I am sad to say that Ruggles passed away today. I am attaching the article from “Happy Tails to U”, Issue 9 — Spring 2006.
Thanks to you and the Marvin program, I was able to adopt Ruggles. I often tell the story about how I called the RISPCA and told the person who answered the phone that I wanted to adopt a cat to help me study for the bar exam. Her immediate response was, “Ruggles.” She was right. I fell in love with him as soon as I met him. The shelter loved him too. They would often open his cage in the morning and he would hang out with the staff and with his friend, a black lab. I think the lab’s name was Marvin.
Ruggles did help me study for the bar exam. He was also by my side every day since I adopted him in 2006. He would follow me through my morning routine. He insisted on sitting in the tub while a took a shower and would sit on the side of the sink until I brushed my teeth. He’d wait for me to slick back his hair with water before jumping down. He was a true friend and will be missed so much.
Maybe some of your staff remember him. Thanks again for the Marvin program and helping me find the perfect companion.