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  • I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen

    Posted by Janine Allen at Monday, November 17th, 2008.

    I RESCUED A HUMAN TODAY by Janine Allen

    Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew I had to help her.

    I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.

    As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn’t feel sad about my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make a difference in someone’s life.

    She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

    Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.

    I would promise to keep her safe.
    I would promise to always be by her side.
    I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.

    I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved. At least I could save one.

    I rescued a human today.

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    Written by Janine Allen CPDT, Rescue Me Dog's professional dog trainer. Janine's passion is working with people and their dogs. She provides demonstrations for those who have adopted shelter dogs, lends email support to adopted dog owners that need information beyond our Training Support Pages, and aids shelter staff and volunteers in understanding dog behavior to increase their adoptability. Copyright 2014 Rescue Me Dog; www.rescuemedog.org

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    79 Responses to “I Rescued A Human Today by Janine Allen”

    1. Claudia Harrell Says:

      This is the first time I have seen this. Have seen a lot of other stuff, but this is the best I have ever seen. Request permission to use on our website, and possibly in other promotional events. Will give you all the credit, and a link to any refuge you would like.
      Again, this is a real gem. An angle on rescue that I always knew, but never thought to put in words. You did a great job, and think that it would help our group to be able to use it in publicity things. Just did not want to do this without permission. Thanks so much–Claudia

    2. Patrice Says:

      A very beautiful and heart warming story. I love reading it.

    3. Ty Corgi Says:

      What a wonderful article! I am going to repost it per your instructions for use on my blog on Thursday. Let me know if that is not OK. Thanks for letting us share it!

    4. Susan Says:

      I have seen this before, and it brings tears to my eyes every time. I have been in rescue for 10 years, and all I can say is AMEN!
      Great job!

    5. Linda B. Says:

      How sweet and how so true. I hope this gets others to visit a shelter and adopt a new family member.

    6. Sev Says:

      Hi Janine

      Fantastic article – very very warming nature. i am an animal lover to the extreme! i dont have any pets at the moment but this will change pretty soon! i’m actually maternal (or shall i call it pupernal) for a dog. i dont have any children yet also. my enquiry is of a different nature though..

      i am interested in training dogs but have no lead as to a good school that will teach me? could you give me any suggestions please?

      if you could give me anything that would help me this would be most gratefully appreciated!

      Regards
      Sev

    7. Martha Basset Says:

      We saw this link whilst visiting another blog and thought we would pop over. How lovely!
      It is very true in our case!
      love
      Martha & Bailey xxx

    8. Lindsay Says:

      This is hanging in every room of the animal shelter I volunteer at. It brings a tear to my eye every time I read it. So beautiful.

    9. Cindi Says:

      I had never known anything but the struggle of living on the street. She had had not known anything but the struggle of depression and lonliness until she had a little black and brown dog years ago–but she was so sad for the last five years since she lost him. But that lady had a thought that another dog would help her get better. She searched the internet for weeks till she saw my photo (lucky for me that I looked just like her previous pet!) and she worked for two weeks for the money to adopt me, emailing every single day to my pet shelter (doggy jail!) to make sure I did not go to anyone else. Then she got somebody to drive her the 150 miles to get me. Now I am not hungry and hasseled; now she is not lonley or depressed anymore. I rescued a human, also!
      P.S. She also spent some time in jail so she understood how that had affected me. This bond helps her to be kind. I like kindness, it is new to me.

    10. Stephanie Says:

      I read this, and it made me well up with tears. Makes you think about a dogs ultimate happiness is to make their humans happy. I just lost one of my chihuahuas (3 years old) to a blockage in a hepatic biliary duct on Monday 9/21/09. We tried so hard to save her. She was one of those dogs that just strived to make you happy- which wasnt hard. If you just watched her she made you laugh and smile, and one look with her loving eyes said it all. She came from a “back door breeder” (if you will), I think she really knew and appreciated that we gave her a good home, she brought so much happiness to all that encountered her.

