Koneko is a cat. A black cat. She is anything but bad luck! Nobody really ‘owns’ koneko. She is her own ‘person’. Now, in the twilight of her life (this life), she lives singularly on the edge of the CBD of a large Australian city in a similar (but more modern) fashion to how Thoreau lived at Walden Pond.
I am proud to be part of her inner circle. We first met when she selected my daughter at an animal shelter. She was around 2 in human years. It was far from a ‘hard sell’. The other cats in the various enclosures rushed to the mesh wire at the front of the cubicles and fought for the touch and attention of the potential purchasers. Not koneko. She lay apparently disinterested in a hessian hammock with one-eye half open surveying proceedings with disdain. If you could read her mind she was likely thinking something along the lines of, ‘you mob are all so predictable, look at you! Where is your self respect?’.
My daughter, herself a soul who marches to the beat of a different drum, did not engage with any of the other candidates. Instead she stood back from the enclosure and the patting & licking that was taking place in front of her (which was something akin to the shameful, self-absorbed scenes in the movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory). She looked over the top of the commotion towards the aloof black cat in the background. koneko held her gaze but continued playing her cards close to her chest.
When all of the selecting and rejecting had been completed, koneko coolly stood, stretched, arched her back and sauntered to the front of the enclosure … ‘OK, I pick you. I’m ready to go now!’
koneko became a critical part of a little girls way of coping and working through her parents messy separation and divorce. Even her brother, who had a cat of his own, recognised that koneko had that special ‘something’ that meant she would never be thought of as ‘average’. Now, unwittingly, koneko has been chosen as a symbol for those who would like to live consciously outside of the middle of the bell curve. Koneko, even at 15+, could easily still be a spritely YouTube sensation (see the Gallery) … but she is much too smart (& not mainstream) for that!
So this is a website dedicated to life … and a very special cat.
Curious, lithe, intelligent, calm, human, independent, stubborn, graceful … NINJA cat!