Before I married many years ago, I never dreamed that I would write books, much less one about a cat. After all, I grew up with dogs, and loved every one of them. I really did not know much about cats. But that all changed when I met my wife, Jane Ann. Jane Ann, her sister Linda, and their brother Larry, had been around house cats most all of their lives.
When Jane Ann and I were first married, Linda had a cat named Princess. As it turned out, Linda had to find a new home for Princess because her soon to-be husband had many allergies, including to cats. Since Jane Ann loved Princess, she asked me if I would agree to take Princess into our then new family. Of course, I was so in love with Jane Ann that I agreed to the idea without hesitation.
As it turned out, Princess was not only a beautiful grey/blue lady Persian, but was the perfect cat. She was loved by our entire family from the very beginning, and especially by our two children, John and Becky. Princess brought our family much joy for many years. We were all so sad when Princess departed this earth for an even more heavenly place.
After Princess, and similar to the fictionalized story you are about to read, along came our cat that we named Charlie Chaplin. Now let me tell you, Chaplin is not the perfect cat like Princess was. He is somewhat of a demanding and independent cat who gets into things he shouldn’t. We have all loved him nevertheless from the very beginning, quirks and all. The good news is that as he has moved into his senior years, Chaplin has slowly become more and more loving, albeit no less demanding. (He behaves like he should have all the entitlements of royalty!) Anyway, this male rogue of a cat has become widely known in the neighborhood. He wanders about in his black and white tuxedo kitty coat and displays his comedic Charlie Chaplin-like black mustache against the white part of his little face. He has fooled everyone else into thinking that he is the perfect kitty, including the doctors and staff at his Veterinarian’s office!
Anyway, the underlying basis of the story is about when Becky moved to Tampa, Florida, and how Chaplin became involved in that move. One thing for sure, it is true that a curious cat can sure get into trouble!