Our Cruising Kitty
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Sailor Halley
~ Sailor Halley ~
The Real Cruising Kitty Our Furry Crew Members
Past and Present
Back in Ohio, Halley was a stray cat who pegged us as caring attendants. Though not encouraged, she lingered around the porch for several days, until her presence was nearly forgotten. Finally, an evening arrived when the door was opened long enough for her to smoothly glide inside. Food bowls for other pets were at hand, but she gave priority to grooming, making her silver coat shine so that perhaps we would let her stay.

Thus she managed to slip into our home and our hearts. When the time came for us to distribute the contents of our domicile to make way for an aquatic life, we decided this little grey mouser would make the transition with us. She was a healthy feline of maybe 5 years old and, traveling without side effects, seemed content with our new lifestyle.

And we were content with her shy nature, which kept her on board and out of sight from strangers during the day. Though her wild side sent her wandering the docks in the dark of night, I was comfortable that her bright red collar, tags, and bells conspicuously signified her status as a beloved pet.

Each morning she hopped aboard for a cuddle and a bowl of kibble before we started the day.   Until one fateful morning, when she didn't show up at all.

I knew something was amiss and wasn't long in searching when I caught sight of her beautiful silvery fur lying motionless on the ground. Sometime in the night, someone used her as a target and, with a pellet gun, managed to pierce a hole through both our hearts. “When you're used to hearing purring and suddenly it's gone, it's hard to silence the blaring sound of sadness” (Missy Altijd).

First Mate Neptune
~ First Mate Neptune ~
After a few days of silent sadness, it dawned on me that I had been in the company of furry companions since I was 4 years old. I asked Don how he felt about adopting another cat, and much to my surprise he expressed extreme enthusiasm. I'd not realized that for Don, who was confined to a lonely boat during long working hours, the presence of Halley took the bite out of being so solitary.

We visited the nearby shelter straightaway, and thus Neptune joined our crew. I know that people who welcome pets into their lives can sound pretty silly to people who are not so enamored by these beasts. It should be obvious that the contents of these pages may not be written for the latter of those two.

But if you would like to understand, from a furry four-legged feline’s perspective, what it’s like to be drafted into service and meaningful duty for which you are aptly equipped; to be launched into extraordinary adventure in which your curiosity craves; to be freed from an isolated existence and included in an intimate life of devoted companionship that will keep you blissfully purring, then you may enjoy the logs of Neptune – Our Cruising Kitty.

Re Metau's First Rescue
Re Metau's First Rescue
From a Shelter to a Ship - May, 2006
Ahoy there! I'm First Mate Neptune. I was living a sheltered life in a tiny cage before Captain Don and Admiral Diana came in to recruit me. When they showed up at the Humane Society, Diana seemed to be undecided about who was going to be assigned to duty, so I decided to...
 
Safety At Sea
Safety at Sea
My Pet PFD
The admiral is concerned about safety at sea for the entire crew, so I sport my yellow personal flotation device (PFD) whenever we go out for a sail. I'm a pretty good swimmer, but there are some awful big fish in that ocean and I don't want to...
 
Patrolling the Docks
Patrolling the Docks
A Cat's Eye View of Marina Life
I take my duties very seriously, and patrolling the docks is one of my favorite jobs. I inspect everyone's vessel, make sure their awnings will hold up, and after that - it's time to take a break. Most people seem happy to hang out with me. Sometimes we'll watch a video in their main salon, or we'll retreat to the fly deck for a bit, watching...
 
Blasted Sea Birds
Blasted Sea Birds
Feline Versus Fowl
One of my most important duties is to clear the decks of sea birds. We've got all kinds hanging around the water - herons, storks, egrets and pelicans. They are noisy and messy and inevitably show up just after...
 
Soaked to the Skin
Soaked to the Skin
Taking the Plunge
OH NO! I forgot about the landing when I was going for that bird on the rail. I almost had him, and then somewhere in mid-pounce I realized I was going to get very, very wet! Now, mind you - I am a very good swimmer, but...
 
On Watch
On Dog Watch
Cat On Guard
This is one duty I am born for. I can stand on watch for hours and be perfectly happy. I guard against vermin stow away, check out any odd noises, such as gurgling and sloshing, and keep a weather eye should lines need adjusted. We live in a very safe harbor, so luckily I haven’t been called into action, but...
 
The First Mates Reprieve
The First Mates Reprieve
A Christmas Vacation
Human language can be so bewildering. Oh - I understand the commands directed at me, “Don’t fall in the water!”, “Get that bug!”, “Go scare those birds off the deck!” And I immediately jump to attention when I hear ...
 

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