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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
He helps wrap Christmas gifts.
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!
He’s very good at monopoly.
When I work out on the Total Trainer, he hops on and adds an additional 15 pounds to give me a better workout.
And when I’m paying bills, he makes a great 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.