Friday, October 27, 2017
Good Bye Rocky
Rocky came into our life in the most unexpected way. From having as many as three dogs and two cats at one time, we were down to one dog. After having lunch at a local mall, my son and I were walking through it. The SPCA had taken over a store front and had cats for adoption. They were closed for business, but as we passed, a black and white cat came up to the window, looked us in the eye and literally reached out his paw to us. That was Rocky.
The next day we went back when the SPCA was open to adopt him. We found out that he was seven and came with another cat, his supposed "sister" who was ten. She looked nothing like him. She was sort of a purply gray with some calico coloring on her lower half. We found out that they had been brought to the store front because they were deemed not likely to get adopted because of their age and it seemed like they’d have a better chance there.
They’d been left at the SPCA by a family with no explanation.
We took them home and they met Goldy, our aloof terrier mix who spent most of her time sitting in a chair in our bedroom. She was fine with them and they were fine with her. That was in 2009.
I quickly discovered that the two cats had very different personalities. We left them with the names they came with - Spago and Rocky. We think Spago was named after the restaurant because she was a real foodie. She was also a huntress and took the tail off a lizard before it disappeared in our house. For a week we tried to catch it and return it to the wild. We finally succeeded.
Rocky was a lover from the start. He came up to me and put his paws around my neck in a hug. He liked to cuddle in the morning when I was having coffee in the kitchen. He didn’t care much about food unlike his sister.
They groomed each other and hung out and occasionally got into a noisy fight. When Spago died a year and a half ago, Rocky seemed to be okay. Instead of grooming her, he groomed my bangs. He grew even more affectionate and if I sat on the couch, he sat behind me, his head on mine. He slept behind me, draped over my head. He loved his time in the yard. We were pretty sure they’d been indoor cats, but we let them in our yard, supervised.
As he got older, Rocky became more and more like a cat-dog. He would come when called. He seemed to understand things I said. He was never aloof and liked to be cuddled and kissed. The thing I have learned by having so many pets is that there is no such thing as just a dog or just a cat. They all have unique personalities.
It is lonely without Rocky. This is the first time since I was eleven that there is no animal in the house. The strangest thing is seeing that the water bowl is gone.
I don’t know how long we will stay petless. It seems like we and our pets have found each other in unusual ways. I’m waiting to see what happens.