As you may know, I love cats. But I haven’t always been a cat lover.
When I was very young, about 5 years old, we adopted a cat named Kirby from a neighbor who was moving across country and couldn’t take their cat with them. He was sooo cool. He ended up getting very sick with throat cancer, so we had to put him to rest. I remember it was a very sad day.
When I was about 10 years old, we brought home a puppy English Springer Spaniel named Kermit. He was such a happy dog. He loved roaming the woods around the house I grew up in. Eventually, while my brother, sister and I were away at college, my mom got injured, and we had to give him to a family who could take better care of him. I never saw him reach old age or get sick.
Many years later, I had a yellow labrador named Jake. He was a hunter and a free spirit. But he was also a great companion. He used to love riding in the front passenger seat of my car. I had a lot of good times with him. But I left that home before he reached old age, so he was active and healthy when I had to say goodbye.
I always thought I was a dog lover. When I met Dave, I started to learn more about cats from him. He had always been a cat lover.
We adopted two cats in 2002, Angel the mom and Callie one of her kittens. They have been part of our family for 12 years. Losing Angel this past weekend was really heart-breaking.
But we still have Callie. So indulge me while I tell you about Callie:
Callie has a few nicknames in our house – Calsters, Callie the kitten (she’s 12 now but still acts like a baby), Cat, and Baby Piglet.
She is so much fun to have around. She loves to sit on my lap.all.the.time. She follows me around like a shadow. She is a good mouser, finding mice when they get into our basement. She’s not interested in any people food, but she loves to lick the salt off chips and popcorn. She loves to do big paws, aka kneading, on her fleece blanket. She loves to lay on my clothes. She loves to sit in boxes. She talks a lot. (for a cat)
I would love to be a crazy cat lady and adopt more cats. But Callie is quite territorial, so we will embrace being a one-cat house, taking turns spoiling her.
It’s amazing how these little creatures can really capture your heart. If you’re not a cat lover, or even a pet / animal lover, I’m sure you can appreciate the love and affection people have for their pets. So thanks for listening.