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Koko “The Curious”

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Koko, the domestic shorthair, has been spending time with me here in Brookland, Washington, D.C.   She is, because of the increased traffic in my burgeoning neighborhood, a house cat.  Still,  she finds windows and viewing and squeaky mouse toys to her liking.

She does some television viewing,  “The Defenders,”   and while she is not a regular watcher of “Game of Thrones,” she is every bit a queen.    Her favorite perch it would seem is on my lap while I sit at my desk.   She is curious about everything. – the contractors, mail delivery,  traffic and birds that perch on my windows.

 

Queen Koko at “Work”

 

 

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Help The Humane Rescue Alliance 

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DC’s Humane Rescue Alliance needs your help.  Adopt a cat or dog today or donate!  
http://www.humanerescuealliance.org/blog/posts/help-us-clear-the-shelters

When It Comes to Predicting Behavior How Can We Really Know?

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We all are sensitive to stereotypes.  When it comes to our pets we rely on on a certain level of predictability.   Dogs act this way.   Cats act that way.   The truth is there really are no rules.  We can’t predict how animals will behave in certain situations.  A recent YouTube video is an example.

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve Got to Have Friends: The Story of Alpha, A Dog Who is An Everyday Hero

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A Virginia high school yearbook bears the photo of a dog among its student photos.   Alpha is an almost daily fixture at Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, VA,   He alerts his owner, AJ,  who has Type One  Diabetes when AJ’s blood sugar is too low.   Alpha’s  yearbook photo and the story behind it have now gone viral.  Here’s an account by WJLA-TV, the Washington, D.C. ABC News affiliate.

http://wjla.com/news/local/meet-alpha-the-labrador-retriever-included-in-this-virginia-high-schools-yearbook

Alpha photo 8_zpse8zexip5.jpg

 

Preparation

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I admit it.  I am a perfectionist.  I like things that have order and purpose.  That’s the thing about sharing custody of cats.  They are clean and persnickety but they need care and your furniture is subject to their moods.   Cats rule.  This week Koko comes to stay with me for an extended time period.  As I am a big fan of HGTV, particularly “Fixer Upper,” I’ve begun the work needed to make her as comfortable as possible.  Her jumping chair is strategically placed for her to jump to the top of my dining room hutch and of course,  custom blinds have been installed in the porch window of my house for her viewing pleasure.

I am a perfectionist but I’m learning.