Blind Ambition

A cat named Jordie doesn't let his disability get in the way of taking care of his humans.

By Sandy Robins

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There's an anonymous saying: "Saving one cat won't change the world, but it will change the world for that one cat."

That's exactly what happened when Wiwiek and Mark Bordsen of Colfax, Wash., brought a blind and timid stray named Jordie into their home. Little did they know how he would change their lives, too.

Jordie Finds a Home
The Bordsens are, by their own definition, 'cat people.' Back in 2002, they were living with two Siamese named Sugar and Spice, when Wiwiek saw an advertisement in their local newspaper that simply stated 'Loving Home Wanted' with a photograph of a large white cat with one eye sewn shut and the other one milky and opaque and bulging from its socket. "I couldn't get the photo out of my mind," Wiwiek confesses. "It worried me. My husband was reluctant. He was already complaining there was too much cat hair in the house!"

Spurred by his wife's gentle persuasion that was further sealed with a pact that she would take full responsibility for the blind cat, Mark went to meet Jordie. Initially he decided to bring him home on a trial basis to see how their incumbent felines would react. "I was immediately struck by his amazing courage," Mark recalls. "We introduced him to one cat at a time, and the first time he met Sugar, he simply took two steps back and flopped. She was all fluffed up and hissy and he simply sat there patiently, almost waiting for her to get over it. There was no way we were ever going to give him back."

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