“I’m submitting one of my most meaningful tattoos. It is a memorial to my first cat who I grew up with, Ginger. My family and I rescued Ginger off the streets of San Francisco when I was around 6 years old. Some neighborhood kids were pushing her off some stairs repeatedly, and my mom yelled at them so they ran off. The cat crossed the street, seemingly to thank us. She walked up our next-door neighbor’s steps and I grabbed a loaf of bread and made a trail from the neighbor’s steps, up our steps, onto our porch–and then threw a piece into our house! My mom called for me to stop but it was too late! The cat was inside and my mom didn’t have the heart to throw her back out onto the street! Ginger lived with us for the next 16+ years. She had hypothyroidism, kidney failure, and finally arthritis–the day I realized it was time to let her go she slept in bed with me for hours all day, something she hadn’t done in several years (she was very independent and had MUCH cattitude!) After my mom came home from work we had a mobile vet come out to the house, and she passed away in my arms. I don’t think I’ve ever cried that hard, before or since. Her cremains are buried at Angel’s Rest at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. We also had her cremated with her very favorite toy, Spidey! Spidey can be seen resting at her paws in the tattoo!
She was so special to me, and really taught me how wonderful and important animals are–I could never live without cats in my life!”