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Pepé Le Pew

It seems Kitty is in heat. She has had a nightly caller who serenades her with love songs. Only Kitty believes she is human and is horrified at the attention. She looks exactly like that cat who endlessly tried to escape Pepé Le Pew’s amorous advances.

She hides in the deepest recesses of my garden when her would-be-suitor comes calling. Sometimes she comes right up to the screen door and mews piteously to be let in.

We’ve had Kitty three years now and although we think she has been pregnant, we’ve never found any kittens. Maybe, believing she is human, she just abandons them since they don’t resemble her. Who knows?

Only time will tell if Monsieur Pepé Le Pew will steal her heart this year and we’ll have kittens. I think I’m probably the only one excited by the prospect. Meanwhile, the caterwauling continues.

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Puppy Love

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February certainly is the month to show how much you love your pets. Not only was February 20, Love Your Pet Day, but also today, February 23 is National Dog Biscuit Day.

Furthermore, February is Dog Training Education Month, National Prevent a Litter Month, and Responsible Pet Owner Month. This month also hosts Have a Heart for a Chained Dog Week and National Justice for Animals Week.

While we have been a cat/dog hiatus, one of each is more than enough, recently we added to our pet number. Neither Puppy nor Kitty is happy about it though.

My father-in-law’s dog had a litter of 8 pups. Once they were up and at’em, he said he was going to take them to the basurera (dump) because he couldn’t possibly feed them all. In addition to the momma dog, her 8 offspring, he also has another dog, making his canine population a grand total of 10.

My son came back from a visit and asked if we could adopt one. So we went up the hill and came back with 4. My husband carried on the entire time. 4 puppies! What were we going to do with those?

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He and my son gave them a flea bath however and settled them in a box in the backyard. In the next few days, my husband found homes for the other 2. He wanted to get rid of them all, but my son was now attached to Fred and George or as my husband calls them Ojos and Junior. However, he was able to adopt out the remaining 4 pups, greatly reducing the expense for my father-in-law.

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Fred and George are also very attached to my son as well. They love being carried about like babies, getting milk left over from the sheep/goat baby feedings and eating dog food. They couldn’t be happier!

So how are we celebrating all these doggy holidays this month? Well, we are heading to the vet to find out about the shot given to prevent my father-in-law’s dog from going into heat again. My son is in charge of the puppy training making him the responsible pet owner. We don’t chain any of our dogs although they are inside the Flores compound after dark for their own protection. And today, we will reward all the puppies, Puppy and Kitty (because she just can’t be left out) with a special biscuit treat. And they will reward us with LOVE or in Kitty’s case, a little less disdain. Now, this is my kind of celebration!

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More Lil’uns

Mama Hen wasn’t satisfied with hatching out el ejército this year.  She went for the second esquadron. While she was busy incubating, our other broody hen, that only managed to hatch 1 lone soldier (albeit special forces fuzzy feet) took over command of el ejército.  

 

Our upstairs cat Licky, so named because she prefers to eat her dinner upstairs on the back porch tried to get one of those roaming chicken nuggets one day.  She wasn’t successful however now whenever our downstairs cat Kitty, that looks nearly identical to Licky, is out back, she is subject to hysterical henpecking.  She’s taken refuge in a pile of sticks, sort of like a fort and won’t come out unless I’m down there on the steps.

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Kitty during the Zombie Chicken apocalypse.

Then one day, my son was playing his guitar in his room and suddenly heard some whimpering from outside his window.  It was a scruffy yellow puppy and he looked to us for salvation. After asking the neighbors, we pieced together his story. We think he had been abandoned at the top of La Yacata and spent the day wandering hither and yon through the hostile terrain until he heard signs of civilization and made his way to the shade by my son’s window.  He was full of fleas. It took quite a bit of effort to clear that infestation up. He’s a bit of a scamp.

IMG_20180507_110939.jpgPuppy doesn’t seem to mind Lil’pup but has become a little sullen and maybe even a little depressed.  Any new addition to the family is bound to upset the older brother. We have been trying to pay extra attention to Puppy so that he knows he is still loved.

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Cat Walk

With my new and improved schedule (See Transition Year), I am able to take a morning walk and sometimes an afternoon and evening walk.  Puppy absolutely adores our walks.  He’s able to sniff every corner, expand his marked territory and run off bigger and badder dogs emboldened by my presence.

Sometimes my husband or son go with me.  After all, it’s just not fitting that women walk alone in Mexico.  I shrug.  I’m only going around the block and there isn’t any real danger that Puppy can’t handle.  But if they want to come, that’s ok too.

I take my camera just in case there’s something worthy of posting on Instagram later.  Sometimes I find some pretties.  Sometimes I don’t.  One day I found 7 tomatoes that fell off the produce truck.  Salsa!  Another day I found a bag of grouting the exact color we are using to finish the second floor.  Score!

We recently brought Kitty from the little house in Sunflower Valley to La Yacata.  She’d gotten too big to be content in the enclosed space.  She SO wanted to go outside and lay in the grass.  When we didn’t allow that, she would literally throw a fit on the floor, meowing and rolling about.  So, we moved her to the backyard in La Yacata and she was happy for awhile.

She noticed that while Puppy is inside at night, at first light, he got to go outside.  Inch by inch she gathered her courage and moved toward the door.  After a few days of watching Puppy and I go for our walk, she ventured beyond the gate.  She decided she’d come with us.  

She complained the entire time!  Having been an inside cat since kittenhood, this was a LONG walk for her.  She was a bit out of shape.  But she stuck with us and made it around the block.

Puppy didn’t much like the new walk companion.  I mean really, she carried on so.  Then she’d get lost in the tall grass and get hysterical so he’d have to go and find her.  So he tried to discourage her from going on the walk with us.  

Eventually, she stopped accompanying us.  Instead, she comes out when we head off and waits by the door.  She knows that eventually we’ll come back and feed her.  Puppy’s satisfied with this arrangement as well.  Glad we could work that out.

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