Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New use for old present

Back in the early '80's, my Dad was a confirmed Dog guy and had no use for Cats.  He only came to understand the value of a Good Cat after his heart attack and subsequent triple bypass surgery.  During his recovery, Mom's black and white cat Consuelo would sit quietly in the bed with him.  This helped Daddy as he got better. He still wasn't an utter convert - that took twenty years and a cat named Honey.  Honey is a fine cat.

Back in the early '80's, I got Dad, the cat hater, a funny present for Christmas. I got him Earl the Dead Cat.  Earl was advertised as the Last Cat You'll Ever Need.  I thought this was most hilarious, and entirely appropriate for a cat hater.

Daddy did not find Earl as funny as I did.  Too bad.  I snorted a lot over Earl.

(Amazingly, you can still get Earl on Amazon.  Earl came (and still comes) with a death certificate,  You can view it here - look at the place of removal for a laugh.)

Fast forward to Christmas 2009.  Whan I met my extended family for our traditional Boxing Day gathering, Mom handed me a Bag Full o' Stuff.  (She is de-stashing in a big way.)  And lo and behold, there was Earl! He had somehow survived - or at least, his corpse did!

I brought Earl home for the Stooges to enjoy.  Which they did.  And now I have found that the family member who enjoys Earl the most is -- Sophie.

Yes, Sophie has recycled Earl into a lovely cat pillow.  See Earl's cartoony dead eyes?  Pretty.

Ah, Sophie.  So sweet, and yet so dim.  Sing the somg with me: "Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free"....



  1. Love it! Happy New Years too you and yours...looking forward to reading more of your blog in the new year. "smile"

  2. Great story! My mom always hated cats because when you pick them up they hang. lol True they do. Our cat loves my husband who claims to be a dog lover only!

  3. Thanks for a great laugh. I really enjoyed the story. Have a great 2010.

  4. I'm late to the "dead cat" party here, but that made me snort!

    Happy New Year!