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To My Former Family:

I say "former family" because I will never be coming back to you.

This morning, I was peeled off the frozen ground by a passer-by who happened to notice me frost-bitten, alone and literally frozen to the ground. I guess you forgot to bring me inside again last night when you knew temperatures were going to dip below -34 with the windchill. Maybe you assumed I was invincible since I never got hit and killed by a car like my 3 brothers and sisters did over the past year.

It's okay, you don't need to worry about me anymore. I may be blind in both eyes now, but I know my forever family will take good care of me.

I don't ask for much, just a bit of food, water and a warm place to curl up. If I get that, I know I can't help but purr and melt into your warm hands.

So now as I wait for my forever home, please know that I don't blame you for what you did or didn't do for me... you probably didn't know that I was curled up waiting to die while you slept warm in your bed.

I have to go now, the lady who rescued me is shaking a bag of treats! I overheard her saying she will never bring me back to you. Never ever. I guess she thinks I'm pretty special. Bye forever.

Sincerely,

"Patience"

Holly Stockfish
North Bay, ON, Canada

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