Thursday was the 8th anniversary of Maddie coming to live at Chez-Ranger. Pretty much non-stop pettin's and moochies since then, I must say. I'd never had a mammal as a pet before Maddie showed up. Never entertained the idea of having a cat 'cause I'm allergic to 'em and Maine Coons (markedly less allergic to them) cost $$$. I'll *never* fathom what made Maddie's previous family give her up but it was a gift from <insert higher power of your choice here> to find this year old Maine Coon in our local shelter. Sure, she hissed at me when I put my hand in the cage to pet her, but I'm used to that reaction when meeting females for the first time. We've gotten along famously since. I hope you enjoy this little Maddie-palooza.