Some sad stories have a happy ending.
Maybe it was Squirt’s time. Maybe he had an underlying illness.
Whatever the case, Mallory Jackson walked into her custom framing
shop on Bay Street in Port Orchard just about a year ago to find
her nearly 17-year-old cat, Squirt, beloved mascot of Custom
Picture Framing on Bay Street, curled up in his basket but not
asleep, no, dead.
Squirt must have died some time over the holiday. He had seemed
fine on New Year’s Eve as he and Jackson spent the day together,
she working, he presiding, as was his way. There was the ritual
brushing at the end of the work day, the play time. The cat was
well accommodated and used to spending Sundays in the store solo.
On Monday, she found him.
The loss of Squirt was “horrible,” Jackson said. She was not
eager to get a new cat, but in August, at an animal adoption event
hosted by the Kitsap Humane Society, there was one that caught her
eye. He was orange, like Squirt, and he was missing his right front
The cat was found by Good Samaritans in July, shot in the chest
with BB’s, his leg fractured in several places. A vet in Central
Kitsap tended to the cat and had no choice but to amputate the leg.
The humane society handled the placement, when the cat was well
enough to go to a new home.
Jackson did not take the cat right away. She went out and bought
supplies, toys. If he was still there, she reason she was meant to
have him. If not …
The cat was still there. She called him Scooter Kitty, and after
some initial shyness, he has taken over the frame shop, winning the
hearts of Jackson and her customers, much as did Squirt.
Scooter Kitty’s loss of a leg doesn’t hamper him much. He jumps up
on tables with ease and “he’s so darn fast,” Jackson said. The two
are a good fit.
“He just needed a home, and I needed a cat,” she said.
More happy news out of a sad situation: the cat we reported on
in October that had been
bound in tape and set on fire recovered well and is now happy
in her new home. There are no leads in this horrific case of animal
The cat was found in a flower bed near Orchard Heights
Elementary School. She was brought to Cedar Creek Animal Hospital
and treated for hypothermia as well as burns that took the tips of
her ears but fortunately did no more significant damage.
Remarkably, the cat not only trusted humans after its ordeal, but
was outright affectionate.
“All she wants to do is jump in your lap and purr,” said clinic
owner Dr. Mike Alberts.
One of the people who brought her in has adopted the young
female cat and named her Marvel.
“It’s a wonderfully nice cat,” Alberts said. “It’s doing great
and has a great home.”
And while we’re on the topic of sad cat tales with a silver
lining, let’s not forget the story of James Raasch, who took in a
stray cat while stationed with the Navy in Naples, Italy. The cat
was his companion for more than a decade, but when he relocated to
Bremerton, the cat went missing.
Raasch moved to California and gave the cat up for gone, hoping
her Italian street smarts would keep her safe. Odie, as he called
her, took up with a feral cat colony and was located by the Kitsap
Humane Society, which monitors feral cat populations. Information
on a microchip embedded beneath Odie’s fur
reunited the two, when Raasch came to Kitsap for a wedding.
Odie seemed almost instantly to recognize her owner. She is now
living in California, happy to be home, wherever that might be.
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