I will not lie I was against the adoption for months and months. Joy and Phoebe would say out loud “I want to get a puppy.” To which I would respond “I already clean up after to cats. Why would we want another mess maker?” When I say clean I mean more than the litterbox. Cats have a bad habit of puking, knocking stuff of the counters in the middle of the night, and one of ours shreds paper.
You can see why, as the primary sanitation engineer, why I didn’t need more work. So, I kept saying no until Joy made a very good point to me. For the last ten years I have wrestled with the cats through punishment. I’ve even written blogs about it. Yet, like most cats ours have turned out to be untrainable. Discipline them all you want they just kept going about their business.
So, when Joy said that “a dog would terrorize the cats in a way that you can’t” I smiled and nodded. The hunt for a dog began.
We met her, and her former owners, at a Sonic. She was scared of us, but we shared a few onion rings and she was ready to come home with us. What happened after that is classic for anybody that ever said no.
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I spend a lot of time in my office. I write blogs, news articles, a novel, short stories, and poetry. I can get lost in my thoughts and words and in some cases I’ve haven’t been outside all day even though I really like the feel of sunshine on my face.
It also gets a little lonely. Cats don’t always want to keep you company and if they do they demand that some part of your body, generally your hands, need to be touching them. When you try to ask a cat a question, or say someting to them, they don’t even acknowlege that you’re in the room.
At first Iggy avoided me. She knew that I was the alpha pack leader, but wasn’t sure how to interact with me as I was training her for the first three weeks that we got her. Now, after six months, she sits with me in the office. Sometimes right next to my chair. Sometimes on the bed. Sometimes in the hall right outside the door.
Whatever the case may be she is within sight or calling distance and she will come running no matter what time of day. When I tell her about something on the internet she wags her tail and her ears perk up . Can she understand me? No. But she is excited to interact with me.
She has also shaken up my routine. Even though she is a small dog and our house is big enough for her to exercise in I know that deep down she is still an animal and wants to go outside. So, three times a day I take her for a walk.
This does her good becasue she goes for a longer walk and it does me good because I get out of the house. Sometimes I have to stop in the middle of a sentence that I’m writing to take her out, but inspiration starts to flow a little easier when you don’t have a keyboard under your finger tips.
I haven’t forgotten what life without her is like, but I think the next ten or fifteen years will be enriching as she is taking me places on a daily basis I might not have found on my own.
Say no all you want, but if it is to enrich your life it’s going to happen anyway.
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