I got the man first, THEN I got the cats, and Ian sort of instigated the whole cat thing
The history of it is that I never had cats growing up and had also been attacked by a large dog (a poorly trained and most likely abused lab-chow mix NOT a bully breed) so other than small animals and little non-sporting dogs, I have always been leery of other animals. It doesn't really make sense, but that's the way my little kid brain worked and so it followed me into adulthood.
Well, enter Ian and his family, who not only own a shep mix, but also 2 kitties.
So he sort of took it upon himself to show me that these animals are wonderful. I fell in loooovvvee with his cats (one of them in particular) and decided, with his help, to find one of my own. Enter Leo. I liked Leo so much that I started to volunteer at a cageless, no-kill cat shelter. Then, I liked that so much that I got a way better job so that I could support 2 kitties. Unfortunately, that kitty passed on (my Lola-bug who I miss every day). But one thing led to another and there are now 3 cats living with me here. Not only that, but the shelter liked me so much they hired me as adoptions/outreach staff. All because of Ian! (and TCS