On a visit to my step-daughter at Ithaca College we decided to visit the SPCA. A six month old orange tabby reached his paw out through the cage bars towards me. Fred has continued to reach out for the last 13 years. At sixteen pounds he makes his presence known asking for whatever he wants in an insistent voice. You always know what he wants. He puts his paw on my arm to get some of whatever I'm eating. Even though he's had diabetes for over ten years he lives a full and active life. Fred loves people and greats everyone at the door. He's been a wonderful companion and I can't imagine what life would be like without my big orange guy.