A woman named Rosa Katovitch and a cat named Ms. Tuxedo formed a wonderful bond that is indeed inspirational.
Both woman and cat were homeless and met in a grave site in Colma. Rosa says she sometimes go goes there for hours on end and will just sit.
She thinks that if you just stay still, you will be surprised with what you see-all of God's creatures. But Ms. Tuxedo is special, since she's the reason why she is still on this earth.
Rosa who is 56 as of this story, tells of her boyfriend of twenty two years. His name was Rich and he passed away due to a heart disease as they were both in their couch.
Three days passed and her dad died as well. These tragedies brought Rosa into such great depression and physical problems. This made her stop going to work as an electrician.
Yet, around 2 years past, she lost her apartment when the building was sold. Since she had no family near her, she slept in motels and her depression grew deeper.
Most of the day, she would stay at the site of Rich's grave, taking care of the flowers, speaking to him, at times, she cries. Usually she simply gazes at some marble Orthodox crosses.
Similar to many cemeteries in Colma, this cemetery has feral cats who look for rodents and gophers. Rosa knew most of them and named them Piggy, Doobie, Ms. Tuxedo, and Bonnie Baby.
Rosa has no idea, but somehow, Ms. Tuxedo trailed her. Ms. Tuxedo wouldn't allow Rosa to touch her, but gradually, she would allow her to touch her. Since then they were inseparable.
When she would fix a vase for her boyfriend, she would push her head under Rosa's hands as if she's saying to love her.
Being with Ms. Tuxedo each day decreased some of Rosa's loneliness and removed her mind from her depression.
When Ms. Tuxedo required that a cancerous spot be removed from her nose, Rosa brought her to the veterinarian. The bill was paid by a friend of their's from the cemetery.
When Victoria Lewis from San Francisco, who worked at a film production group, went to the cemetery looking for locations, she saw Rosa who was just sitting there for hours.
She started wondering who this woman with the cat was and she saw such love between them.
Take care of Ms. Tuxedo aided Rosa in getting over her depression. This gave her enough strength to get affordable housing. The past year she got a unit in San Mateo.
She now lives with Ms. Tuxedo in her new home.
Although Rosa still has not so good days. She does think about the other abandoned cats in the cemetery and cries when she remembers Rich.
Victoria goes and visit the pair often and is happy how healthy and happy they look. This gives her hope.
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