February 2001 - May 2015.
, Marzipan Puss
, Bung-Eyed Cat
, Tree Puss
, and Alarm Cat
Gabby, like Xena, was named after a character from the Xena TV show,, and lived up to her namesake, being talkative as only a cat can be. She was a gift from my friend Robin
who'd accompanied me to Phuket in 2000. She became immediate friends with Xena
, who she often slept with and on.
She was never exactly a sensible puss, especially after an accident with a basket ball, but she was inquisitive, playful and affectionate. If I slept in, Gabby would would jump on my chest and then then either lick my hair, or gently bite me on the nose. Gabby was also in the wars, surviving a claw to her left eye, a couple of abscesses, and sensitivity to certain foods. Her general health declined slowly over the last 18 months, first with her coat, and then losing weight.
When I completed my "Trans Tarot Deck" for my Hons in Fine Arts in 2006, she appeared on card #21, as one symbol of a happy household and synthesis with the World. I hope she meows her way across the rainbow bridge.