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Sookie & Mister

tabby-and-white-cat-in-sunbeam  I have strangest roommates. They are an oddball pair, middle aged, both pudgy around the middle rather on the lazy side. He is mellow, most of the time being as chill as Buddha, while she is high strung and often demanding.

Somehow, they have made it through as a committed couple for the better part of ten years, with a few mild domestic altercations here and there, but nothing I felt I had to call the police about.

I met them both in 2008, knowing absolutely nothing about them, but I needed a pair of roommates and their photograph on the online ad looked nice.

I took a chance and drove to the home they were soon to vacate and picked them up. He was cool about the whole thing, and got into the car with no fuss, while she was all drama – freaking out, crying, getting a bit physical. Oh boy, this should be interesting!

So, it took them a while to settle in, as is often the way with new roommates, but if you give it time you will get to know them and appreciate them (and their funny quirks). You will have likely have some awesome buddies, as I now have. Sure, some days I have to clean up some unpleasant messes, separate an escalating verbal dispute before it gets worse or run to the store if they have run out of their favorite snack, but their friendship is something I can always count on.

When we met Mister, he had another name but that went with his old life, so that was quickly forgotten and he simply goes by Mister now. His needs are few. Give him some dinner, a peaceful place to sleep and a clean bathroom – yeah, he is really particular about that – and he is content.

sookie-the-tabby-catHe enjoys the quiet life of a semi-retired gentleman – bird watching and strolls around the garden.

Sookie is her name. Brunette with some random streaks of other colors, green eyes, a nervous little thing who can be sugar sweet one minute and loud and bossy the next. It’s all about Sookie, we often say.  She has been known to be pushy and a quite demanding, and the limits to Mister’s nearly limitless patience get stretched until sometimes he snaps.

Yeah, these domestic melees aren’t pretty, but counseling is not the answer, neither is the law, so I just try to deal with them the best way I can, as a good friend of both of the concerned parties.

They usually start the same way with Mister minding his own business, perhaps watching the autumn leaves fall outside the window or getting ready for bed, when the missus decides he should be paying attention to her. Not taking no for an answer, she will place herself well within his personal space, look him dead in the eye and wait.

If that doesn’t get her the results she was looking for, she will give Mister a little shove. He backs up. She shoves him again, then that’s it, all the Zen evaporates and Mister starts smacking Sookie! Off she goes, running to the dining room to hide, and he is left sitting by himself wondering what the hell just happened?
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Then all is quiet again. Peace restored. Until tomorrow, that is, until Sookie has forgotten that Mister likes to be left alone sometimes, and that selfish bratty behavior will get you a smack in the head every time.

I often compare her to Dory, the forgetful little fishy from Finding Nemo.

Yet they love each other. Or as I sometimes say, she really, really looooooves him and he just tolerates her extremely well.

The best moments are when you find the frequently scrappy duo curled in an adorable cuddle puddle, cheek to cheek, limbs entwined snoring away in tranquil bliss. Gotta love my feline roomies!

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THE LAST ACT OF COMPASSION THE LAST ACT OF COMPASSIONby S Hartwell She lies there gently breathing, And she’d like for you to know, That she’s reached the final crisis And it’s time for her to go. She needs a little help now, To ease her from this life, There’s nothing left but suffering, You can see it in her eyes. ...

THE PURRY GATES THE PURRY GATESby Anon It seems that I’ve reached Heaven, or its doorstep at any rate, And been winding round St Peter’s ankles by the Pearly Gates, I’ve plucked the angels’ harp-strings and made a merry sound, But it’s plucking at my heartstrings that you are not around. So I think I’ll sit and wait here, ...

MESSAGE FROM SOOTY MESSAGE FROM SOOTYby Marie Anthony My very dear Master and his Lady Wife I am really enjoying this lovely new life; The milk is like nectar, the food is ambrosial; When I get my wings up I must pay you a call And sun-bathe awhile in the old tortoise house Oh, I’ve just met a young ...

AFTERTHOUGHT AFTERTHOUGHTby W Girt If ever I get to Heaven, please, Peter let there be Purring by the Golden Gates, a cat to welcome me. By crystal fountain, clear and cool, I’d like a place to stop, To watch a languid pussy paw curl out to catch a drop. And if an angel feather drifts gently down ...

ON THE DEATH OF A FAVOURITE CAT ON THE DEATH OF A FAVOURITE CATby Hilda Lunn Since you have gone the sun has left the sky, No breezes blow, No birds sing To ease the aching vacuum in my heart. I shall not forget your gentle ways; No judgements made, No difficult demands, No needs save one, To share your life with mine. ...

