Some are smart, some are dumb, but they almost all have an incredible ability to love us. So, the relationship is almost human in nature but without all of the human characteristics that so often sour a relationship. He’d come when called, he sensed when you were in a funk or feeling bad and would pay even more attention do us. Abigail is a seven-year-old, coal-black, runt kitten who refuses to grow up and is an incredible hunter.She dismantles birds in our living room on a regular basis. ) was a typical Siamese, when we inherited him: nasty, combative with us and the other cats. Smoki was brought to us by Corki as a tiny feral kitten.He started losing weight about a month ago and, according to the vet yesterday, is down to 9 pounds from his usual 15.We didn’t catch it earlier because he has a really thick, long coat.But, he finally got down to 8 pounds from 15 and was barely getting around. Still, we recognized that the good outweighs the bad and we got Shahn-deen four days later. We can’t even begin to understand the causes of the others. In mass shootings, the operative word there is “mass”.She is like having a lovable, incredibly smart and obedient, fur-covered two-year-old in the house and at 11 years is still very much a puppy. She is such an integral part of our life that, in a way, we’re already grieving losing her. Thinking of Sandy Hook, I can’t get the image out of my mind of looking through the sights at a toddler’s face and pulling the trigger. You need a lot of people in one place to make the concept work.
So, let’s concentrate our efforts at guarding those.Basically, all we did was talk and kitbitz our way from one meal to the next and the feeling of family was palpable. A third layer of thoughts keeps my mind skipping back out to the shop where I’m waiting for a little Bondo to cure on a piece I’m working on for this month’s installation of Shop Talk in EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine.The subject centers around the necessity of trusting our eyes and reflections/shadows, rather than our hands, in deciding whether a surface is level or not.To me, however, he is my ever-present little office buddy who is (or was) constantly begging for head scratches and food.I’m his only social connection with the world and I take that responsibility very seriously.This is why many people never want to have “pets.” When we adopt any kind of animal to share our lives it’s like having a child that you know you are going to outlive. Many folks don’t want the grief, which can be damnably painful. Dog owners know they give something that no human being can give yet not one dog owner can explain exactly what that is. Incidentally, saying that we’re a dog owner isn’t exactly correct. It’s really difficult to put thoughts about this into words. Six or eight a year in a population of 330 million is all you need to perpetrate the most horrific acts. So, the debate about guarding them shouldn’t be a debate.