I have always been a cat person, since before getting our first cat at age 5. Her name was Abby, which conveniently rhymed with tabby, the exact sort of cat she was. I wrote many bad poems about her as a youth. Abby was later joined by Creeper (a polydactyl cat), Aggie, Annie, and Allie.
Zoom and Zapper
Shortly after college, I adopted two kittens from the Good Mews Animal Foundation, an excellent no-kill, cage-free shelter in Marietta GA that I’ve been volunteering with since 1997. Zoom and Zapper have been my constant companions for 15 years, through my single years, which I considered prep time for my future as a spinster cat lady. Little did I know that just over a year later I would meet the man that would become my husband. He kissed Zoom and Zapper before he kissed me; that’s how I knew he was a keeper.
In earlier episodes of the podcast, you will hear Zapper meowing and purring into the microphone as she liked to perch on my chest when I talked to you all. It was with great sadness that we learned in January of 2012, at age 15, that she had developed a malignant carcinoma below her left ear. Zapper lived another nine months after her diagnosis, eventually passing away in September 2012. I believe she lasted that long because she simply did not want to leave me.
In July 2012, Zoom was diagnosed with a squamous cell carcinoma in her jaw, a much more aggressive cancer. Her tumor developed rapidly, and she died three months after her diagnosis, just two weeks after Zapper in September 2012.
Fred is a rescued stray dog that joined our family shortly after Zoom’s death. Unfortunately because of the time he spent as a stray outside, Fred was infected with heartworms and was successfully finished his treatment in 2013. When asked what sort of dog Fred is, I tell people he is a Brown Dog. When questioned further, I tell them he is a Quilt Terrier because he loves to burrow under quilts and snuggle.
He is also a fan of kitties, Begging Strips, and a stuffed duck toy that honks.
These three kittens were adopted by us in September 2012 from Good Mews. Morelli is quite a fan of stepping on the keyboard while I’m trying to record, and all the cats like to “helper” me with cutting, sewing, and quilting.