Monday, 19 November 2012
I've never seen this cat before and he looked so much like my lovely feral Sam I thought I was seeing things.
I wrote "Cats tails (2) " on my blog on 19th August last year, when I told about Sammy's entry into our
lives. This incident today inspired me to dig out, scan and reproduce these old pictures of Big Sam.
During his years with us, he earned many nicknames one of which, when he was getting old and ricketty was "Grandpa Stripey"
The other one, by which John, and those who admired him rather less was "Maestro Stinketti".
His joint habits of lying on his back waving his huge paws as though conducting an orchestra, combined
with the rather less attractive one of suddenly making
Despite his somewhat unsavoury aroma he was a huge, heavy, purry, loving mog with a heart of pure treacle.
He never got used to sleeping inside at night and had a cat-flap into the back door of the garage with a bed in there for the worst weather, but would come in if we were home in the day and sleep wherever he liked. Often this was on an ancient ragged cardigan of John's which I had knitted and he had finally been
persuaded to donate to Sam.
You can see from the pictures how totally relaxed he finally was, as his head gradually drooped lower and lower and his massive paws dangled limply.
Best of all, was catching him with what John always called his "boozy smile" Last Picture below.
His weight was fearsome and aching thighs and knees the inevitable result of a 'Sammy cuddle', but he was so worth the discomfort, our lovely Stripey giant.
I don't know where today's 'near miss' cat came from but he started memories echoing down the years. I only hope he is as well loved as Sammy was.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 4:28:00 pm