LAURA LAURAby Gwen Lupson White and black, and ginger, too, A coat like silk, a silent mew, Eyes of gold, a gentle paw, Ears pricked high as through the door comes Laura. At night, she has her basket there; But, no, she sleeps upon my chair, Or, up and down the stairs she runs; It’s exercise and ...

BARNABY GOES TO HEAVEN BARNABY GOES TO HEAVENby S L Smith Why is it mom can’t see me as I wind round her ankles? She doesn’t pay me attention, Great Bast how that rankles! And when I try to exercise my needle-pointed claws, It doesn’t make an impact on the drapes ... or couch ... or doors. Well something’s very ...

DESDEMONA’S FAREWELL TO EARTH DESDEMONA’S FAREWELL TO EARTHby S L Smith Farewell familiar Earth, I am no longer prone To Earthly gravity which weighs down frail flesh and bone; My soul is lighter than the feather which on the scales of justice lies, And now I dance on sunbeams beyond Earth’s cloud-studded azure skies. A far more sad farewell I ...

SOPHIE REMEMBERED SOPHIE REMEMBEREDby Ruth M Bottomley O lovely lady of soft white paws and golden eyes Dreaming dreams in silver gardens of May moonrise, Purring softly in summer’s shade through sunlit hours, Breathing gently the sweet aroma of summer flowers. On winter evenings you snuggled warmly upon our knees, The music murmured, the firelight flickered, we took ...

LEAVE TAKING LEAVE TAKINGby Winifred A Thorn Into my later life, when purpose failed, When much was lost, and few were there to heed, Undaunted feline stray, affectionate, he came. These fourteen years, our paths have intermatched, Our instincts blend, each knows the other’s need. But now our lifespans close, one must be first to end; If it ...

ANGEL CAT ANGEL CATby Melody Collier Oh! Where did you come from, my dear little cat, When our hearts were so full of pain, This is a secret you never divulge And no human can ever explain. We had loved, we had lost, we were drowned in grief, I wonder, did God hear our cry? Did he call ...

SONG FOR SMOKY SONG FOR SMOKYby S L Smith The empty cat bed in the corner, Abandoned toys beneath the chair, Unopened cans still in the cupboard, Hard to believe that you’re not there. No muddy pawprints on the counters, No furballs sicked up on the stair, No purring shape upon my pillow, Hard to believe that you’re not ...

TO THE MEMORY OF STAR TO THE MEMORY OF STARby Melody Collier I pray you do not share with me the loneliness and agony, Since death has claimed you for her own and taken you to shores unknown, I pray you do not wonder why I do not answer if you cry, Nor stroke your coat with loving hand. I fear ...

MITZI MITZIby Chris Perry Dear little friend, you were always there, Running to greet me at the end of the longest days, Sharing life’s triumphs and despairs .… And all the in-betweens. Happy or sad, you accepted me just the same. With you I didn’t have to pretend to be, or feel Anything but just me ... ...

WILD AND FREE WILD AND FREEby P J Quick I hope you’re running wild and free now you have gone to eternity, Free from pain and young again as once you used to be. I hope you’re running wild and free, as free as the wind in the trees, Playing and purring in ecstasy, or sleeping and dreaming at ...

AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER FOR HIS CAT AN OLD MAN’S PRAYER FOR HIS CATby George Ware So many years ago she came to me, a trusting Tiny ball of fluff that climbed my leg to play And sleep upon my lap. For all those years, and still, we shared our joys and Love but now are both grown old and soon must die. ...

REQUIEM FOR TIGER REQUIEM FOR TIGERby Joan Hills Almighty God please may I have a cat To share your vast eternity with me? To keep me company throughout the day And spend the evenings curled upon my knee. A cat to share my night-time and my bed. To ride upon my shoulder up the stairs As once he rode; ...

IN MEMORY IN MEMORYby Melody Collier Little cat, in a distant sky Where mice are friends and bluebirds fly, Where pain is forgotten and you can pass With leaping grace over green, green grass; Little cat, will you catch a star And wonder, a moment, where you are? Little cat, in a distant land Where ...

PAW-PRINTS PAW-PRINTSby S L Smith Paw-prints in the sands of time, Tracks along an empty beach, Towards a fate which is not mine, A destiny out of my reach. You’ve gone where I will some day follow, But for now you’re out of sight, Your years with me was time just borrowed, Before you returned to heaven’s ...

ONE DAY ONE DAYby Janice R. Hardy One day I knew you would have to leave us as I watched you growing old, But swept the thought from my mind like autumn leaves upon the path. Now, as l look at your photograph, your body cold as the frame, my heart is full, Sad, yet calm, memories a ...

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