Sunday, September 24, 2006

... And then they showed up

Tilly here. Once upon a time, I was the only kitty. I was fat and happy and got all the attention the beans had to give. All the food too.

And then one day in 1994, these showed up.

Dad got them from a lady at work who rescues kitties that don't have homes. This nice lady took in a momma cat who then had kittens. When Dad and Mum went to her house to look at the kittens, there was little Toby sitting bold as brass on top of a cat carrier. (I guess he didn't know then that they were for trips to the vet!)

Mum said "Ooooh, a tigger! That's the one I want." Then the lady said, "There's another one around here somewhere." She reached between her stove and the wall and pulled out a shy little black and white. Dad said, "We might as well take that one, too."

I didn't care too much for these new arrivals and they soon learned to stay away from me. I hissed and growled whenever they came near. I applied a few well-placed swats as well.

The two brothers Toby and Jiggsy kept pretty much to themselves for their first few years. But they didn't keep out of trouble.

The two kitties were big troublemakers around Christmas, when they tried to "help" Mum and Dad decorate the Christmas tree. Here's Mum looking at a strange "ornament" in the middle of the tree. Eventually, Mum and Dad gave up trying to decorate the tree for that year. They said they had the ugliest tree in the world that year -- just some lights scattered randomly over bent branches with cat fur mixed in -- but it was the best one ever.

Troublesome kittens! But still Santa Claws brought them presents. It just isn't fair.

Now Toby is big and brawny and I am old and frail. He's repaying me for my meanness to him when he was young. He doesn't really hurt me -- he just uses his bulk to push me around.

Jiggsy went over the bridge in April. Even I miss him sometimes.

21 comments:

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Cuteness! Our Lady's human momma had 2 brothers since they were little kittens that size an they looked just like them - black an tiger ones. They was Maine Coon kitties an extra fluffy like Toby. They both went ta the Rainbow Bridge not long ago an the Lady an her momma miss them lots.

The Meezers said...

Awww Tilly, you sound just like Trixie did. We didn't try and be mean to her eifurr, but sometimes we just was too playful and she falled down. I'm shur that Toby doesn't mean it. I'm shur he misses his brofurr alot too, and maybe that's why he gets pushy. But you has your wonderful mommy to give you lots of cuddles. We know from Trixie that it's hard to get older and frail. We hopes that you is doing well today.

Eric and Flynn said...

It wuz the same wiv us as well. When our beans got us, Kitty yum bum didn't like us, an always hissed at us and kept swiping us wiv her paw. But after a while she luvved us. But when we look back we fink maybe we were too boy-stir-russ wiv her, cuz we yoosed to sit on her an jump on her, but she seemed to like it.

Fat Eric said...

Toby and Jiggsy were furry cute kittens. I'm sure Toby loves you really, Tilly, even though he pushes you around sometimes. Us big boys just don't know our own strength sometimes. Purrs in memory of Jiggsy. He is probably playing with my sister Hattie at the Bridge.

one of us said...

That was a really good story Tilly. We bet Toby loves you though, efen though he is stinky sometimes. ~Merlin, Shadow,Ko Ko

Catzee said...

That is the bestest and purry happiest story efur. An one is even black like Rascal!

nels, ed, nitro, and/or xing said...

be sweet to each ofurr. time passes too quick, and all of a sudden, you realize you missed out on lotsa cuddles and warm nuzzles. be sweet.

nels

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Those are great memories and pictures!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

are you okay Tilly? we're glad yur gettin the bestest of the best Filet Mignon Sheba Stinky Goodness, but you said on our bloggie that you isn't feeling well. are you just feelin kinda older an tireder than usual (like our Lady who's been workin too much), or is sumfin wrong?
purrs & cuddles!

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Oh, what adorable baby photos.

How is Miss Tilly feeling? I'm worried, and KC and Missy said they are too. Should we add her to our Pet Prayer & Praise blog for special prayers this week? Please let me know...!

Beau said...

Tilly, I'm sure that's just his way of showing he loves you and doesn't mean to be rough. I know it's hard to be getting older and frail. I understand you haven't been feeling too well, and I'm very sorry about that. I hope you feel better soon! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

nels, ed, nitro, and/or xing said...

hello, miss tilly-darlin'. we are purring and purrraying for you and your mom tonight. no matter what happens, you know she loves you, right? right! may the dear g*d bless and keep you.

nose kisses and warm cuddles from
nelson, edmund, nitro, and xingxing

Hot(M)BC said...

Hi Tilly, We're sending you lotsa kitty mojo and purrs and purrayers tonight. We're sending it to your beans too. Purrrrrrrr Purrrrrrrr Purrrrrr Purrrrrrrrrrr
Purrrrrrrrrr,
Sanjee, Mini, Boni, Pepi and Gree

Fat Eric said...

Hi Tilly, we heard you are not feeling too well. Lots of purrs and headbutts to you and your humans, let us know how you are getting on.

Marilynn said...

Grace, Audace, and Ruse's servants send you their heartfelt prayers and good wishes so you'll start feeling better.

Emma's Kat said...

Tilly, we are also keeping you in our thoughts and purrayers!

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Tilly, you and your mommy are in our thoughts and prayers. The Taylor Cats

THE ZOO said...

tilly we understand youre not feeling well. we'll keep you in our foughts and purrayers. purrs & headbutts to you now.

Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We are purrayin' and sendin' lotsa purrs.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

we're all purring for you today. we love you Tilly.

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

Tilly, you have been on our minds today from the start, just concerned and hopeful. Don't think anyone will get any work done.

We will all be praying (and purrr-raying) for you and for your loving family.

KC & Missy sends lots of soft purrrrs and a couple of headbutts.