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Meet Max

Meet Max

Under duress, Mom adopted this big handsome guy from the local humane shelter. He had been featured as "Pet of The Week" with a photo, and Mom called me to tell me I needed to adopt him. I have two cats, which is about five too many (the critical mass increases exponentially), so I wasn't about to give Max a home. Working on the premise that Mom usually issues instructions of the "I'm cold, put on a sweater" type, I assume Mom wanted the cat. So I arrived at the door, dragged her to the shelter, where I knew she wouldn't resist his charms. His charms were minimal at the time. He had been at the shelter for nearly a year, and was only featured in the ad as a loss leader. By the time Mom got him, he was traumatized, institutionalized, and deeply fearful. He spent the first three weeks under her bed. Now, he rules the house, bossing Mom around as much as her ex-husband, and has unfolded a funny, quirky personality.

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