A Sunday Photo Essay: Pointer


Most cats only will take and give affection on their terms, tending to be either aloof or just chill most of the time. Pointer was what I often called a canine in a feline’s body.

When I introduced my three new kittens to the Facebook in 2012, my caption for this was “Meet Pointer??”

Poor thing was petrified that first night, so much so that the song “He’s So Shy” came to mind, and that’s how he got his name. (He eventually warmed up in a big way, but still maintained a level of cautiousness – aluminum foil and fireworks were his nemeses.)

When mt58 asked for submissions for his “All Over the World” surviving COVID-19 video, Pointer was only too happy to join me in a brief selfie.

Most cats only will take and give affection on their terms, tending to be either aloof or just chill most of the time.

Pointer was what I often called a canine in a feline’s body, always underfoot, always ready to headbump or mark you, always seeking attention with a “meow”, always up for getting next to you in pictures or to watch TV or listen to music.

He was a constant companion, and his absence now speaks volumes.

What a yawn, right? Pointer loved this bay window in the front of our house (as you can see by the other photos). The green blanket he often laid on had been my childhood bed blanket since the late 1960s.

When Pointer died, I wrapped him in the green blanket to take him to be cremated. I told the vet office they could let him stay in it or give it to another animal who might need it.

Pointer and Pandora, both big cats. In Pointer’s case it was more muscle than flab.

He could stretch out across a hallway.

Oh, snow. Not something we get much of in North Carolina, and every time Pointer saw it, it was like he’d never seen it before.

Caught in the act! I was drinking that iced tea, Pointer!

Once I got over the inconvenience, I realized what a hilarious photo it was. He didn’t notice.

Here with Daddy.

He was a good boy.

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Chuck Small

Journalist-turned-high school counselor. Happily ensconced in Raleigh, N.C., with hubby of 31 years (9 legal).

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Pauly Steyreen
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May 29, 2022 3:36 am

Sorry about Pointer, Chuck. He seems like he was a special guy.

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May 29, 2022 10:48 am

Aww, I loved how he got his name chuck!

It amazing how some pets can be just companions, while other pets are such devoted companions they are an extension of you. It’s a blessing to be fortunate enough to make that connection with a pet. I hope putting together this photo memorial helped ease your sorrow a little; I appreciate you choosing to share it with is here.

Edith G
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Edith G
May 29, 2022 9:42 pm

I’m sorry about the cat, Chuck. He had a resemblance with my deceased cat, I’m sure he was a beloved pet.

May 30, 2022 8:13 am

Pointer was a special kitty. Will so miss seeing him. Condolences to Tom and you and the two sisters Pointer leaves behind.

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May 30, 2022 11:00 am
Reply to  Debra

Hello, Debra,
A good welcome to you, and thank you for coming by.

Phylum of Alexandria
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May 31, 2022 8:38 am

Very touching. Pointer sounds like he was a great companion. I love species-atypical personalities. My dog is extremely cat-like, friendly in her own standoffish way. I think they have a balance to them that I admire.

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