On Saturday, I said goodbye to my soulmate and closest friend. Koko was 17.
After several meals, cuddles, and a nap, Koko passed away peacefully at home in our bed. She went quickly, safe and warm and content, purring in my arms. She literally died doing what she loved. Nobody deserved that more than her.
My last words to her were "I love you so much. Thank you." I hope she heard me.
Koko made me a better person. I became more patient, more thoughtful, more compassionate. Stronger, tougher, braver. She also made me weirder, more carefree, and less self-conscious. And most of all, she made me infinitely happier. She brought more joy to my everyday life than I ever would have thought possible.
Koko has been a constant inspiration to me, a reminder of how precious all life is, and how everyone (human or animal) deserves to live a life of peace and freedom and happiness. Veganism isn't perfect, but it's the closest to perfection that we have right now. Not everyone can rescue or foster or donate, but we can all choose how we spend our money and what we put in our mouths. Please choose compassion and decency over apathy and selfishness.
These last few days have been the worst of my life. Thanks to everyone who had a kind word or distracted me or made me laugh.
6 years with Koko wasn't nearly enough, but 60 wouldn't have been enough either. I only hope I made her half as happy as she made me. I'm pretty sure I did.
To my beloved Ladyko:
I miss you so much already.
I've had bad times, and you got me through them. I've had good times, and you made them better.
If there is an afterlife, you'll be the first I'll look for when I get there.
With all of my love and gratitude,
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