Echo was charming. This word alone best describes her. She lived a life of pleasure, demanding little and giving love freely. Echo lived eight and one half years, dying swiftly from leukemia on November 22, 1999 just past noon on a beautiful autumn day. Her time with us was too short, but we were always grateful to have taken her in, as a six months old pregnant stray, and given her a loving home. Just looking at her beautiful “paint job”, as I liked to call her tortoiseshell coat, made me happy. Echo was tiny, just 7 1/2 pounds, and a terrific mouser. She was the model for the great tortoiseshell mouser “Browny” in The Circle of Ceridwen.