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Critter Photo #14

Posted on: May 23, 2016

AwwwMondays-Puppy-AvatarWith our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect.

Sharing is a concept that the Cat Trio had to figure out. Two are only two cat towers and only one stroller, and so they had to learn to share their space. They do all have their own food dish, water dish, and litter box, but they also like to sniff from each other’s stuff. As for toys and beds, there are plenty of them, but none of them belong to one cat. Of course, them all being cats, one would naturally expect them to need to figure out the sharing concept.

Not so with the solitary dog. You could expect him, being a dog and not a cat, to have his own dishes and beds and toys. You’d also expect his stuff to be left alone. And for the most part that is all true. But there are exceptions. One involves space. Barnaby loves to keep a watchful eye from the recliner for his master to return. The cats also happen to think this is a nifty spot from which to observe the world. Sometimes there are spats over space. Another involves food. If Barnaby doesn’t eat in a timely manner, and being a senior he often doesn’t, then any one of the other cats will think his food is available to them. Sometimes there are spats over food.

One day even the scratching post became an issue. Cinder and Rainy tried using it the same time. They soon learned to stay on opposite sides. Rainy and Bootsie also tried using it the same time. This ended in a tussle, but only because anything involving Rainy ends up involving play. Of course, all this is normal enough for cats. Where exactly though does Barnaby fit into the picture? After all, dogs don’t use scratching posts!

Barnaby_ToyBut dogs do drop their toys. And one day he dropped a toy on the scratching post. At the same time as Bootsie decided she needed to trim her claws. Both stared at one another. Neither wanted to invade the other’s space. But Barnaby wanted his toy. And Bootsie wanted a good scratch. Both stared at one another. Then Barnaby backed up. And Bootsie backed up. Then he grabbed his toy. And she ran away. But eventually she came back. While he stayed at a safe distance with his toy.

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5 Responses to "Critter Photo #14"

With four dogs and a cat it is fun to watch them work things out here too.

After our first cat died and we adopted Cinder, I started keeping a journal. So far, I have two books filled with stories. Pets are interesting and fun, aren’t they? 🙂

Awww, it’s good to see and hear about your babies. They do work things out don’t they.

Have a purrfect and woof woof Awww Monday. ☺

An interesting quartet!

Life is always interesting at the Frederick household thanks to our four critters. 😉

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Almost a year after I announced that it was time to take a step back from this blog, Allison's Book Bag is still here. I'm slowly working back up to weekly reviews again. Each week, there will be one under any of these categories: Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, religious books, or diversity books. Some will come in the form of single reviews and others in the form of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

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