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Aleasha Tebbutt-Ford & Dog Melissa

My name is Melissa and I live with my new family: two people, two cats and my little dog brother. They were all here before me and at night we gather at the foot of the huge bed and share our tales from the big wide scary world.

The cats frighten us with tales of really tall buildings that, if you stand right on the top of them, make all the people look like mice. But you can't jump on them because then you would die. That's their first memory of life because that's where someone put them.

Cats Angel & Leila

The cats have been living with my people for six years now and had the place to themselves until my brother came along. He told me that they used to bully him! But he nearly died once and they helped nurse him back to health. (He was attacked by street dogs, but he does look like a small fluffy hamburger so I can understand the pack's mistake!)

I don't remember much about my past so I can't outdo them in the horror story stakes! But I think someone used to beat me because I was scared when the people put their hands near me (until I realised they were only putting a walking collar on). My people asked me if I had run away from the circus because I can do great balancing acts on my front legs!

The day I got lost it was raining and someone gave me shelter for a few months until a family was found for me. I am so happy now with my own home, my own people, a little brother I can teach about life, cats I can chase whenever I like and a local park.

I hope that other cats and dogs will be as lucky as us, because there is no happier feeling in the world than having your own home and family. And I know for a fact that my people believe there is no happier feeling in the world than having a cat or a dog waiting to love them when they walk through their door.

P.S.: I was adopted from Katia's dog shelter.