There are few times in the life of a pet owner when a most unique creature enters their world and proceeds to redefine the meaning of loving an animal. Cats being the quirky critters they are, are all the more special when they are able to endear to them almost everyone who meets them.
Cisco, and brother Poncho, entered my life sixteen years ago as young felines in need of a veterinarian . It was a fleeting interlude of doctor and patient. That is until by chance, they were reintroduced into my daily routine. For their first twelve years, Cisco and Poncho ruled their country estate. Brothers standing together, fending all whom crossed their way. Coyotes, hawks, raccoons, opossums, stray dogs, wandering cats, nearby road traffic. They shared their outdoor world mostly unscathed. That is until their farm was sold and they were abandoned to fend for themselves. The temporary solution was to take them into my home until we moved to the farm. So quickly did they adapt to indoor life, with only a few grumbles regarding the lack of fresh rabbit or mice on the menu, the brothers gained a lasting foothold on my heart.
Cisco and his genuine love of people quickly made him a favorite of everyone in the clinic. Official greeter, consoler, entertainer of children, and lap kitty. He wore all hats with equal diligence. With his snagged tooth smile, he regularly pushed into an exam room to seek a head scratch. He often found the lap of a grieving person, suffering from the loss of a pet, and provide gentle and patient reassurance. Children were his favorite target, often seeking them as soon as they entered his domain. Always gentle and kind, we had no worries when Cisco was on the job.
1995 to 2012