    11. Danny Lauve Says:

      This hit home for us! I adopted my dog from the LASPCA after he lost a leg to an alligator. That was in 2002 and today, we still are in contact with our “friends at the LASPCA” They asked about your story and I have directed them to your website! Your story hits hearts all over!
      Thanks, Danny and Trey

    12. robinrse Says:

      my husband is 78 and in really poor health. about 3 years ago, we lost our beloved little chihuahua to congestive heart failure. ray swore he didn’t want anymore dogs, and i agreed to honor that. but one night i woke up to hear him crying in his sleep. i got up on an elbow to look over, and saw him petting his pillow. the next day we went to the pound and brought home perky, our now 5 year old cocker. and what a joy he is. my husband doesn’t pet his pillow anymore with a real, warm, loving dog to love. thanks for listening, love, robinrse

    13. Nancy Says:

      What a lovely little story…so touching. It put a tear in my eye. There are so many wonderful animals out there looking to “save a human”. I hope that everyone will visit their local shelter when looking for a new pet to adopt..Stray Rescue of St Louis is a wonderful place if you live in or near St Louis, MO. I have 3 dogs and a cat that all “saved” me!! Thanks for the post. I have shared it with my Facebook friends.

    14. Jay Says:

      We, too, were rescued in September by Asa, a black lab/great dane mix. We had lost our one lab a year earlier to cancer — I think Asa waited for us — he’s just a big bundle of love.

    15. Thomas Says:

      I received a link to this story in an automated news letter today. Ironically, I had just returned home with Lucy, a sweet little beagle mix that was living at our local SPCA.

      I am currently in the middle of a divorce and recently had to move from my home of 20 years. I am missing seeing my children everyday and I miss my dog that we adopted 5 years ago. I saw Lucy’s picture on the internet and her eyes haunted me until I had to go see her. Once I saw her, I knew I had to bring her home. A few hours ago she was in a cage in a shelter, right now she is sleeping beside me on the couch. She has a new home with someone who will love her and take care of her, I have someone to talk to – we both win.

    16. Steve Stevenson Says:

      I just wanted to say I like your site! I was cruising on some different blogs when I found this website. After looking around on this site I’ve come up with some good ideas for my weblog. I just thought I’d let you know

    17. Erin Holmes Says:

      I just read your article. I have three dogs, all of whom were adopted. Your article made me cry because it is exactly what happened for me. Each of my dear friends rescued me and continue to rescue me each day. Thank you for the work you do!

    18. Wilma Barnett Says:

      My husband And I lost 2 dogs and a cat to cancer two years ago. All the animals we ever had,cats,dogs and 1 horse were all someones “throw aways”,going back our 61 married years and beyond. Since we are in our 80′s we decided it was too late to adopt again but Buddy showed up at the young age of 3 months and we had to save him. I know he will outlast us so I planned on training him to be a service dog for a returning wounded serviceman….it is harder than I thought but I don’t want to give up his future happiness. Any suggestions? He just turned 1 year.

    19. Annvi Says:

      This is AWESOME! Made me cry. :)

      I am reposting at http://www.barkindoggiebiscuits.com.

      THANK YOU!

    20. yuanita Says:

      Interesting article & nice site.. will visit again :)

    21. ligiimi Says:

      I happen to read this poste, and I am new to all of this. Is it through an rss and more details? I wish I would learn something here.

    22. Emily Cormier Says:

      I read this poem and it puts alot in perspective about it causes you to stop and think. I think you may cause alot of poeple to think differently about animals in humane sociatys and pounds even cause alot of them to go adopt a new friend. What you’ve written is great its made an impact on me thank you

    23. Katie Says:

      I read this and cried! It is SO true – sometimes we don’t rescue our dogs. Sometimes they rescue us. Mine did.

    24. Mary Says:

      It’s nice to see someone voice it from the dog’s perspective. (hey, don’t forget us cats) Oh yes, AND cats could see it that way, also. :)

      By the way, my dog’s and cats were all rescues, or so I’d thought. Turns out they’ve rescued me.

    25. Jesusa Fatula Says:

      following the blog, good stuff!

