Wednesday, March 27, 2013

So this cat walks in ...


By Erin Murphy
- from Death al Dente, Book One of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz, coming in August 2013

I am beyond sad. For the last year, I’ve been friends–really good friends–with Roxy Turner. She is–was–a feisty old lady, so fiesty she’d bop you one for calling her that. We met while walking around the reservoir in Seattle’s Volunteer Park, and had a regular walking date. She was as easy to talk to as any friend my own age–she was past 80–and we recited poetry to each other.

The last few months, Roxy had begun to fail and the walk was too much for her. So we met twice a week for coffee. I looked forward to it as much as she did. When she was in the hospital, I went to her apartment and took care of her cat.

Now Roxy is gone. She left me her poetry books–do you have any idea how much poetry a retired English teacher can acquire?–and her cat, Mr. Sandburg. My landlord hates him.

Either I buy a condo, or I move home. But what would I do there? There’s really no room for me at the Merc. Mom and Claudette have a good thing going, and I would only be in the way.



At least I'll have a living reminder of my dear friend.

Do you have pets? How did they get their names?




(Death al Dente, the first book in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, debuts from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives! Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books). Visit her at www.LawandFiction.com and www.LawandFiction.com/blog )

(Volunteer Park photo from City of Seattle website.)

11 comments:

  1. When I first brought my two rescued dogs home and opened the door to the back yard, they raced outside together. They were Sally-Forth and Tally-Ho from that moment.

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  2. Willow, perfect! They look like Border collies -- we had one named Sparky when I was a kid. When Sparky died, we were all lost -- no one to nip at our heels and tell us what to do!

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  3. Mr. Sanburg looks like he might be a Burmese.
    We had three red eared slider turtles (my husband and I). Their names were "Rock" (he tended to sit on the bottom of the tank and do nothing), "Flash" (he zipped around the tank most of the time), and "Bozo" (he, to put it politely, was a bit uncoordinated).

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  4. Good eyes, Libby -- he is indeed a Burmese. Great cat for a retired English teacher -- or for a writer -- as they are avid readers!

    Love the turtle names! Were they identical except for their habits?

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    1. Yes, all similar red eared sliders, the turtles you used to buy at the 5+10 (!).
      Burmese are very good looking cats. I am typing with one hand because the other one is cuddling a red Abyssinian cat, ChilBoy (aka Red Hot Chili Pepper, for his gorgeous coloring)

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  5. It's always fun to name cats and dogs. My calico kitty, Sunny, aka Little Miss Sunshine, was called Chloe when I adopted her. I liked that name, but she was like a ray of sunshine in the house, and a friend said, "She's Little Miss Sunshine!" It stuck.

    ~Krista

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  6. My cat that we rescued from a man drowning him in a river at 8 weeks was so sweet he was forever Kitzi kat . My elegant show Birman cat was Alexandra-or Lexie. My current cat is 17 and she is named Feathers. She is a long haired manx and was gifted to me by a lovely little boy at the time who carried her to me and said she is soft as Feathers, please call her Feathers and so she is, Princess Feathers

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  7. A red Abby? Oh, how beautiful he must be! And Krista, isn't it amazing how readily dogs and cats adapt to new names?

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  8. By the way I love your site but hate the capchon issue so will stop commenting as it takes to much time and it always a problem

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  9. Feathers?! Oh, I love it! What a sweet story -- and how good of you to take these rescues into your heart and home.

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