Jessica was our second cat. I made this portrait of her around 1974. She was one of the sweetest cats I have ever known. She lived with us while we finished our studies in Berlin and moved back to the US with us while I got my start in veterinary practice.
On evening she suddenly collapsed and I tried everything I could to save her, but she had a spontaneously-ruptured thoracic duct, and the fluid collapsed her lungs so that she was unable to breathe. Still, she had a wonderful 15 years with us, and I fully expect to meet up with her again in the great beyond, and feel the power of her purr once again.