Today is Sophia’s birthday. I wanted to honor her as she was such an important part of my life for so long. I wrote last song, “Sweet Sophia,” on Life, Death, and the Spaces Between, the day after I was told she had cancer and had but a few days left with us. I wrote this song with her in my arms. You can hear her meows in the song as I recorded her meows and her jingle bell collar rubbing up against me and the guitar neck. We always slept together anyway but once she became sick we were inseparable day and night. I didn’t leave her side. I don’t wish this pain on any creature. I will always love and miss her and looking at these photos of our life together reminds me of the gift I had in my very special friend. Always rescue your pets from shelters when you can. The most amazing gift will be waiting for you.