For over three years, Loki, a black cat has been the loving companion of the Sonora’s. Walking into his life as a stray, the two have been inseparable ever since.
Originally a stray, Loki has always been an outdoors cat, and though he has a home, he still likes to go out for walks, never failing to return home. Sonoras thought it would be cruel to take that freedom away.
Tragically though, it looked as though allowing that freedom had come at to higher cost. That Loki would no longer be a part of Sonaras life. Arriving home from work one-day Sonoras saw something that completely took the wind out of his sails. He thought his eyes were playing tricks on him.
He saw something on the road that looked like it could be the cat he loved. After he called his girlfriend, he arrived at the spot. And saw, after careful examination, what he thought was indeed his beloved feline. He appeared to have been hit by a car while trying to cross the road.
His cat’s life was over, and Sonoras would have to contemplate a future without him. Something that only this morning, was the furthest thing from his mind, how could this be?
Still, in shock, in disbelief, he looked at the lifeless body on the road. His disbelief was mixed with guilt, why had he allowed his cat to live part of his life outdoors?
If only he had kept him inside, this would have never happened. But now it was too late.
Sonoras went on to say:
“I saw this black thing in the road up ahead as I was driving. I thought it was a sweatshirt or something at first. But I got closer and saw it was a black cat,” he said. “My greatest fear of having an outdoor cat had been suddenly realized.”
Together, Sonoras and his girlfriend took the cat’s body to her house nearby with a quiet corner of the yard where they could lay him to rest.
“We dug a hole right by a nice tree,” Sonoras said. “We cried and shared good memories, and talked about how we hoped Loki was running around free in kitty heaven. It was very sad saying our goodbyes.”
“We were just crying,” he said. “I just wished and wished so hard that he was still alive.”
The next morning, just hours later, Sonoras woke up early to give his father a ride to work; his parents live across the street, so they were well familiar with Loki, too. It was then that Sonoras gave his dad the news — and then learned some of his own.
“I explained that Loki had died and we were up pretty late burying him,” he said. “At that moment, right behind me, I heard Loki’s exact meow. I turned out, and there he was.”
“I just held him and bawled my eyes out like a baby,” Sonoras said. “Did I wake up in a parallel universe where Loki hadn’t died? Or did I wish him back to life?”
“I jumped back. I was so in shock about the whole thing. I told my dad, ‘What’s going on? I just buried that cat last night,’” Sonoras said. “My dad was shocked as well. Loki is alive somehow.”
Sonoras now believes that he must have buried a cat very similar in appearance to Loki, and hopes to spread the word so that the cat’s family can be made aware.
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