Secondhand Sunday

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I'm basically too lazy to think of anything new to say so I'm re-posting a "vintage" entry.

If you aren't in the mood for repeats, please feel free to change the channel.

"Do I amuse you?"

Original Post Date, August 1, 2009

***I know I've used this post before but today, it has a new meaning. I've mentioned that I'm not really a cat person but since I've spent so much time at my parents in the last year, I've gotten to know Vinny.

Can I just tell you how much I love this cat? He is the sweetest thing. I always joke with the owners that one day I'm going to take him home. Well, the other day, he responded, Please do. They're a young couple with two kids and one on the way and I guess they just don't feel like they have time to take care of him.

Does anyone know if an outdoor cat can be made an indoor cat? I'm just hoping Bernie will suck it up and accept Vinny.

Keep reading to find out part of Vinny's charm.


As I've mentioned before, Cleveland has a pretty colorful mob history and it reaches to the suburbs as well.

This is Vinny.

Everyone in my parents neighborhood knows he runs the streets. Nothing gets past Vinny and everyone knows his name. He doesn’t slink through the bushes like other cats. He struts himself down the middle of the sidewalk, head turning from side to side, looking for the next cugine that he can take under his wing.

Vinny is considered a Young Turk and doesn’t get along well with the Moustache Petes from the next block. I mean, they’ll come together as a Family if there’s a rat that needs to be popped, but the Moustache Petes get incensed when Vinny acts a little too oobatz.

The Carson family down the street went to the shelter and got a new cat last week. According to the owner, Vinny came over to "introduce" himself but he must have thought that the handsome new cat would threaten Vinny’s relationship with his comare, Gina, because he smacked him around a little with his paws to let him know who’s boss. We're pretty sure Vinny put the maloik (il malocchio) on him because Mrs. Carson found this in their cat's water bowl on the patio.

Bernie knows better than to make waves with Vinny. On this day, we pulled up and saw Vinny sunning himself. He woke up when he heard our car and strolled over, beckoning Bernie to come and join him in the sun.

Bernie wouldn't get out of the car until Vinny was safely out of sight and she turned to me as if to say, What does he think I am? A babbo?


  1. If you like shredded furniture, stuff knocked off the shelves, shredded Bernie, or your feet cut out from under you as you take the steps(and we all know you dont need help with that) Vinnie should work out well. Then theres always that urge to spray, marking his territory in the house as well as the other cats swinging by leaving some Pee Mail.

    The wife has cats. She tried to bring an outside cat in. Not so good.

    Yes I am bitter. LOL

  2. @Simply Suthern,
    So you're saying I should do it then? :-)

  3. What a great name. Vinny. I love good pet names.

  4. That's an awesome name for a pet... and a cutie pie too! :)


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