Oh Marina, I know and understand - how could I not. This is a bond that is like a fusion. One goes the other is left bereft. I could go into the dimensions of this - how it was pre-arranged from above, how my hometeam knows/knew back then how much of an orphan child I'd been my entire life and that through nature I felt at home and at ease. It was through my animals that I expressed and received love and held them dearest in my heart throughout my life. I'd searched high and low - throughout entire counties to find her. I was on a quest to find the perfect match for our household and knew that when we met I'd recognize her. And true to the last detail, she arrived into my world.
I'd gone to a rescue home, run by an amazing woman and it took a few minutes before ChiChi lied down right by my side and communicated to me directly that I totally needed to take her home. My soul perked up like from a deep sleep and once I touched her, I knew it was her. She was fierce, funny, smart and the queen of the castle. She was wiser than I'll ever be in how she dealt with life. I can't call her anything else but my ally - for that she was - in war and in peace. She was there by my side for 18 years. The best years of my life.