Alas, we were not approved to adopt the cat. It seems we could not realistically offer the cat a twenty year guaranteed home. Now, the agency facilitating the adoption knew that before it sent us on the wild goose chase [are wild geese especially hard to catch, or does “wild” modify “chase,” not “goose”?] Susie was bitterly disappointed, and I wrote a stern email to the agency. It would be easier to adopt a Russian baby, were it not for the Magnitsky Act.