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Roxie, a female, like most Japanese bobtails is frisky and talkative.  She requires constant attention and petting and also doesn’t sleep as much as Jean Claude.  Jean Claude  lets his actions speak for him.  He likes his space and his time apart from his high-maintenance life partner Ms. Roxie.   Of course like most males JC likes to venture out when he is ready.  This morning I went outside to water the petunias on my front porch.  I shut the front porch storm door – figuring that was enough to keep him inside.   Jean Claude readily opened the door with a heavy push.  He raced down the steps to explore the neighborhood.  Eventualy he knocked on the front door and I let him in.



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Recently I had an intense discussion with my mom about Roxie and Jean Claude.  She read somewhere where  cats were by natural loners and suggested Roxie and Jean Claude  just tolerate each other.    I think sometime Jean Claude and Roxie can be oblivious to each other but they seem to operate as a team  especially on certain projects.   For instance Thursday night when their food bowls were empty.  There was no sleep to be had ..Roxie at my feed and Jean Claude simply pouncing on me until the feeder human (me) got out of bed and  filled their bowls.  Often when apart they call out to each other and of  course they comfort each other in times of need.  Still they do require their space…Roxie hides under my bed and Jean Claude ..his chair in my home office.  Check out this link….

Peaceful State

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Roxie and Jean Claude  are very satisfied with their lot in life.  Who wouldn’t be??  They own two houses,  have electric litter boxes, toys of all kinds and several human servants to cater to  their wishes.  Still, life is not always easy…even for them.  However, unlike us complex humans,  they are more practical about dilemnas and problems.  Yes they obsess but only in play.  Problems –  boredom, loneliness,  abandonment,  or  being left outside too long are resolved quickly.  They both appreciate peace and relaxation and seem to have zero tolerance for chaos or nonsense.

The Ultimate Couple

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Spent time with my mother (and my sister, , and nephew brother the last couple of days) .  Yesterday mom and I went to Target where we tried on hats.  Mom bought a sassy one like one she bought on a Paris trip a couple of years ago.  That Paris trip was memorable in that we met several mother-daughter couples.   Still  my mom and I got on each others nerves – a lot.    At La Follit  Restaurant on the Champs de Lysee,  I was seated next to a lovely woman about my age who later told me she was Japanese.  I noticed as she looked heavenward in exasperation during a discussion with her mother who was seated next to my mom facing us.   Our moms were dressed alike  in chic jersey knit black pants and draped black jackets.     We chatted.   Our mothers sat and faced us smiling demurly as the younger woman and I talked about our frustrations and how sweet they looked.    Later my mom and  I boarded a bus near the Eifel Tower.  There seated across from us  was a mother-daughter couple. I chucked quietly when I saw the daugheter reach out and give her mother’s knee a quick spank in exasperation.  The daughter told me they were from Spain and sheand I were the same age.  We disccused the U.S.    Later that evening my mother and I took and Illumination tour – a night tour of Paris landmarks.  Our driver stopped by  hotel …joining us was a mother-daughter couple from Nashville.  he daughter just finished graduate school and had bright hair.    Their joy was infectious and they both laughed readily.   Travel, the daugher noted, is best done,  with your mom,  You can be annoyed, fight and  be honest and then laugh.   So true.


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My co-workers dog has a sports injury. Yep a wrong catch of the frisbee. Right now the dog, a Labrador, is enjoying Matt’s attention as it requires him putting a pack of ice on the injury and laying down next to him. We both laughed about it as we know the dog, clearly a sports enthusiast, will become bored.
Roxie is like that about the laser toy.