This month, we feature “Smokey,” a European Blue cat. Smokey is a part of the family of Yakov Rokhlin, a member of our Imaging Services group. Unlike many of the other pets that we are blessed to have at Replacements, Smokey does not have one place of employment, but two!
Smokey originally belonged to a resident of the Southern Assisted Living Center in Greensboro, NC. which also happens to be where Yakov’s wife Nadia works. When Smokey’s owner passed away, the cat was adopted by the manager of the facility. Nadia and Yakov agreed to take care of Smokey when the residents and manager were unable to. For that reason, Smokey spends time at the Rokhlin residence, where Yakov and Nadia provide him with the best of care, play with him, and love him.
Both Yakov and Nadia emigrated from Russia in 1999. Yakov said that he was especially pleased that he and Nadia were able to take care of Smokey because the cat reminded them of their cat in Russia, that they were forced to leave behind when they emigrated.
Smokey is feisty, has a zest for life, and loves Yakov and Nadia. The residents at Southern Assisted Living have understandably also grown very attached to the adorable cat. In addition to keeping the residents entertained, Smokey is also in charge of bookkeeping, as illustrated in this picture. He loves playing, being outdoors, and visiting Replacements, Ltd. When asked what he considers the most fun part of being able to bring Smokey to work, Yakov replies, “I love seeing the joy that Smokey brings to my coworkers and visitors to Replacements, Ltd.” Smokey is indeed a “working pet” and one can easily see how he has brought happiness to many people.