I have loved many cats in my life, and will love many more, but Merlot was special. He got me, and I'd like to think I understood him pretty well too.
Since I worked at home, Merlot and I spent most of our time together. When I was inside the house, he followed me from room to room, sometimes staying so close, I'd trip over him. When I went outside, I'd hear the cat door rattle as Merlot raced out to wrap his soft tail around my legs. When it was time for bed, he curled into the crook of my arm, and purred us both to sleep.