I am horribly allergic to cats. Within five minutes of being around one I start to sneeze, my throat starts to close, and my eyes swell up. This is why we have a hypoallergenic dog. Annie doesn’t seem to have the same allergy, thank goodness. But since she’s usually with me, she doesn’t see cats…ever. A few days ago Annie and I were with my mom and her friend, and we stopped by their friend’s house. Annie walked into the house and proceeded to freak out that she was in the presence of a real live cat. She wanted to give that cat a full-body hug. Of course, being a cat, it just wanted to stare at her ambivalently.

My eyes are still swollen from being around that cat.