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Hemingway and Shakespeare never knew each other and now they are the best of buddies and the focal point of my life.

Hemingway was adopted from the Golden Valley Animal Humane Society in February 2010.  I had just lost three precious cats within about four months and I wasn't sure I really wanted to try again but Hemingway's picture caught my eye. It was love at first sight. His beautiful tuxedo markings and shiny black coat give him a very regal look.

Shakespeare was adopted from the Woodbury Animal Humane Society in June 2010. I had been looking for a long-haired orange tabby and we were introduced on a very stormy night. Shakespeare was very inquisitive and active and seemed like he would be the perfect companion for Hemingway.

Both boys have continued to amaze and delight everyone with their antics. Hemingway greets me when I come home from work by lying upside down to get his tummy rub. Shakespeare doesn't have time for that because he's sitting on top of his treat container, waiting for his treat. Food is top priority for Shakespeare. They are totally different in so many ways. Hemingway loves to be held and cuddled and really enjoys meeting people. His best buddy is a dog next door. Shakespeare is more aloof.  He loves to be petted but hates to be held. His purr is loud and Hemingway's is soft. Shakespeare's main feature is his enormous tail. He walks around with it straight up in the air, proudly showing it off.

The boys have convinced me to let them have their own blog. They figure there probably aren't many other adoptees with their own blog so it makes them unique. You can read their thoughts here.

I would be lost without these two precious guys.  I have to send a special thanks to both locations for their fabulous work and all they did to help me.

Pam M.

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4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

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1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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