June 14, 2011
It's not an email that arrives every day. Here's how the message from newly relocated local Angela Adelman went (albeit with some basic edits for clarity):
"This story is about our cat Pyewacket, she is a 9-month siamese.
"I'm sure your saying 'Pye-what?' That is usually the reaction we get whenever we tell people her name. Its pronounced Pia-Whack-it. We got the name from an old movie called Bell, Book and Candle that both my husband and I enjoy. In this movie the woman is a witch and has a siamese cat named Pyewacket. Mostly we just thought it was original and fun to say :)"
The Weekly was already sold—not so much with the backstory, but with the pics that came with it. This, our exclusive Animal Blog Board decided, is what this space is for: the stories that come with our stories—which tell us about our co-habitating creatures, ourselves and Monterey County.
But it actually got better. There was a rescue, underdog/cat element to it.
"We saved Pyewacket when she was just 2 weeks old from the ditch behind our house in Augusta, Georgia," the email continued. "My husband and I were out on our deck when we heard her cries and saw a hawk circling the sky above the ditch where she was. We walked down and she crawled out from some thrush, eyes all matted, screaming for her mom.
"She was no bigger than your hand and back then her coloring was gray. It was a Friday afternoon and all the vets were closed so we brought her to Petco, where they checked her out and said she looked pretty healthy, but definitely dehydrated so we ended up buying all the supplies to keep her, including a bottle to feed her.
"We knew Pyewacket was a special little kitty right away, she was was so sweet and never fussed. My friend had a tiny puppy and Pyewacket loved him! She was always picking on him because she could. I started walking her on a harness when she was 2 months old, even though my husband said I was crazy, but she loved it!
"When she was 5 months old we moved here to Monterey from Georgia, it was a long four-day trip of sneaking our 2 cats in and out of hotels without getting caught ( for some reason most hotels will allow dogs but not cats, they say for allergy reasons...) but little Pyewacket was so well behaved the whole trip, including long car durations. Our biggest problem was she wanted to lay on the dashboard which was too distracting. She loved getting out at every tourist spot and walking around.
"So far Pyewacket loves life here in Monterey, we have a house with two yards that she would hang out in all day if we let her. She also enjoys going to the beach. She gets a little worked up around dogs but other than that she loves it—it's a huge sandbox, her ultimate play land!
"She loves playing with the seaweed on the beach. So far she has been to Carmel Beach, Julia Pfeiffer Beach but so far I think Monastery Beach is her favorite because its quiet and she likes the little river stream.
"We had to keep her on the leash at Pfeiffer because she decided to climb up the side of the cliffs! Pyewacket is fascinated by water and loves to play in the sinks at home but she knows the ocean is huge and powerful so she fears and respects it.
"Now I guess seeing a cat on a leash is not something people see everyday because I have been getting comments since day one.
"It's really funny to watch because a lot of people look and say something, things like 'I tried to get my cat to walk on a leash but they would have no part of it' or 'Oh my god! A cat on leash!' We have even witnessed a near-accident because this woman slowed down to look at her and the man behind her didn't realize and had to slam on his breaks to avoid a near crash!
"Pyewacket knows how special and cute she is and tries to walk toward anyone who looks like they would pet her. She has piercing blue eyes that are bluer than the ocean. Pyewacket knows her name very well and almost always appears—unless she is napping when you call her name.
Despite her unique habits, she also appears to have some classic feline leanings.
"Besides all of her outdoor adventures, Pyewacket loves napping all over the house, her favorite spot is a basket on the cat tower near a window on our busy little street where she can peek out at everyone, I often see people stopping to look at her through our window. Her other favorite house activities include barreling down the hallway anytime she hears water running in the house to come play , sliding her toys around on the wood floor (usually doesn't last long as they get stuck under where she cant get them), picking on our other cat and laying by the fireplace when we have a fire roaring.
Our maybe the best news, if it's possible to have better news than the fact that a local cat is walking beaches and playing with seaweed on a leash: Pyewacket wants to meet you.
"So maybe one day you will see her on the hill or at the beach, please say hi," Adelmen writes. "She loves the attention! If you call her name she will come right to you!"
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