Kiba-story

Cherish and Share: Kiba's Story


When Tannis first met Kiba during a small gathering at a coworker’s house, it was love at first sight. “He was big, fluffy, full of energy, and social,” says Tannis. Throughout the evening, Kiba stayed close to Tannis, rolling around and playing with toys. Tannis told her co-worker that if she had a cat, she’d want it to be just like Kiba. She had no idea that in just a few months, her wish would come true.

Tannis’s co-worker asked her to look after Kiba while she went out of town. Weeks turned into months and then her co-worker asked her to find Kiba a new home. “Luckily, he already had one,” says Tannis. She had no intention of being separated from Kiba.

Kiba thrived in his new home. He liked to be in the midst of the action, napping wherever Tannis was: the office, her lap, and even beside the shower. He spent countless hours being entertained by the laser pointer and a favourite catnip fish. Tannis is especially fond of the moments they spent cuddling on the couch and before bed. “He was very selective about when he wanted attention, but he couldn’t resist a good chin scratch and massage.” Sometimes, he even fell asleep in Tannis’ arms. Those were the cutest moment, says Tannis.

Kiba’s greatest vice was human food. Once, Tannis’ husband left sausages unattended in the kitchen and came back to catch Kiba licking every single one. Kiba’s proclivity for baked goods was legendary. “If anyone brought banana muffins into the house, Kiba went wild! He would jump on any available ledge or furniture and try to bat the muffin from your hand!” 

Kiba came into Tannis’ life just as she was finishing university. Through the uncertain waters of early adulthood, job hunting and countless moves, he was her number-one support and greatest companion. One of their most special memories is the day Kiba met Tannis’ future husband for the first time. Kiba immediately curled up in his lap and began to purr. “Animals can tell if a person has a good heart, so I knew Kiba approved.” 

Kiba passed away at approximately twelve years of age. Tannis chose to have his impression match his beautiful, long, black and brown fur. She and her husband display it next to a painting that was made to honour Kiba on his final day. They will always miss their special pet with the huge personality.

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Tannis chose to have his impression match his beautiful, long, black and brown fur. She and her husband display it next to a painting that was made to honour Kiba on his final day. They will always miss their special pet with the huge personality.

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