My long gone cat Buddy appeared to me in a dream last night. He rested at my pillow and told me stories of the afterlife where cats and dogs lived in peace and even squirrels were accepted as friends. Buddy wanted to tell me something important before he left. There are not nine lives. There is only the one so do not waste it, he said. In the morning I woke up and noticed there seemed to be a place on the pillow where Buddy rested. I got out of bed and headed out into the world determined to make the day something to meow about.