This grand old fellow is Zing, or rather King Zing.
Zing was the wise elder of our animal family. He was a very loving companion to me since as a small kitten he was somehow injured at a farm from where we adopted him. An injury that left him unable to use his back legs and yet seemed happy to drag them around behind him with enthusiasm. It's too long a story to tell here so I'll just say that although he was diagnosed as having a permanent spinal injury, after much dedicated therapy from us, he suddenly gained full use of his legs. The morning I sat up and saw him walking on all fours, I said "That's amazing!", which is how he got his name.
This is the best photo I was able to get since creating this gallery; for he had spent the last 4 years almost all the time down in the dimly lit finished area of our basement. Few visitors to our home have ever caught a glimpse of him for more than a second, if at all, as he was very reclusive and would quickly hide whenever company arrived. He had become frail and unsteady over the last few years.
On Friday, May 6, 2011, 3:20pm, while cradled in my arms, Zing passed away gently and naturally. He had been with me 20 years and will be dearly missed.
Good Bye for now my old friend, for we will be together again in another time... in another place
At the moment this shot was taken, Alice has just noticed a Chipmunk rustling in the bushes about 25 feet away. Her piercing stare can look right through you, and no small creature is safe on our property.