Heidi was adopted ten years ago from a shelter at approximately age five. Her given name was Pantera. She was surrendered by her previous family because they moved out of state and couldn’t take her with them. I renamed her Heidi after about a week because whenever I came home, I couldn’t find her; she was always hiding. I would have her wear a bell so I could always find her.
She gave up her hiding ways after not too long. But she would forever be my Heidi.
The past ten years of my life have been so blessed by her presence. Words cannot even begin to describe the love I have for her. She has been my family when there was no one else. I lost a piece of myself today. Needless to say, things have been rough lately. I know I will eventually take the time to celebrate her, but for now, all I can feel is pain.