“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France
It’s been six years since I updated the tale of the Brothers Angora — Paddington and Bones. Where has the time gone? I’ll pick up where I left off in 2009. You can read their earlier history in the links at the bottom of this post, including newborn photos. Cute photos!
In September of 2010 after a year in San Francisco with Cynthia, Paddington returned to live with us when Cynthia moved to South Korea to teach English for a couple of years. This time, I wasn’t letting him go!
Paddington and his brother are Turkish Angora cats. Paddington was renowned for his one blue eye and one amber eye, and Bones is deaf, both are traits sometimes found in white cats. According to descriptions about Turkish Angora cats, these cats often choose a particular member of the family to be their constant companion and are very protective of their person. This was true with Paddington.
“Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.” ― Colette
After Paddington returned to my house to live in 2010, he was a bit standoffish, since Cynthia was his person. And he’d been a wide traveler, too, with many frequent flier miles. But he grew attached to me and soon was demanding his daily brushing. He would follow me around and stare at me until I got the hint. Whenever I sat on the sofa, he would jump on my lap. When he wanted to be brushed, which was often, he would stretch out, placing his paws on the sofa arm. He turned so that I brushed every section of his beautiful white fur. He especially loved to have his cheeks and neck brushed. There was no better job than being his masseuse and groomer.
Paddington’s bed was next to my desk upstairs, where we had many conversations. At night he’d always appear at my bedside as I was getting into bed. Even when I thought Paddington was sound asleep in his bed, he’d often wake up as I passed by and dash down to my bedroom before I even got there, ready for his nightly chest rub. When I was settled in, he jumped on the bed for a nightly petting, which included a chest rub. As I rubbed his chest, he would paw the air “making biscuits.” It was so adorable!
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ― A.A. Milne
When Paddington and Bones lived with my daughter and Cynthia in college, the brothers would hang out together, but not so much after their most recent separation. In November 2015, Paddington started hanging out with his brother more. One night, my daughter heard a strange yowling cough and thought the two brothers might be fighting (yes, they did get into some tussles with Paddington usually the one starting the spat), but when she went into the room, she found Paddington limp on the bed. We rushed him to an veterinary emergency room, but he couldn’t be revived. He must have had a heart attack. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 18, 2015. We were in shock. He was only eleven years old. We thought we had many more years with him. I miss that little guy so much. So far I haven’t been able to remove his bed, which is still matted with his white fur. There will always be a cat-shaped hole in my heart and life. Take no one for granted, not your family, nor your friends and not your little furry companions.
“Animals are such agreeable friends ― they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Eliot
The Brothers Angora, Chapter One
Malcolm was my first love.
Malcolm is a Norwegian Forest Cat, Cat of the Vikings!