The Story of Precious
& Irish - by PuppyLove
Precious is the white cat on the left. She was a good and
loving addition to our family for 16 years before Irish came
to us. (He is the black cat on the right. Pure black with
beautiful green eyes - what else could we name him? HeeHee!)
Precious became blind about a year before we found Irish.
She had, in fact, developed cancer in her right eye and lost
the eye shortly before Irish came to live with us. During
that year we kept Precious in a protected environment so she
could get around safely, but she spent most of her time sitting
by the door, attempting to get outside numerous times daily.
When Irish joined our happy throng as a baby, he immediately
latched on to Precious as a substitute Mommy. We watched her
groom him and train him. They slept together and became totally
bonded. What was amazing was that as Irish grew to adulthood
he became Precious’ “seeing-eye” cat. We
could let both of them out into a protected back area outside
and Irish would use his body to guide her safely from place
to place. Irish never tried to leave the yard. In fact, he
never left Precious’ side. They became an inseparable
About two years after Irish joined our happy clan, Precious
(now 18) suddenly weakened and passed away. We looked for
Irish but couldn't find him. Frantically Don & I searched
for him, even as we were preparing Precious’ little
body for her funeral. We finally found Irish, about 8 hours
later, curled-up in the top shelf of a bookcase, inside a
basket. He had died, gone to be with Precious!
We checked his beautiful body and there were no marks or damage.
We were stunned! There was no rational explanation for a healthy
young cat to just die. But we are convinced that he had died
of a broken heart.
Precious and Irish were buried together in our little private
cemetary. Their memorial says, “Together in Life! Together