Cats and Dogs

When i was in South America last year, i left Mr. Pickles the Wonder Dog with my niece and her family for a couple weeks.  Hilarity ensued.  During his stay in the Trailer Park, he became attached to their Orange Cat.  Yes.  That was his name. 

Because Mr. P really enjoyed this cat – although not as much as he enjoyed being humped by his lesbitarian doggie cousins – it occurred to me that acquiring a pet for my dog might not be a bad idea.  i let my niece know that if they ever decided to get rid of Orange Cat, i’d be happy to take him.

A few months later i learned that Orange Cat had been taken for a drive in the country and abandoned.  He had started spraying, and rather than expend the energy to call me, it was easier to dump him.  Nice. 

Having expressed my disgust disappointment to the entire clan, my other niece (DQ’s step-sister, J) said they had a lovely orange kitty who might be looking for a home.  She and her partner, R, have quite a herd of felines – over two dozen at the time.  They work in veterinary care, and do a lot of kitty rescue operations, so it’s not like they’re just crazy cat lesbians or anything…

J began a subtle marketing campaign, sending me pictures of this little critter.  But what sold me?  They named him Huey Newton.  His sister was named Angela Davis.  Always a sucker for radical animals, i agreed to let Huey “visit” for a couple weeks – to make sure he’d be happy, and that Mr. P could handle another critter in the household.

Cats really aren’t pack animals, and he’s perfectly happy doing his own thing.  Confidently exploring, he has no problem looking up at the dog – who outweighs him by 90 pounds – and whacking him in the snout when he gets a little too sproingy.  Mr. P has not been deterred, and continues in his efforts to “play”.  Huey isn’t impressed, but is a cuddly little fellow and seems to be enjoying himself…

We are still looking forward to “Hijinks”.  That’s what’s supposed to happen when cats and dogs live together.  Playful games, “clever cat messing with stupid dog” and all that stuff.  My niece assures me that it will happen in time…

 

As of this week, he’s become tolerant of the ‘doggie spit bath’.  He’s a keeper…

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31 thoughts on “Cats and Dogs

  1. Those ears don’t say “tolerant of the ‘doggie spit bath'” to me. Mr. P will love Huey, though. Dogs just are not happy when they have to spend hours by themselves.

    My eldest’s dog has had to live with cats his whole life. She currently has three cats now. He’s very tolerant of them and since they’ve been raised with him from kittens, they don’t know any different about dogs.

    The funniest thing was the time she brought him out to the house just after we ‘rescued’ Bouncy and her kittens in the back yard. Bouncy got out through an open back door when she spied and was on him like flies on shit. I don’t think he still knows what happened that day as he ran around and around the house with this spitting gray furball clinging to his chest with all four clawed paws.

  2. Have to agree with Rob, that cat is just waiting for the right time to clobber Mr. P. Probably when you aren’t around. I loves me some orange kittehs, too bad I’m allergic to them. (I would probably have less allergic symptoms without Friday, too, but it’s not gonna happen.)

  3. rob – that’s why i said “tolerant” not “appreciative”. kitty thinks dog is a big damn doofus. especially when he goes “nose under tail” for some excavations. your daughter’s menagerie sounds like a grand time!

    jenny – there’s a lot of “awww….” going on around here. he really is a cutie.

    uncle keith – maybe when the time is right, another kitty will walk into your life…

    beth – i’m amazed at how long the cat let this go on… before swatting him in the head….

    silverstar – i’m sure i’ll love the cat. already do. but there are differences. the dog is my companion, and can easily replace the men in my life (for MOST things…. not THAT). but the cat? not sure that would be the same…

    jimmy – i’d drink all your whisky. and then start bashing the scotch. thank you, as always, for your kind words. but it’s not like i have a goat or anything!

    nursemyra – huey has hints of maine coon, but he’s so tiny… got a tail like a squirrel, and i’ve already told the boy that someday it’ll look fine flying off my car antenna. will check out zoom’s kitty! (not a euphemism)

    tNb – he’s not only gorgeous, but sweet. hardest thing for me to adjust to? he’s TINY. i’m used to a big, ‘thumpable’ dog… the kitty is maybe 8 pounds, at 8 months old…

    savannah – maybe miss daisy needs a cat? or a stuffed animal to distract her. my niece got an “animatronic cat” for christmas, and other than being incredibly creepy, it might do the trick!

    kono – i figured you’d at least love the name. my niece is queen of the cat women, and she knows me (and Mr. P). she’s the one who really did the match up…

  4. stephanie – that tail is almost bigger than he is! it’s pretty amazing… my son thinks it would make a nice tail on a ‘cat-skin’ hat, davy crockett style…

    unbearable banishment – i’m still aggravated about the long-standin trailer park habit of abandoning animals that no longer fit the lifestyle. domesticated animals are a committment… like “jennifer aniston” as a cat name. as an actress? notsomuch…

    renal failure – oh, my… was that THREE exclamation points? oh, yes it was… if this cat didn’t already have a great name, i’d have considered “bernie the half cyborg cat” for him. just didn’t fit. he doesn’t have a drunken irish wife…

    writerdood – i hope so. with a dog? it’s easy to tell if he is happy. with a cat? i have no freakin’ idea how to tell happy from sad from hungry from needy from in pain from…. oh, but they do ‘pissed off’ really well.

    manuel – hoping you get the puppy of your dreams soon… critters rock.

    gnu – hadn’t looked at it that way. as for taste testing? Mr. P is mostly frustrated that he can’t get his head into the litter box…

  5. syncopated eyeball – kitty love. right now? he’s very attached to my daughter. it’s really cute to see him follow her around!

    rassles – credit to The Girl. she’s been whining about the lack of hijinks since he arrived…

    squirrelqueen – oh, yeah. he’s a vocal little critter…

    blazngfyre – very cool. really want those hijinks. can start making our own youtubery…

  6. My (now deceased) American Eskimo loved our cats. I have great pics of her playing with the manxs we adopted at a month old. She would scoot along the floor with her muzzle on the carpet so she wouldn’t scare them.
    Also have great pics of my parents’ Chow being chased by my brother’s manx, him slapping the heck out of her furry face while she smiled, him slapping at her furry behind as she pretended she was going to sit on him.

  7. Such a fun post. It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to catch up on blogs, so I thought I’d pop in on you.

    I’m definitely a dawg person, but this cat’s coat is exceptionally pretty and so is his sweet face. You know they’re gonna be pistols if they do “sweet face” really, really well. Look out, Mr. P! heh.

  8. ame.i – That’s what i call “hijinks”! Sounds like endless hours of fun… this is why i must have pets…

    mrssnell – this is my first round of ‘cat’, and i can be persuaded…. he’s quite a character! thanks for stopping by… once i’m home from the road, i’ll be back to reading blogs more consistently!

  9. awe…i enjoyed this one daisyfae. huey newton is an awesome name for a cat! here is a funny pic of our dog django and our cat reggie.

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