I named my cat today.
It took a while. My girlfriend adopted a stray during the winter, and two months ago it gave birth to four kittens. Ever since they could walk I’ve been taking care of them. The idea was to give someone local the chance to adopt them, rather than take them to the SPCA.
Only one had a name straight from birth, my girlfriend’s son named one of the tabbies “Lily”. Later on I gave them all names so I could archive their photos. So tabby one was Lily, then there was Tab Two, Blondie and Tuco… the latter two are from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.
When they got too rambunctious for my girlfriend’s shed I built them a space on my balcony. Basically I stapled chicken wire to the railings. Which worked… until my girlfriend found one of the kittens walking around the lawn, which is two storeys below my balcony.
No matter what changes I made to their cage since then, at least twice a week we’d find all four kittens walking around on the wrong side.
I actually watched them escape twice, but I also watched them make attempt after attempt. They just kept climbing until one of them found a weak spot, and then it was like watching an escape movie…
Like “The Great Escape”, for example. Where Captain Hilts, “The Cooler King”, played by Steve McQueen, kept escaping, getting caught and brought back to sit in his cell and plan his next try.
So I’ve named my little kitty “Cooler”.
Some of the almost names: Tab Two; T2; Ink; Paper (she loves to chew on paper, also she’s black, white and orange… so “black, white and read all over”); Paper Tiger; Shambhala; Lithium; Elmore (Leonard)
I think it’s a pretty awesome name. I’m thinking it’s a serious possibility for the kid.
Over the years we’ve had some pretty cool pet names…
Logan the dog, and Darwin the cat were probably the best of the bunch.
So my questions for this sacred No Post Day are:
1. What was the coolest name you, or your family, gave to one of your pets?
2. Have you ever seen a kitten fight itself inside a shoe?
Bonus points if you’ve got a funny pet story worth telling… but, just so you know, there’s no way it can beat Cooler fighting herself inside a shoe. Or running into the mirror headfirst. Or climbing the bookcase and hiding behind John le Carré… OMGshe’ssofuckingcute.