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  • Some time in the next few days, these little cuties will turn eight years old. We didn’t realize what we were getting ourselves into when we adopted them, but they’ve made our lives better than we could have imagined at the time.

    Lauren and I went to the City of Chicago Animal Control in February 2005, two months after adopting Joey from the Chicago Anti-Cruelty Society. We wanted to get Joey a little brother to play with while we were away from home. We walked into the adoption room and saw these two tiny kittens together in a cage. The cage tag told us their names were “Fred and Ethel” and the woman helping us told us they were brother and sister. Their stretching up toward us, trying to climb out of the cage, told us they were ours. Our hearts were theirs.

    We walked into the hallway to talk.

    “Three cats? Are we crazy?”
    “Three’s the same as two, right?”

    We couldn’t split them up. We couldn’t take just one. We couldn’t deprive them of a life together, and we felt that if we didn’t take them both, someone else might come along and just take one. So we did the only thing our hearts would let us do: we brought “Fred and Ethel” home that day.

    Over the years, Marco and Sophie (much more fitting names) have had many fights, as any siblings living in the same house will have. But as we celebrate their eighth birthdays, I can’t help but feel the overwhelming love for them I felt when we first met. Happy Birthday, Marco and Sophie.
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