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After my Chow of 13 years passed, I was devastated. It may seem horrible to some but, life without a dog was even more unbearable to me, two days later I was at the shelter looking to adopt my Akita, Kodiak. He was the only dog there that didn't look at me, even when I took him on his a walk. The shelter knew nothing about him except he had been found on the street same as my Chow had. I took him home that day and when he got in my car (a little scared of it at first) before we took off he put his head on my head. Fast forward 2 1/2 years, I have a Momma's boy in every sense of the word. Suddenly he started tearing up trash bags and finding shopping bags that were left around to eat whatever was in the bag. Weird as he had never done this before I worried that his sudden separation anxiety would get worse. I moved out of my parents' house and bought a condo.

About two months of living by ourselves, with a dog walker during the day while I was at work, the baying started. My upstairs neighbor called me to see if Kodiak was ok. She told me he bayed all day and while it didn't bother her so much it was very sad. She suggested that I get him a kitty. So I went to the local shelter and found my Shonti. My mom spotted her first as I had been set on a black cat knowing they are usually harder to adopt. But this tabby was as mellow as Kodiak is so I figured it would be perfect. Shonti means mellow or something like that in Sanskrit. Of course that wasn't the case, she tears around and bugs her brother constantly...but I picked her up Monday and by Friday she was sleeping with Kodiak. Best of all, Kodiak doesn't bay anymore or tear things up! Best cure for separation anxiety ever and now I'm a cat person too!

Robin Miura
Long Beach, CA

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