This is my cat Drexel (or Drexelina if you're being formal). I have owned her for a couple of weeks and have waited until we finished our settling in period before blogging her. Drexel is particularly happy to be here because I am going to make her a star.
I know there are other famous cats out there in the blog-o-sphere. Zoom has her furry and friendly Duncan. Megan has her gender-twisting Freya. But Drexel will surpass them all.
Why? Because she leads a full and active life even though she lost her right hind leg in a tragic accident in her youth. Yes, Drexel is a tripod. But she doesn't let it slow her down. When she is in a hurry she can run down the stairs as fast as any other cat. She can hop on a bed or a kitchen table, no problem.
There are people out there who may contest my ownership claim to Drexel, but I am prepared to take this all the way to Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Division) if they press the issue.
You see, Drexel originally belonged to Eric (The tragic accident occurred during his ownership. Nobody holds Eric responsible, but it is a fact that could be useful at trial.) When Eric moved to Manhattan years and years ago, he asked his sister Manon to look after Drexel for a couple of weeks. But Eric didn't take Drexel back after those couple of weeks. He abandoned her and thereby relinquished his claim of ownership over her.
You might think that Manon became the owner of Drexel once it was clear that Drexel was abandoned, but she didn't because she never formed the intention to own the cat.
Here is a quote from my Illustrated Summary on Property Law:
Personal property upon being abandoned ceases to be the property of any person until it is appropriated by another with the intent to acquire ownership to it.
When Manon needed a temporary home for Drexel, I said, "Move her in to my place." Manon thought that was a great idea because she had no idea of my clever plan.
The moment Manon left Drexel here and walked out the door, I had both possession of the cat and the intention to own her and thus acquired ownership.
Some of you may be uncomfortable with the idea of humans owning cats. Let me assure you that Drexel has no such issues. Manon came over a few days after the drop-off. We were sitting on the couch and Drexel hopped up and allowed Manon to stroke the soft fur around her neck.
I patted my leg and said, "come here Drexel."
Manon's eyes went wide with astonishment when Drexel immediately hopped over her lap and came to me. "She never comes when she's called."
"She does now," I said.
Interesting fact: Drexel is the German equivalent of the last name "Turner". [Source]