Seriously, I'm not trying to turn this into a deceased pet blog. Really.
But I just love this picture, because it truly sums up what Sammi was all about. I may have even posted this before, but fuck it. Sometimes twice is just as nice.
That's what she like to do. Lay on my chest and rub her face on my beard. And she had this one fang on the right side of her mouth that, for some reason, was longer than it should have been. She would occasionally get you pretty good with it. Not on purpose, ya see. She just couldn't help it.
This kind of situation was usually pretty common after she ate, when she was just looking to settle down and be loved. The resulting fish stank from her breath was merely a bonus.
By the way, it took just this side of forever for our relationship to get this way. At first, I was the enemy. OK, "enemy" was a strong word. But in the beginning, I wasn't one of the chosen few who was allowed to pick her up or even pet her. She was all claws and nasty looks for a long while. And when a cat has one long fang on one side of her face and one glassy eye on the other...trust me, you can get some nasty looks.
But I made her my pet project, and I gradually began to pick her up and give her some love. I always tried to put her down right before she was ready to slice me up, and I think she understood that. It took a while, but soon enough she was sleeping on my head at night. The way cats do.
I don't know if I believe in the concept of Heaven, but if there is one then I sure as shit hope there is a place for cats and dogs there. And if there is, then I sure Sammi is there with her best buddy Syd, and she's giving the deity in charge the stink eye. At least until she gets used to the joint.
Note: Partially inspired by Neil Gaiman's recent journal post about his cat Princess. I think Princess and Sammi would've gotten along famously. Or avoided each other like the plague.
Added Bonus: A video of two cats getting the MST3K treatment while playing patty cake. The one on the right looks a bit like Sammi in her younger, healthier days. Enjoy!