My Shadow Named Gus

We currently have five kitties that I love with all my heart. I know I’m not supposed to have favorites, but I have no control over this. Gus and I have a bond that is very special. I was there when Gus and his brother, Jake, and sister, Lucy, were born.

Gus 2 days old

Baby Gus

Lucy, Gus, Jake 10 days old

As they began to grow and develop their little personalities, Gus was very shy and timid. His brother and sister were both very outgoing and demanded attention. Gus seemed to want me to pay attention to him, but was afraid to ask for it. I remember feeling bad for him because he was so bashful. I decided to give him a name that would make him feel confident and a little cocky, but in a good way. I named him after one of my favorite characters, Augustus ‘Gus’ McCrae, from the miniseries, Lonesome Dove.

Gus 4 weeks

One day I was playing with the kittens – well, actually with Lucy and Jake. Gus was sitting about 3 feet away just watching us. I slid over next to him and started talking to him and petting him. Then I tried to get him to play and rolled him over on his back and just rubbed his belly and talked to him (probably in crazy baby talk). It was like a light went on in his little head. He looked like he was thinking, “Hey! I like this and she’s not so scary after all”.

Gus 4 weeks

From that point on, Gus became ‘my’ cat. He sleeps curled up with me at night, and as the years have passed, he’s become my little shadow. Wherever I am, he is with me. If I’m working on my laptop, he’s curled up next to me.

Gus the Blanket Tester

I made some fleece blankets for Christmas a couple of years ago and Gus tested each one to make sure they were soft enough.

When I’m sick he curls up around my feet to keep me company.

Sleepy Gus

He helps wrap Christmas gifts.

Gus, Gift Wrapping Assistant

And quality checks kitchen appliances before I use them (that’s actually for my hot stones for massage).

When I take a shower, he curls up on the bench in our bathroom and waits patiently for me. When I open the shower curtain, he jumps down and rushes to the side of the tub, meowing and purring like he hasn’t seen me in a long time (honest, I don’t take long showers!) He loves it when I tell him how happy I am to see him too. Then he plops on the floor for a belly rub – he still loves them!

Gus Waits Patiently

He’s very good at monopoly.

Gus playing Monopoly

When I work out on the Total Trainer, he hops on and adds an additional 15 pounds to give me a better workout.

Gus the Exercise Cat

And when I’m paying bills, he makes a great paper weight.

Gus the Paper Weight

Gus is the kind of little friend we all need .. always at the door to greet me when I come home; snuggled up beside me when I read or watch TV; laying under the massage table when I’m giving massages (so I don’t get lonely); and encouraging me to take occasional breaks from washing dishes or cleaning house to come and sit with him on the couch for a few minutes.  You can imagine how frantic I was while he was missing for 6 days a few weeks ago.  I felt like a part of me was missing.  We can’t help it – I’m his favorite and he is mine.

About Grama Sandy

Grama Sandy is Mom to 5 cats and lives in a beautiful home out in the country in Michigan.
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6 Responses to My Shadow Named Gus

  1. Kc says:

    Gus is your favorite cat and you are my favorite sister! That’s my blanket that Gus is quality checking for softness. Please let him know that Twiggy, Twursula and Shebee all like the blanket, too! xoxoxo

  2. Sandy says:

    What a coincidence! You are my favorite sister, too!! Gus and I put a lot of love into the blankets. I’m glad Twiggy, Twursula, and Shebee all enjoy them!!! Gus and I sure enjoyed the hours we spent together making them. xoxo

  3. Amara's Grampy says:

    What a great post. Don’t look at me!!!!

  4. Shelley says:

    Such a charming story with equally charming photos! Someday, I’ll tell you how Buddy became my (nearly) favorite dog!! Thanks for the wonderful reading; such a great change from network and print news these days!!

  5. Penny says:

    What a wonderful biography of your buddy Gus.

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