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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!

There’s a little bit of me in all my cats. Let’s start with Cinder! She’s an interesting mix of reclusive and social. Of all our cats, Cinder is the most difficult to find when she wants to be alone. I don’t know where she tucks herself, but we can look high and low and in all her favorite haunts, and that Cinder will be nowhere. Similarly, if I want to be alone, I can find the most obscure and least obvious places to hide. Even when she’s out-and-about, Cinder tends to keep more to herself than our other cats. A few times in the day, she’ll retreat to the basement. There I can hear her collar jangle as she roams, and eventually I hear her meow like a person singing in the shower. When upstairs, Cinder is most often in another room. If she does stay with us, it’s rarely where we are; instead she’s sits in a high spot and quietly watches our every move. Similarly, there are times at home when I like to retreat to the bathtub to read, think, and dream. At socials, I might be the one with a book or notepad. Being an observer can be more comfortable than being part of the picture. Moreover, if part of a group on an outing, I tend to fall behind or plow ahead, set in finding my own path.

At the same time, Cinder’s the only one of our cats who consistently greets me at the door when I return from an outing or my job. She’ll sniff my entire face over, as if living vicariously through me. Even when visitors come to the door, Cinder’s the first other than our dog to greet them. Although she’ll outright reject hugs and snuggles (and so we’ve dubbed her our autistic child), Cinder will let visitors stroke her and even reward them with purrs. Our pet sitters report that during their visits, Cinder enjoys their brushing her, playing with her, and otherwise pampering her. Perhaps when living at Hearts United for Animals, and meeting many prospective adopters, Cinder learned the importance of welcoming people, even if she’s at heart an introvert. In that way, I’d say we’re also similar. Over the years, I’ve read plenty of books about how to overcome shyness, and pushed myself often to meet new people. In time, I came to enjoy broadening my circle of friends, and hope that Cinder herself derives some pleasure from her extroverted moments.

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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!

This past weekend was a momentous occasion for our family. Our toy poodle, Barnaby, received his Master Agility Champion title (MACH). Once one of the quickest dogs in the ring, since reaching his senior years, Barnaby has slowed down in his performance. He’s also never been the most consistent performer, at times popping out of the weaves or missing the mark in other ways. So headed into this weekend, with everything riding on four perfect performances, both Andy and I had our doubts of whether Barnaby could qualify in this trial. But the cheers rang out around 11:00 on Sunday, when Andy and Barnaby completed his fourth successful run, and thereby achieving the coveted MACH.

For me, Barnaby’s pet mom, it’s a bittersweet moment. On Saturday, I met another pet owner with a silver toy poodle. Besides the fact her poodle is a girl, a big difference is that her poodle is only about one years of age. They’ve been taking agility classes for a few months. On that day, they weren’t there to compete but rather to soak up the atmosphere of an actual competition. The lady figures that maybe this fall, the two will try their first trial. In contrast, Barnaby is almost thirteen and has been taking agility since he was four. Moreover, due to Barnaby’s collapsing trachea and developing cataracts, we’ve been concerned about whether Barnaby could even obtain his MACH. And now that he has, although Andy plans for the two to continue to take agility classes, we’ve agreed for them to at least semi-retire. They might still compete in some local competitions, but the days of traveling out-of-town for them are over.

You’ve made us proud, Barnaby, with all your agility ribbons and awards over the years. In addition, you easily earned your Canine Good Citizenship. I can’t wait to see what adventures lay ahead for you!

Below is the video for Barnaby’s winning Standard run.

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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!

rainy_toothbrushSniff! Nibble! Chomp! Rainy likes to chew. Today it’s my pencil. It could just as easily be a toothbrush. More than one have been played with in those early days of my brushing her teeth. Or it could just as easily be a bag of dog treats that the humans in the house forgot to put away. When Rainy discovers the bag (and she has on multiple occasions), she carries it under the bed to rip open and to devour its contents. Once she even puked from eating too much, but that has yet to halt her boisterous ways.

rainy_fuzzytoyRush! Grab! Wrestle! Rainy likes to pounce. Today it’s my feet. It could as just as easily be a fuzzy toy. Those disappear in our house the way raindrops do outside. Rainy will roll around with one, carry it in her mouth, and then hide it where no human will find it. Or it could just as easily be a harmless spider. I pity any creature who tries to race her. She’s guaranteed to win and isn’t gentle to losers. Just ask the mouse she once left under the carpet for me.

rainy_chestPat! Kiss! Wrap! Rainy likes to snuggle. Today it’s next to our toy poodle. It could just as easily be with one of her sisters. We have found her sprawled in a window bed with Cinder during the day and curled up next to Bootsie at night. Or it could just as easily be on my side. My favorite time of night is waking up to her asleep and purring on me.

