Poor Rachel, rescued from the Humane Society, had been brutally injured by a dog or some other animal. She was covered in scars and had large lacerations across her eyes which meant her vision was not very good. When she looked at something you could see she was studying the object of her interest trying to make it out. Additionally, either from genetics or a result of the attack, she had a thin grasp on balance and was often falling over. Despite all these shortcomings she could tear around the house with the best of the other cats and was quite affectionate. She was named after the whaling ship “Rachel” in Hermann Melville’s Moby Dick, which suffered a terrific loss of its own.