“Hi, Pup!” I said to our cat, Pepper, through the screen of the front storm door as my daughter and I played outside. The cat looked longingly out.

“She’s not Pup, she’s Peppuh!” my daughter corrected me.

Oh. When did her companion for all but four months of her life go from “Pup” to her given name, “Pepper”? And why was I not informed? Pretty soon, she’ll be saying, “Don’t call me ‘Love’ or “Angel’!” I’ll have to prepare myself for that day…

This picture is from two years ago today! At six months, she and Pup were boon companions. Two years later, Pepper is her friend.