Since we met each other under relatively special circumstances and were in a long-distance relationship (#ourstory), at first, I often doubted whether Joe’s feelings for me were really serious. Therefore, in the first 1-2 years of knowing each other, I rarely opened my heart to him and almost closed all dating opportunities. Until one day, Scotty, Joe’s pet cat from childhood in the US, died of kidney disease. It was a very sad day, Joe called me in the middle of the night, said Scotty was very ill, the doctor recommended a “humane shot” to free Scotty from the pain, so Joe decided to let Scotty go. He cried “tu tu” from the doctor’s office, in the car home, while burying Scotty himself, and even talking to me on the phone. I’m the second person, after his parents, to know about Scotty. It wasn’t the first time I’ve seen a man cry, but it was the first time I felt like I was touching a raw pain and loss, and I was moved to realize Joe’s love for him. for me is real. I still told my husband later that Scotty left was to bring us closer together. And to this day, I still can’t stop thanking Scotty for that.|Wanting to raise a cat is like that, but it took me nearly 2 years after studying abroad to adopt the current gray cat, Friday.