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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!

Over time, after my first cat died, my memories of her blurred. For that reason, I’ve often regretted recording so few entries in my journals about her. When Cinder and then Bootsie and then Rainy came into my life, I decided to keep a notebook dedicated to our pets. As I look back over earlier entries, to find stories to share, I take pleasure in seeing how Rainy especially has changed.

Once upon a time Rainy refused to let me groom her or clean her teeth. With equal vehemence, she stole meals from the kitchen counter or refrigerator. Her sisters were none too pleased either when she grabbed treats thrown to them. She enjoyed knocking books and cards off shelves. No heights were off limits either. More than once, I found her strutting atop are cabinets, weaving her way in and out of toys that soon tumbled to the floor. When she discovered her tail, she could spend a great deal of time batting it. A pencil in my hand to her represented a chance to practice her paw grip. She also liked a good game of pounce, with my feet being the object of her bites. Oh, and at night, she loved to jump onto the bed even if I was in middle of a good sleep.

That was then.

Yesterday Rainy modeled for the camera, so I could illustrate my article about her grooming routines. She still loves food, but I am learning to outsmart her. Now I let her play in the basement while meals are being prepared and any tantalizing food in the refrigerator is well-buried. She also still knows no limits to the heights she’ll jumps or the objects she’ll shove. Except again I’ve gotten smarter. Now every shelf and cabinet has room for her to walk along the ledge. Although her tail and pencils no longer intrigue her, she does love to hide under our kitchen curio, and poke her paws out for us to grab. In other words, she’s learning to engage others in her play. She’s even started to reciprocate grooming from her sisters. As for the middle of the night, my little monster has become an angel. Every night she’ll curl up under my arm and snuggle in for a long sleep.

This is now.

I started my first notebook dedicated to our cats back in 2014. It has long since overflowed into a second and third journal. I’ve also been turning those notes into anecdotes and advice columns. All serve as a tribute to our wonderful feline companions!

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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!

“What’s up?” I asked Bootsie. She stared up at the ceiling. I laid my laptop to the side and stood up to check on her. Our oldest cat has been known to chase spiders, while our youngest has a thing for bugs. Most of our cats have brought us mice. Maybe Bootsie’s predator instinct has kicked in.

Following her gaze, I looked upwards, but I saw nothing except the reflection of the light from our living room lamp. Bootsie paced the floor, tail twitching, and uttered a low meow. I smiled and patted her head. Our first cat used to chase unseen creatures too. In fact, it was one of only two times when she’d sprint through the house. The other was when she’d relieved herself in the litter box. “Crazy cat,” I teased and returned to the recliner to work.

A few minutes later, Bootsie shook herself. She plodded my way and jumped up beside me. With her head, she nudged my hands, convincing me to make room for her on my lap. Except no soon than I had repositioned my laptop to allow room for her then she leaped to the floor. Back to the wall Bootsie headed, her meows now more plaintive.

I sighed. Cats apparently do have better vision than humans. They do see things we don’t, I reasoned, as I once again followed her gaze. But once again I saw nothing. Or did I? Using my one hand to shield the light from my eyes, I took another long look at our white walls. Lo and behold, where the ceiling and wall intersected, a moth flapped. “You get that moth!” I whispered to Bootsie and then sat back to watch and wait.

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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!

Whrr! Whrr! Andy and I bought a Turbo Track Ball toy for Cinder when we first adopted her four years ago. Within a week, she bored of the toy. Twenty-five cent plastic balls she batted day and night. Fifty cent plush mice she threw left and right. Four-dollar wand toys she leaped over tables over. But the nine-dollar track toy sat collecting dust. And so, we decided to give it away.

Except then Bootsie came into our lives as a foster cat. The feral who came to us from the dirt and debris of the outdoors initially had no idea what to do with toys. Soon enough though she started to paw at a ball and then a mouse and finally a wand toy. One day while I worked in the living room, I heard an unfamiliar noise. I crept to the library and beheld Bootsie pawing at the once forgotten toy. She did this every day for weeks. Yes, weeks! And so, Andy and I decided to pass the Turbo Track Ball toy on with Bootsie when she eventually got adopted.

As everyone here knows, we decided not to keep Bootsie. Hence, the toy also stayed with us. Then lo and behold Bootsie then discovered pillows, windows, and television. She still treasured an oversized fluffy mouse. She still battled with a gangly octopus. But the nine-dollar track toy once again became a relic. Imagine that!

Except then Rainy came into our lives as a foster kitten. Within a month, two momentous events happened. First, Andy and I fostered-failed AGAIN. Second, Rainy discovered the Turbo Track Ball toy.

Shortly after these two events, Bootsie decided to check the toy back out, realized it had a scratch pad, and has used ever since to sharpen her claws. This led Cinder to check the toy out again too. Every now and then I hear the whirring of the track, look up, and see a tortie disappearing from the scene.

