I got Emerald when she was around a year old from some good friends in San Diego. Actually, it was my then-husband Pete who adopted her for us and I eventually kept her when we divorced. We had five cats at the time so I kept 3 and he kept 2. Anyway, Emmykins (as I called her) was my travel buddy. I moved around several times after the divorce and she always sat right there next to me in the vehicle. She traveled to Las Vegas, Flagstaff (AZ), DeWitt (MI) and finally Zephyrhills (FL). In 2008, my Emmykins became very ill and her kidneys began to shut down so I decided the best and humane thing was to let her go to the Rainbow Bridge. It was a very hard decision since she was 17 years old and had been my constant companion for almost her entire life. I decided to create a small scrapbook in her honor shortly after her death (click on the picture to be taken to a slideshow):
I do have to explain some of the pics: I pulled the drawer open and found her there asleep; the one where I am holding her, I was around 2 1/2 months pregnant (1995); the one where she is eating something off the table, that is a piece of pancake; next to it is her sitting on the balcony at our Las Vegas apartment; and of course the little girl petting her is Ariel around age 4.
Emerald was by far one of my favorite pets and I still miss her from time to time.