With 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 fit!
Barnaby barks and then flies off the recliner after Cinder. She ducks under the dining room table and then escapes into the kitchen. He pursues and she sneaks past him back into the living room. She retreats to the bedroom and then hides under the bed. He follows and she barrels past him into the hallway. She flees into the living room again and heads straight up the cat tower. Barnaby races after her but stops at the foot of the tower. Their play ends. From the top, Cinder casually licks her paws. Barnaby waits for a minute, but then returns to the recliner to curl up with Andy and me.
Since the start, Barnaby and Cinder have gotten along. Part of the credit belongs to Barnaby. He’s never acted aggressive towards any of our cats. Even when they’ve tried to steal his food, and all of them have taken their turns at this, Barnaby has remained calm. He’s also respected their individual personalities. If either of our cats show through a hiss or a swat that he isn’t welcomed in their space, Barnaby will normally stay a safe distance. Consequently, he’s earned the right for that space to become smaller and smaller over time.
Part of the credit belongs to Cinder. It’s not like Barnaby plays with all our cats. In fact, she’s really the only one with whom he shares this relationship. Oh, our youngest has tried. The problem is that Rainy has limitless energy. She’s too much for a twelve-year-old dog, or for that matter sometimes even her adult pet owners. Rainy also has a very limited sense of control. As much as her sisters love to romp with her, at times even they demand their time apart from her. Barnaby has succumbed to letting Rainy nap with him, but for playtime he seems to appreciate Cinder’s quiet manner.
Why does a camaraderie exist between Barnaby and Cinder? You might think it’s because the two are about the same size, both in height and weight. Like I said though, Cinder is the only cat with whom Barnaby plays with. He’s even picky about the dogs he accepts. Poor Gizmo (who admittedly was a heavier set dog) never won Barnaby’s heart. I wonder if Barnaby and Cinder get along because they both share reserved personalities. Whatever the reason, Andy and I appreciate the camaraderie the two share.
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