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About ten years ago, I was living alone in a small apartment, single and lonely. I came home from work one day and decided it was time to find a roommate, preferably, a feline.

It was too late to head to the local shelter, so I decided instead to go to Petsmart, where they keep local shelter cats.

Upon arriving, I immediately fell in love with one small, frail girl by the name of Chloe. She was so excitable from the moment I laid eyes on her. She kept pawing at me as if to say, "get me out! I'll go home with you!"

When I talked to the girl working, I asked why her adoption fee was so small. She told me that Chloe had been found in a ditch, missing part of her ear due to what they thought was frostbite, and had stomach problems. She "wouldn't live that long," was what the girl said.

I opted to take her home on the spot.

As soon as we were home, she warmed up and laid by me on the couch.

Fast forward 10 years, and she still spends all her time by my side. She loves to take my hand in her paws and fall asleep every chance she gets. She's been with me through a failed engagement, many moves and two other rescue cats, one of which passed last year while I was dealing with losing a toe to amputation.

Even though she's getting older, I would never trade our time together for anything in the world. Her undying love and adoration has always made me a happier and better person, and I always return her the same favor.

Daniel Kaproth
Sartell, MN

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