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My beautiful Riley, it's been almost a year since you've been gone. It doesn't seem that long at all. I miss you now more than ever.

You were not perfect, but you were perfect for me. We had a rocky start. You were not socialized when I got you, and you hid out for weeks. Then you shredded the vets and techs who tried to examine you until they had to gas you. You shredded me, too. I know you were just scared. And when you finally started trusting, it was beautiful.

You were never a lap kitty, but when I went down to your level, you were so snuggly and a head bonker. You bonked heads really hard in your enthusiasm. Your fur was so soft and rabbity. I loved looking into your beautiful sea green eyes. I miss your purr in my ear.

I'll never forget the time you decided to try being a lap cat, which you had seen my sister's cat doing. You were never comfortable being in a lap before, so I was so surprised and honored when you jumped up into my lap and tried to settle down. You tried for as long as you could, which was much longer than I expected. You finally jumped down and never tried it again, even though I tried to stay so still. I give you so much credit for trying. You were such an amazing boy.

I knew when you stopped eating that it was almost time. I frantically tried to syringe feed you and keep you with me, but you only tolerated that for a little while. I know you tried your best, as you always did. I whispered, "Please don't leave me," but I knew you still would.

What keeps flashing through my mind is after the first shot from the vet, watching your little nose sink down for the last time. I can't get that image out of my head. It breaks my heart every time.

I would give anything for another head bonk from you. I always, always love you, my precious Riley B.

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That first shot was so hard, not that the second wasn't. My boubou's nose went down too her eyes half open. My heart can't take it. May your Riley rest in peace, he sounds like such a character and you sound like a wonderful mom.

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My Riley Angel, it's been over a year since you left. If anything, I miss you more than ever. I cry all the time, because you're not here. I don't know how to carry out a life without you. Everything I've done has been for you, and now you're not here. I finally found a place for us, but you're not here. I wanted to get you the tallest cat tree ever, because I knew you would love it so much, but you're not here. I love you more than anything, but you're not here. I don't know how to carry on without you. If only you were here.
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