A New Kitty and a Little-Known Hero

Sybil the Tuxedo Cat

Sybil the Cat

Last week I spent some time at an animal sanctuary in upstate NY adopting a kitty for the barn—to take the place of my dear, departed, ace-mouser Mary. The exercise was probably more rigorous than applying for a gun permit, but that’s okay. After an emotional hour observing the roomful of hopeful adoptees while spiritually connecting with all my beloved past pets, I finally chose a beautiful, feisty 2 year-old tuxedo who was an incessant menace to the others. I could hear a collective sigh of relief from the caretaker and all the cats as I left with her.

She will be called Sybil, in honor of a local legend.

Sybil Ludington is a little-known Revolutionary war hero who, on a rainy night in 1777, rode forty miles on horseback through dangerous, enemy-infested woods calling to arms her father’s regiment to halt a British raid on Connecticut and New York. She was only sixteen years old. There is a formidable statue by Anna Hyatt Huntington in Carmel, NY of Sybil Ludington on her mount that captures the urgency of her mission and the bravery of that young girl.

Sybil Ludington Statue, Carmel, New York. Photograph by Anthony22 (Used under Wikipedia Creative Commons)

Sybil Ludington Statue, Carmel, New York. Photograph by Anthony22 (Used under Wikipedia Creative Commons)

–Gale

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