The quieter you become the more you can hear ~ Ram Dass



Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Alphabe-Thursday

For Alphabe-Thursday I chose for the letter N for Nickey, the cat - Not Nickey the monkey I wrote about  in another post.  Yes, I've lived with two animals named Nickey.  Neither which I've named.

                      How we came to have Nickey was kind of nutty.

When I was at the courthouse, I worked with a girl named Hazel.  Her and her family were moving I think to West Virginia.  She asked if I could take care of Nickey until she could send for him.  I said okay.   I was already married and we took him home. That was the end of that.  Never to hear from Hazel again. Ha!!  I don't know if I was naive or something happened that she never sent for him.  Since I didn't have an address or phone number for her I could never contact her.

He was a Russian Blue.  We probably had him at least 8 or 9 years.  He was de-clawed when he got him.  So, needless to say he was an indoor cat.

He used to sit and look out the window all the time at the neighbor's big tree. See the picture below that's the window he looked out.   One time he got out somehow and went right to that tree and got a bird.  I always thought all those years he was planning his strategy  if and when he ever got out, he was going to make it count.   LOL and he did.

While we had him, we got our first dog, Doc.  He was a mutt from someone my mom knew.


Nickey and Doc got along well.  Although Nickey ruled the roost, since he was there first.  They used to play together.


When my son came along, Nickey was banished to the basement for a while because I had heard the old wives tale about cats smothering infants.  He was probably down there for about a year and then he was allowed back upstairs.

He was a pretty good cat.  He used to play fetch with my husband. 

So if by some chance you read this Hazel - what the heck happened?

Go on over to Jenny Matlocks and see what others did for their Alphabe-Thursday http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2010/04/alphabe-thursday-n.html

28 comments:

Beth said...

That was cute! We acquired a cat with a house one time. The previous owners took her with them but she came back and they decided not to argue with her about it. When we moved out of state a few years later we kept her inside for a very long time so she wouldn't try to go back there again!

kim said...

Well, I guess she just left Nicki with you. At least you kept him and took good care of him. You could have gotten rid of him.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Like Beth I also acquired a cat with a house. She doesn't let you touch her but our own cat loves her and she is a good mouser. I am a sucker for cats! I JUST LOVE THEM! That's a new one for acquiring a cat! Joni

Charmingdesigns said...

I just got through reading your past posts, I enjoyed myself!! I'll be back to visit, and thanks for visiting me

Mimi said...

HI!!!
Oh that is so sad about her cat and how she just abandoned him!!!She knew you would take good care of hm, so she thought why bother!!!!Good thing it was not her child!!!!
Ok, I still have to think of my N --word by tomorrow morning!!!!
I have something in mind, but it is dark so It'll have to wait til morning so I can snap the pic!!!!haha
thanks for stopping by my blog land!!!!
hugs,
jamie

Natasha said...

What a lucky cat to be left with such a kind person! You are so sweet!

Best wishes,
Natasha.

critical crass said...

thanks for sharing. :]

Mumsy said...

Wonderful story of Nickey! He has a good home now with you and your family.

Cheryl said...

I know animal cruelty, neglect, and abandonment have become so commonplace when I wasn't even surprised that your person never came back for Nickey. So glad you kept that beautiful Russian blue.

Pondside said...

Aha!...another one of us who collects strays - watch it or you might find yourself with a goat or donkey.
Hazel should be warned - there's a whole blogsphere that now knows this story!

Julie Schuler said...

I worried about our cats when our first baby came along. One of the cats would never go anywhere near the kids, and still doesn't. But my Henry, who passed away last election day, was a great babysitter. I miss him.

Tina said...

What a great story! I love the part about him getting the bird! I agree he probably planned it all along!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I have a horse named Russian with a son named Dmitri Blu...Arabian names are so screwy!

Love your n post, it amazes me every week how you come up with such great ideas!

Tracy said...

I love cats but dogs are mote loyal

Sarah said...

Cute post. I can't imagine a cat playing fetch. Amazing.

VKT said...

Awwwwwwwww those pictures of them are so sweet!!! How wonderful that they got along so well.

Nora Johnson said...

What gorgeous pics! I love all animals but perhaps dogs just a bit more!

Great post & many thanks for yr comment over at my place! *See* you next Thursday for 'O'?!!

XOXO LOLA:)

Riet said...

What a lovely story about Nickey. I love cats/

mbkatc230 said...

Very cute story. After working at a veterinary hospital for 25 years, the most important thing I've learned is to keep my hands behind my back when someone brings in a teeny, tiny kitten. The second is to microchip the OWNER when they say they will "send" for their pet - that was a joke, but I wish we could! Kathy

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Sounds like this little NICKI was true blessing! So Sweet!

Vicki said...

Hmmmm...Nickey rhymes with Viki or Vicki (o:
Fun post to share for N and I think Nickey is the lucky one.
Fun share for N..

lissa said...

adorable pets and equally adorable names

thanks for your visit

mrs. c said...

You are so nice to take the cat, I am not a cat person so it would have been a no for me! So nie how you helped all these animals, you must have a big heart!

Lourie said...

My brother in law has a Russian Blue also and he plays fetch too. I think that is the funniest thing!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Short and Sweet said...

Thank you for taking care of Nickey. Your post was delightful.

Melinda Cornish said...

nicky was a great cat...At least Hazel made sure he had a great home!

easternsparkle said...

How Nice of you to Nurture Nicki!

Amanda said...

Well, at least Hazel didn't just completely abandon the cat, like so many people do when they move. And you got a great cat out of the bargain.