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  • When I broke Cola out of Brooklyn Animal Care & Control in February of 2008 she was a smelly, mangey bag-of-bones and was too sick to lick butter off her paw. Now she's a smiling, muscle-y wiggler who wags her tail whenever she hears me laugh and licks away my tears when things don't go our way.

    Sometimes I say "quiet" and she's not, but she keeps we warm at night and when I'm afraid there might be zombies, she runs ahead to check (none, yet). I can't imagine life without her.

    But someone could. Cola was a throwaway, just a number in a kennel (A748432 to be precise), one of over 40,000 animals to come through the city shelter system in 2008. Somehow we found each other.

    Nowadays, I think back to adventures I had years before she was born but in my memory Cola was there.

    Remember when I went salmon fishing in Alaska and bought a lure off a guy in Whittier with a ziplock bag of ground coffee... and Cola was there? Remember that hike by the Delaware Water Gap when I spilled everyone's dinner and they made me sleep outside the tent... and Cola was there? Remember when I got in trouble for making a fort in the yard with sheets and blankets and the mattress from my bed and so I climbed the tree and stayed up there passed dinner time but mom was still mad when I came down... and Cola was there?
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