This is author Barbara Wallace's Super Hero...The Ho! Hee hee! What a cutie. Here's a bit about The Ho...
My super hero pet is no longer with us. We love all our pets, but you know how there’s always one pet in your life that stands out head and shoulder above the others? For me, that pet is “The Ho.” Yes, his name was “The Ho.” Actually, it was “Das Ho” like in “Das Boot”. He was the smartest, most human cat that ever lived. In fact, if only he had opposable thumbs. Then he would have ruled the world. Where other cats – like my current kitten, Minion – are content playing silly cat games like burying a pen cap beneath a blanket and then looking for it, The Ho preferred to spend his time on better pursuits. Like having his morning half-n-half and watching the birds in the backyard. He wasn’t a big hunter – after all, why hunt when you could have chicken cooked and served for you? And if there were people around, then he insisted on having the best seat in the house. We once had a Christmas holiday where Peter’s 70 year old uncle sat on the floor because The Ho was sprawled across the sofa. “He looks comfortable,” was what we were told. And if I had a nickel for every time Andrew hollered for me to come outside because they were “Trying to place baseball and Ho keeps sitting on second base!” Because you know how cats and kids throwing balls go together.
But perhaps the best Ho story ever, however, was when we lived in Framingham. We were visiting our elderly neighbor when all of a sudden she announced, “Oh, my little friend is here! I don’t know where he comes from, but he comes here every afternoon to take a nap on our sun porch.” She opens the door, and in walks Ho. He walked right past us, and plopped himself down for a nap on a nearby chaise.
The Ho passed away at 18 years old. He was deaf and cranky, but still in charge till the end. No other cat will ever reach his level of coolness. He is the Shaft of Cats.
Can you tell he was our baby? Pre-Andrew of course.
PS: Minion is still chasing the pen cap.
Thank you, Barbara, for sharing your memories! Barbara Wallace is a New England romance writer who has a new release out with Harlequin called The Billionaire's Fair Lady. I love Barb's books!