The year 2014 has been tinged with loss as in July my beautiful cat Turpin was put to sleep. He was still fairly young at 6 years old. He was my companion and great friend. Over the four years that he lived with us, I appreciated him and loved him, even if he was prickly at times. He seemed so tough and sure that he could escort any unwelcome guest off the territory. Sometimes he would be scary when he would pounce suddenly or grab someone by the ankles. He was a great cat and will take huge shoes to fill.