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I have the pleasure of entertaining Jean Claude and KoKo this week. Actually they are here to work. A small mouse got the memo that the celebrity cats were taking up permanent residence at CCL’s house and decided to show its tail at my house. Naturally I was horrified and called CCL to bring the cats over to take care of situation. Koko and JC “ain’t afraid of no mouse.”
Well Spring is here although in DC it is hard to tell. With temperatures during the day about 15 – 25 degrees cooler than it normally is. This hasn’t stopped the cats from going out. I have finally decided to stop fighting with Koko and now let her climb the trees and jump from limb to limb. The good thing about the trees at the new house is that they are very thick and the branches are thick. She won’t have to worry about crashing down somewhere.
But I do think Spring Fever has hit the animals. As Azeena wrote and my coworker can confirm, for some reason animals have been extra needy. I’ve seen it on JC and Koko where they are much more affectionate. I think they sense the change in weather and my just be buttering us up to go outside more.
The one habit Koko has adopted is she can’t figure out why I take showers. She stands on the edge of the bathtub and then starts yelling at my when I get out of the shower. She then wants to be held to assure herself that water hasn’t washed me away. I hope one day she’ll realize that bathing is just one of those human traits and despite her thoughts, her owner won’t wash down the drain. Only the soap.
My sister-girlfriend’s dog , Li’l Peanut, was a tad down recently needing more of my friend’s attention than normal. My girlfriend speculates that the dog is missing her guardian angel, my friend’s daughter, who was off to science camp. The remedy of course is that Peanut needed more attention.
We all have days like L’il Peanut. There are some simple things we can do: pray, read, pray again, call friends who are doing a little worse than we are, volunteer, watch mindless television, read a good book, take a walk but it’s probably most important to remember “This Too Shall Pass.” Spring is officially here.
Koko, the domestic short-hair and Jean Claude, the black Bombay follow their own rhythm. They have rituals that play out daily including sleeping with CCL and letting her know their preferences when it comes to what kind of food they want and where they want to go to the bathroom. Often they remind me of the song by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog – Like This and Like That and Like This…except in cat language.
Here’s the video:
Koko made pet of the week at the Brookland Bridge. My former neighbors do a fantastic blog about life in Brookland. From an objective standpoint it is truly a neighborhood blog. It talks about life, dining, development, happenings, pets, real estate. I wonder how they do it!
Check it out if you have the time. I’m sure even if you don’t live in Brookland you can find something that will spark your curiosity!
It’s been several months since Roxie passed. Still I miss her. Recently I took KoKo, the domestic shorthair, and Jean Claude, the black bombay to their new digs at CCL’s new home. Did I mention my daughter bought a new house? Any way KK and JC seem to like their new space which they gave thorough and careful inspection. Watching them it was if they seemed to approve – except for the placement of the litter box which CCL has now moved. JC immediately deemed the spot more acceptable. I miss them but I am glad they have their space. Roxie would have been pleased.
Cats are frequently accused of being finicky and stand-offish. In some cases this is true. However, cats are by habit social animals. This is why shelters will offer 2-for-1 and why cats need friends. Trust us. If you are going to go in for one, two is just as easy. You are already buying food and scooping so you won’t notice any difference.
However, how can you tell when your cat really likes you? Well, with JC it’s easy. He shows you love the minute you walk in the house. But JC shows everyone love. If you come to the house, he will open the door for you, pour you a glass of wine and ask, “Would you like to pet the beautiful black cat? I’m a very soft and promise to purr.”
Roxie was also easy. She would follow me around the house and I bore the brunt of her displeasure when she was upset.
However, with Koko it’s hard to tell. She clearly loves Azeena as she sleeps with her and guards the front door when Azeena leaves. With me, she comes around but doesn’t actively pursue it.
Well, not everyone will like you. That’s a fact of life. We had a previous cat, Sais, and she would only come out for me. With anyone else, she would hide and run away.
But for those that are in your life and do actively like you (and not just love you) continue to welcome them. Ask them if they would like a glass of wine and share your petting.
The Bentley is a luxury automobile created more than 90 years ago in England. Bentley the dog is owned by my friend Renee and her family. He clearly likes the finer things in life and he wants his meals and his water prepared just so. A gourmet for sure. Recently Bentley went to the pantry to prepare himself a snack. Renee said her daughter left the pantry door open. But we know better. Bentley has exquisite manners. He simply wasn’t able to finish his preparations before she got home.