||Four years old|
||Little Rock, Arkansas, USA|
was a dark and stormy night and there on the front porch, crying and
mewling was a very small, very thin, cat. Despite all our efforts, she
would not come inside, so we gave her a cat carrier and food to keep her
through the night. The following morning, she trailed my housemates to
their office two blocks away. She was coaxed inside and named in honor of
the female lead character of the video game they were producing. Raven is
the hero of the game, and helps you defeat the "Perfect One." So too was
this Raven a helper, from all sorts of office duties to the hamsters and
mice -- she felt it was her duty to watch over them, spending countless
hours on top of their cage.
When the office was moved to a building that did not welcome mascots of the
four legged kind, Raven came home to live with my husband and me and our
10-year-old tabby, Alley. Raven has started on a new adventure and has
learned to be a different kind of helper, making sure that Alley in her
middle age does not become too serious!
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