Wednesday, March 9, 2016


This is my dog Blackwell.

I know.

You're thinking "that's not a dog, it's a cat".

And you'd be right.

Except SWMBO has said frequently "that cat follows you around like a dog."

And he does.

The other one doesn't like me coming near her except when she's relaxing on the bed and I come into the room.

Then she sets up a caterwauling until I sit down and give her a good pet.

When I stop, she voices a "quack" sound, like a duck.

But she (Muggles) is more my wife's cat then mine.

But Blackwell loves only me and wants to be where-ever I am.

If I'm at the computer he comes in, jumps up on the armchair and stays there as long as I remain in the room.

When I get up to go to another part of the house, he wakes up and follows me.

If I sit down in the recliner in the living room, he jumps into my lap.

If I go outside, he sits by the slider where he can watch me.

Or waits patiently by the front door until I come back in.

You may have noticed his two somewhat imperfect ears.

The right one has a notch in it which I suspect he got in a neighborhood brawl with another dog or cat when he was young.

He was a feral cat when we took him in and had been in some fierce scraps that left an open wound around his neck.

Then when I took him to the animal center to have him "fixed", the young lady who took him asked if he had been feral and would I like them to notch his ear to let people know that was so if he got away from us.

Anticipating a small notch as in the other ear I assented and then was shocked when I picked him up and saw that they had lopped off the tip of his left ear.

So my aging prizefighter has a rugged look.

Not picture perfect.

But he is loyal to me.

Like a dog.

My dog Blackwell.


Jager said...

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. Blackwell thinks of himself not as your loyal companion, he believes he is your bodyguard. With his street fighting background what else would he be, he ain't just a "kitty cat" that's for damn sure.

joeh said...

I hear some cats just like a man in short shorts.

He is a handsome cat, even with the torn ear.

Tom Cochrun said...

A neat story and post and a cool cat. I think feral cats make great friends at least that is the case we've had especially with our Hemingway.

Stephen Hayes said...

You can't put too high a price on loyalty and devotion, which Blackwell gives you in large doses.

Zhoen said...

He is a cat by species, but holds the position of "dog" for you. They do pick the human they pick, no matter how much they may like other people. Moby loves me, in his cat way, but he is Dylan's Cat. The other way round for Eleanor. Our feelings don't come into it.

Natalie d'Arbeloff said...

Ahhhhhh.....I love Blackwell.