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Family • Photo Restoration • 36 • Dusil • Pets

• As huge as he was, Cezar was a gentle giant. He never bit any of us. Cezar even made futile attempts to play with our cats but was abundantly clear that – when push came to shove – he was terrified of claws. I loved our first cat Puci, but I was a bad guardian. As a toddler I wasn’t versed in the etiquette of looking after animals. To keep my toddler brain amused I tortured him endlessly. In one horrifying incident, I piled every single pillow I could find in the house, on top of him. When I eventually removed them one by one and couldn’t find him. Suddenly my mischief changed to terror, regretting that something had happened to my cat. It was one of those moments when the consequences of my actions slapped me in the face. As I scrambled to find Puci I saw him licking his wounds in the hallway. To my relief somehow he slipped out without me noticing.

• My most regretful moment was when a friend came to visit and I had this brilliant idea to impress him by dropping Puci off our first floor landing to the ground floor! “Cat’s can survive when they fall from a high distance” I said with conviction. Certainly not a proud moment. Thankfully he survived and wasn’t seriously injured. When Puci didn’t come home one day, I blamed myself. I felt that he no longer wanted to endure any more of my abuse. That realization had a lasting effect on my behavior towards our future pets.

• I cleaned up my act when we got Nuri, our second cat. He was named after the Soviet-born ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. I vowed to be good to Nuri and never hurt him. He was a strong cat. Definitely an alpha male, and Cezar didn’t mess with him. In fact Cezar didn’t mess with any creature as small as a tenth his stature.

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 5 minutes 40 seconds

74 - Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes)
74 – Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes)
74.Feb - Burlington · Eva, Puci & Gabriel Dusil (foyer)
74.Feb – Burlington · Eva, Puci & Gabriel Dusil (foyer)
75 - Burlington · Puci, Gabriel, Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil
75 – Burlington · Puci, Gabriel, Alica, Eva & Cezar Dusil
75.Jan - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (winter)
75.Jan – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Vaclav & Cezar Dusil (winter)
76 - Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (dress up)
76 – Burlington · Alica, Gabriel & Cezar Dusil (dress up)
77 - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica & Cezar Dusil (riding)
77 – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica & Cezar Dusil (riding)
80.Sep - Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Cezar & Eva Dusil (first day of school)
80.Sep – Burlington · Gabriel, Alica, Cezar & Eva Dusil (first day of school)
81 - Burlington · Inchy & Cezar Dusil (restored)
81 – Burlington · Inchy & Cezar Dusil (restored)
89 - Burlington · Inchy & Nuri Dusil
89 – Burlington · Inchy & Nuri Dusil
89.Jul - Burlington · Alica & Nuri Dusil (front porch)
89.Jul – Burlington · Alica & Nuri Dusil (front porch)

74 - Burlington · Gabriel & Puci Dusil (peeling potatoes, premiere pro)

 

Family • Photo Restoration • 34 • Dusil • Inchy

• I walked to the Aldershot Animal Hospital every day after school. But one day was special. It was a fresh school year, and I had just turned eight. Michele Cieslik was working that day, and she told me that a litter of cats arrived. She asked if I wanted to play with them. Michele brought out a cage with four kittens. There were three orange and white males and one female. The kittens crawled all over each other, crying with a high pitched meow. I took one  out. Then another. Then another. I didn’t want to take them out at once for fear of mayhem. Then I noticed that the female was smaller than the rest. She was tricolored – white, orange and black. Her coat was more oily that her brothers. She also seemed weaker as they trampled all over her. I took her out. She clung to me with dear life, and started to crawl up my arm, then across my shoulder. Maybe it was because I was bullied at school, and needing to protect the weakest one. But I felt an immediately connection.  The funny thing is that I realized she wasn’t weak at all. She was feisty to where I felt she was compelling me to take her away from these bullies. She had a will to survive. After about a half an hour I put the kittens back in their cage, and brought them all inside. I showed Michele the tiny female kitten I fell in love with. She said I could have her if I wanted, and her name was “Inchy” – appropriate because of how tiny she was. When I got home my mom told me that someone left those kittens at the front door of the animal hospital that morning in a cardboard box.

• It was clear from the onset that our much larger alpha-male cat Puci, was the leader – rarely did Inchy challenge that. For years I had to feed her in the closet of my bedroom. Puci was so dominant he would often eat all his food and hers as well. Many times I had to scare Puci away so he wouldn’t steal Inchy’s food. Even still she remained very thin throughout her life. As small as she was, she wasn’t sick once, in her whole life.

• There were many evenings when I realized that Inchy wasn’t inside the house. So I would opened the kitchen door and call out to her. Usually within a few minutes she would come running into the house. In the winter I was most concerned. I never wanted her to sleep outside in the cold. Usually she came home, but there were a few nights that I would call her for what seemed like countless minutes. But she wouldn’t come home. Those nights my compassion overshadowed my realization that she was versed at taking care of herself. I tried to comfort myself hoping she had a warm and safe place to sleep.

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 6 minutes 19 seconds

88 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (sitting)
88 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (sitting)
88 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (sleeping on white blanket)
88 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (sleeping on white blanket)
89 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (red blanket sleeping)
89 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (red blanket sleeping)
89 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (red blanket relax)
89 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (red blanket relax)
89.Nov - Burlington · Inchy & Gabriel Dusil (studying)
89.Nov – Burlington · Inchy & Gabriel Dusil (studying)

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 April • This was our daily routine throughout my university years. I was studying and working on labs and reports on my IBM PS2, and Inchy cuddled with me everyday day.

89.Nov - Burlington · Inchy & Gabriel Dusil (studying w. Inchy)
89.Nov – Burlington · Inchy & Gabriel Dusil (studying w. Inchy)
90.Nov - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (studying with Gabriel)
90.Nov – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (studying with Gabriel)
90 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (studying with Gabriel)
90 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (studying with Gabriel)

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 April • If I wasn’t in front of the computer, I was in the library studying. Inchy was particularly good in helping me with special relativity, but she didn’t quite have a grasp of thermodynamics. In any case we were a great study team.

93.Jun.11 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (garden)
93.Jun.11 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (garden)
95.Jul.30 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (relaxing)
95.Jul.30 – Burlington · Inchy Dusil (relaxing)

• Postscript by Gabriel Dusil • 2015 April • This is the last picture we have of Inchy.  She died a few weeks later.  My mom saw her outside, and brought her in. By this time she was deaf and very weak.


88 - Burlington · Inchy Dusil (sitting, premiere pro)