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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!

Yum! Any morning in the Frederick household, you can find three cats and one solitary dog patiently sitting on the recliner beside me. They’re all waiting for milk, leftover from my cereal. Any afternoon in the Frederick household, you can also find them circling me in the kitchen. About this time, I hide a pill in cheese to give to our senior dog. The cats aren’t about to let me get away with giving the dog cheese without their getting some too.

bootsie_foodEw! Bootsie batted at the new food in her dish. To me, it didn’t look much different from any of the other numerous flavors we had offered her. It was a brown soft meat pate. Oh, some of them were darker or lighter brown. And some of them were more packed with vegetables than others. But to my eye, it was just another tin of cat food. To her, it apparently had an ingredient that she didn’t like. With a careful and determined swipe of her paw, Bootsie pushed aside one pea, then another, until all the peas were piled to the side. Our dear Bootsie hates peas!

While on gross topics, Bootsie has one other quirk that our other cats don’t. She vomits at least once a month. The vet gave her a clean bill of health. To date, we have only a couple of guesses. One is that she gets sick when stressed. Such as after storms or emergencies. Another is that she has a food allergy or sensitive stomach. I’ve started tracking what foods cause her upset.

cattrio_foodBootsie’s quirks aside, Andy and I fortunate when it comes to our cats and food. They all love to eat! And their needs are simple. For example, Cinder and Bootsie most like cat foods, treats, and dairy products. As for Rainy, well, there’s very few foods she won’t try to eat. Trust me! She’s stolen dog food and treats, still in their wrappings, to eat under our bed. She’s also nabbed chicken and other people foods away from our plates. Despite how Rainy keeps us on our toes, after having lost a cat with a picky appetite to Chronic Kidney Failure, we’re tickled at how food-driven the Cat Trio is.

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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!

cinder_allisonBedtime came and Cinder remained on the cat tower in the living room. Using a footstool, I reached up and pulled her close to me. “I love you,” I whispered.

Cinder squirmed in my arms and squeaked. I sighed. Her message came across clear, “Why do you got to hug me?”

Although she’d showed all the signs of being a lap cat when we visited her at the shelter, within weeks of bringing her home, Cinder easily fit the stereotype of an aloof cat. Not being deterred, I stubbornly set about trying to win her over. Observing that Cinder liked to sleep on pillows, I placed one just for her at the foot of our bed. Knowing that she liked treats, I sprinkled them every night on our bed. My planned worked. Cinder would bound up next to me, gobble up her treats, and then curl up for a nap.

Food was proving a strong motivator for Cinder. Every meal time she’d hang out with us, maybe from a distance, but at least still within the same room. And if chicken or fish were on our plates, look out! Then Cinder would pace the back of our recliner or even plop herself next to Andy or me. Of course, if we weren’t careful, she’d grab our food and run. Obviously, Cinder wasn’t hanging out with us just because she loved our company. Still the more often she had positive associations with us, the more chance she’d eventually come to enjoy our mere presence.

cinder_andyAnd then we adopted Bootsie, which stirred up jealous feelings in Cinder. You see, Bootsie was the exact opposite of Cinder, which meant my lap suddenly stopped being free. If I typed on my laptop, Bootsie would snuggle tight against me. If I wrote in my journal, Bootsie would curl up on my free leg. If I watched television, Bootsie would claim my lap and fall asleep on it. Over time, I started to notice a change in Cinder. It’s not a consistent one. But it’s a change.

When I’d sit to work or to relax, sure enough, Bootsie would crawl on me. Then a short time later, Cinder would meander her way to the arm of the recliner next to me, where she’d stretch out for a nap. Or if I retired to the bedroom to read, sure enough, Bootsie would seek me out. And a short time later, Cinder would casually climb our pet stairs to the bed. A little jealously at work?

Bedtime comes and Cinder remains on the cat tower in the living room. Andy and I call out to her. Minutes later, there’s the light tread of paws on our bed. And then Cinder sniffs my husband’s face, before curling up by his feet for her nightly snooze.

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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:

  • Freddy the Frogcaster and the Terrible Tornado by Janice Dean
  • The Distance Between Us by Reya Grande
  • Hearts of Fire from The Voice of Matyrs

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