San Jose, CA

Their daddy got home early today, so Elyana had a choice—go to swim team practice with Calyn, or stay at home with her dad. She decided to stay at home, and we stayed with her. After taking a nap, she got her “parents’ bed” ready in their room.

When Calyn got back from swim team practice, they had dinner and did their usual chores. Among their responsibilities is taking care of Redfurr.

The girls’ parents are allergic to Fel-D1 from cats.  Their mom is also allergic to dogs. Because of this, and Elyana’s allergies as well, their choice of pets was limited. They had a pet beta fish, but Calyn wanted to have a pet she could touch and pet.  When Calyn was 8 years old, she started searching for a pet that she could have. First she discovered the Allerca cat. But because of the prohibitive price, that was out of the question.  Then, she read about the Siberian, and that some of the cats of this breed were “hypoallergenic.”  The family visited two Bay area Siberian breeders, but their parents reacted, and had allergy symptoms.  They got in touch with other out of state breeders.  To test for allergic reactions, the breeder would send a fur sample which the family had to sniff, rub on their wrist, etc. Their mother reacted with hives to one fur sample, and congestion and headache to another.  When Redfurr’s fur sample came, they went through the same tests, and no one reacted nor had allergy symptoms.  So Redfurr was Calyn’s surprise present on her 9th birthday.

The night has come. We are ready to rest.



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