I’m sure we’ve all known someone we would describe as a “real nice guy” (or gal) but when pressed for details we’d have trouble saying much more. They were always pleasant to be around and you could count on them to be a cooperative and helpful part of whatever was going on. You never expected them to step into the limelight, but underneath that mild demeanor you always felt you could count on them. If a feral cat can be like that, Wally was.
Wally was one of Lanny’s children and got his name in a circuitous play on words involving the resemblance of his brother Stoney to Jackson, who was named for his coat’s resemblance to the rocks in a stone wall. If Stoney got the stones, it left the wall for Wally. But Wally’s personality always reminded me of the persona Wally Cox presented in the old show Mr. Peepers. Pleasant, friendly, but a problem solver underneath. (And I’m not quite that old–I saw that show in reruns as a child.)
This final photo captures Wally’s personality perfectly. It’s late afternoon on the deck and a pile of good friends are napping the day away. On top is MiniMo, who is still napping her afternoons away in a sunny window in my office as I write this. The shiny black cat underneath MiniMo is Comet, my former supervisor and helper. To the left is Silver Streak, lover of morning snacks and medicine doses. To the right is Stoney, on his way to becoming the chief greeter and comforter of the colony. And holding up the pile with only his head and rear-end showing is our hero, Wally. He’s doing his job quietly and everyone appreciates his help.
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