Six years ago, after saving for months to buy her, I purchased an adorable blue Persian kitten.
I had two older cats I'd rescued but they were adults when I had them so it was exciting to get a kitten at last.
Sadly my joy was not to last long.
My new kitten -- whom I called Pebbles -- took ill and after several vet visits she was diagnosed with kidney disease present from birth.
The vet said she would not live, but over the next month I nursed her day and night.
The vet bills took every penny; because the condition was pre-existing, the insurance company would not pay out.
I had many sleepless nights but then she started to improve. At 6 months of age the vet said she had turned a corner and was not going to die.
Pebbles grew into the most beautiful, affectionate cat and she loved me beyond belief, as if she knew all I had done for her.
Two years later it was my turn to be ill.
I had been for a routine 'flu jab and within hours felt terrible.
A serious adverse reaction to the vaccine caused me to have a heart attack and left me very ill with other symptoms too.
After I came out of hospital still very ill, Pebbles was waiting to greet me.
Over the next 2 months I was bed ridden and very low and depressed.
My little furry friend stayed with me, more than an animal usually would -- as if she was watching over me. Just as I had nursed her back to health she now wanted to help me.
She would put her front paws round my neck and purr and make me feel so much better. She actually never left my side day or night, showing and such love and devotion.
I really don't think I would have got through without her; she was something to fight for and gave me purpose.
Sadly this year -- on the 18th of August -- my beautiful Pebbles died suddenly aged just six.
I am heart broken, still.
I will never forget how she nursed me back to health. She was one in a million for me.
Rest in peace my Pebbles -- and "thank you".
We would like Christine Spiby to be able to adopt one of our Persians.
Christine has set her heart on Archie.
However, Christine has not the funds for the adoption fee and we cannot forego the adoption fee as it is absolutely vital for vet costs and for overheads. Some months there are no adoptions at all so we have very little coming in.
If anyone would like to help us give Christine her desired new furry friend, please donate via the Appeal on the Donate page.