Critter Care

 Posted by at 1:14 am  Nick's Blog
Apr 132024
 

Having animals is a fulltime job. To be honest, I don’t know if we have pets or if they have people, but I’m beginning to suspect the latter might be the case.

Don’t get me wrong, we love our critters, and they each have their own distinct personalities. Alli loves us and wants to be beside me 24/7. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to go to the bathroom alone. But more than anything, Alli loves her toy. She goes to sleep with it and when we wake up every morning she is beside the bed and will stand there giving us those sad puppy dog eyes until we throw it for her. That goes on all day, nonstop.

Of course, pets take a lot of care. Anybody who’s ever been around a German shepherd knows they shed constantly, summer and winter. Even though Terry and I brush Alli frequently, getting enough hair off every time to make a poodle (not that we would ever want one), but the next day there are clumps of hair all over the place.

Alli does like to be brushed though, as you can see in these pictures. She may be my dog, so to speak, but she loves Terry and Terry loves her, and she’s always happy to get some kind of attention, even if it’s just a good brushing.

Now the cats are a different story. They will let Terry brush them when they feel like it, just like they will let us pet them on their terms. Mae Lin has long, fluffy, soft hair, and when she will hold still long enough for Terry to brush her, she purrs all the while. But when she’s had enough, she’s had enough, and that’s it.

As for BeeBee, the black cat, I think she sees us as no more than staff there to attend to her needs. She is aloof half the time and won’t give us a second glance, or else she wants attention and drives poor Terry nuts demanding it. If she’s not walking across her computer keys while she’s working, she’s knocking something off of her desk, trying to get into her loom, or reaching through her mesh office chair to grab her. Sometimes in the evening when I’m writing the blog, Terry reaches a point where she can’t take anymore and has to put the cats in their room and shut the door just to be able to check her e-mail and things like that.

Oh yes, pets are such a joy. But we tolerate them, and most defininely love them. What does that say about us?

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Nick Russell

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