It doesn't take long for a pet to make a permanent place in a family. The way they follow you around, bother you when they're bored, and need constant attention. The amount of food and care they need makes it impossible to forget that they are around, but it's more than that that makes them special. The way they seem to know when you need a nudge, the way they snuggle up to you while you're reading a good book and keep you comfy and warm, the way they constantly find some mischief which makes you laugh, the way they show you that they love you just because you're YOU and not for anything other than that. It doesn't take long until you find that you're looking for them as you pull in the driveway or come through the door, you look forward to seeing them in the morning, you look forward to all of their silly shenanigans and eagerly look forward to spending time with them each day.
Our family got it's first pet in May of 2006 while we were living in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. One of my great friends, Sabrina Atwood, saved a mommy cat and her litter of kittens who were abandoned. She called me up to see if I wanted a kitten for my kids. I couldn't resist...I remember going over to her house with Tay and Rachey to choose which one we wanted. I remember kind of wanting a different one than the gray stripey one...but Rachey especially was set on the little gray striped boy kitty. So we took him home. I have been thankful ever since that we took that cute little stripey kitty home. He was perfect for our family.
|4 yr old Rachel with baby Zippy|
Everyone loved our new fuzzy kitty boy...and one of the first orders of business was to choose the right name. The FIRST name the kids chose.....was "Tiger."
|6 yr old Taylor & 2 yr old Brooklynn with "Tiger" AKA: Zippy|
Well, he had stripes like a tiger. And sometimes when he yawned...he looked like a tiger...
but it didn't take long for us to figure out that he was a rambunctious little guy who would zoom and zip throughout the house. He would jump out from under the sofa and bat your legs and then zip off around the corner and you wouldn't see anything but a flash of gray. Soon we started commenting on how "zippy" our little kitty was....and so his named was officially changed to
Zippy lived as a part of our family for almost 7 years...and we all loved him. Two weeks ago, he was out prowling in the early hours of the morning...and was hit by a car in front of our house. Taylor, who walks to middle school, found him by our mailbox. Andy sent Tay on to school, while he gave Zippy a nice burial out behind our garden by the canal bank that he loved so much. We all miss him very much...here are some of our favorite pictures and memories of Zippy.
One of Zippy's favorite places to sit was in this front window. He liked watching the kids play, and the birds in the bushes.
This was in Cleveland...we were raking up all the fall leaves...and Zippy was watching out the front door.
As a kitten, it didn't take long for us to realize that Zippy loved climbing and being up high...Andy made Zippy this cat condo out of the weird pole thing that was in our upstairs bathroom (another story for another day) and a cardboard box, carpet remnants and yes, ugly silver duck tape. It was hideous looking...but Zippy loved it.
We had a little family of chipmunks that lived near my front flower bed. I also had a bird bath in the front bed...so Zippy would sit just like this and flick his tail back and forth as he watched the wildlife outside.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Zippy and Rachey...too cute.
We all miss him...but for a cat we think he lived a pretty adventurous and full life! And we're sure he's stalking us from up above in kitty heaven.