“I have cats because they have no artificially imposed, culturally prescribed sense of decorum. They live in the moment. If I had an aneurysm in the brain, and dropped dead, I love knowing that as the paramedics carry me out, my cats are going to be swatting at that little toe tag.”

The morning is dark, wet and chilly. It is the sort of weather which dampens energy and enthusiasm. I heard one bird loudly singing and hoping, I think, others would join him in a morning song. None did, and now he is gone and the day is quiet, almost silent. The leaves on the oak tree ruffle a bit but not enough to make any sound. The silence is a bit eerie.

It rained earlier this morning and looks as if it may rain again. The rain must have been more of mist as the deck under the furniture never got wet. It is a good day to stay home.

Fern woke me up this morning. She was meowing over and over. I pretended to be asleep. She jumped on the bed and head butted my arm then licked my hand hoping for a response. I ignored her and she finally fell asleep beside me; however, she is still restless, the only one of my pets not asleep on the couch with me. This is their morning nap time, not to be confused with their afternoon or evening naps, but Fern is now standing in the doorway outside this room and meowing.

We always had pets when I was a kid. We had goldfish which never lasted very long. I always figured they were bored with life in a glass bowl. We had a turtle from Woolworth’s which lived for years. His plastic enclosure had a fake palm tree and a little island. We loved stunning flies to feed him as he preferred them alive. We’d put the fly in the bowl and watch it skimming the water while the turtle was swimming over to dine. We had a parakeet, a green one, and a couple of chameleons, whose color varied based on surroundings. I had two hamsters, both males according to the pet store. They had a litter. Go figure! Duke, our boxer, was around the whole of my childhood. He died when I was in college. Duke is the reason I love boxers. We had cats, Gideon, being the first followed by Luther and Josh. I don’t ever remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a pet to love and be loved in return.

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  1. olof1 Says:

    It has been really nice here today, mostly sunshine and fairly warm too. They say the really warm weather will arrive next week and it will stay, the only problem with thet prediction is that it is the same weather institute that also predicted an unusually warm April, May and June here in Sweden 🙂 🙂 🙂

    We also always had pets around. Hamsters, parakeets, cats, one dog, aquariums and a walking stick insect. Until we joined the EU it was forbidden to sell any reptilian or turtles in this country. I’ve always wanted a turtle though but they just need to much space, at least if one wants to keep them in a legal tank. My funniest pet however was my European Jackdaw, he wasn’t supposed to be a pet but his broken wing never worked to fly with. They are so funny and truky evil 🙂

    have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      Once the sun arrived today, it too was a nice day, a bit cooler than it has been. Even the humidity is gone. Our weather is supposed to be hot and wet.

      The turtle was a tiny one they used to sell at the Woolworth’s pet counter where they also sold hamsters, mice and fish. It lived in its plastic home which was on the kitchen counter. I remember we gave him quite the funeral when he passed.

      I think a house is not complete without pets. I haven’t ever seen a jackdaw but it sounds as if I’d unhappy one.

      Have a great evening

  2. Bob Says:

    When I was growing up the only pets we had were gold fish or turtles from the dime store. Non of them lived very long. We gave the turtle a decent burial in a cigar box and flushed the gold fish down the toilet. When I was a teen my aunt and uncle had a Heinz 57 steak sauce dog named Sandy. The vet told us that he thought Samdy was a Spitz plus something else.

    Another hot humid day today but a cold front is coming which should give us some rain and lower temperatures for tomorrow.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Our turtle was from the same store as yours but it lasted years. We fed him any live insects we could find. They were his favorite though he did like the turtle food. We also gave ours a majestic burial.

      Great afternoon today-sunny and cool. It will even get chilly tonight, high 50’s. Tomorrow will be in the 60’s then it will get warm: into the 70’s for the week and maybe some rain toward the end of the workweek.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We always had pets around the house, usually over my mother’s dead body. She was afraid of dogs and didn’t like cats. When my parents bought their house, it came with two cats; Cellar Cat and Garage Cat. And then my father brought home Duke, the dog.
    When I was a kid I had hamsters and gerbils. I never asked if I could have them. I just brought them home. Later on I brought home cats. My father would yell at me and the cats would purr and grin at him and the cats got to stay. 🙂

    My middle brother didn’t bother with ordinary pets. He brought home whatever he found in the woods. I usually took care of them. There was an injured turtle, baby squirrels, a young skunk and a small raccoon that he took out of a trap. There was also a pigeon that had lost its tail feathers. My mother drew the line at the pigeon because birds in the house were bad luck. My mother was pretty easy going but I always knew when she had reached her limit. The pigeon lived in the garage until it was ready to be released.

    I’m sure I could not live in a house without animals. It would not be living. I hope that day never comes.

    The weather here started out dark and gloomy but the sun came out. It was cool and breezy but lovely. I did some errands in the morning and napped in the afternoon. A fine day all around. 🙂

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      I don’t think either of my parents ever had pets but they sure were pet people. We got Duke when I was five or six. He was a gift from my aunt who got him from a local breeder. A boxer being the initiation into pet-hood takes a bit of patience. My mother had more than my father but they both adored Duke. He was the first. After that we had cats and dogs the whole of my life with them. My mother left one cat when she passed away. My sister took her.

      We all love pets, and all of us, except for my brother, have pets and have always had them. My brother likes them but has none. I think a house without a pet would be a lonely place. I even had a cat in Africa who came home with me.

      We had the same sort of day. Right now it is a bit chilly-I even closed a window. I watered outside plants today and that was it. I too had a fine day.

      Have a great Saturday!


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