Thursday, April 05, 2007

My friend Jo

CeeCi wrote lovingly about her dear friend, Bright Center. She got me thinking again about Jo, my dear black and white friend for the 15 years of her life. I got her the day I started college to be a vet tech. I had promised my parents I wouldn’t get a pet while I was at college but toward the end of the first day a second year student came in and said “We have some kitten to give away if anyone wants them. If you don’t want them we will put them to sleep later.” Now they had no intentions of putting the kittens to sleep but it worked. We all trooped back to look them over!

I saw a solid gray one that was soooooooo pretty! I really wanted it but I had promised my parent – no pets! And besides if I got it that would leave the little black and white one alone in the cage. Then another girl took the gray one and, well, I didn’t want to leave the black and white one alone. I scooped her up and headed to my apartment. I kept trying to think up good ways to tell my parents about the new addition. But I got as far as “Guys it wasn’t planned but I got a kitten and…” That was as far as I got when my dad said “We knew you would”.

Now you need to know Jo’s background. She was about 5 months old when I got her. She had been born in the school’s “cat house” and her only contacts with people were students practicing giving pills, injections, bandaging, and safely restraining. Let’s just say she was extremely skittish! In the two years at college not one of my 5 roommates could ever get close enough to touch her. Over the next 5 years very few people knew I had a cat. If someone came to the house she was hidden in the deepest closet! On rare occasions she might walk through the room if my parents were over and my dad was so proud to have touched her twice.

When we were alone she was always on my lap. Slept with me, talked with me and love me, only me, completely! But then one day something unusual happened. A new man came to take me on a date. We stood in the living room together for a few minutes and I looked over to see Jo standing in the room watching us. I was in total shock. A bigger shock was to come. We came home from the date I invited him in to talk for a while. To my utter amazement Jo jumped up on the couch, walked across me, WALKED ACROSS HIM, and sat on the arm of the sofa staring at him. Three guesses as to who this new man was. Jo knew from the moment she saw Nick that he was ours. I didn’t know for sure for a few months but she never had one doubt. The smartest cat I ever knew!

Written by PK at 10:18 PM



At 11:37 PM, Blogger Tiggr d'Amore said...

What can I say? Us furry felines always have the best sixth sense!!!!

But you knew that anyway cause I found you, didn't I? Seriously, I loved hearing about Jo... keep your fingers crossed that maybe Dante will let us keep Jerry despite his allergies... we've all fallen in love with him already!

Love you,

At 11:58 PM, Blogger CeeCi said...

PK! Thank you for writing about Jo, she sounds like she was a wonderful kitty.

The parents of a friend were fostering two litters of kittens way back in the summer of 1998. My guy was one of the 11 kittens they bottle fed every 1.5 hours. When we met, he was 5 weeks old. We fell in love instantly and when he was old enough to come home with me, he did. I have a bond with this critter that I've had with no other kitty before. I could go on and on about how smart, beautiful, funny, gregarious and charming he is, but I'll spare you.

How sweet that Jo knew before you did that Nick was the right guy for you both!

ciao bella~

At 5:49 AM, Blogger mthc said...

The cats we have all came to us by way of did all of our pets. David has pet allergies too but somehow they managed to lessen with the more pets we have. Now..he is truly a cat lover!

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Theresa said...

Oh your cat picked you husband. How cute. I bet you did not even know!


At 10:38 AM, Blogger david said...

Jo is one special kitty to have both of you......Pk thank you for telling us this story *grins* and great spankings

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Eva said...

Okay ~ I have just GOT to jump on this kitty bandwagon. I've got a really GOOD cat story to tell you.


At 2:33 PM, Blogger MaggieDear said...

We should all have a cat like that! It could've saved me going thru 2 divorces! lol


At 3:56 PM, Blogger A.S.S. said...

How sweet! Hopefully Nick never tells you he had liver in his pocket. hehe, just kidding!

~Todd & Suzy

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Reesa Roberts said...

Cute story, PK! You almost had me fooled, but I know the REAL reasons you picked Nick, LOL!


At 4:53 PM, Blogger Paul said...

PK, what a fabulous story, Jo sounds like a very special cat, but then cats are special.
I've always had a cat and always dogs. I think that cat people and dog people are a myth, there are people who can live with and respect animals and there are people who can't.
For the latter, except those with serious allergies,I won't express an opinion for the sake of peace in blogland.
Warm hugs,

At 6:22 PM, Blogger New Beginnings said...

Jo was a joy! I hope it works our for you guys and Jerry.

I have loved all my cats over the years. I love the big old dog we have now but none have been as special as Jo. Maybe because we lived alone for 5 years.

I think anyone who allows a cat to come into their lives becomes a cat person!

She knew right off that he was special.

She was my best friend for along time.

It seems that lots of spanko really are cat folks.

And how does your cat feel about MrC?

Todd and Suzy,
Yeah I kinda hope he keep that to himself!

I couldn't have picked him because he was such a good spanker, I had no idea then!

Nick had never had an indoor pet until we married. It took Jo about a minute on his lap to change his mind!

At 10:32 PM, Blogger CIN-D-GIRL said...

Wow ... I just have tears in my eyes after reading everyone's cat stories! And another black and white one! yes!
Awesome story!


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