Recently one afternoon, sitting on the steps, I was looking for inspiration for this week’s column and Jennyanydots rubbed against my arm. She must have known that she has been neglected, and was gently reminding me that she was certainly a worthy subject for this column.
Jennyanydots and Atticus are litter mates. Atticus was almost named Eliot or Bustopher Jones, but Jennyanydots was the only name considered for Jenny. Much like the character in T.S. Eliot’s poem The Old Gumbie Cat, Jenny wants to help others. She shows compassion for injured or sick animals or people, and is blessed with a nurturing and caring nature. Unlike her namesake, she doesn’t crochet or tat.
Jenny learned compassion early in her life. Atticus and Jenny had a sister, her name was Annabel Lee. Annabel was born with many difficulties, and lived for 7 weeks. Sadly nothing could be done for her, so we gave her the best 7 weeks that we could. Jenny helped care for Annabelle, making sure there was room for Annabelle when the kittens nursed. She cuddled, and gently played with Annabelle to the best of her abilities.
Jenny also pays attention to people’s clothing. If your clothing is a color that will contrast with her fur, then she makes sure to rub against you so that you can carry some of her fur with you. It is an attempt to spread her love, but it is not always appreciated. Jenny checks on Little Peep as she heals from her latest trauma and was friends with Clover. She watches over the rabbits and believes that the dog needs her assistance when she goes outside. The dog feels differently. Jennyanydots was the perfect name for her, even though she lacks the tabby stripes of the fictional Jennyanydots.
Jenny strives to provide a bright spot for all that come in contact with her. She knows that she can’t take hurt and pain away, but she can comfort and love the animals around her. Helping others is her purpose in life, and she fulfills her purpose passionately and effectively. Humans could learn from her example. Jennyanydots is truly a Gumbie Cat, and shares her love and her fur with anyone willing to receive that gift. As T.S. Eliot said in his poem The Old Gumbie Cat, “nothing is done without trying” Jenny knows this is true.