There is one thing I must say about my animal friends…they never disappoint me, unlike their human counterparts. They are always honest with their feelings and don’t hold grudges plus they allow me to be my silly self.
I have been taking care of my friend’s cats while she is away visiting her son for Thanksgiving weekend. When I arrived there today, all of them were waiting up at the top of the stairs…Simba meowing, Maggie and Jackie rubbing against the stair posts and purring, and Olive peering through the railing. When I got up to the kitchen, I realized why…their dry food bowl was totally empty. I can’t remember that ever happening before…it’s been close to being empty but never totally.
I had my orders to give Simba a pill and 1/3 of a can of food for Olive and Spanky. I put the food on the plates and left the tin with 1/3 left in it. When I came back upstairs, the tin was on the floor…empty…don’t know who jumped up there but I am willing to bet it was Simba!
I filled their bowl of food and water and the necessary talking and petting. There is a new cat there at the moment…a kitten by the name of Spanky. Olive isn’t happy about it because Spanky has now taken over the downstairs bathroom(that has always been the “official” room for the “new” cat or “ill” cat. ) Spanky is about 10 weeks old, black and gray striped with lovely gray eyes. He was attacked by something unknown and has multiple wounds on his abdomen and legs…gratefully they are healing.
When you lay Spanky on your lap so that you can tend to his wounds(has a special honey salve), he watches your face intently and if whatever you are doing hurts, he touches your face with his paw…as if to say…”be gentle with me. ” What a little sweetheart…reminds me of my little Beastie.
I didn’t have my catnip treats along today though and they were not happy with me.
I also saw my dog friend Rocky today(he’s a Yorkie). When I come to his house, he is always waiting right by the door as I come in…tail wagging and tongue in gear.
His family had gone out Black Friday shopping and I was there cleaning. Whenever I use the vacuum cleaner, he comes from wherever he had been napping and sits in front of me…”excuse me, but you woke me up.” This happened 4 times(he never used to do this). When something exciting happens outside…whether it’s the mailman or someone walking their dog down the street…he comes running out and expects me to go into the room with him and look out the window. I do and then tell him what it was…plus praise him.
I am grateful for my little animal friends…I always know where I stand with them and can always be myself.
til next time…Eva
Update: 12/13/16 My friend texted me a week ago to let me know that little Spanky had a massive stroke and crossed rainbow bridge. I cried buckets. Little Spanky was a kitten I would have adopted in a heartbeat had I been able to.