Montero and my mom, August 2000

Mighty Montero came home with me when he was only six weeks old, intended to be a buddy for Paco. Some people thought I picked the name “Montero” to “match” the name Paco, but the Latin nature of both names is sheer coincidence. I’d just finished a scarf with one of my then-favorite yarns, Montera by Classic Elite. ‘Tero was a boy, so I changed the name to suit.

I found him at the local Cat Clinic, and knew immediately he was meant to be mine. They warned me he was a “little whippersnapper,” and he was all of that, but it was an endearing quality. Well, usually it was. When he got older, if he was angry at you, he’d slap you. Hard. It would leave a little red mark.

As a kitten he always strutted with his tail held high, like a flag. Always, that is, when humans were around. If he thought we couldn’t see him, he let down his guard — and his tail — to play or roll on the carpet.

Montero ended up being my mom’s cat (well, judging from the above picture, he started out that way) because as adults, he and Paco didn’t get along so well. Still, he would let me know he loved me too, in his own special way.

Montero watching Law & Order sm

Montero was a big fan of “Law & Order.”

He died a few years ago at the age of twelve due to multiple health problems. We still miss him, but thankfully, have pictures like this to remind us of the special time we had with him.



9 Comments on “Hold Me Closer, Tiny Sleeper

  1. So sad. My babies are older now too and my little girl has several illness is now 12. Each day is a gift. So I know. They are magical creatures.

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    • They really are. Montero (and Paco) were very special and I miss them both. I have two wonderful kitties now, and I’m thankful every day for both of them, but I still miss the others.

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        • I look forward to reading it! I’ve written several posts about mine, and I feel a little like a cat lady, but people get it. Right now my sweetheart Walter is curled up in my lap, and I’m “stuck.” But it’s comforting having him here.

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  2. He was adorable! A little whippersnapper–how could you not resist taking him home? That is the hardest part of loving our little ones–they leave us too soon.

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  3. I love how you describe your kitties’ traits. The description of Montero’s personality was so unique and sweet. He lives on with your story!

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