Jumping Joey: Shadow Warrior

Joey always photographs well in black and white since, well, he is black and white.

Joey always photographs well in black and white since, well, he is black and white.

They don’t call him Jumping Joey for nothing. He loves to leap and try to catch shadows — like the one that was on the wall a fraction of a second before this photo was taken.

They don’t call him Jumping Joey for nothing. He loves to leap and try to catch shadows — like the one that was on the wall a fraction of a second before this photo was taken.

V PET SET

Joseph Anthony, a.k.a. Joey, is a rescue cat from Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, “but before Sandy,” explained his best buddy, Toni Dalton.

“Most folks there are Italian and that is the most popular name in the neighborhood,” Dalton said. “That’s why I named him Joseph Anthony.

“He is a real character. He is 2½. He is a street cat, that’s all I know.”

Dalton, a photographer and artist, and Joey live in Westbeth, the full-square-block artists housing complex at West and Bethune Sts.

Joey’s favorite thing to do goes well with his name.

“Jump, jump, jump — jumping Joey,” Dalton said. “He is a shadow warrior. He can chase shadows day and night till he gets exhausted.

“He is afraid of new people until he gets used to them. Then he sits and waits for them to make shadows on the wall with their hands or with a flashlight. He can jump so high.

“He is terrified of the vacuum cleaner.

“He is the complete opposite of my cat Huey who passed away,” Dalton said. “He was an angel. It took every penny to try to save him but it didn’t.

“He used to put his hand on top of my hand when I was using the computer mouse and moving it around. He just always loved to hold my hand.

“I carried him in my mouth by the back of his neck like his mother would. He was an amazing cat and everyone loved him, some more than their own cat, if you can believe it.”

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3 Responses to Jumping Joey: Shadow Warrior

  1. What a beautiful, darling cat and thank you so much for sharing your stories about him. I feel sorry for people who don't seem to have the ability to communicate with animals. They're missing out on so much. And to be really honest? If I know someone who doesn't care for animals? I consider them to be defective. It's sad but they have
    something wrong there somewhere.

  2. By the way, I think you should make posters of Joey jumping like the photograph in this article. I think a lot of people would buy them. Well, as long as they didn't cost thousands of dollars. I'd buy one. :)

  3. are you really interested?
    let me know.

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