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  • The word solace is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as "comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness".

    I was grieving the death of my husband back in early 2010. That summer I realized the house was too big for just me, it was far too quiet, and I wasn't sure what to do about it.

    Then I heard from a friend who works at an animal hospital, she told me they had a cat that needed a home. This cat had no name, she had just given birth to a litter of gorgeous kittens, and she was incredibly friendly. I thought about it long and hard. Was it the right thing to do? Would I be able to love her the way she deserved? I'd been just living life as it came along for nearly two years, was it fair to bring her into a life that was yet uncertain? I was an unemployed widow and still trying to figure out what direction my life was headed.

    But when I met this beautiful feline, I realized it was meant to be. I had to adopt her.

    I named her Stella Solace Asher.

    Stella is the most beautiful, playful, vocal, clingy, sweet, annoying (yes!) silly, comforting cat I've ever had the pleasure to be around. She turned 3 on October 6th, but in my mind she's older and wiser for having the ability to know when I need her. She'll crawl into my lap, curl up into a ball and gaze up at me with absolute love and devotion.

    And to think I actually debated adopting her at one time...Thank goodness for intuition.

    Happy Birthday, Stella!

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