Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Jack Bauer

My cat of 14 years, Casey, got sick on December 24th and passed away a few days later.  I was devastated.  Even though Casey was a nasty cat who spent his days hiding under the sofa, he was still my pet for 14 years.  I got him in college and he made the move with me from PA to VA and then from VA to MD. Casey hated everyone but me.  No joke.  He hated my parents, sister, ex-boyfriends, Rob, and my children.  Even though he would bite people from time to time, Rob and I couldn't bring ourselves to give him up because we knew that such a nasty cat would surely be euthanized. 

Even though we still miss Casey, we made the decision in January to adopt a kitten.  We went to the Frederick County shelter and found an adorable male kitten named "High-Five."  He was picked up along a country road in Thurmont by Animal Control two weeks before Christmas and brought to the shelter.  I dare say that this saved his life because we had snow over Christmas and the kitten might not have survived the freezing conditions.

The people at the shelter gave "High-Five" his name because when you put your hand out and said "high-five!" the little kitten would tap your hand with his paw.  I'll have to take their word for that because we never got him to duplicate this trick.

All four us got to meet High-Five in January and we thought he was the most adorable kitten. Alaina so badly wanted a female kitten so we could name her "Lily" but she was okay with the idea that "High-Five" was a male. We thought we'd be able to take the kitten home that day after filling out the application but that was not the case.  After we filled out the application, the shelter reviewed it and then called me that Saturday afternoon to schedule an in-person interview for that Tuesday (January 8th).  I put on my best June Cleaver outfit (complete with pearls) and went to the shelter for my interview.  I passed the interview and was able to take "High-Five" home with me.

Thus began the process of choosing a name.  We considered the name Cosmo (after Kramer on "Seinfeld") but finally agreed on Jack Bauer from "24."  Now we just call him Jack.

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