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Dear TinyYou were the most left out cat in the animal shelter when I first saw you. No one seemed to want to take home the fat cat. The one who loved his food, weighing in at a mere 6.9kg. You had a sore eye and even your bottom needed to be washed by the kennel maid, as you could not do it yourself. No one wanted you. Did no one care?
Then came that one fateful day in February 2000 when our paths first crossed. I visited Wood Green Animal Shelter after having a fight with Shane and I feel in love with this black and white tomcat, called “Valentine”. ‘What a strange name’, I thought. Little did I know that you were going to be a new member to my family. I stayed with you for the remainder of the afternoon, no one was going to adopt you now, except me. You were going to come home with me eventually. I was determined. I spoke to the person in charge, Susie. She did not want me to have you, as we had a dog at home. Also, Shane never wanted a cat either, but I knew you would fit in.I managed to persuade Susie that I could give you all the medical care you required. ‘I was a trained nurse’ I told her and I could administer your eye drops and clean you when you needed help, but as to having a dog, that was another matter. Before I had to reserve you, you had to meet Scamp, and that you were going to do the next day, when you first meet Shane too, for the first time. I was so excited to get home. I wanted to tell Shane all about you. What you looked like and why we had to adopt you. My arguments won the day and Shane agreed to meet you. I knew in my heart that you now had a new home.
It was a sunny Monday morning I remember well. I was up and dressed early so I could be at the shelter when it first opened. I nagged Shane to hurry up. No one was going to get MY boy!On arriving to the shelter, I dragged Shane down to the cattery. I picked you up and spoke to you gently, but when you saw Shane, you just jumped into his arms, don’t you remember? Shane fell in love with you on the spot. Now was the time for you to meet Scamp. It was early and no one was about so the introduction took place in the reception area. You and Scamp sniffed each other. Neither of you flinched. It was like you knew that you knew you would both be loved equally. That was it, the shelter was happy. You left there that same day after spending over a year at Wood Green.
When you arrived at my home you refused to answer to the name “Valentine”, some we called you “Tiny”. You pulled take funny face if we called you “Valentine” after that.Life was good for you at first. You enjoyed the garden, how you loved to smell the fragrant flowers, and visiting my parents in Cambridge. I even brought you a coat so you could go out in the rain. Spoilt or what? I still remember how you hated to go out in the rain. After a while your allergies were discovered. The list began to grow, flea powder, certain foods and eventually you even had to have a special diet. It cost over £40.00 per month but nothing was too good for my baby boy.
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