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Trooper would not be amused

Posted by joeabbott on January 19, 2013

Trooper introduces himself

Trooper was our first cat and, more correctly, he had been Suzy’s cat when we met. I have no idea what breed he was, but he was a beautiful cat: the purest white, a glossy coat, and all of the confidence of an animal that knows he’s better than you. I loved him.

He was a great companion and whip-smart, solving simple puzzles like “where’d they hide the food” and “how do you get the door open”. Unfortunately, he had been handled a bit roughly as a kitten and some of those habits carried over: if he wasn’t interested in being pet and you continued to pet him, he’d swat you; if you were moving your hand under a blanket to get him to jump on the moving lump, he’d just attack your arm where it went under the covers! He was a smart cat.

But, if you were gentle, watched the signs, and treated him well, you’d have no problems. I can’t recall ever being bit or scratched by him but I remember more than one guest who was determined to win him over (“Cats love me, I know what I’m doing”) and suffered at his paw. Great cat, lots of ego.

And so, I’m a bit stunned to see Suzy’s recent hand at humor in which she’s essentially mocking one of our most beloved pets. But it’s a riot. While Trooper is no longer with us, I’m sure he wouldn’t approve … but that’s OK, I do.

Enjoy four seconds of fun.


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