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Chan


  Chan

Chan was a shy, diminutive, Balinese pussycat with incredibly long whiskers that we adopted when she was approximately a year old.  Her right eye had been damaged, but rather than being off putting, it gave her a sly, mysterious look.  She was beautiful, and she had a genuinely sweet nature that captivated everyone.
 
It took years for Chan to develop trust.  It didn’t help that shortly after we brought her home, she jumped off the kitchen counter smack into my husband as he was coming into the room.  She hit somewhere around his beltline.  I’m not sure who was more surprised, but the collision set the relationship back years.
 
Chan never liked to be held and she was not a snuggler.  Nevertheless, she loved to have her cheeks and chin scratched and she liked to be brushed.  As she came to trust us, she became more vocal.  She didn’t hesitate to demand what she wanted including breakfast as early as 4:30 or 5:00 AM.  She had an amazingly loud voice given her petite size.
 
Sometimes Chan would sprint down the upstairs hallway just for the fun of it.  My husband and I would look up at the ceiling and shake our heads in disbelief that such a small ball of fur could sound like a heard of bison in a stampede.
 
We had Chan for most of her eighteen and a half years.  During that time she learned to live with a Siamese cat, and two dogs, probably not her ideal choice of a home.  The dogs wanted to play, but they were so much bigger and bouncier than Chan that she wanted no part of them. Our Siamese was the alpha cat, and he ruled her and the dogs.  Relationships changed as the menagerie aged.  Chan became emboldened.  She would meow at our beagle and give him a head butt in the derrière when she wanted attention.
 
Chan is gone now.  She was a tiny, little cat who carved out a very large place in our hearts.  We miss her terribly.



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