The Finding of a Therapy Cat: a series about Tinkerbelle, Registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat (retired) and our journey together.
By Mollie Hunt
Part 21: We are Blessed
Though Tinkerbelle and I still visited assisted living facilities, more often we began to concentrate on our hospice patients. Facing their own mortality, they were amazing! I learned so much from each and every one of them.
At first I was saddened to see what agony some people go through at the end of life. When Mrs. P. told me she was completely confined to her bed, I offered a sympathetic, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I wasn’t prepared for her response, however.
Wide-eyed, she replied ‘Why?’ She went on to say, ‘I am blessed. I have had a good, productive life. I have friends and family.’ Arthritic fingers stroked Tinkerbelle’s silky back. ‘And I have you and Tinkerbelle. I am truly blessed.’”
Tink served for four years as a registered Pet Partner Therapy Cat, visiting assisted living facilities and hospice patients. Tink is now retired and living the quiet life. Check out her Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TinkerbelleTheTherapyCat/
About Mollie Hunt:
Mollie is the author of the Crazy Cat Lady cozy mystery series, featuring Lynley Cannon, a sixty-something cat shelter volunteer who finds more trouble than a cat in catnip. Mollie is a member of the Oregon Writers’ Colony, Sisters in Crime, Willamette Writers, the Cat Writers’ Association, and the Northwest Independent Writers Association. Two of her short cat stories have been published in anthologies, one of which, The Dream Spinner, won the prestigious CWA Muse Medallion this year.
Like Lynley, Mollie is a grateful shelter volunteer. She is a longtime volunteer for the Oregon Humane Society where she socializes sad, fearful, and behavior-challenged cats. She also fosters sick and elderly cats in her home. In 2014, she had the privilege to work with cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy on a particularly thought-provoking case.
You can find Mollie on her Website: http://www.lecatts.wordpress.com/, her Amazon Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/molliehunt, and her Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/MollieHuntCatWriter/.
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