Verdun, 1964: Snowflake the Military cat, by guest blogger Donn Taylor — 20 Comments

  1. There is much truth to the saying “a dig has a master, a cat has a staff!” I love my feline friends, so accept the servitude. Happy to finally see a picture of Mr. Snowflake!

  2. I love the story about “Snowflake the Military Cat!” Donn Taylor you should write a book on Snowflake! I enjoyed hearing the same story from Mildred! Makes me smile!! Thank you for sharing!!! Much Love, Fonda

  3. What a lovely memory! We too once served an all white cat–albeit ours was female. My children named her Mimsy after they discovered her in the neighbor’s new litter of kittens. I did not give permission for her to live with us. Unbeknownst to me, my youngest daughter smuggled Mimsy home inside a jacket. Don’t know how long they thought they could hide her. She protested quite loudly at first. But once I saw the drenched creature, there was no going back. They snatched her before she was weaned, so she had an odd habit of sucking on your neck if held on your shoulder. She continued that into adulthood, which we deduced must be neurosis. We forgave her for not being perfect since she was so beautiful. Fun story, Donn. Something else we have in common.

  4. Wonderful story. Their little minds are busy all the time. I love the picture of Snowflake, and especially the one of the good-lookin’ couple. Thanks for the heads-up!

  5. Thank you, Roxanne, for hosting Donn’s Snowflake story. We have two spayed feral cats on our farm, and they are true scaredy cats.

    Donn, how handsome and beautiful you and Mildred are in this photo! Thanks for sharing. I’m reading Lightening now, but I’m portioning it out since I’m trying to meet a writing “finish line.”

  6. I agree with Cathy–how handsome and dashing you were in your uniform, and Mildred was sooo beautiful! The photo of you two has the makings for inspiring a wonderful romance novel!

    And I loved your story about Snowflake, too. Thanks so much for visiting the blog, Donn.

    • Thank you, Roxanne, for giving me time and space on your blog. Mildred always wanted to write the Snowflake story, and I finally got around to it for her. Thanks also for the compliment. It was–and is still–a wonderful romance.

  7. Donn, I’m allergic to felines (and dogs), but I enjoy reading about them. I’ve never seen a cat that did not own its humans and premises. Love the picture of you and Mildred!

  8. As a devoted “CatMom” I loved this story! 🙂
    Snowflake looks like a beautiful and wise kitty, and I’m sure he enjoyed his adventures living with Americans. No doubt he eventually wrote his own memoirs, LOL.
    Thank you for sharing this, and also thank you for serving our country.
    Blessings, Patti Jo