    26. sheryl pieroni Says:

      Hello –

      What a lovely story. I am the author of my atlanta mommy and my nctriangle mommy and am doing a post on the pedigree adopt a pet campaign. I have included your story (following your posting instructions and full link back).

      My family was “rescued” a few years back by a little puppy from the Atlanta Humane Society. :-)

      Thanks for sharing

    27. Ann Adams Says:

      What a great story!. I am sitting beside our 11 year beloved Zoe as I read this story. She was a “pound puppy” and she has loved us unconditionally as she has had such a tough time these last few years. First, an embolism struck her, and her right rear leg is not as good as it used to be. Then just before Christmas she had a cancerous mass removed from her head. A few weeks ago she tore her ACL and is recuperating from the surgery, and now she has night time spasms and pain because she is so valiantly trying to do all that she did before surgery. We have tried to keep her calm and quiet, but she’s not wanting any part of that. I know that when she is gone, our next dog will “rescue us.”

    28. Robin Richter Says:

      WOW! I love this story! I will share it with others. We’ve been rescued by three dogs, too.

    29. Christina Says:

      This is great! I posted it in my column using the guidelines above.

      It makes think about when we were rescued by our mutt Zero. She was so hopeless looking and a little odd. But, she made a great difference in our lives while she was here. All of our dogs have been rescues and they’re all great in their own ways.

    30. Dewayne Says:

      This could be Dodger’s story.

      Dodger adopted us last July 4th from SPCA and had benn horribly treated for the first year of his life.

      But after several weeks of sleeping in ghe grass with him in the Texas Coastal heat and humidity we became closer and closer.

      Long story short Dodger in less than 6 months has become a great medical service dog for me letting me know with a better than 98% accuracy of any suddend drop of my blood sugar and of any subtle drop of my blood sugar less than 80.

      He has saved my life 3 times now and I know that I was not alone in training this magnificent friend but that he and God did all the work.

      Independance Day has a whole new meaning for me with Dodger and hopefully him too.

      Thank you so much for sharing your story.

      Dewayne the gratefull and lucky diabetic.

    31. Adhys Says:

      That’s nice story, thank you

      Regards

      Adhys & Buntung old dog
      indonesia

    32. Dedra Says:

      So beautiful, I love this.

    33. Terry Easterly Says:

      I would like to read this at our church family night, Sunday, Aug. 29th, and will give you credit for the story. I am advocating adoption from shelters and hope your beautiful story will touch someone as it has touched me. I now have 2 rescued dogs and also 2 rescued cats. My son has 1 adopted dog from a shelter and she is wonderful, as you would imagine.
      Thank you,
      Terry J. Easterly
      Box 387, Watson, LA 70786

    34. SDB Says:

      This was posted at my vet’s office yesterday. It was so beautiful I wanted to read it again. Found it here, read it again, cried again. Downloaded a copy. :)

    35. Samantha Fairchild Says:

      I’ve been rescued many times, but like another blogger has said, never thought to put it into words. Amen Janine, amen.
      With love, a partner in the cause: The East Maui Animal Refuge

    36. Fran Hunt Says:

      I just love this and can’t stop reading it. In all my years, I have been rescued again and again and again. There is nothing like a Humane Society Shelter. There is someone there to rescue anyone who walks through the doors. I am a newspaper reporter and I write many stories for our local shelter, which has resulted in many human rescues. October is National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month and we are using your poem (using your instructions) along with photos and stories of the many adoptable pets at the shelter. For the month the shelter has also dropped the adoption fee on dogs and cats as well, so many, many more humans can be rescued. Thanks for your help in this special mission!

    37. Jayla Says:

      I found an analogous article about dog potty grass at http://hubpages.com/hub/Dog-Potty-Grass however this one is just a little bit better, thanks.

    38. Diana Chiew Says:

      This is such a beautiful story. I read it for the first time on a blog that I have been following and I’m now sharing it on Facebook.

    39. Linda Says:

      Posted to my Facebook. I’m sure my friends will love it as much as I did!

