It had been suggested by the blogger at It’s a Wonderpurr Life that today we honour Pete Cusack, of the blog “Tomcat Commentary by Timmy”. Pete died in November of last year; today, he would have turned 69. (His cats are safe and together in a new home, one that he had arranged in case of such an event.)
Now, the idea was that we each choose a favourite blog entry that Pete created (on behalf of Tim, his best feline friend, who predeceased him.) Trying to select one is tough, as I enjoyed so many of them. I don’t believe that Pete gave his cats the personalities they exhibited in the blog; I believe he expanded on them. These personalities were far too real - and enjoyable - to have been made up.
For instance, Rumpy and Einstein were friends; Rumpy, older, acted as a mentor to Einie when the latter was just a kitten, and they continued to play and sleep together. Rumpy was my favourite cat among Pete’s, I don’t mind admitting; his ego was far too large for what the others clearly thought about him, but he persisted in being a mischievous know-it-all. Einstein never stopped being a kitten, it seems to me, and this is reflected in that face of his, though he is now eight years old. The blogs featuring Rumpy, and him and Einstein together, were my favourite.
I hope Pete won’t mind me borrowing this image from one of his Yuletide blogs. It shows the pair proudly flanking the family Christmas tree; I think Christmas was a special time for Pete. It’s very sad to me that he won’t be celebrating any more Christmases on Earth, but I am grateful that his cats, thanks to his care and foresight, will have many more holidays ahead, before they join their dad once more.
Happy birthday, cat-dad Pete.