"How is it possible to be so good?”, I ask Ms. Julie every day. For I have never met a sweeter, more agreeable, more intelligent, sensible cat (or person!)
I don’t know where she came from. I found her outside, clearly lost, and quite upset. As with every cat I've ever helped, she mysteriously knew I could understand her, and ran to me out of breath saying, “Thank God, there you are!” She was too friendly to be a feral, too well fed to be homeless... but here she was all the same... out in the cold, cruel world, a poor chicken alone. Must have been separated from her family.
Together, we walked to every house, and knocked on every door looking for her home. I could tell from the look on her face it was none of these. When one neighbor told me she’d been seen around for more than a month, I took her home with me. She jumped in my car without a moment's hesitation, and when we got in the house, laid on the floor upside down and sighed as if saying, “whew... I made it.”
Julie soon insisted on going for walks in the hall and then the yard of our building which the super has secured as a run for his chihuahuas. Shortly after that, she wanted to walk in the street. To that, I said, “Definitely not.” When she continued to ask, we tried a leash, and, would you believe, she wears it! Now she walks outside all the time. No fuss, no muss, just a lovely, happy stroll. Passersby go nutty for Julie walking on her leash. And she for them. We have made more friends.....
Julie has a zipper tail, which so fascinates our Super, he photographed it. He asked me one day what happens if you pull it. I said, "a little girl comes out, of course." Because she is sugar, and spice and everything nice. Julie smiles all the time, loves everyone, and is a rare gem of pure joy. We celebrate her anniversary every August 18th, the day I found her.
Yes, we know she’s you-know-what, and there is no shortage of mean people to remind her. We don’t say "eff ay tee." She’s Rubenesque, if you please. Anyway, I didn’t do it. She came that way.
Send e-mail for Julie to firstname.lastname@example.org. -JD