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We almost had a whole column about Mortimer, a beautiful, gray ragdoll cat keeping house with Adam J. Reed in family-oriented Salt Lake City, Utah, but Adam didn’t want to hog the spotlight. In April Mortimer will be 3, which means he shares a birth month with my own feline, PJ. Her name is short for Patty Jr., named after my dear friend, Patrick, who acquired one cat per year in his childhood because each perished by automobile mere months after adoption, until a one-eyed cat, whose one eye works better than most cats’ two eyes, followed him home. PJ lives at home with my parents in New Hampshire. Mortimer, a pure ragdoll (the “puppy cat”), came from a breeder; PJ came from the Humane Society of Greater Nashua after she was surrendered there by a family with quite a few pets.

Yan Fan, who is currently working as a software engineer, also has a furry roommate, Meow Zedong, in her place in the Bay Area. Meow loves wearing cute little costumes reminiscent of her namesake, Fearless Leader, and she’s just a little under a year old! (Yan will soon be moving to Tokyo and taking Meow with her!) Also in the Bay Area is Milo, who is related to us by way of Angelo Carino, who, although not his official owner, is Milo’s second father. The sweet orange tabby loves to cuddle and lodge himself into random items of clothing.

Also in the Bay Area is Serra, Yiwei Wang’s former feline housemate. Warm and cuddly, the gray tabby and Yiwei parted ways when Yiwei moved into another apartment a few years ago, leaving behind Serra and her owner, Adam Dohner ’10.

Lacey resides in the same state as Meow, Milo and Serra, with Allison Parsley, who is currently living in downtown Los Angeles. She is a lovely longhair cat with a docile, sweet personality. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet her once, and she is a dear! Mariana Estevez, Annora Ng and Ji Lin also got to meet Lacey during their visits to L.A., and after her visit to L.A. and to Leo Anzagira in San Jose, Ji went home to her darling orange feline fatso (weighing in at 14 pounds!) named Autumn. She can shake hands and high-five! (Also, Annora visited quite a few ’11s while in the United States, including Jin Yan in Austin and Lei Qi in San Francisco.)

A mention of Angelo Carino cannot go without speaking of Ariana Almas, who is currently in an M.B.A. program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has two cats at home in New Jersey and she misses both dearly.

As I write this during a chilly February in West L.A., I envy Qianqian Zhao for the warm weather she must be having in Gainesville, Florida, with her kitty, Kimmie, who is a ripe old 15 years old! Kimmie came home with Qianqian from the shelter when she was just a few months old, and like many older cats, she sleeps a lot, but she can still jump to countertops and tabletops!

The next edition of Class Notes for ’11s will be puppies and doggies! Send me stories about your furry pals and I’ll try to include them!

Hillary S. Cheng, 10930 Gray Place, Tustin, CA 92782; (603) 546-8452; hillary.s.cheng@dartmouth.edu

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