Friday, March 15, 2013

Pet Adventures

Our pet family has doubled, so I thought I'd take a minute to share how we are all faring.
To use a defensive football analogy {To commemorate the fact that there are only 169 days until the kickoff of the college football season!}, when you have one kid (or pet, in this case), the parents have said kid double teamed, 2 on 1.  Two kids (pets), you go man to man.  Three or more, you have to switch to a zone defense, i.e. you are now outnumbered.  

We are in a zone defense, my friends.

This is Emily

Emily is our oldest cat.  She'll be 12 this year.  We rescued her from my Mom's house while home for July 4th.  She was being moved by a Mama cat, in the pouring rain, and Mama dropped her into a cement barrel and couldn't get her out.  We heard her squalling inside the house.  She was a tiny, drenched little rat.  She's been a good cat.  She's more reserved and likes to stand back and keep an eye on everyone else.

This is Holly
 Holly is the youngest...and most active of the cats.  She and Emily are best buds...she and Lucy (the newest cat), not so much.  They will hiss and chase each other at least once per day.  Hopefully they will get it figured out soon.

This is Lucy
 Lucy is the middle cat.  We just adopted her from the shelter a month ago.  She is still getting used to being in her new home.  She loves us and tolerates the puppy (with the occasional swipe at him when he gets a little too close for comfort one too many times), but she's not crazy about the other cats.  She's a Persian cat and has quite the demanding personality...and healthy meowing mechanism.  Doesn't she look like Grumpy Cat?  Lol

This is Murray
He's the only male (and dog) in the pet family.  He has adjusted well to our family.  He loves the cats and they put up with him.  Getting a dog has been the biggest adjustment.  Cats don't require training...or boarding...or crates...or grooming appointments...or generally, tick removal. (Found his first tick a couple days ago and had to remove it.  That was not fun!  And it was gross.  Who would have thought ticks were out already?)  He is doing well with all his training, though.  We do need to take a class as a family on having a puppy just so we'll all be on the same page with things (mainly what he can/can't do and getting him to listen!)

"Hello, Holly!  Wanna play?"

SWIPE  "Go away!"
(I have no idea why my cushion is on the couch backwards.  Must have been how a little gymnast in our family returned it after using it as a mat. Heading in to fix it.)

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