I Have No Dogs, I Have No Cats

I read a post today by OldandBlessed that talked about pets. Dogs actually.

Every time I come across something I like this I find myself thinking I would like a companion – feline or canine. Then I think about fur, food, defecation, vet bills, and most of all about having to venture out in inclement weather on days when I would just as soon curl up – inside. I live in an apartment building and see countless folk doing this very thing in cold, wet, damp (dreich) and rethink the whole thing.

Now I am not entirely animal free. Like grandchildren they are all part of visitation.

The first of many was this sweet girl, Scooby, seen here with G1 about 16 years ago. She was amazing and had been part of ’the family’ well before G1 arrived. I worried at first about how this dog, who by-the-way had been the centre of the universe, would accept a new-born human. I need not have worried. The day babe and mom came home Scooby became the ultimate nurse – think Nana in Peter Pan.

As that wee babe lay swaddled and the cats came to have a look, Scooby positioned herself between the cats and babe. Later when G1 lay on the floor cooing and gurgling that dog picked up one of her toys (they each had their own toy box) and would rub it up and down the baby’s tummy making him giggle with delight.

Through out the years there is a constant population of dog, cats (usually 3), and sometimes hamsters (Jasper currently).

Bree, the most wonderful yellow lab pictured here with G2 followed and is now a pretty old girl herself. The love and adoration that flows from her is all enveloping.

Currently there are two of these beauties – don’t know if this is River or Willow – and they are ragdoll cats. I had never heard of them and they have grown to be huge. It’s mostly the fur that makes them so big I think.

Two of these three are still around but my fave is Gus who is back by the wall.

I have no photos of Jasper, but since this is about cats and dogs he will have to wait for another time.

So I guess I do have dogs and cats. Just not right here. But I often think I did I would be able to talk out loud and not wonder if I was getting – you know -old and doddery


Tuesday December 8th ’21 at north of 453

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One is about 43 degrees latitude N. and longitude 80 W, The other almost equidistant south latitude and longitude 174 E. Two women, two minds, different personalities and experiences, choosing a life of meaning, continual growth and learning, at the same time negating ageist opinions of exactly what ‘an old lady’ should be.

12 thoughts on “I Have No Dogs, I Have No Cats”

  1. Thats a great post Chris. As you knowI share Flashcat with Cate and her boys and Daisydog with David and his. As Flashcat spends most of his time with me, I can happily chat to him without sounding like a doddery old lady.

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  2. As you know, I have two dogs here in Spain and they saved me from loneliness and homesickness. Of course, the weather is just about always nice here so no problem taking them for walks. Plus, if it does rain on the rare occasion, they refuse to leave the house and hold it u until it gets nice out. They are fair-weather dogs. And yes, I talk to them a lot. They sometimes answer with their eyes. Love them to bits. And when I go back to Canada to visit, there are lots of grand furbabies to cuddle.

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