March 14, 2012


JJ is the best cat we've never owned. JJ lives across the street but his kids live with his mom in far away New Jersey. So he visits us in the hope that Mia and Owen will play with him. And despite the fact that they're both allergic to him, they do. In return JJ lavishes them with attention

If you see my kids in the neighborhood, JJ will likely be in tow. He follows Mia to the bus stop. He visits the pool during the summer. We've had to leave our garage door open all night because JJ refuses to leave exit. JJ frequently sits on our back deck railing, looking in our windows over Mia's shoulder while we're sitting at the dinner table. He's a regular at our sliding glass living room door where he can look in, see the kids, paw the window and let us know he's ready to play. Yesterday, for example, he helped Beth pull weeds in the garden, hung out while we fed the fish in our pond, played with the kids most of the afternoon then accompanied us on a long walk around the neighborhood after dinner.

JJ is 10 years old and an outdoor cat to boot. JJ won't be around forever. Beth and I live in fear that one day JJ won't appear. And we hope that some neighbors eventually own another cool cat that isn't ours.

Posted by Chris at March 14, 2012 7:47 AM

Well, JJ may not be yours, but you most certainly are his.

Posted by: J at March 14, 2012 9:39 AM

We have a neighborhood cat, Lil Gray, I feed her and she keeps the mice away, we back up to a ranch.

She sits in the window sill at night and stares into our house. She also makes sure to see our boys off to school each day.

Posted by: steff at March 14, 2012 10:59 AM

Just wondering what happened to your wife's blog? Is she done?

Posted by: shera at March 14, 2012 12:12 PM

sounds like you guys have the. best. cat. ever :)

Posted by: kati at March 14, 2012 2:51 PM

I too am wondering about Beth's blog. I sooo enjoyed it. I had just gotten started. Well I read it like a book from beginning to end and just as I finished, then ...there was no more. I was hooked!

Posted by: Lanette at March 14, 2012 9:21 PM

We had a JJ in our quiet suburban neighborhood when we were growing up. His name was Smoky and he lived and was very well-loved by the nice family who lived behind us. Smoky lived to be a healthy 17.

Posted by: Karen at March 15, 2012 7:19 PM