Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Other Light of My Life

No, I don't have another kid.

This is about J.D. My cat.

I've gotten several e-mails and comments asking about J.D. and his lack of eyes, so I thought I'd do a series of posts on him.

For those of you that hate cats or hate reading stories about cats, you may want to come back another time.

If you look at my header up above, you see a cream colored cat “staring” right at you.

That's J.D. It stands for James Dean (although his vet swore it stood for Jack Daniels).

Yes, THAT James Dean.

I’m a HUGE James Dean fan. I think he was probably one of the most brilliantly talented actors to grace the silver screen and it absolutely sucks that he shined so bright yet so brief.

If you look closer at that picture, it looks like he has his eyes closed.

But….if you look even closer, you’ll see that that’s not the case.

He has no eyes.

Nope, not a single one in his furry little head.

Back in 1997, I was living in an apartment with my then best friend, Mimi (of the Mama Dawg was a Drug Mule story).


I need to give you some background info first.

I’m a HUGE animal lover.

When I was about 5 or 6, I caught a tiny minnow in the ditch behind our house. I took him home and put him in a small Tupperware bowl full of water and named him Squirmy.

We lost Squirmy later that night after I decided that he needed a bath since he smelled bad.

Yes, you guessed right. I went and got that little Tupperware bowl that housed the doomed Squirmy and dumped the entire contents, poopy water, fish and all, right into my bathtub that was full of soap, Barbies and me.

Did you know that soapy water will kill a minnow?

Yeah, I found out the hard way.

When I was seven, a tiny black kitten was dropped off in the street in front of my house. My mom found him and convinced my dad to let us have a cat. His name was Pirate and I loved him with all my heart. He was the tiniest little thing ever and I adored him…for all of 3 days. Then he just kind of faded into the background of my ever expanding life. I still loved him and took care of him, but my life didn’t revolve around his every need. He got sick and had to have an expensive operation which my mom paid for (mostly due to the waterworks I shed). My parents separated and my mom, Pirate and I moved to Florida. He lived until the ripe old age of 11. I was 18 when he disappeared from my life. All I can figure out is when I was taking out the trash one night, he slipped out the door behind me and either crawled off to die or got hit by a car or someone catknapped him. Whatever happened, he was out of my life. I was heartbroken. So heartbroken, I went to the shelter EVERY DAY for a month searching for him.

While at the shelter, I found a cat that I just felt had to be rescued. I took him home and called him Boots O’Malley.

I’ll make this one real short. We didn’t mesh. I put an ad in the paper and gave him away to a family that was able to incorporate him into their lives much easier than I did.

Also at this time, I was preparing to move out of my house and into an apartment with Mimi. We had a good friendship and were real tight and things were flowing smoothly. To make a long story short, life happened and the friendship got strained.

I got depressed.

To be continued:


Mama Dawg

25 really cool people who give a rat's patootie:

Jaden Paige

Aw, what a teaser! Come on... You're just gonna leave us hanging like some wrinkly old balls?


Sorry. That was a bit inappropriate. :P

Mama Dawg

Nothing's ever inappropriate on my blog....EVER! Bring it on!

Irish Gumbo

The Governor of maryland is named O'Malley, but his first name is Martin, not Boots.

And you left us hangin', you naughty girl.

(and I know you are loyal to the captain, and that Ryan, well, he is rakishly handsome, but, darlin, only one of us can give you Gumbo, and I reckon you are hungry, am I right? ;)

Mama Dawg

Oh, man. I don't even know where to start with that one, IG. LOL! You always know how to put a smile on my face!


wait, huh? i've been wanting to hear about j.d. for forever now. a cat with no eyes is super interesting to me. okay. so maybe i'm sick. but seriously. i am a cat lover thru and thru.... my cat daisy? o, it's over. i love her. i woke up to her purring in my face this morning. after i spit out the cat hair, it was quite nice :)

Mama Dawg

yeah, you were one of the ones that had asked. So, consider yourself my inspiration for the day!


Oh, I luuuuuvr kitties. I can't wait to hear the rest of this story! :)
(I wasn't sure either if his eyes were closed in that pic or not... bless you for taking in a blind cat. You rawk!)

Bobby G

DENIED! just when the story was getting good!


Just a danglin in the wind here....

Mommy Mo

You can't leave us hanging- when did JD appear on the scene?!


Oooh, a To Be Continued story. Cool!


Oh come on. Not a cat fan but must. know. about. eyeless. cat.

The Panic Room

I am a HUGE cat hater but wanted to still say hi :) Hi buddy!

Captain Dumbass

I don't hate cats, I'm just terribly allergic to them and I think they are the Gatekeeper of Hell. But I love you so here I am.

Mama Dawg

Sorry for the To be continued, but it would be a rather long post otherwise.

Awwww....Ryan and CD. You guys love me, you really love me! *blushing*.

That is LOYALTY when you'd deign to comment on a post about cats.


What the hell???? I'm all interested in reading about JD and you stop before you even get into it??? We have names around here for girls like you (they're written on the walls of the boys locker room at the high school)!


I can't wait to hear about JD. I am an animal lover myself, as if you couldn't tell from the collection of pets I have. Looking forward to the next post!

Mama Dawg

Yeah, I'm a blog tease. Sorry!

Larkin! Thanks for stopping by!


That's so weird, because I've been trying to determine if your cat was squinty or eyeless for quite some time now!!

Can't wait for the sequel!


You know how to write a cliffhanger!

Jennifer and Sandi

I think its cool JD has been accepted just like he is :)

Love kitty kats!

- Jennifer


okay, that is not fair - i hate it when stories cut off like that!!

Vodka Mom

what?????? are you kidding. Okay, let me get my drink and get comfy.........


Do tell! You also never told us how your weekend in Birmingham went!? ^^groucho eyebrows^^

Momma Chae

I like you. :)

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