Our cat, The Traveler, ironically enough, is usually the one to get left all alone when we go out of town. Now, if you've met him, you'll know him to be just about the most likeable, affectionate, and personable feline that you could ever hope to encounter. Whenever we get back from the store or from a weekend trip, he is waiting for us at the back door, follows us everywhere, and cries if we close the door to even go to the bathroom; not all the time, because that wouldn't be charming, it would be annoying. Only when we get home from a prolonged absence. So now you can kinda get the picture - we have an emotional eater. He gains weight when we go away. Poor guy.
We have been talking for a while about getting him a playmate, and I happened to catch an ad on the radio about the SPCA having an "Adoption Stimulous Package". That's a cute way of saying "take em, or they die". To make a long story shorter, we thought it was a good time to get a buddy for The Trav, and save $75 while at it.
Both of our cats are tuxedo cats, meaning that they have a black and white coat. But the new one is mixed with Siamese, so his markings are shaped kinda wierd, and his face is a little pinched looking. The Traveler has a really nice coat. His markings are very symetrical. Orderly. I like that. But our new kitty, eh, not so much. He's kind of scrappy looking. It's like we got The Trav at Neiman Marcus, and the new one came from the outlet, or maybe Big Lots. Don't get me wrong, I love Big Lots (sometimes), and I love our new kitty. He has tons of personality, and is super affectionate too. He must think he's a dog or maybe a really big cat because he follows me from room to room, sleeps at my feet, and lies in wait to attack The Trav like he's a lioness jumping a lone, disabled water buffalo calf.
So what to name him? I have a few ideas that I've been tossing around, but I haven't struck on one that really seems to fit him. We used to have a dog named Gringo (he had an impronounceable spanish name when we got him, and he was a welsh dog - not spanish, he's a gringo dog - "OH! How about Gringo
?"), and I always thought that any subsequent pets that we might get should have similar caucasian racial epithetical names such as Honky or Cracker. Will doesn't think it's funny. I think Honky is a great name, especially since he's predominantly black. Oh, the irony. And names ending in "y" sound cute, too. Another name I was batting around is Vern. One sylable seems good for a cat. It's just there. The reason I picked Vern is because the guy who played Mini Me in Austin Powers is Verne Troyer
, and the name Mini Me is way too obvious and unoriginal for a smaller cat that looks like the bigger one. Boring. Will likes the name The Vagabond since he was a homeless cat when we got him, and it continues the tradition of using an article to start the name. I don't really care for that name. It sounds like too much. We usually shorten the original cat's name to simply Trav (sounds like we might have struck on a name for Sarah Palin's next son...).
That's it. I'm out of ideas. So leave me a comment to cast your vote for the new cat's name. Or better yet, leave me a comment with an idea for a name, and if I chose that name for His Kittenness, you will recieve a prize. A surprise prize. It'll even be a surprise to me since I haven't decided what the prize will be.
So bring it.
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