The Cat Who Thought He Was a Rug

Roly Poly was a good little boy. He was never rude, good with kids, very patient, never messy, bathed daily, respected others and listened to his mommy and daddy. If we asked him to do something or stop doing something, he did. He was a good little boy.

Roly Poly was a comic. That was one of his most endearing traits. I will say it again – the Lord our Roly Poly on this earth to make us laugh. And oh, how he made us laugh! Like a human comedian, he learned what would make us giggle, and he’d just go with it, milking it, improving upon it. Like his impersonation of a rug.

“That’s Okay, Roly! You Don’t Have to Move!” was a phrase we said most every day. Roly would find a spot on the floor, stretch himself out and relax. He would just lay there like a rug – but like a thick rug in a spot that you knew you would trip over if you even attempted to step over it. We would just say, “That’s Okay, Roly! You Don’t Have to Move!”, laugh and walk around the rug- I mean, Roly!

“That’s Okay, Roly! You Don’t Have to Move!”, I would say as I swept around him or vacuumed around him.

“That’s Okay, Roly! You Don’t Have to Move!”, said Vidal, as he actually moved him with the push broom. Roly let him!

Have you ever gone swimming with dolphins – or at least seen a “Foot Push”? You know, when two dolphins push you across the pool by putting their noses in your feet? We’ve had foot pushes. So has Roly – sort of. “That’s Okay, Roly! You Don’t Have to Move!”, said Vidal to Roly who was stretched out on the couch, as he took his two feet and gave Roly a foot push to the other end of the couch.

The thing is, Roly was not a lazy cat. That’s how I know he was having fun, looking for a laugh. Roly loved it when we laughed. And we loved him. Always!


He will once again fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Job 8:21


The Cat with a Silver Spoon

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Once upon a time, there lived a precious little white-and-grey kitten with great big yellow eyes named Guerita. Born in the jungle, one would think she was just an ordinary street cat. Little did they know she was Royalty. While the royal lineage of course fell upon her sister Simba, it was more noticeable with Simba’s son, Roly Poly than it was with either of them, but this is Guerita’s story. Continue reading

Our Little Boy and the Big Mean Truck

Roly Poly was a trooper. Like his aunt Guerita, he was fearless to a fault. In his pre-blind years, he roamed around, didn’t freak out when there was a huge thunderstorm or even an earthquake. In those carefree years of his, I would call him home and lock him up in my bedroom on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Like many towns in Latin America, many people shoot off fireworks and shoot guns in the air at the stroke of midnight on those occasions. Not to hurt anyone, but as tradition. Nobody actually knows why, but that’s beside the point. It is what it is, and we always have to take precautions, which include getting people under a safe roof, and locking up the braver kitties. Continue reading