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After losing the love of my life, suddenly, unexpectedly, I went into a deep depression. A medicated zombie who slept with a red blanket I refused to give up because it was covered in his hair.

Months had passed and my husband and I were in Petsmart buying things for our other furbabies. It was a habit to go look at the cats as we used to do even when my heart was still alive. My husband thought it a bad idea, but I went anyway....and there he was. I was drawn to him.

It was a battles of wills at home with my family, everyone saying I wasn't ready, but I won and we went back and adopted him.

With the new name of Brady, we learned many things about him very quickly, but mostly he was going to be a lot of work. Afraid of the broom, he'd hide for hours. Even if I was cooking with a spatula, a knife, or wearing heavy shoes. Obviously hurt by someone, I didn't sweep or vacuum for weeks.

Something in his side, a bump he wouldn't let us see, a trip to the vet, followed by surgery to remove the buckshot. He has a deviated septum from a blow and he sounds like a bumble bee when he snores.

The most important thing about this wonderful creature of life is that he could still love unconditionally. He trusted easily, he snuggled with me in bed, he was interested in everything I was doing, and without falter, he slept with the dog and got along with our other cat like he'd always been here.

He had been shot, beaten, abused, abandoned, and now he had been adopted. Not a replacement, but an addition. Together, we have healed each other's broken heart.

Barbara Reggio-Brown
Fletcher, NC

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