• Cara Hodge

Cat n' Mouse. A Miss Tiddlywinks story.

It happened so fast. Tiddlywinks had her eye on something. She jumped. Pounced....I don't know if I saw the mouse (...rat? ) before I clicked the shutter button. Certainly I hadn't seen it coming

It was only when I looked back through the pictures on my camera that I saw. The mouse in the upper left hand corner of the frame. A surprise!

I was taking some personal portraits of my son by the window (...I love end of day window light...). I just hadn't counted on Miss Tiddlywinks spying the mouse!

Miss Tiddlywinks sadly disappeared from our lives two years ago. We went on holiday to France and she didn't stick around even though someone came to look after her and our other pets every day.

But then, Miss Tiddlywinks always could look after herself...

My son Ben rescued Miss Tiddlywinks from the streets of Abu Dhabi when she was a small kitten. Her mum was a domestic turned street cat with lots of white fluffy hair. A new mum, she only had the one kitten with her. Miss Tiddlywink's dad was (we think) was a ruffian. A bandit. A street fighting, kebab toting street king.

The dad disappeared and the mum left Tiddlywinks on the doorstep of our home. A tiny thing. Mewing to be picked up the whole time. Even then, she knew how to survive. She had us from hello.

The love affair started between Tiddlywinks and my son. Wherever he went, Tiddlywinks was sure to be. And vice-versa. Ben had her in a truck. In a cardboard fort. In his bed. She put up with anything my four year old son wanted. She was "his".

She came all the way from Abu Dhabi to Dublin, Ireland, when we relocated in 2018.

I hope she found another family. I hope she is in good hands. I hope she doesn't think of us too often, either. I want her to be happy.

I wonder, sometimes, if we will see her again. If one day she will come back. I've heard cats can do that. Disappear and then reappear. Sometimes after years of absence.

Well, it's been 2 years already. Not a glimpse about the neighborhood.

Our only consolation is that she adored us but terrorized our other pets. She made Zara's life hell (Zara is our fluffy indoor Persian cat). Oh, yes, and she tore up our carpet and furniture.

(I forgot to mention, she was the star in some many of my favorite family pictures with Ben. I'll have to post my favorite photographs of Miss Tiddlywinks...) She was a wonderful companion for our impromptu family & lifestyle shoots here at home in Blackrock, Dublin.

I know she can take herself like no other cat, but still, I would love to know. Miss Tiddlywinks is... loud purring, big cuddles, adventurer, escapee, mouse-catcher.

We miss you so much x

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