Friday, February 25, 2011

The saddest gotchaversary of all...


Today marks nine years since Pablo came to live with me.

On a warm evening in February 2002, I drove around to my friend Heidi's house with a brand new cat carrier in the back seat and a joyous smile on my face. I was picking up Heidi's two-year-old cat, Pablo, who was coming to live with me. For good.

Heidi was soon to move into a new house where cats were not allowed, so she needed to find somewhere for Pablo to live.

I'd known Pablo since he was a kitten; he had a reputation for being wild and untamed, and I'd had many a bite and a scratch from him over the years in my attempts to convince him that I was a friend. Still, I'm not sure that my housemate Rachel and I knew what we were in for when we decided to take joint ownership of Pabs.

Pablo was sunning himself in a chair on the front porch when I arrived at Heidi's. He was most put out when I picked him up and wrestled him into the carrier. He yowled and yowled during the short trip from West Hobart to our sharehouse in Sandy Bay. He peed in the carrier too.

As soon as I let him out of the carrier when he arrived in his new home, Pablo nervously scuttled to the safest place he could find - under the couch in our living room. He stayed there for a number of days, only coming out to nibble on a bit of food and pee in a corner of the dining room. Pablo hadn't exactly taken to being toilet trained in his kittenhood.

I sat patiently next to the couch for those few days, trying to win Pablo's trust and goodwill. Every now and then I slipped my hand under the couch to give Pabs a little pat on the head. It took the best part of a month to convince him that I was on his side (and to toilet train him). But he slowly became more comfortable in our house, and with our housemates. And I knew that I'd won him over one night when we chased each other up and down the hallway. When I moved out of the sharehouse to get married a few months later, it was a given that Pablo was coming with me.

One of my friends who knew Pablo in his kittenhood described him as Byronesque. He may have been mad, bad and dangerous to know, but somewhere inside of Pabs was a shy and nervous kitty who wanted to be loved on his terms. It was my great honour to have been that person for nine years.

Missing you today, my dear friend.

Cheers,
--Kate

34 comments:

Huffle Mawson said...

Oh Kate, that made me so sad. But it was so good that Pabs was your friend and that you had nearly nine wonderful years with him.

Parker said...

(((hugs)))

Brian said...

Purrs and hugs to you.

Daisy said...

What a beautiful gotcha day story; I never knew that was how you gotted Pablo. What a love story.

The Island Cats said...

We send you comforting purrs...we know how much you are missing Pabs....

fional said...

What a lovely post. Much honour goes to our Pabs (and to our God who brought you both together :)). x

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

What a beautiful post on such a sad day for you. We are sending you many, many (((hugs))) to help you through this heartbreaking time ...
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam, Simon and Momma Jan

SuziQCat said...

Beautiful story remembering Pablo today...purrs and hugs!

Kea said...

Kate, my thoughts are with you today. Sending you hugs and universal Light, wishing you Peace.

-Kim @ Fuzzy Tales

Hannah and Lucy said...

Our mum got all leaky eyed reading that. He knew that you loved him very much.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Forever Foster said...

Thankyou for sharing Pabs' Gotcha story with us. We thought Daisy's comment about a love story was very apt.
(((hugs)))

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Thank you Kate for Pablo's Gotchaversary Story!! It was wonderful! Thank you for sharing! Purrrs and hugs to you today!!
Your TX furiends,

Eric and Flynn said...

That is a lovely memorial to dear Pabs. (((hugs))) and purrs to you on this sad day.

Furkidsmom said...

Thanks for sharing Pablo's Gotcha Day story. All "first" are always so hard. (((Hugs))) and Purrs to you.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

A few Good Cats said...

It's good to remember our absent friends and recall the many happy memories they left with us...

Forty Paws said...

Many hugs and purrs to you, and to our dear Pabs across The Bridge.

Luf, Us

MoMo said...

What a heart warming gotcha story!

Love that comparison to Byron. We will always remember Pabs fondly.

Soft purrs to you....

ABBY said...

Our dearest kindest purrs for your dear one of a kind Pablo.

{{{hugs}}}
purrin
xoxoxo

Cheri said...

Lovely story. Thank you for taking the time to let Pablo learn to love on his terms. You gave him a wonderful life and he is watching over you now from the Bridge with love.

Cats of Wildcat Woods

ML said...

We had never heard the story.
We miss him so much.
Love & Purrs,
KC

Poppy Q said...

What a fine nine years of love Mr Pabs got to have with you Kate, and Nick and baby boy.

We know that he was training up so that you when you are ready, you can find yourself a new fur friend.

Big smooches to you all

Julie and Poppy Q
xxxxx

Marg said...

WE are so glad you told us Pablo's story. He sounds like he was quite the cat and all cat. Big hugs to you on this day.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Oh, Kate, we know how you feel. So many of us do because we have lost a piece of our heart too. These special days are so empty without our furries. We send a hug, purrs and tail wags for you.

Gracie =^o.o^= said...

The mom has tears in her eyes as she is typing for me now. I know how sad you are that Pablo isn't here with you. I am so happy thought that you loved him enough to get through the hard time he had when he first came to live with you. Lots of love between you two grew. Keep him close to you in your heart and thoughts each and every day. Which I know you do.

Mr. Hendrix said...

What a beautiful story. We didn't know it. Pablo picked a wonderful bean to love and trust and you picked a wonderful cat.he was one of a kind.
(((Hugs))) and purrs

The Lee County Clowder said...

Comforting purrrrrsss and gentle headbutttss.

Ikaika said...

That was a lovely tribute to your sweet Pablo. Sending you gentle purrs...

Cory said...

Thank you for sharing your wonderful Gotcha Day story.

Purring for you today.

Mr Puddy said...

Kate,
This is beautiful story of Pab. Thanks for sharing to us. Thanks for let's us to know lovely story how you got him. Pab has a wonderful time with you..No wonder !
Love to hear from you.
and please accept our hugs
xxx
Puddy and Mom Boom

Derby, Ducky said...

Kate what a nice tribute to your buddy Pabs. Purrs to you.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh Kate we are so sad for you. I know how hard it has to be for his gotcha day to be so soon. I know it was that way for me with Floyd and his birthday. It is so wonderful to read about his gotcha day, and we know you miss him so much. We send you tons of comforting purrs and prayres.

Pierro said...

lovely story... Pablo was a lucky lucky kitty to have you for a servant.

we know your pain and sorrow, sooooo much. we know it.

bonks and love always

Honey P. Sunshine said...

pabs, we misses yoo

Sarah said...

RIP Pabs! And big hugs to you Katey Kate. You truly are the best of the best cat mothers!

Sarah x