|Lucky the Half-Face Cat (?-2009), RIP|
Since I first saw him back in 2003, each year's first appearance of Lucky the Half-Face cat has marked the start of Official D'Israeli Springtime. Each year has seen him looking a little frailer than the last, and though I spotted him once in 2009, he didn't appear again before we went away to Greece, so I feared the worst.
On returning from the shops the other day, I spied two new cats asleep in the front window of Lucky's house, suggesting that both he and is sibling Intactikin (AKA Intractikin as he'd never come near me) have shuffled off this mortal coil and joined the choir invisible. I'll miss him; he had that rare combination of facial mutilation and a funny meow that was always guaranteed to raise the spirits of a sick f*ck like myself. Between the huge dent in his head and his increasing frailty, every new sighting felt like one in the eye for mortality.
What's funny is that one of the replacements is also one-eyed; whether it's pure coincidence or whether the owners adopt from somwhere that specializes in mis-shapes I have no way of telling. Or perhaps there's just someone in the house with a cocktail stick and a quick hand.
Anyway, though Lucky could never be replaced, D'Blog of Israeli wouldn't be D'Blog of Israeli without a facially-crippled cat for a mascot, so I say to you, behold… NICK FURRY, AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D.