It's been nearly 15 years. Millions of smiles... Millions of laughs.... Millions of frustrations... and millions of memories.
Today, I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life. Cancer decided to take one of the most amazing things of my life. Some see a cat. Others see an animal. I saw a best friend. Despite the heart-ache humans give you, animals are selfless... and that was Mocha. They think of YOU long before they think of themselves. They never get angry. They never get mad. They just love. THAT's what they KNOW.
My entire life, I was raised with animals. From horses to dogs - and from cats to chickens - I was raised rescuing animals and giving the best experiences of my life giving animals the best experiences of theirs. Taking an animal from the streets, or from an abused home, and giving them life... that's something I can't explain until you do it first hand.
Mocha I have had since she was literally just days old. Abandoned by her mama, we rescued her from a horrific death being eaten alive by fleas and the realities of "the back alleys." That was nearly 15 years ago. Bottle feeding her back to health with formula, a few lemon-water flea baths later (she was too young for flea shampoo or meds) she was mine to keep. I've had her since I lived at my parents. From my parents home, to the apartment I lived in with my sister; to my first apartment I ever had living in alone, and then to the home I live in currently with my wife - this cat brought me more joy than I could ever thank her for.
Today - cancer got the best of her and I had to say goodbye. The toughest decision I ever had to make was to decide to I let her go before cancer reared it's evil head as it was starting to show. Mocha went peacefully... she want quietly... and she went with the two people (my wife and I) that loved her the most in this world.
Many know me for posting things on Facebook that cause a bit of controversy. Whether politically charged... emotionally charged... or whatever. But today, I hang my head with tears wondering how one tiny animal life could effect a human so much. It makes every other thing just kind of go away.
She saw me graduate from high school. She saw me build The Black Vault. She saw me do countless television interviews (literally on some of them staying in the same room just off camera) and she heard countless radio shows. She was forced to accept my wife (she hated every human but me) and she kept me sane through some of the toughest things I ever went through.
Plain and simple... Mocha is the reason I love animals so much and have been an advocate for animal rescue my entire life. She was the best. She got on top of countless government documents showing me she was more important than any government secret I could ever uncover. And she would never let me forget that.
I hope you all have a chance to experience what I have with such an amazing animal. She will be missed... loved... and appreciated moreso than I can ever explain with words. She purred until the very last breath, and there is nothing I can say but "Thank you, Mocha." And lastly... "**ck you, cancer."