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The Professor and the Cat - A Conversation

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Mr. Dillon and Chester

Mr. Dillon and Chester

Miss Kitty

Miss Kitty

The Professor and the Cat

A Conversation

Hello Kitty,

You came in from the night and cuddled warm beside me.

Could it be you chose me because of my scraggly beard or perhaps the odor of my battered clothes? Did someone throw you out at the Freeway? Are you homeless, like me?

You are welcome to stay here among the tents.

You are an affectionate little thing. I’ll tell you something, I’m not the least bit surprised that you cling to me. Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been a magnet for feline attraction.

I used to live in a house down by the lake and one day I found a white cat in my boat. Maybe it was the smell of fish that drew him. For days he hung around keeping his distance. Wasn't long till he trusted me enough to come inside my house where he became a fixture, all white, fluffy and fat. As time went on, he began to develop an attitude, like he was in charge of the territory, like he wore the badge of justice. I named him Mr. Dillon.

Then there was this gray stray, hobbling across my yard with a sticker in his foot. He was sure grateful when I removed it and I was rewarded with happy licks. I fed him. He limped around on that sore foot a couple of days and was perfectly happy to stay outside on my stoop. I named him Chester.

Mr. Dillon and Chester. I never missed an episode of Gun Smoke. It was my favorite TV show. Oh yeah, I know what I’ll do. I’ll name you “Miss Kitty”. Now there was a smart woman. Pretty too. Nobody messed around with Miss Kitty. She was the Sheriff’s girlfriend. Yep, that’s what I’ll do. That'll be your name and you'll grow up to be just like her.

Come on, Miss Kitty. Let’s go down to the shelter. Maybe I’ll luck up today and get a Tuna sandwich. I will ask for a glass of milk. You and me, we’ll come back here and have a feast! Then I’m going to take you to meet my friends. After that, I’ll show you where that mean dog lives.

Stick with me kid, and I’ll show you the ropes. How to survive the streets. Someday you’ll be a wise old cat, like me. They don’t call me professor, for nothing.



Comments

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 21, 2012:

Wy 50, I am so glad to hear from you. I see you now and then on the pages.

Thanks for the visit.....AD

50 Caliber from Arizona on March 21, 2012:

Aye Ann, a wise tale of two one wandering long enough to be a professor of the streets, and the other, I spose a fellers imagination is due, entertaining indeed.

Peace,

50

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 05, 2012:

I appreciate your comment so much jhamann. Thank you.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on March 05, 2012:

Thank you for this incredible story! I love cats and have had at least one by my side for most of my adult life (and I have a beard). Besides all that, this is an example of story telling at its best. Jamie

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 04, 2012:

Wayne, you got the picture. Most people think I centered on the cat, but it was meant to be an unfortunate mutual perdicament with a common bond.

Wayne Brown from Texas on March 04, 2012:

A fantasy tale with a lot of truths, on of which is that both characters are homeless in their own way and bonded by the fact. You built nicely around that center. Thanks for sharing! WB

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Thanks for sharing, Sunnie. Appreciate you.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

moonlake, thanks for the visit and kind comment.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

tammy, I saw where you passed this hub on to someone. Thank you. And thank you for your visit.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

drbj...thanks. Fat cats are my favorite.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Thank you Lucky Cats.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Mardi, thanks for the comment. Happy to share.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

From one kitty lover to another...Thank you. Glad to hear from you.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

A cool comment from a cool lady. Thanks.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

My voting Joyce. Thank you. I often wondered if you get the same TV programs as we do. I liked that one alot. The good guy (white hats) always won!

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Glad you enjoyed this one, teaches. Yes, strays have a special kind of love. They make good companions. Thanks.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Thanks Eiddwen, I enjoy your company

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

TENKAY, I checked you out yesterday, your first hub. Yes, you do have a cat. Thanks for the comment.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Oh my goodness, I don't have a cat. But thanks, mOrdOr.

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on March 03, 2012:

Thanks lily.

TENKAY from Philippines on March 02, 2012:

hahaha. love this m0rd0r. I got a cat.

Stoill Barzakov from Sofia, Bulgaria on March 02, 2012:

There are lots of clever beings in the universe...

they all have cats.

Lillian K. Staats from Wasilla, Alaska on March 02, 2012:

Keep going Anna, more in depth, great stuff! lovely, love, lily

Eiddwen from Wales on March 01, 2012:

Oh how I love this wonderful hub;and look forward to so many more.

Take care

Eddy.

Dianna Mendez on March 01, 2012:

The best cats I had were strays. They came into my life from nowhere and they were so loyal and loving. They seem to appreciate the little things you do for them and return the love freely. Enjoyed your hub.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on February 29, 2012:

This is a great warm story loved it. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

I used to watch Gunsmoke in England once a week.

LaDena Campbell from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... on February 29, 2012:

This is so cool! Love the pics too!

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on February 29, 2012:

mljdgully, I will hop over and read your hub. Thanks for stoppy by. Ann Davis

anndavis25 (author) from Clearwater, Fl. on February 29, 2012:

Thanks Flickr. And for sharing. I appreciate your comment. Ann Davis

mljdgulley354 on February 29, 2012:

Very cute story. I have a kitty named "Miss Kitty" and have wrote a hub about her adopting us when we moved in to our house.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on February 29, 2012:

Very creative - loved this hub. I'm a total kitty lover. And, thanks to @tammyswallow for sharing it with her followers - I would not have seen it if she had not socially shared.

Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on February 29, 2012:

Wonderful hub and I too loved the photos!

TENKAY from Philippines on February 29, 2012:

I love the pics. A very realistic story. You are observant and I like your style of writing this.

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on February 29, 2012:

Absolutely wonderful! And true!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on February 29, 2012:

Very creative analogy for a story, Ann. Enjoyed it immensely. The photos are great - especially the real fat cat. Thank you.

Tammy from North Carolina on February 29, 2012:

I love the photo and the creativity on this hub. Very unique. Well done!

moonlake from America on February 29, 2012:

Loved it. Your photo is so good. Voted Up.

Sunnie Day on February 29, 2012:

WOW! Love this so much! This is some kind of special writing...Will share this for sure Ann..Great story!

Flickr on February 29, 2012:

Socially Shared. Thanks for such an interesting Hub. Such a touching story, kind of a sad story.

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