If you’ve ever read Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” you know it’s one scary book. The title character in the 1897 novel is evil and terrifying… yet he sparked generations of vampire costumes, films and… cats?
First there was Rory. Then there was Loki. Now meet Monkey. The cat, who was originally named Sergio and goes by Monk on Instagram, came into his owner’s life when she was struggling with depression, Inside Edition reports. Nicole Rienzie was driving home from an appointment with her mother when she saw Monk on the side of the road.
“He was covered in fleas, super skinny and he didn’t have a lot of fur,” Rienzie told Inside Edition. She took him to the vet and had him checked out. She soon realized that they both needed each other quite a bit, and a little family was formed.
Monkey, who got his name from his active antics, has been channeling Count Dracula since he was a little over a year old. Rienzie told Huffington Post that the veterinarian said the vampire teeth weren’t causing the black cat any pain; that’s just the way his teeth grew.
And thus was born the feline (and nicer and cuter) version of Bram Stoker’s character. We think these quotes from “Dracula” fit Monk perfectly, don’t you agree?
1. “My carriage will await you and will bring you to me… Your friend, Dracula.”
Won’t you ride to the castle with Monk?
2. “I am Dracula, and I bid you welcome… to my house.”
We’re pretty sure Monk’s encouraging us to make ourselves at home.
3. “The lamplight fell on a hard-looking mouth, with… sharp-looking teeth, as white as ivory.”
4. “Count Dracula, jumping to his feet, said, ‘Why there is the morning again!'”
Ah, morning again.
5. “We… have a right to be proud, for in our veins flows the blood of many brave races who fought as the lion fights, for lordship.”
Monkey just might be the lord of his house.
6. “I saw [Dracula] slowly emerge from the window and begin to crawl down the castle wall.”
Or for Monk, up the castle wall.
7. “But still the door continued slowly to open, and only the Count’s body stood in the gap.”
Like Count Dracula, Monkey’s body fills the gaps.
8. “The last I saw of Count Dracula was his kissing his hand to me, with a red light of triumph in his eyes.”
Yes, Monk is triumphant in winning our hearts.
9. “This was a Dracula indeed!”
Dracula, but nicer.