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The Professor and the Cat - A Conversation

Updated on March 1, 2012
Mr. Dillon and Chester
Mr. Dillon and Chester
Miss Kitty
Miss Kitty

The Professor and the Cat

A Conversation

Hello Kitty,

You came in from the night and cuddled warm beside me.

Could it be you chose me because of my scraggly beard or perhaps the odor of my battered clothes? Did someone throw you out at the Freeway? Are you homeless, like me?

You are welcome to stay here among the tents.

You are an affectionate little thing. I’ll tell you something, I’m not the least bit surprised that you cling to me. Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been a magnet for feline attraction.

I used to live in a house down by the lake and one day I found a white cat in my boat. Maybe it was the smell of fish that drew him. For days he hung around keeping his distance. Wasn't long till he trusted me enough to come inside my house where he became a fixture, all white, fluffy and fat. As time went on, he began to develop an attitude, like he was in charge of the territory, like he wore the badge of justice. I named him Mr. Dillon.

Then there was this gray stray, hobbling across my yard with a sticker in his foot. He was sure grateful when I removed it and I was rewarded with happy licks. I fed him. He limped around on that sore foot a couple of days and was perfectly happy to stay outside on my stoop. I named him Chester.

Mr. Dillon and Chester. I never missed an episode of Gun Smoke. It was my favorite TV show. Oh yeah, I know what I’ll do. I’ll name you “Miss Kitty”. Now there was a smart woman. Pretty too. Nobody messed around with Miss Kitty. She was the Sheriff’s girlfriend. Yep, that’s what I’ll do. That'll be your name and you'll grow up to be just like her.

Come on, Miss Kitty. Let’s go down to the shelter. Maybe I’ll luck up today and get a Tuna sandwich. I will ask for a glass of milk. You and me, we’ll come back here and have a feast! Then I’m going to take you to meet my friends. After that, I’ll show you where that mean dog lives.

Stick with me kid, and I’ll show you the ropes. How to survive the streets. Someday you’ll be a wise old cat, like me. They don’t call me professor, for nothing.



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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Wy 50, I am so glad to hear from you. I see you now and then on the pages.

      Thanks for the visit.....AD

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      50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

      Aye Ann, a wise tale of two one wandering long enough to be a professor of the streets, and the other, I spose a fellers imagination is due, entertaining indeed.

      Peace,

      50

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      I appreciate your comment so much jhamann. Thank you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 5 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for this incredible story! I love cats and have had at least one by my side for most of my adult life (and I have a beard). Besides all that, this is an example of story telling at its best. Jamie

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Wayne, you got the picture. Most people think I centered on the cat, but it was meant to be an unfortunate mutual perdicament with a common bond.

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      Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

      A fantasy tale with a lot of truths, on of which is that both characters are homeless in their own way and bonded by the fact. You built nicely around that center. Thanks for sharing! WB

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks for sharing, Sunnie. Appreciate you.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      moonlake, thanks for the visit and kind comment.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      tammy, I saw where you passed this hub on to someone. Thank you. And thank you for your visit.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      drbj...thanks. Fat cats are my favorite.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thank you Lucky Cats.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Mardi, thanks for the comment. Happy to share.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      From one kitty lover to another...Thank you. Glad to hear from you.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      A cool comment from a cool lady. Thanks.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      My voting Joyce. Thank you. I often wondered if you get the same TV programs as we do. I liked that one alot. The good guy (white hats) always won!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Glad you enjoyed this one, teaches. Yes, strays have a special kind of love. They make good companions. Thanks.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks Eiddwen, I enjoy your company

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      TENKAY, I checked you out yesterday, your first hub. Yes, you do have a cat. Thanks for the comment.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Oh my goodness, I don't have a cat. But thanks, mOrdOr.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks lily.

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      hahaha. love this m0rd0r. I got a cat.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      There are lots of clever beings in the universe...

      they all have cats.

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      Lillian K. Staats 5 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Keep going Anna, more in depth, great stuff! lovely, love, lily

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Oh how I love this wonderful hub;and look forward to so many more.

      Take care

      Eddy.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The best cats I had were strays. They came into my life from nowhere and they were so loyal and loving. They seem to appreciate the little things you do for them and return the love freely. Enjoyed your hub.

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a great warm story loved it. Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.

      I used to watch Gunsmoke in England once a week.

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      This is so cool! Love the pics too!

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      mljdgully, I will hop over and read your hub. Thanks for stoppy by. Ann Davis

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Thanks Flickr. And for sharing. I appreciate your comment. Ann Davis

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      Very cute story. I have a kitty named "Miss Kitty" and have wrote a hub about her adopting us when we moved in to our house.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very creative - loved this hub. I'm a total kitty lover. And, thanks to @tammyswallow for sharing it with her followers - I would not have seen it if she had not socially shared.

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      Mardi 5 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Wonderful hub and I too loved the photos!

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      TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love the pics. A very realistic story. You are observant and I like your style of writing this.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Absolutely wonderful! And true!

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Very creative analogy for a story, Ann. Enjoyed it immensely. The photos are great - especially the real fat cat. Thank you.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love the photo and the creativity on this hub. Very unique. Well done!

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Loved it. Your photo is so good. Voted Up.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      WOW! Love this so much! This is some kind of special writing...Will share this for sure Ann..Great story!

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      Flickr 5 years ago

      Socially Shared. Thanks for such an interesting Hub. Such a touching story, kind of a sad story.