'Willie', then and now. (Not Nelson).

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  1. John Backlund

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    Willie was born on a western South Dakota ranch near Sturgis in 2003. We answered an ad for free kittens in the newspaper, and drove up to Sturgis to meet the cat's owners in a business parking lot to look over their kittens and pick one out.

    They arrived with a plastic laundry basket seemingly chock-full-o-kittens, apparently from two litters. Every one of them was sleeping.

    I picked out this groggy little grey-striped bundle with white feet and undersides, a grey tabby 'tuxedo' cat.

    He didn't start to bite me until after we got him home, but soon after, I was a never-ending victim of scratches and bites on my hands and arms from this tiny terror.
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    Time passed, Willie calmed down to a little fuzzy hurricane, then eventually became a wonderful cat, though he has taken his toll on the garter snakes that used to come into our backyard, but I managed to save a few of them here and there.

    He once brought a full-grown, and very much alive, Robin into the house through his cat door, that made for an exciting experience. The robin was shoo'd out an open door and flew away, so I assume it survived.

    Oh, sorry, this is not a pet obituary, he's almost eighteen now, a LOT slower, has his health issues but his sight, hearing, and teeth are still good, although his weight might only be two-thirds (if that) of what it used to be in his prime 'thug' days.

    He's 'crashed out' about ten feet from where I'm typing this right now.
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    Great pet story.
     
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    You’re a good cat daddy!
     
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    I miss having a cat.

    Give him a scratch for Rocky:)
     
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    Hobbes (not our name choice) brings in rodents or birds daily. He's a little over two years old now and he often sleeps on my head. The best/worst cat we've had, ever. He loves people and he loves his 100% natural toys. Pieces of them are disposed of routinely.
     
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  6. John Backlund

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    When Willie was a lad, we supplied him with small stuffed toy animals similar in size to Beanie Babies. He would tear them to pieces. We called them Willie's 'Anger Management Teddys'.
     
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    Hi Willie! Django and I say "hey." IMG_20201018_213046.jpg
     
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    And people like such creatures?? Hmmnn??
     
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    I appreciate but don’t understand cats

    You’re living with them they aren’t living with you, 99% of cats could probably care less and eat you the first chance they get
     
  10. John Backlund

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    They usually wait until after you've died, though. They're actually pretty decent about it.
     
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  11. John Backlund

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    His biting/scratching period only lasted a month or two, then they develop a rudimentary sense of what they should, and should not do in order to keep the food, shelter, and other pleasantries coming their way for the rest of their lives.
     
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