Photo a Day Challenge: June 26 – Up Close

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And then there were two.

This is Brownie. A close-up of Brownie. She’s a cat in her teens, which would be like a human in her 80s. She’s had a couple of close calls. She’s cashed in a handful of those nine lives. The closest call: A grudge match between her intestines and ribbon.


She’s losing muscle mass and there’s other signs. There’s also signs she’s got plenty of life to live. She is a constant companion to the girls I love most in this world. So on the day I snapped this, I thanked her. Not that she’s going anywhere.

She and Cubbie are the last of four cats we rescued long ago.

I’ve told the story before. Brownie’s a sweet girl, and seems to forget all together that once I skimmed the top of her head with a Christmas ornament the girls had hung on the door. I got my finger caught in it and slung it across the room.

And it bounced off her confused head.

She forgave, and forgot. She’s a good girl.

[Check out the photo challenge we’re taking, here.]


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  1. Lyn says:

    I hope you have Brownie and Cubbie as part of your family for many, many more years.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Me too, Lyn. They’re stinky and silly-looking, which is endearing. (The might say that about my kids.)

      1. Lyn says:

        LOL oh I’m sure your kids will be thrilled 😀

  2. stomperdad says:

    Cute kitty. She’s lookin’ good for 80. I remember my cat, Peaches, used to eat rubberbands. We’d find them in her litterbox.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She thinks she’s Rita Hayworth, Eric. All cats specialize in eating something dumb. We’re lucky we got assigned cats that eat stuff like ribbon and rubberbands, actually.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      thanks my brother.

      1. Alex Moses says:

        You are welcome coach Daddy

  3. Kisma says:

    She’s adorable! She looks like a the feline we were blessed with for a time and how I came to be “Kisma” 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks Tiff. I’ve never read the story of Kisma, and I was too afraid to ask.

  4. Nikki says:

    Furbabies steal our hearts. My pupper Reece has been with me through every up and down I’ve had in the last 14 years. He’s getting up there in age and I dread the day he’s not here to greet me. LOVE the quote.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      They’re good at that, Nikki. Such loyal companions. Just love every day with him. That quote said it all, didn’t it?

  5. Lisa says:

    Great close-up pic of your kitty! Happy 4th of July wishes to you and your family! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      She’s not usually one for the spotlight, Lisa. Happy Fourth to you and yours, too. God bless America.

  6. Amewsing story, Eli! (^*・.・*^)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I knew you’d appreciate it, Pat!

  7. Rorybore says:

    Awww, she looks exactly like our cat Cashew. Cashew who normally ignores us unless he wants out or food, but who has taken to curling up beside me in the night for some odd reason….. and when it’s like 100 degrees of Still Nothing outside. We take the love we can get though, right? 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Lots of feline doppelgangers in the world I suppose, Rore. The effort to explain a cat’s behavior is as futile as trying to figure out Miley Cyrus’.

      Just got to meet them on their terms, I guess. Yes, love.

  8. Holly says:

    Aw, cute. Our felines are 12 and 15, which is ancient and even more ancient. They still have their youthful moments when we least expect them, for sure.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Thanks, Holly. It’s a feline nursing home there. If we can get one to chase a laser pen, we know they still have it.

  9. Nix says:

    You can’t see it but I’m nodding rather emphatically. I needed reminded of this.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad you saw the big picture here, Nix.

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