    40. Senet Says:

      It brought tears to my eyes. I also have adopted one of my dogs from Save a Pet, she gave me a look that I could not resist and we took her home!! She’s a Malamute/Husky and beautiful!! Will send this story to family/friends.

    41. Plastic Holder Says:

      “-’ I am very thankful to this topic because it really gives up to date information -~~

    42. large dog mom sonia Says:

      “I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today. Sometimes the overworked shelter keepers get too busy…” I don’t know what it was about this part but it really got me.

      What a wonderful post… it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.

    43. Erin Holmes Says:

      I wanted to thank you again for this essay. Last month I had to put one of my rescuers to sleep. Her name was Sally. Your essay describes exactly how we met, she was the last in the long row of cages. I saw her and knew she was the one.

      While it seems soon, I am in the process of being adopted again. I had to look for your essay because I want to give it to the rescue group / rescue mom that is allowing me to be a part of my new friends life.

      Thank you for all you do and thanks to everyone else who cares for those dogs looking for new people to save.

    44. hal Says:

      i received an email copy of your wonderful post just yesterday, loved it and posted it to our family website as well as two other public forums (each with proper attribution.)

      we have four animals who have rescued us: TwoBigCats and two dogs. all of our animals give us attention and unconditional love; in return, we look after their needs as well :)

      again, wonderful post – thanks very much!
      hal

    45. Nilah Says:

      This story is especially heartwarming for me. I just lost my luv “Big Pun” 12 year old Pit Bull this past Jan 13. And I know how apprehensive that feeling is not to make that walk I would want to take them all! Yet this is the fear I’m experiencing. I do know I want another dog but afraid. I love the story very inspiring!
      Thank you

    46. Catherine Says:

      Thank you for this it’s beautiful and wonderful and helps me see what i am doing and better, what the animals do for me everytime i volunteer at the shelter or everytime i pet one of my foster dogs or rescues.

    47. Colleen Manley Says:

      This article is so very insightful, Janine. It is way beautiful! ♥

    48. grace Says:

      i am going to get my puppy RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      she is an amirican bull dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    49. Terry Carter Says:

      Very well done Janine. I hope things are well with the rescue.

    50. Carole Foster Says:

      Janine,
      I just received your amazing writing in an email, ‘I rescued a human today.’ It is so moving and original. It made me cry, yet it gave me hope, as well. It is most inspiring and it deeply reaches the human heart, as well as the heart of the situation of millions of shelter animals. All my animals, both cats and dogs, have rescued me and filled my life with such love and great joy.
      You are truly a very talented and wonderful writer. This piece will never be fogotten by anyone who reads it.
      Thank you for your unique perspective and sharing yourself with us all, for the betterment of all animals.
      I would like to open people’s eyes to what you wrote, Janine and I appreciate your permission to do so.

    51. Star Ali Mistriel Says:

      Ms. Janine,
      Kindly share, if you will, please, the loving words that deeply move my soul. My life is about creation that is shared between them and me and others and my students.

      Last August 2010, my dear rescued beagle of 7 years suddenly passed from congestive heart failure, which having him die embraced in my arms under the blazing desert sun in Las Vegas, I just about went with him.

      Within 3 days, after searching online the USA, pouring over thousands of doggy faces, I found my new friend from “rescue a pet” here in Las Vegas, and I was rescued from depression and wanting to give up. My friend,a blue Queensland Heeler, CASH, incredibly had been on “death row” twice, once again returned to the shelter. Neither of us are perfect, but both of us accept one another, each other’s faults, and cheer each other too. We both are lucky.
      Thanks for putting it out there for folks, it makes the world a better place!
      Peace,
      Star Ali Mistriel

    52. Star Ali Mistriel Says:

      Oh, CASH came to a FOREVER HOME with me. We are a couple. He teaches students Dog Care at school, and goes for visits to cheer others. The odd thing is, that supposedly his “problem” was that he alledged is an “alpha male dog” and will not tolerate other males. During the Dog Care Classes, other dogs have ran up to him aggressively/attacking, yet CASH listened to me and simply sat doing zero response to them…..amazing!!!! I am so very proud of him, he is an incredible being!
      Peace,
      Star

