My mother didn't think my Dad would like having another cat in the house with PeeDee, so I was told I couldn't bring her in out of the cold. So, I would sneak the kitten I named Tinker into the house and the rest as they say is history. My Dad wasn't keen on the idea at first, but now Tinker is my Dad's sidekick. Naturally, when I moved out of my parent's house, I wanted to take her with me, but I couldn't. She's 16 now, still living with my parent's and their two other "kids," Gray, and Maggie.
It wasn't long after moving into a home of my own in 1998 that I realized something was missing. I had spent my entire life growing up with a cat in the house, so to fill the void in my heart, I welcomed "Smokey" into my life. My fiancé had brought "him" home from work one day and I immediately fell in love with the little "guy." "He" was a little solid gray fur ball with the biggest blue eyes. About a week after "Smokey" arrived, we noticed something wasn't quite right when "he" started acting like a female cat in heat. So, after thinking that the previous owners gave us a "he," we realized the little kitty was actually a "she." We decided to rename "her" Mazzy.
Mazzy (the Mazz) is unlike any other cat I've ever owned or seen. I'm convinced that she was put here on this earth just for me. Without her, there could've very well been difficult times I wouldn't have made it through. She knows when I'm not well, or if I'm sad, or need a little lovin'. She can always bring a smile to my face. She's my "bubby" (baby+buddy). When the Mazz was younger she lost one of her upper canine teeth that never grew back. Sometimes she does her Elvis impersonation when her bottom tooth catches her upper lip. Who couldn't smile seeing that?
When my schedule was turned upside down in 2001 and I was gone throughout most of the day and night, I noticed Mazzy had developed separation anxiety. I decided to adopt her a little sister to keep her company. Starr, unique in her very special ways too, was just who the Mazz needed. The two of them are not only sisters, but best friends. And, Mazzy (11) and Starr (8) are not just my pet cats, they're my kids too.
Some people are dog lovers, some are cat lovers, but when you own a pet of any species, show them kindness, playfulness, companionship and above all, love. They will fill your life and your heart with many, smiles, laughs, and unforgettable memories.