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It was my 50th birthday and my husband had rented a cabin at the lake for a quiet getaway. We were sitting on the deck enjoying music and watching a herd of deer when this little white cat jumped onto the deck and started rubbing up against our legs. She stayed there the whole evening and at one point curled into my lap and fell asleep. We told her goodnight and went to bed. The next morning, I got up and made coffee then we both went out on the deck again and moments later she showed up. I made breakfast and made sure to cook a slice of bacon for her as well. She hung around the entire time we were camping and we always made sure to give her a little of whatever we had. I knew human food was not the best thing for her but I figured it was better than what she was rummaging for in the garbage around the lake. Finally our last night there and my husband said that if she was still there when we got ready to leave in the morning, we could take her home. The next morning came, we had our coffee and breakfast and she was no where to be seen. I have to admit I was more than a little disappointed. I had a little accident as I was getting our cooking supplies ready to be packed (I started a grease fire and burned myself pretty badly, so we rushed through packing up so my husband could take me to the hospital. We walked though the cabin one last time to make sure we didn't forget anything and then went outside to close up the SUV and there she was, sitting in the back of our vehicle, ready to go. We were pretty concerned about her riding in the car without any type of carrier but she did beautifully. She either sat in my lap or on the center console watching the scenery. We named her Serenity because she showed up during our weekend of Serenity.

Tess Webb
Killeen, TX

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