonstrated in our lives, beyond any doubt. We will get through this difficult time by focusing on how lucky we were that he survived that crises and that we had him with us for another two years. Those years were a gift.

Ming will always live in our hearts and he has even left his mark upon the world. He has been included in a story in at last count, four published books.

My first book,  Handbook To A Happier Life, which Ming offered inspiration for as I wrote it, Heart At Work by Jack Canfield and Jacqueline Miller, Crossing the Rainbow Bridge by Colleen Nicholson, and The Older Cat by Dan Poynter.

I want to personally thank Dr. Tom Schenck, Colleen Nicholson and the Unity church for their loving prayers and actions which enabled us enjoy Ming’s company as long as we did.

Animals are wonderful at accepting life as it is and reminding us to live each day to the fullest for we do not know how long we have here on this earth. We will always remember Ming for the joy he brought to our home and to the lives of everyone who knew him.

Farewell, my furry friend.

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