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Kitty in the Hanging Gardens

Did you know that cats only meow at humans? Apparently, meowing has developed just for communication with their human slaves. (See Why Do Cats Meow at Humans?) And did you know that cats respond better women because of their higher pitched voices? (See Surprising Things You Never Knew About Your Cat

Well, Kitty believes she is the ruler of my little front porch garden. She’s reserved a section for her litter box and another area behind the lavender for lounging. She meows at me if she feels I haven’t watered the plants enough. Once I take up the hose to do her bidding, she throws herself at my feet and lies there criticizing. She’s even attacked plants she’s unhappy with, like Jasmine and Rue. Or maybe she’s just pruning?

Although she doesn’t like some of the scented plants I added in an effort to keep her from creating more litter areas, she loves the smell of freshly washed clothes. When I bring a basket out to hang, she rushes over and crawls in the clean pile and rolls around in joy, leaving cat hair behind. Who knew that Foca detergent had such an effect on cats?

I’ve placed an old bath mat among the plants so she can watch my gardening without me accidently stepping on her tail. She has deemed it acceptable and queenly observes my actions from there. After all, she is highly offended if I accidentally get water on her while tending to my plants. 

I’ve changed the size of her food dish, thinking a larger dish with more food will keep her from complaining so much. Alas, it’s not the size of the dish but the fact that she can see the bottom of it that causes her remonstrations. The same is true of her water dish. It’s now a small bucket so there’s no chance of her running out, however she gets huffy if a leaf or stray bug falls in. Her water is not PURE. 

It’s difficult to manage such a furry diva but I’ve found that if I anticipate her complaints, she complains less. She might just get me trained yet.

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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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