Friday, October 23, 2009
A local cat is reportedly ‘so devastated’ after losing at checkers last week that she has retreated to her Edmonds-area home, leaving friends and family scrambling to help.
Tiny Dancer, a 5-year-old, spayed, Domestic Short Hair, is being comforted by loved ones after losing seven straight games of checkers to an 11-year-old Human on the internet.
Reportedly, Tiny Dancer was eating a day-old apple fritter and drinking coffee in her study. She was deeply involved with her game when she was ‘kinged’ by the internet player and subsequently lost the game. Family members said that Tiny Dancer had been found unconscious on the floor, still gripping the fritter.
Cowlick said Tiny Dancer used this board before moving on to internet checkers
A family insider said "Everyone is devastated. It's not clear what's happened to Tiny Dancer yet, but it looks like she lost six or seven games in a row. We won't really know until she comes clean about it."
Neighbor Cowlick, a 3-year-old, spayed, Domestic Long Hair said, "As soon as Tiny lost that last game she just couldn‘t take it any more, she wanted to be with her family. The losses were such a shock. She is devastated."
Tiny Dancer grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts with a sister, and later moved to Edmonds where the two now run a successful German delicatessen. She also occasionally plays internet chess.
Tiny Dancer loves to play internet checkers and read the Kitty City Gazette
In a statement to the Gazette, Tiny Dancer said "I am devastated by this (loss at checkers). This loss comes on the heels of the death of my beloved goldfish, Ralph, and with both of these things happening at once, my heart is heavy with grief.”
Experts say that when a loved one loses at checkers, the feeling of grief can be devastating and intensely overwhelming. For some cats, the only consolation is to know that the loss is not a personal reflection, but a random event that could not have been prevented.
In light of the recent tragic loss, neighbor Cowlick said she wishes she could have done something to help.
Friends tried to get Tiny Dancer to play other games, but she “couldn’t even look” at the checker-like pieces
"I had spoken to Tiny Dancer two hours before I got the call that she’d lost at checkers. Never in a thousand years did I think it was going to happen,” said Cowlick. “There are so many things that I should have said to her strategy-wise, but now it's too late.”
Another source mourned, “She‘s been grieving way too long. I tried to get her to play Connect Four, but she couldn’t even look at or stand the sight of the checkers. She’ll make it, but it’s going to be hard.”
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Tiny Dancer Photos: Thanks to Julie O'Connell
Grumman (as Tiny Dancer): Thanks to Forrest Scott Wood
Cowlick Photos: Thanks to Jarrod Wishman
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 9:07 PM