In 2002 we were driving Yoshi back from the vet and he was having a tough time. He hated car rides, they made him extremely agitated and carsick. My girlfriend (now wife) was driving and I was in the backseat with Yoshi.
In an effort to make him feel better I tried to start a conversation, I asked him who he thought was going to win the Super Bowl that year, the Rams or the Patriots. He distinctly answered, “Rams!”
Actually it was more like, “Rrrrraaammmzzz!” and he had also been making a lot of other noises on that car ride like howling and hissing and vomiting (he hated car rides!) but we know what we heard.
A couple of days later he was proven wrong – the Patriots won. But the very fact that a cat made a Super Bowl pick is probably more significant than whether or not the pick was correct.
The Rams and the Patriots are playing again in the Super Bowl this year, seventeen years later. Yoshi is longer around but I’m pretty sure he’s up in cat heaven tonight cheering on the Rams. (Unless he’s mad that they left St. Louis.)
A few illustrations for the story, Petectives: Christmas Party:
If you’re intrigued by these amateurish scrawlings, there’s a link to the actual story on the right.
I’d like to thank all of the little people who made this possible…
Yoshi and Gatsby were recently honored by each being named runners up for the “Stephen Memorial Book Award”. The award is from the UK book club website “Bookangel.co.uk” and honors Stephen, their recently deceased cat.
The winner of the award was Tigger from the book, “Tigger: Memoirs of a Cosmopolitan Cat” by Suzanne Heywood. Two of the ten runner-up slots were taken by Yoshi and Gatsby. The judges gave each of my cats their own position on the list because “this prevents the writer having to split an award between two cats and dealing with feline jealousy.” I appreciate the thought but that shouldn’t be a problem since the real life Yoshi passed away almost exactly one year ago. (Although if Yoshi hadn’t received his own award I could definitely see him coming back from the grave to mess with Gatsby).
Here are the write ups the site gave for each cat:
Gatsby is the active part of the feline detective duo: Sam Spade to Yoshi’s Mycroft Holmes. Yoshi’s partner in claws, Gatsby is cool and sophisticated (at least, he thinks so). He spends more of his time doing the legwork and getting into scrapes but still knows how to handle himself in a fight or mystery, just not when the vet is involved…
A smart, eloquent, black cat who insists on his regularly scheduled nap times and is fastidiously fussy when dealing with other creatures. Yoshi is way smarter than any cat has a right to be, and he has no problems being smug about it. His partner Gatsby might find the mysteries, but Yoshi is the one who solves them, as long as it doesn’t mean exerting himself or disturbing his naps!
Anyone who would like to see the other runners up or learn more about the award can go to this website: http://thedistinctivecat.com/
Thanks to all of the people at Bookangel.co.uk for the recognition!
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Today is Gatsby’s birthday. He’s 12 years old! He doesn’t look a day over eight. (I don’t think that he’s had any work done but who knows?). Here’s pic of him today and a pic of him from when he was a couple of months old.
Gatsby at four months old
I recently stumbled across a review of Petectives: Christmas Party on a German website called “Christmas Crime” (At least that’s what Google translate says the title is). Almost everything is in German but I’m pretty sure that its a positive review. According to Google translate, Yoshi is referred to as a “detective superhero” and Gatsby is called “the writing joke cooked for Yoshi who gets information.”. So I may not be getting a strictly accurate translation but I’m still sure that its positive. If anybody out there knows German, let me know what you think.
Check it out: Weihnachtskrimis
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I’m not sure what this is for but I probably deserve it!
Over on Wattpad, Petectives: The Webcomic has won a Watty Award for Visual Storytelling! For anyone not familiar with Wattpad, its an online international storytelling community where writers of every imaginable genre can share their work. If you’re a reader, Wattpad is the place to be. I’m dedicating the award to the memory of the real-life Yoshi.
So after Yoshi passed away my wife and I decided that we wouldn’t get a new cat for a few weeks or even months. We needed time to recover. So in true Smith family style, three days later we went to the local animal shelter and adopted two kittens! After all, it was National Cat Day!
Gatsby is now a proud big brother!
“Wait, what? What have you people done?!?”
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