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Through The Years, Memories of our cats Kouter and Huckleberry

Updated on January 15, 2015

Meet Kouter and Huckleberry!

Kouter and Huckleberry were brothers that we adopted as kittens. Their owners realized that they were allergic to cats, so we gladly accepted them.

They grew from kittens into big boys. I think they started gaining weight the same time I did (while pregnant with my daughter, sympathy weight maybe, LOL). Actually their breed and being indoors made them heavy. I tried putting them on diets, but they would actually beg for food.

Huckleberry would retrieve bouncy balls that you threw to him, it was the funniest thing.

Kouter would lie on his back wanting his belly rubbed.

Huckleberry ended up with a kidney problem and died at 5 years old in 2006. Kouter died March 2011 at 12 years old. He had tumors on his lungs and started to have a hard time breathing. Both cats will be missed, they were part of the family & just loved being with us.

Two Cats

One up a tree

One under the tree

The cat up a tree is he

The cat under the tree is she

The tree is witch elm, just incidentally.

He takes no notice of she, she takes no notice of he.

He stares at the woolly clouds passing, she stares at the tree.

There's been a lot written about cats, by Old Possum, Yeats and Company

But not Alfred de Musset or Lord Tennyson or Poe or anybody

Wrote about one cat under, and one cat up, a tree.

God knows why this should be left for me

Except I like cats as cats be

Especially one cat up

And one cat under

A witch elm


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About Us

Our family loves pets. Kouter and Huckleberry may have passed but we hope to get another pair of kittens later this year.

When they were young they enjoyed playing monkey in the middle (or rather kitty in the middle). Huckleberry would jump up in the air and do a twist to try and catch the bouncy ball as it went over his head. Both cats liked to be slid down the hallway (slow of course). We could set up soft pins and do kitty bowling. They'd come running back for more. Kouter never learned how to meow right. It was more of a screech. But they would both talk back to you. If they saw you or you said hi to them, they'd respond with some type of noise. They are missed, but we are happy for the time we had. Until we get more cats we have our gerbils to entertain us.

So why the names Kouter and Huckleberry?

Well Kouter comes from my maiden name Koutrelakos. Yes a Greek name. I figured the only way I was going to pass on my name was through my cat, ha ha. (I've known people who use their maiden name as their child's middle name. with Koutrelakos, that would be too cruel, LOL)

Huckleberry started as Huckle (like from the Richard Scarry books). But my husband started saying Huckleberry and it stuck.

We loved the way Kouter would visit each bedroom at night when we went to bed. It made us all feel loved.

Photos of Kouter and Huckleberry - Through the years. The cats and kids.

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Huckleberry being cuteChristmas sleigh.  Although what happened next is funny.  My husband jumped to get our daughter to laugh.  Instead the cats ran off in either direction breaking the yarn that tied them together.  No one was hurt, lol.Kouter joining us for supperKouter dressed upKouter wanting his belly rubbed
Huckleberry being cute
Huckleberry being cute
Christmas sleigh.  Although what happened next is funny.  My husband jumped to get our daughter to laugh.  Instead the cats ran off in either direction breaking the yarn that tied them together.  No one was hurt, lol.
Christmas sleigh. Although what happened next is funny. My husband jumped to get our daughter to laugh. Instead the cats ran off in either direction breaking the yarn that tied them together. No one was hurt, lol.
Kouter joining us for supper
Kouter joining us for supper
Kouter dressed up
Kouter dressed up
Kouter wanting his belly rubbed
Kouter wanting his belly rubbed

Fuzzy Alarm Clocks

It's 6:00 AM

I'm sound asleep

But who do you think is making a peep?

Kouter and Huckleberry that is who

They jump on my bed

And sit by my head

They whack my face with their fuzzy paws

They nibble my cheek

Wanting something to eat

It's a soft food meal they are looking for.

Early in the morning each and every day.

Fuzzy alarm clocks get me up and on my way.

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Thanks for visiting. Pets really love us and I'm glad I could share some photos. - If you have a lens dedicated to a pet please list it, or just leave a comment

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    • LaraineRoses profile image

      Laraine Sims 

      6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      It is almost time for me to write about our "Miss Twiggie." Her sudden death left me sad for a long time but I'm getting over it now.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely tribute to your cats ... Know you miss them dearly. Sweet photos and lens! My dear cat is Cloe, 'A Cat's Story' ...

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      7 years ago

      Well this means that you did this with a few tears, having just lost your dear little Kouter but now is in kitty heaven playing monkey in the middle with Huckleberry again. You loved them through sickness and health, our relationships with pets really are sweet marriages.

    • cinstress profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Stazjia: thanks

      yes we do

      they were fun cats

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Lovely cats, you must miss them a lot.

    • cinstress profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @Paul Ward: thank you

      I added yours to my favorites so that I can get updates. I liked your site.

    • Paul Ward profile image


      7 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Nice lens: lensrolled to my two cat lenses

    • I-sparkle profile image


      7 years ago

      Lovely lens. I really enjoyed the pictures and the stories. We own two furry kids, and they provide a lot of amusement and occasionally some affection.

    • chezchazz profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      My condolences on the loss of Kouter & Huckleberry. We have had our two (a brother and sister) since they were kittens. You can see Chibi and Mouse here:

      Again, my sympathy to you and your family. Sounds like you had two of the best feline family members.


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