Pet Spotlight:Jason Miller’s Robin Clayspo

  Name: Robin Clayspo (though, like all cats, he really has somewhere in the neighborhood of fifty names, titles, and honorifics.) Breed: haha nope. Closest approximation is American short hair by way of Bedlam. Age: 8 years old. This is the story of a cat called Robin Clayspo. Robin is one of the pets who come along at just the right moment, just the right time in your life, and somehow manage to fill a gap you might not even know you had. I discovered him through one of those pet-finder Websites—you know the ones—a Nashville shelter cat. An older family cat, much adored and keenly missed, had died some months earlier, and I’d finally...

Pet Spotlight: Andrew Martin ‘s Pets He Near...

When I was nine, my parents bought me a kitten for my birthday. It was a stunning surprise, and very touching, since my parents had divined that I wanted a kitten, even though I hadn’t gone on about it very much. It was not that I never whined, just that I never whined about that particular subject, since there was no history of pet-owning in my family, and my father especially gave the appearance of being anti-animal. The arrangement of the surprise was perfectly executed, which was also uncharacteristic of our family, since we never went in for the sentimental theatricality even of candles on cakes. I had been subtly kept away from the...

Pet Spotlight:Richard Kadrey’s Aces & E...

Names: Aces and Eights Breed: A couple of SPCA mutts Age: 2.5 months How did they come to be a part of your life? Richard Kadrey: A few months after our cat Isotope died, my wife and I discussed getting another cat. However, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. Even as an adult, Isotope was an energetic and eccentric cat. She loved stealing food, and I lost more than a few egg rolls to her. She also liked sleeping behind my iMac and popping her head over the top to see what I was working on. It was great having her in the office. When we decided to look at other cats, we realized that only a young cat would have the energy and touch of madness that...

Pet Spotlight: Crider’s Kittens

About three weeks ago when I came back from my morning constitutional, I spotted what looked like a towel on the edge of the drainage ditch across the street from my house. I went over to take a look, and I saw that it was indeed a towel – with a tiny gray kitten crouched in its folds.     The kitten hissed when I reached to pick it up, but I could tell it didn’t mean it. Being an old softie at heart, I took both the kitten and the towel across the street to my house and started the adoption process. Mainly this meant giving the kitten a name. Since the movie Keanu had just opened, and since this kitten looked a lot like the one in the...

Pet Spotlight: Michael Jecks

I have always been a dog owner. Well, dog fanatic, really. My family had at least four dogs and, as soon as I started writing, I bought a dog of my own. She was a lovely, bouncing, beautiful Bernese Mountain Dog. They are as good natured as they appear, but they have all the subtlety and intelligence of a bulldozer. I remember walking along a field of heavy clay. Farmers had built up a network of ditches to allow rainwater to run away, with plank bridges thrown over to allow people across. I remember being half way over it when I realised my mistake – and danger. Seeing me crossing the plank, the dog thought, “That looks fun!” and pelted...

Pet Spotlight: Atlas and Abbey

Meet Atlas and Abbey, my four-legged kids who are the reason we have a TO RELEASE HOUNDS PRESS HERE doorbell. Also, the reason we warn house guests not to wear black–it clashes with the brown fur they’ll inevitably wear home–and the reason we drive a gas-guzzling SUV. (Have you tried to fit two hundred and fifty pounds of dog in a Prius?) We rescued Abbey as a crawling-with-worms-and-fleas five-week-old pup. She’s a seventy pound, six-year-old now, extremely attached to me and the most neurotic dog in the world. (My husband uses this fact to point out how dogs end up like their owners. I pretend I don’t know what he’s...