A 94-year-old grandfather, Jiji, had never shown a smile on his face for quite some time until he met a ginger cat named Kinako. It was obvious that grandpa’s health was declining, which made him sad and grumpy.
When Kinako came into Jiji’s life, it was clear to everyone around that both will be perfect for each other.
A hardworking man, Jiji never missed a day of work for over 60 years until 8 years ago when he suddenly got sick and was sent to the hospital.
“The doctor said he was sick. The once outgoing man gradually lost his interest in life and became grumpier than ever. It was around that time that I brought Kinako to live with us,” Akiko DuPont, his granddaughter said.
The little ginger cat sensed that grandpa was in pain and offered some purrs and snuggles. It was then he brought sunshine back into grandpa’s life. Kinako was a bit shy when he first came to the family, but somehow he chose grandpa and would follow him around.
“An extraordinary friendship gradually grew between the two. Who would have thought that a timid kitten would befriend a grumpy old man!”
The ginger boy plays with grandpa and brings him so much joy.
Kinako helps grandpa get back on his feet and gives him a purpose and companionship.
He kept him company and would curl up in his lap to give him comfort and help him heal with his purr power.
He became grandpa’s little guardian angel, watching over him every step of the way.
Akiko has been documenting their friendship through her lenses. The bond they share is truly amazing. “The border between human and animal melts away, just as shy Kinako melted Jiji’s heart.”
Kinako is grandpa’s little angel.
“I got a cat for my sick and grumpy grandpa, and he turned his life around,” Akiko said.