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Gracie

Gracie started showing up on our deck one cold winter. She would lay calmly on the railing, but when we approached her, she would slip off and disappear. Gradually we were able to come closer, and finally to touch her. We later found out that she was one of a litter of ferals in the area. A neighbor tamed her littermates, but independent Gracie decided to adopt us instead. Ten years later (plus two more rescued cats and a dog) she is as beautiful as ever. She is indisputably the queen of the house - she even has her own bedroom. In the evening she tells us when she's ready to be tucked in. She's still a loner and shy with strangers, but with us she is as loving and sweet as any kitty I've ever known. This unique blend of personality traits make her a very special part of our family.

Patty Carpenter
York, SC

Bruno

I used to work at a local shelter. When dogs were initially brought in, they were upset and confused. Many dogs barked at everyone. Others stayed at the back of their kennel and ignored everyone. "Joe" was picked up in Camden, NJ by animal control. A purebred German Shepherd Dog, he acted true to his breed; he "protected" his kennel and didn't back down. To win him over, I offered him food and friendship. The shelter decided to put him down, labeling him un-adoptable. When I heard this, I rushed to the shelter and adopted him. Now Bruno, he is the sweetest, most lovable dog to everyone. All he wanted was some direction in life and I gave it to him. He lives with his sister, Trina; a brother, Toby; and 9 fuzzy cats who like to curl up next to him and sleep. Don't dismiss the barking dogs - they could be trying to tell you something.

Stephanie Marrero
Cherry Hill, NJ

Mr. Lucky

We saw this tiny kitten curled up in the middle of a 4 lane interstate one day at lunch. I made my husband stop, as I tried to get cars to stop so I could get him, a dump truck was coming. As I closed my eyes waiting for the worse, the truck stradled the kitten. Then people saw what I was trying to do and stopped. I ran out and picked up the kitten, the Dr. said he was only about 5 weeks old, and looked like he fell out of someones car motor at the intersection. We brought him home and he is the most devoted pet I've ever had. He stays beside me all day, sleeps beside me every night, and I sware sometimes he knows exactly what we saying to him. And of course, what else would we name him but LUCKY....cause he was one lucky cat!!

Tammy Black
Wilkesboro, NC

Lost Little Kitten

Eight years ago we found this little black kitten in our garage upon our return from vacation. Since we already had a cat, we were not really interested in taking in another one. We searched for a home for this cute little guy and it turned out his home ended up being with us. I could not let this cuddly and lovable ball of fur go after he nuzzled in my hair and started purring. He was meant to be with us. Now, eight years later, Scooter, our 20 lb love bug, still nuzzles and purrs with me.

Lori Messner
Souderton, PA

Itty Bitty Kitty Railroad

Sooty's story is an odd one! A friend of mine found her crying under his car, hungry, dehydrated, but still very very bossy! He tried to resist taking her home with him, but in the end she followed him and climbed through his bedroom window. Talk about personality! From the beginning she was very vocal and demanded that people pay attention to her at all times. Despite frequent attempts to find an owner, and a vet declaring her healthy, nobody claimed her.

Unfortunately, his parents wouldn't allow him to keep her, so he asked me if I'd be able to. Unfortunately, the apartment I live in doesn't allow pets. I did agree to shelter her for a couple of days though, until we could find a shelter space or another home. At first, all she did was sleep and eat, but once she relaxed and began to feel better we realized she was an absolute darling and very affectionate.

We didn't find any shelter spaces, and my apartment was due for an inspection within a few days, and I faced eviction for keeping her. So, I called an aunt, who agreed to take her until somewhere could be found. This aunt already had 4 cats and was in the middle of fully remodeling her house, and so couldn't hold her for long, so the kitten had to move on, again. My mother and grandmother drove over 100 miles to collect her, and took her back home in the hope that one of my uncles, who has heart conditions and is virtually housebound, would appreciate having her as a companion.

The kitten is now called Sooty, and is a happy, boisterous, bossy cat, and gives my uncle John a reason to take his medication and get up in the morning!

Kaz
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Osama

Osama and Squeak were abandoned by neighbours and left to fend for themselves. I rescued them both and they came to be very special members of our family. Osama had a beautiful, soft temperament and was very laid back and loving, but also a bit of an adventurer. We lost this beautiful boy when he disappeared one day and never came back. I searched the area for him for days, but think he may have been the victim of snakebite, as he had a penchant for catching all things that moved. He was also a very loving mentor for Willy Whiskers when he arrived as a kitten, and the two of them spent many hours together sleeping in the basket, or out under the wisteria. “Osama” may be gone, but he’ll never be forgotten.

Christine Heard
Upper Lurg, Australia

Cattitude

I wasn’t looking for another cat, already having two, but I went shopping at the supermarket after work one night and came home with a tiny tabby kitten. He trusted me immediately and settled down to sleep in the car on the way home. Now 4 years on, Willy Whiskers has an individual temperament, and something we like to call “Cattitude”, but is a loving and special addition to the family. We believe he had been thrown out of a car as his right hip is dislocated, apparently an old injury! It doesn’t stop him from climbing trees, catching rabbits and helping me look after my horses, and he’s always there to welcome visitors to the property. He’s certainly made himself at home!

Christine Heard
Upper Lurg, Australia

Lost her voice

We found this little girl and her brother abandoned by some neighbours 3 weeks after they had left the property. The kittens were about 2 months old, and had been left with some dry food which had lasted a couple of days. I brought them home and we found that this one couldn't miaow, all she did was squeak, hence her name "Squeaky". The vet thought she had probably strained herself miaowing when they were abandoned. She also cringed when you went to pet her, probably due to abuse by the children she lived with. Even now, years later, she disappears when she hears a child's voice.

Christine Heard
Upper Lurg, Australia

I "See" A Fluffy Butt

After Annie, our rescue Yorkie-Poo, went to Doggie Heaven I was inconsolable. We had 2 other dogs and even 2 cats but my heart just ached. One day I was on my favorite pet website "Fluffy Butts Rescue Resort" in Iowa City when I looked into the eyes of the most adorable little guy. I KNEW he belonged in our family. Little did I realize those eyes belonged to Bocelli, a blind Pomeranian. He was ours within days. He is like a little bumper car: a crash just means turn around and go the other way. What a guy!!!

JoAnn Lennon
Des Moines, IA

Ferret Love

I had to submit a story about my ferret "Big ol' boy" as I like to call him.

His official name is Yatzhee. The woman I got him didn't want him any more because he had gotten so big.

He weighs about 3-4 pounds in the summer. His buddy is "my little girl" Dibbs. I got her from a local pet shop. She followed me around the store the best she could from her cage. I thought she was a Houdini before but when I brought some "muscle" home, they found new and exciting ways to get into trouble. Including the 10 ft bookcase!

Ferrets are extremely intelligent and make great friends! Don't worry if they bigger than normal, it just makes ferret proofing easier!

Autumn
Evergreen, AL
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