I don’t think I would have been able to make it this far without a special member of my family, my cat Darcy.
Darcy, a tabby calico mix, has been a part of the family for over ten years and I have always felt a special connection to her. We always seem to understand one another. I can always tell when she is hungry, or thirsty or is in need of some attention. She seems to know whenever I have had a bad day, as she always comes over to see me during that time. She is a great stress reliever. Darcy also seems to know when anyone in the house is sick, as she will go and lie with them to provide some comfort.
Some avid readers of this column have probably already determined that she is named after one of my favourite Maple Leafs Darcy Tucker. In ways she is similar to Tucker as well. She is small, but tough and feisty as she has been through a lot. She doesn’t give up. She also likes a good hockey game as well, as I have watched them with her from time to time.
She is also very bright. When she was younger, Darcy used to try to turn the doorknob by jumping and trying to put both of her front paws on the knob. Nowadays, she just keeps reminding us to let her out over and over until we get up and do it. Another trick that she seems to have picked up from us is she always wipes her paws before leaving the bathroom.
It is always nice when I come home after a long day, as she is usually on the windowsill waiting for me, and a chance to go outside. When she does get outside, she immediately flops down and starts to roll around on her back.
She also seems to be very family oriented. She doesn’t like to spend too much time alone, if either me or my mom or my sister is in the house, she is likely to come over and spend some time with us. If one of us is alone, she will keep us company wherever in the house we happen to be.
She can also be shy around strangers as she usually goes to find somewhere to hide when there is someone different in the house.
Despite being a bit older, she is always a bundle of energy. Whenever I first come home, Darcy is always ready to either run outside or to play with us inside.
I have been very happy to have Darcy around for a lot of my life adventures so far, and I look forward to more great memories in the future.
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