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October 27, 2006
The pleasure of dinner with a friend is mixed with sadness. Right before my friend and I leave for a charming local restaurant, my sister calls with the news that her cat is gravely ill. To we childless siblings, cats and dogs are never preceded by the word just. We love our adopted animals as the family they are, taking the best care of them possible and never taking for granted their presence in our lives. My sister has four cats, but says, I can't spare one. She adds, I'm not ready for Mom and Dad to have her yet.