Wednesday, November 17, 2010

His Name Is Smog

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It took me a stupidly long time to figure out this cat's name. I wanted to give him a name that alluded to his tarnished silver color, and also to his oddly dragon-like appearance.

We're calling him Smog, partly because he's a gritty, urban, California cat.

Partly because Smaug was the name of the dragon in The Hobbit.

And partly because he's a mongrel or "moggie."




I can now admit that I wasn't sure he was going to live, when I brought him home. He was such a wreck of a cat. Scrawny, flea infested, with a shattered pelvis and horrible digestive issues.




He's becoming a beauty. Despite the rough life he must have lead on the streets, he's utterly fearless, and entirely playful.




And he's going to be HUGE.


18 comments:

Marmalade said...

Glad he's finally got a name! I think the ear tuffs accentuate the dragon-like appearance but that second shot looks more like Gollum.

You’ve done an amazing job bringing him back to life and I know he will return your love a thousand-fold. I look forward to seeing him on patrol in all his full grown glory. It will be magnificent.

Anonymous said...

smog is so lucky! but apparently, you as his new owners are lucky too, to have such a wonderful little addition to your cat family:)

gollygee said...

I love the name! And he is so handsome. It looks like he's got some Maine Coon and/or Norwegian Forest Cat in him, what with the ear tufts. He will be a beast! :)

alittlebitofeach said...

He looks like has some maine coon cat in him with that crazy ear hair

Anonymous said...

Yep, I think he's at least half Maine Coon!
ElizabethB

Gina said...

Looking georgeous!

Gothknits said...

Love it! Does he sleep with one eye open?

Christine said...

He's a smug Smog in that first photo. Sorry, couldn't help myself...

Meredith said...

Smog is a perfect name for him. He is a bit dragony. ;)

You will never regret saving him, I know that. My parents have a cat, now 16 years old, that I adopted from a litter that was abandoned in front of a pet store before the kits were old enough to be weaned. He was so little he fainted when the vet drew blood, and they told me he was blind from malnutrition and so weak he probably wouldn't live. He weighed exactly 1/4 pound and the staff there took to calling him "quarter-pounder." I had to feed him every four hours, even in the middle of the night, and help him to go to the bathroom and everything. He grew up into the sweetest, healthiest cat ever, with perfect eyesight -- and such a huge frame. Looks like Smog is headed there. :)

May Smog have as long as joyful a life as him!

Kaaren said...

That first picture is such a good shot of him.

Anonymous said...

How lucky that you two connected. I do not believe that it was circumstance... it was destined! A win-win for both of you....Smog got the care he needed and you got the love picture! It works!

Bandaid

MommaWriter said...

Sounds perfectly fitting to me. I like it!! I can't wait to see how that little scrawny guy grows up!

Stacey

Mel said...

Aw, that's wonderfully perfect. Hurrah! He reminds me of a bigger version of the little gray cat I fostered earlier this year. Merlin (formerly Shorty) is now living with a friend of mine. Hoorah rescued kitties!

Kim said...

Such a "come hither" look in that last photo! I didn't know cats could make that face :)

And the word verification word is "fablis" - I think that is purrrrfect.

Eliza said...

Great naming job! I once called a pair of kittens "boy kitty" and "girl kitty" for over 3 months because I couldn't make up my mind what to call them.

Your cat also reminds me of "Dragon" from the animated Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nihm.

WinginIt said...

"Smog" is purrfect! What a great name and lovely pictures. You are so talented at capturing the kitty essence, it's a joy to behold.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, from all kitty lovers, for saving Snoop Smoggy Smog. Onward and Upward!!

Nataline said...

Totally part, if not all, Maine Coon! He looks exactly like my cat, right down to the unusual coat color and hefty size. Thanks for putting a name to that color; I've tried for years to describe that shifty silvery brown color. GREAT name!!

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