Rue – verb – to bitterly regret something and wish it undone. Synonyms: regret, lament, mourn, grieve
Cats have been kept by humans for over 9,500 years, and in that time, no feline has been regarded with more superstition than the black cat. In some cultures black cats are considered to be bad luck, in others, good luck.
Black cats have genes which interfere with the ordinary patterning you might expect to see, and the hair grows in as a solid color. Some black cats, when observed closely in the right light, still show some hints of this patterning such as faint striping or rings around the tail.
“If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things that cannot be learned any other way” ~Mark Twain
Cats were originally domesticated as a means to control vermin. They protected food stores by killing mice, rats, snakes and other types of pests. For this reason, a cat was a handy thing to have around. They are still common in this role today, living as barn cats and house cats, and even in places of business.
“Cats have it all – admiration, endless sleep and company only when they want it.” ~ Rod McKuen
I was not looking for a cat when Rue came along. A friend of mine had discovered abandoned kittens under her house and was looking for homes for them. I thought this particular kitten was adorable from the first time I saw her picture, but talked myself out of adopting her. A few weeks later, with kitten season well underway and nearly every second house just filled with tiny cats looking for homes, my friend noted that she had not had any luck yet.
“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.” ~Bill Dana
On a whim I asked about “the little black one” and it turned out that she was still available and badly needing someplace to go. I volunteered. We estimate Rue is close to eight weeks old. She is tiny but plump with a voracious appetite and a sassy fearless attitude that goes over very well with my bossy pomeranian.
I don’t think Rue is going to be a completely black cat. She is beginning to show some long white hairs here and there, particularly on her paws and face. It will be interesting to see what she grows into.
A little boy was with his dad looking at a litter of kittens. Upon returning home, the little boy could not wait to tell his mother that there were 2 girl kittens and 2 boy kittens.
“How do you know?” asked his mother.
The boy replied, “Daddy picked them up and looked underneath. I think it’s printed on the bottom.”