    53. Jan Grice Says:

      Brought a tear to my eye, and I would love to use this ‘I rescued A Human Today’ In one of the editions of ‘Global Shelties Magazine’ Please.
      Full credits to be given as requested.
      Sincerely
      Jan Grice

    54. Marci Kladnik Says:

      Your beautiful poem was just posted on the authors’ chat groups that I belong to. I read it with two purring foster kittens on my lap and another 13 in my garage and house, all awaiting forever homes. The words moved me to tears, and I thank you for getting it so right for those living in cages. I have sent it on to all my friends.

    55. kimberely Says:

      I love inspiring stories like this!!!

    56. Mike Says:

      Wow that was strange. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say great blog!

    57. Barbara Says:

      Dear Janine, Please add me to your long list of happy rescued humans. I was rescued a year ago by Jesse, a beautiful 1 yr black/white Border Collie mix. I adopted her from my local SPCA shelter here in Israel just 2 months after my 7 yr Golden Retriever died from chronic kidney failure, following 8 months of medical treatment in the hope that we could save her. By strange coincidence her name was also Jesse. I didn’t have to walk down a corridor, but when they took Jesse-2 out of her cage and she wagged her tail and looked into my eyes, as if she knew how sad I was and how much I needed a new friend – I knew that we would be going home together. After some hesitation, I decided not to change her name and even my grandkids are now used to referring to white-Jesse and black-Jesse when they talk about them. She is a wonderful dog, so friendly and well-behaved and full of energy. I can’t understand why anyone would want to give her up and why nobody took her from the shelter for 4 months until I came along. Our good luck – we both won the jackpot.

    58. Jennifer Meyer Says:

      Ms. Allen,

      What an absolutely refreshing perspective. May I please use this piece in my company’s literature? Please contact me to discuss licensing fees.

    59. Geraldine Brehm Says:

      This is the very first time I have seen “I rescued a human today” and I have seen many, I’ll remember this forever, thanks for sharing. I am a 78 yr. old senior who did animal rescue for 56 yrs., I was instrumental in starting up 2 rescue sancuarys. Actually, 1 shelter when I was in Illinois and 1 feline sancuary here in Michigan. I am VERY proud of the rescue work I have done, as you can probably tell. There is one story I dearly love and have recommended to many. I’m sure you know of the “Rainbow Bridge”. Would you be so kind as to print it in your letters for all to read? If you would consider it I’m certain it would be appreciated as well, I have had MANY requests for it!

      Thanks and God bless you for being there for the animals!!!

    60. on leash Says:

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    61. Christina Lejean Says:

      a beautiful story..i had the same thing a couple of weeks ago when my two year old jack russell rescue dog chose me as iwas looking at allthe other dogs..now a question could any of you tellme how to stop him chewing balls to pieces in a matter of minutes thank you x

    62. Karina Heuzeroth Says:

      An english friend of mine found this today and she forwarded it to me. I was impressed and – oh yes, this point-of-view should be considered by many people who think they “save” a dog, or many dogs, and are expecting overwhelming gratitude from the animals. The saving is at least for both …

      Would you allow me to translate and post it into a German animal communication forum ?

    63. Dudley the Dog Says:

      Hi, love it, received the article in mail today in fact and it took me a while to track original to give credit to, but here I am. Will be posting it on 2nd of December.
      Thank you for sharing beautiful story with us.

      Dudley

    64. Jeff N Says:

      Thanks so much for posting. This is exactly as you’d expect a dog to act, selfless and looking out for others.

      My current rescue lets me know how lucky he is everyday and I try to do the same. Thanks again for this very touching piece.

    65. Helen Says:

      This brought tears to my eyes, too. Great story.

    66. al Says:

      I would just like to know how I can ease the pain of MY seperation Anxiety when I leave my best friends to go to work, or anywhere else for that matter.

