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My mom has always had a big heart for animals in need. One day, a lady came into the boutique where she works and said her family was struggling financially and they were trying to find some pets a good home.

Blueberry (as she was then called) was a cat with a lot of pain in her background. She had been an outdoor cat, but had been attacked by a coyote and had undergone extensive surgery. She'd survived, but had become a recluse. She would not associate with other animals, even other cats, and stayed in one room of the house where they kept her food and litter.

Mom agreed to take Blueberry and brought her to our house where she, upon seeing our lab/retriever mix (who wouldn't harm a fly), bolted under the bed in my parents' room. When I came home from work that night, it took some coaxing (and food bribes), but she finally came out from under the bed and laid in my lap, letting me pet her. Though cats have never really taken to me, Blueberry bonded with me and we've been close ever since. It's apparent to anyone who visits that she's definitely "my" cat (or I'm "her" human - one of the two, haha).

Fast forward a couple of years and my lovable purr-machine has completely come out of her shell. She and the dog even coexist nicely. She (eventually) comes out when we have company and will even perch in someone's lap, depending on the person. It's clear that she thinks she owns the place, so I renamed her Queenie - it just fits perfectly with how she carries herself and the personality that she has. She is regal and not afraid to let you know that she wants attention NOW! Several times when I've been at the computer for awhile, she will jump onto the desk and lay in front of the keyboard as if to say, "Excuse me, but did you not notice I was here?"

She's sassy, she's loving, and she's my baby. I'm SO glad we adopted her!

Lilington, NC

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