Then when living with a woman named Chris, into our yard one day wandered Crunch, so called because we discovered her from the crunching sound made in the hedges as she devoured her favorite meal, lizards. She was a really friendly calico.
And then there was Maude, adopted by me in exchange for having access to a classmate's apartment when she moved. I had her for a longtime,until she developed diabetes, whereupon she was adopted by a colleague who didn't want me to put her down. That was about five years ago, and she is still kicking, ornery as ever.