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I'm a cat person. So when a half-starved Labrador-Pointer mix came running through the neighborhood, I fed her but did not try to capture her. She appeared to be nursing puppies somewhere. Two days later my neighbors called animal control and she was picked up and taken to their "kill" shelter. Knowing that as an adult dog she would stand little chance for adoption, I began my preparations to become a dog person. I visited her twice while she was held for 8 days to see if anyone would claim her. The morning she was available I was first in the door, not wanting anyone else to get her because by now I was in love. A trip to the vet two days later revealed she was heart worm positive and still only weighed 43 pounds (after 10 days of food). The vet estimated her to be "at least" 5 years old given the advanced stage of her heart worm problem and the condition of her teeth. I vowed to make her final days happier than her past and prepared to not have her but for a year or two. Well that was almost 7 years ago. She is feeling her age and struggles with allergies and recently diabetes but I treasure every day I have her with me. She was my first dog but I know she will not be my last. Fortunately for me, she loves cats as much as I do!

Gail Adams
Hot Springs, AR

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