    67. Cindy Judy Says:

      All of my rescues have not been through shelters…but each time..they saved me.. The first one that touched my heart was my Belle.. My son died in an accident and I just existed..”Belle” needed me.. Actually ….I needed her…Thank you for this beautiful piece..

    68. Sheral Says:

      I was rescued by Duncan 6 years ago and Cassie 10 years ago. They are part of my heart. Thanks for your wonderful prose.

    69. Tawny O'Hara Says:

      I saved this and read it once in awhile and it makes me cry. I rescue Great Danes but getting old now and Oscar and Panda are my last now and they are 11 years old and 10 years old. I also have been rescued by a coy dog and lab, Goat, and two horses. They have each played a big part in my healing.

      You little poem is wonderful Thank you for sharing your talent.

    70. Joanna Samson Says:

      Thats exactly how Maggie saved me. This story is so touching.

    71. http://andcarinsurancequotes.com Says:

      I got what you intend,saved to bookmarks, very nice web site.

    72. Jonah Says:

      I had seen this a few times before, but never knew the source. Certainly a touching story and an inspiration to anyone considering adding a dog to their family. Great to see that the message is still going strong after several years. We will be including this great piece on our site as per your guidelines above. Thanks for the great story!

    73. Tracy C Says:

      I am a rescued human. I am so moved by this article. I thank God every day that I was rescued by my precious Bichon Bobby. He truly saved my life. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

    74. tara schaller Says:

      are you in any way affliated with p2v organization?? i am sooooo pro rescue pets for vets and, although i am not in a financial situation right now, i have a very large mouth. i believe that ONE can make a difference, and i am ONE! and my motto is “until there is no longer a need for shelters”….our soldiers, who have suffered and been through so much, have all been wounded. i was married to a vietnam vet and know what the results were in his life….and many of his friends. you may not have had a bullet in your gut, or lost any limbs, but you sure left a piece of your emotional well being over there.
      please let those of us who cannot contribute financially know what other things can be done to support you. i am in awe of God’s creations being used to rescue humans….i have two right now, and they were sent by Him!! God’s blessings on you all!

    75. Kate Corsi Says:

      Today my husband and two little boys went to our local Humane Society. There in the corner kennel, was our perfect pack mate. She is an 18 month old brindle boxer named Roxy with the most beautiful smile. As we were doing the paper work to adopt her, I looked up and read your poem. Tears welled in my eyes and I mourned for all those who wouldn’t be adopted. I sobbed as we signed the papers and gathered her things. I then glanced at her birthday- the very same as mine!
      Thank you for this touching poem! You have made this adoption so very meaningful.
      Many Blessings,
      Kate, Roxy and the boys

    76. Mary Leres Says:

      I just lost my 16 year old male Whippet in April, but sitll have a 12 year old girl. I decided I would let a dog rescue me instead of buying another Whippet.
      My daughter and found a darling little guy at the SPCA in Sacramento Ca..He looks to be part Terrier and part Gunny Sack! He knows we need his help.
      I’ve had such a hard time getting over the loss of my boy
      and so has my girl Lilly who was with him her whole life!
      I know this new boy will help us in our grief and I’m sure he will. We get to bring him home today!

    77. Steve Delaney Says:

      This is absolutely PRECIOUS!!!
      Have read this over & over & cry every time.

    78. Martynas Says:

      You should write a book. wonderful short story…

    79. Sally Janine Allen Says:

      I cried when I read your poem. I have loved animals my entire life, and have been saved time after time by shelter dogs and cats. They require so little but give so much in return. I lost my prior saviors that my ex and I had adopted from the pound (2), then acquired two more from a neighbor and our vet; we had to start turning offers down because unfortunately we did not have the resources to house them all. After my divorce my ex found my new savior Simba, a tiny kitten on an island in the middle of a busy intersection! I lost my father that year, my brother the next year, and another brother the following year (I inherited his cat, too). Through it all, Simba has been my best friend, staying by my side when I was sick, sleeping next to me with his paw in my palm. I don’t know how I would have gone on without him. Some people think only dogs are empathetic, but cats can be, too!

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