by Andrew Osborne
Zuzu Jeglinski-Osborne, beloved star of Be Serious For 30 Seconds: Zuzu, Sister Knives, Kuka-ili-Moku!!! and other films passed away yesterday at Porter Square Veterinarian after a long bout with kidney disease. She was seventeen-ish.
The velvety black feline managed to escape a local shelter in the late ’90s through a combination of stubborn determination and extremely loud yowling, which brought her to the attention of her life-long human companion, Amy Jeglinski.
When I married Amy, Zuzu became my step-cat and muse, usually curled up on the couch next to me on days when I was home writing or teaching online courses. The fact she’s not beside me now as I write these words makes me very, very sad.
She was a lover and a biter, who lived and napped each day to the fullest. We almost lost her once before, when she escaped down the back stairs of our old apartment on Skehan Street (where she was later apprehended after the landlord found her snoozing in the grass two steps from the back door of the building). She enjoyed a wide variety of meats and cheeses, and had a special fondness for Two and a Half Men (but only the scenes with Jon Cryer).
In recent years, her health had grown spotty, requiring various medications and emergency vet appointments, but overall her quality of life was good, and Amy and I were with her right up to the end.
To know her was to love her, and we’ll miss her like hell. Rest in peace, puss.