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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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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 meeting many prospective adopters while at Hearts United for Animals, 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 I 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!

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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bootsie_danceWith 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 told you about Cinder and play time. Now it’s time to tell you about my interactions with Bootsie.

Moment #1: Early morning, I turn on music in the living room to wake me up and to exercise. I stretch my arms. I shake my legs. Then suddenly to my surprise I’m greeted by Bootsie. She sits to my side. I reach towards her and she arches her back for a rub. As I continue to move to the music, she turns this way and that too, waiting for attention. And so we dance together.

bootsie_toyMoment #2: At some point after I get home from work and we’ve all eaten, I pull out a canister of wand toys. Bootsie eyes me from her crate. I dangle the wand in front of her. She bats at it. I swish the wand through the air. She ventures out of her and keeps watch on the wand. Back and forth her head goes as I whip the wand around. Then she jumps and strikes and–down goes the wand! And so we play together.

bootsie_snuggleMoment #3: Mid-evening, I curl up beside my husband. We settle into an hour of television before bed. It doesn’t take long before Bootsie appears. She stares at me, caution never far from her. But soon enough she makes a decision. She hops up, strolls to my lap, and promptly lies on top of me. Andy and I take turns stroking her head. Bootsie utters a low and steady purr. Her eyes start to shut. And so we rest together.

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Spring Reviews

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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