Fast forward two years, Andy and I won a super deluxe three-track ball toy. Both it and its simpler version reside in our living room, where they both receive almost daily attention from the cat trio. Might I suggest then that if you have a toy that’s languishing from lack of use, you simply add a few more cats to your household? 😉

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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!

Over the past month, I’ve shared that there’s a little bit of me in all my cats. I talked about the reclusive but social Cinder, and the scared but curious Bootsie. Now let me turn to our youngest cat, Rainy! As much as I love her, I struggled the most to figure out what we had in common. Finally, I came up with her determination and friendliness.

Rainy’s determination has been her salvation. When Rainy found herself alone has a kitten, she sought out help. Even though that took the form of a lady with dogs, Rainy didn’t let the scary situation stop her. She needed shelter, and so she marched straight up to the lady. Long story short, that lady contacted me, and that’s how Rainy became ours. Similarly, I have taken on risky adventures with perfect endings. In 1998, I left my home province of Newfoundland and moved to Nebraska, where for the first time I lived on my own. Now I am happily married, with a full life. Rainy’s determination can also get her into trouble. She’s the only cat whom we haven’t been able to train to stay out of the garbage, stay away from our food, stay off the counters…. You get the picture. She’s certainly given us lots of memories! As for me, I have a stubborn streak too. Sometimes that streak keeps me going until I find a resolution, which is useful for finding a job and other good things. Unfortunately, there are also times when I don’t just know when to give up.

Rainy’s friendliness is one of her most endearing traits. When she first came to our home, we skipped right over the normal practice of isolating cats from each other to give them time to get acquainted. Instead we opened her crate, and let her strut into the living room. Long story short, Rainy got our other two cats to accept her and each other, and that’s how Rainy became ours. As an introvert, I don’t have her same skill. Yet I have my moments. Back when I took a desktop publishing class, I took the initiative to introduce myself to everyone on the first day. Everyone was surprised afterwards to learn that I’m a shy person in new situations. Rainy’s friendliness isn’t always welcomed. During her first few months with us, Rainy tried often to snuggle with Barnaby. I swear that in every photo of the two of them together, Barnaby has the pained look of an older brother being forced to hang out with his younger sister. What I admire most about Rainy is that she’s unflappable. Even though some friendships don’t stick, Rainy will keep on acting as if everyone loves her. As for me, I try like her to be friendly with everyone. But I don’t have her grace. I get easily hurt, and retreat from the world far more often than her. Then it’s helpful to have loving family and friends … and examples like Rainy to show the way.

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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!

In my last post, I shared that there’s a little bit of me in all my cats, and talked about the reclusive but social Cinder. Next up is the scared but curious Bootsie. Of all our cats, Bootsie is the one for whom I’ve applied the most behavioral modification techniques. I’ve learned over time that when I want to introduce anything new to her, I should let her approach it first without anyone else around. It doesn’t hurt to add some treats or catnip. After she’s tiptoed up to it, sniffed it, backed away, walked around it, and grabbed a few treats from it, then Bootsie just might accept it as part of her life. But I’m also wise to not let her initially know that I’m aware that she’s checking out the object. Bootsie needs to do everything in her time, and without spectators. Similarly, the more I know ahead of an event, the more likely I am to accept it with grace. People who know me best let me know dates, times, and agendas ahead of an event ahead of time. When they don’t, they might find me a tad bit grumpy. If I’m expect to participate, people might also be wise to provide me with samples. When they do, people often find I can live up to their expectations.


Ironically, given how timid Bootsie is, I also find her perhaps the bravest of all our cats. When we first brought her home, what I most marveled at is how much she’ll push herself out of her comfort zone. Bootsie let us know when she wanted to explore beyond the confines of our computer room, and when she wanted to use the tower right along with the other cats. She also decided when to venture into the kitchen when my husband was cooking, and when to start coming to the door to greet me upon my return. None of those were instant decisions, but what is impressive to me is that she made them. Bootsie has never been to content to let fear stand in her way. Similarly, despite how nervous being in front of groups makes me, I spent several years as a teacher. And although meeting someone new is awkward for me, I have pushed myself as a writer to interview strangers. Of course, the reality is that no matter how much Bootsie wants to be part of everything, she remains insecure. Training her has been less about doing obedience and agility, and more about learning to accept a brush and a crate. But the fact she’s willing to try to venture into the unknown has always been part of her charm. It also gives me hope that one day I’ll be able to clip her nails and groom her teeth. I can always dream, right? As for me, the desire to pursue my passions has always driven me to push past my fears. This can at times get me into uncomfortable situations, but at other times open exciting new worlds. It’ll be interesting to see the places the two of us will go!

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

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