On Friday, we said goodbye to Gelfling, our scrappy little alpha kitty. Giver of the most aggressive head butts, ruler of the house, dominator of pit bulls.
Gelfling was just a little Memphis street cat when Paul found him in Oct. 2005, his pointy black ears poking over blades of grass. He ran into Paul’s arms, and the next thing you know, we had another cat. I was the maid of honor at my friend Autumn's wedding that evening (Oct. 8, 2005), so I was at the wedding helping her get ready when Paul found him. Paul showed up to the wedding as a guest later that night and informed me that he found a cat. At the time, we had three other cats (Akasha, Pandora, and Polaris) and our dog, Datsun. I didn't think we could handle four cats, so I tried to find home for him, but nobody wanted another cat. Turns out Gelfling was already home with us. And then we ended up taking in two more cats and another dog, so that our fur family was once eight pets strong. Akasha, Pandora, and Datsun have all passed, and now Gelfling has gone on to join them.
I named him Gelfling, because in that first few days with us, he made these strange whimpering sounds that reminded me of Lord Chamberlain, one of the Skesis on The Dark Crystal. Since the Skesis were the bad guys, I couldn't name him after Chamberlain, so Gelfling it was! Right away, we knew this little guy was special. Here he is climbing the Solstice tree for his first Christmas.
And here he is at Solstice 2009! Every year, the pets get their presents a few days before Christmas on the Winter Solstice. Gelfling loved his catnip mice right up until the end. He would walk around the house with them in his mouth, hollering as loudly as he could. He wanted to make sure everyone knew he had caught a mouse.