The Cat Who Chose Me and the Junkyard Cat

I’ve always loved animals but was never too fond of cats while growing up.  When I was really young, I had a severe allergic reaction to my friend Kevin’s cat that caused my throat to close, so while I appreciated cats, it always had to be from afar.  Until my family adopted a beagle, Benny, in 2001, the only pets I ever had were guinea pigs and cannibalistic goldfish.