“Shortly after the start of the pandemic, my partner and I switched to working full time from home,” Lorelai explains. “Since we had a lot more time on our hands, we decided to find a little ‘quarantine buddy.’

“No sooner had we begun our online search than Riso (Paloma at the time) was the first pet to come up. Her adoption profile photo was gorgeous! It showed her snoozing on her back, and we instantly fell in love with her.

“The first day we got her, we set her up in her own room. She was timid at first, but within five hours, she cracked open her door and came right into our room. Although there was a cat bed in her room, Riso crawled up into our bed and slept there the entire night. She’s a cuddly cat and because she’s 27 inches from head to tail, when she sleeps with us, she takes up half the bed!

“She loves to chase our fishing pole toy with nothing on it but the string. She’s also obsessed with light reflections and laser pointers, and will very often zoom around the house during random bursts of energy.

“When we come home from grocery shopping, Riso sniffs our bags and jumps into them as soon as they’re empty. She also follows us into every room we enter. If we’re in a different room with the door closed, she’ll meow behind the door.

“She has a fondness for sleeping on chairs and loves sleeping on her back with all of her legs spread out. When we watch documentaries on TV, she stares at the birds on the screen.

“We so enjoy having Riso in our lives. She’s made our little household feel more like a family, and we can’t remember what life was like without her.

“Thank you, Furry Friends, for making this possible. We’re forever grateful to you for providing us with our newest family member.”

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Furry Friends Fur-Ever Stories are compiled and written by Nomi Berger who is the bestselling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry, and hundreds of articles. She is a volunteer writer for Furry Friends in Vancouver, WA and also volunteers her writing skills to animal rescue groups in Canada and the USA. She lives with her adopted Maltese named Mini.

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