The Kitty and the Boot

This is the boot, the boot that protects me when I shower It keeps the foot dry until the stitches come out. It is pumped up like a bicycle tire; then it seals shut directly under the knee.

dry pro cast cover


This is the cat who sensed the boot, and ducked and weaved, like Muhammad Ali. He is blind in the right eye, with 30% vision in the left. His world is dominated by smells and sounds more than sight, even more than the average cat. His name is Quincy.

Pensive Pince

This is the cat who went to check on the boot after I had hung it up to dry.

sammy in tub

His name is Samson. He is Quincy’s best friend. He has checked the bathtub thoroughly and believes the coast is clear.

Quincy continues to scour the bedroom and bathroom, thinking to himself: Where is that boot? Will it end civilization as we know it? How can I be sure we are now safe from it and that it shall not reappear?

Quincy says, “This is my Fortress of Contemplation, my safe house, my shield against all harm. I will be safe here until the boot returns.”

Pince in trash

Sammo and Quincy serious

Quincy and Samson in conference, contemplating their fate and that of the missing boot.

Let me leave you with this kernel of wisdom: Cats who live in trash cans should not throw bones.

All photos (except for the boot) by Erica Herd and L.E. Swenson.


8 thoughts on “The Kitty and the Boot

  1. Cats are so strange and wonderful…I swear, I think they have some LSD-like dialogue going on half the time. That boot really set them off….Wow! As always, love your stories, and especially a cat story!!

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  2. Oh, I love it. I love it. We went through three months of The Boot after my wife’s foot surgery. Knowing that we would be cooped up in a 1,000 sq foot house for the duration, . I purchased a pack of plastic squirt guns when she was in the hospital,. She used them to discipline the cats – and me; and I used them on her too.

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