By Bonne VeVea
Kirkland, WA

In February 1997, Nikko came to MEOW Cat Rescue in Kirkland WA as a 10-month old stray with a long black coat, a slightly flattened face, expressive golden eyes and a flirtatious chirp. He was adopted almost immediately by a retired gentleman named Jack. They left the shelter together, chatting away.
Fast forward nine years. Nikko was tearfully returned to MEOW by Jack’s son, John. Jack had an inoperable brain tumor and was slipping away. Jack and Nikko had been best friends. They’d shared secrets, smiles and sorrows. Now Jack was dying.

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