This was a very difficult weekend because my beloved companion and lap-warmer, Pumpkin, passed away after a brief battle with cancer. My daughter, when she was two years old, picked Pumpkin from a litter of manx kittens at our Vet's office. Pumpkin was the only tortoise-shell among a group of gray and orange kittens and she joined our family on Halloween--hence the name. Fifteen years and some months later, she was still a joy and very playful, vocal, and loving (in her own unique cat way) till the very end.
We will miss her very much.