One thing people always ask me when I’m talking about Björn is, “Does he like cats?” Now, when I get this question, part of me wants to say, “Are you kidding me, as if I’d be with a guy who didn’t like cats!”
But let me answer this in a better way. In 1999, Björn and his then-girlfriend fostered a litter of barn kittens.
There were five of them, but only four went on to other homes. Pyret, which is Swedish for “little mite,” stayed with them.
She was so tiny, Björn had to bottle-feed her.
He had to take her along to SCA events, too, so she’d be fed. (I personally think this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen).
When she was younger, Björn would take her places with him. This is her on the top of a door at Björn’s parents’ house in Jönköping.
She and Björn have been together for almost her whole life.
This photo is from when I visited Björn in 2000. As you can see, she grew into a lovely young lady!
Here we are, cuddling on the sofa together watching The Fast Show.
Björn and Titti also had a tortie named Olivia. Sadly, Olivia died in 2010 from kidney failure.
This is Björn and Olivia waiting for a train in Skövde. Oh, look, a cat guy with his cat!
It’s hard to believe that Pyret is 16 years old now! Having been a bottle-fed kitten, she and Björn share a special bond. She frequently checks in during our FaceTime conversations.
I don’t know if she remembered me when she saw me again on Sunday, but she didn’t treat me like a complete stranger when we got reacquainted.
She may have wished she had, though…because unfortunately for Pyret, though, I happened to see Lorenzo the Cat’s Facebook post about what happens when humans have no snow at Christmastime. Well, we don’t have any more snow in Sweden right now than anyplace else, and Pyret made the mistake of lying on her back…
…so, I may or may not have found some black cardboard in the recycle bin…
…and I may or may not have borrowed Kalle’s Santa hat, and this may or may not have happened…Lucky for me she’s a patient old lady!