If only animals could talk (not just ordinary meows and barks!), then we could tell you what we’re really feeling. In my case, my mom and I lived in an abusive situation, and because her partner included me in the mistreatment, I’m never quite sure when that’s apt to happen again. I’m really trying to put it all behind me, so I hope I’ll be forgiven for being wary of strangers, ‘cause that experience really left a mark on me. Mom said I can be affectionate and playful (just not for too long!), so I have dreams of a kind, patient heart out there who’ll show me there really is a soft, loving side of life.