The Shadow Knows.....
Black cat in a river.
I adopted Shadow from a girl upstairs in my apartment building at a rather young age, about 3 months, because she was moving and couldn't take him with her....I changed his name from 'Pistachio' to Shadow because he didn't look like a nut or an ice cream to me, and we have been together for almost three years.
I treat him like a dog, take him fishing and camping with me and he really seems to enjoy it, traipsing through the mountains of Colorado. He is not a per se 'outdoors' cat, he stays in the apartment until I take him somewhere, but he does have access to a ledge outside the window that he enjoys hanging out on.
He talks a lot, sometimes very loudly, and as some black cats are, he is a head bumper. He has little use for dogs....tolerates them, but has tagged a few and bloodied a few if they got too close or surprised them. He is a regular at the local PetSmart store where they know him by name and marvel at how he rides around in the shopping cart without jumping out....until he gets near the kitty condos.
Here's hoping we have a long and happy life together. He is a fantastic cat. And yes, in the photo I'm posting of him, he is standing in a river. He never did mind water.