by Daniel Hudson
(North Wilkesboro, North Carolina)
That would be Jackson!!
My wife and I went to the local animal shelter because my wife wanted to get a kitten. There was only one kitten there that was eligible to be adopted, a white with black patches kitten that had almost no tail (about 4 inches long).
We took him home and we were immediately amazed at the energy this kitten had. Of course all kittens are pretty energetic and playful, but he was without a doubt the craziest, most playful kitty I had ever seen by far! My wife named him Jackson (after Civil War General "Stonewall Jackson").
He is also probably the most affectionate kitty that I have ever seen. On a scale of 1-10 in the categories of "Playfulness", "Affectionate", and "Energy" Jackson would score 10's across the board. Then one evening my wife and I were watching a show on the Animal Planet called "Cats 101" and they began a segment on a breed of cat called a "Japanese Bobtail".
My wife and I looked at each other and both said "that's Jackson". We had no idea that he was a particular breed of cat, especially not one with such a long and interesting history. Anyway, he is truly a wonderful cat (he is now almost exactly 1 year old) with tons of personality, and almost everyone that meets him wants to take him home with them.
Oh yesh, I also have three small dogs, two chihuahua's and a toy poodle and he gets along great with all of them. I am an active member of The Humane Society of Wilkes (Wilkes County, North Carolina) and I foster dogs too, and Jackson always seems to make fast friends with the dogs that I foster. So, that's my story!