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April 28, 2014

Blinken L. Johnson 1996-2014

Filed under: General — Vadasmaker @ 3:11 pm
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Blinken L. Johnson died April 28, 2014, in the arms of the people who loved him. He was a rescue cat who found his home when he was only 3 weeks old and stayed for 18 years.

Blinken spent his time on the sunny windowsill in the dining room, the sunny spot by the front door, the top of a warm clothes dryer, any heater vent, or somebody’s lap. Other than Casey, Blinken never met another cat he didn’t loathe, and his affection for Casey was in direct proportion to how much Casey groomed him during a given day. Blinken refused to do it himself, and this stubborn streak resulted in some pretty unattractive haircuts and a pretty pissed-off Blinken. The three days following such a haircut usually consisted of all people and cats giving him a wide berth while he sat in front of the refrigerator and hissed at himself.

Sometimes he didn’t like people so much, either, and had been known to keep a grown woman trapped on a bed for 40 minutes by biting her ankles when she tried to make a run for it. He was also fond of chasing little girls and making them scream like—well, like girls. When he realized he could just stare them down, he gave up chasing.

All things considered, Blinken was a fine cat, and he will be missed.

“Of all God’s creatures, there is only one that cannot be made slave of the leash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve the man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”
Mark Twain

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  1. RIP, Blinken. Beautiful cat! I appreciate a good cat eulogy, and Blinken was a good cat. I am sorry for your loss, Carol. Absent Cats leave a giant hole in your life. My four cats are rescued, too, but refuse to go inside where the DOGS live. Thumpy and Duffy just want to play, but the felines don’t believe them.
    I can’t imagine a life without my babies.


    Comment by Pony-tail girl — April 28, 2014 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Carol & Jim…what a beautiful little soul Blinken was….I think I met him at your house one time….he is not gone just gone ahead….Lily


    Comment by Lily Miceli — April 28, 2014 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

  3. So sorry for your loss, Carol. He was loved more than some animals will ever experience. I know it hurts.


    Comment by gloriateague52 — April 28, 2014 @ 6:26 pm | Reply

  4. I’m so sorry. Hugs and more hugs. I love you.


    Comment by Michelle — April 28, 2014 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

  5. He had a long life and a lucky one (though he would never admit it). Deepest sympathy to all.


    Comment by Sally Bright — April 28, 2014 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  6. Carol, I’m so sorry to know about Blinken. He was a lucky kitty to be part of your family. I’m sending hugs and good thoughts.


    Comment by Becky Sossamon — May 5, 2014 @ 10:39 pm | Reply

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