My daughter has a Barbie movie in which there is a cat that is referred to as a “doggish cat.” Most likely because it is a tomcat and barks. We all know that cats in Barbie movies are usually girls. 😉
My husband and I adopted 2 tiny kittens a few months after we were married. Non-pet owners will not understand, but before we had children, they were like our babies. Unfortunately for them, after we had children, they lost a bit of rank in the house. 😉
One was abused in her first month of life. The shelter found her on the side of the road with her whiskers pulled out. Stormy was the size of a snowball when we saw her. She loved us right away, but would go into hiding when others would come into the house. She is definitely a cat cat…she has cuddled with me since she could fit in my shoe, but she is a bit overly skiddish and has a mind of her own. She is beginning to warm up to others now…slowly but surely.
Riley was our doggish cat. We chose her from the shelter at the same time as Stormy, and though they look identical, Riley was born at the shelter. She and Stormy were great “friends.” Riley would come when called, would thump her foot when we scratched her ear, would follow us around, and sleep in my daughter’s bed each night (sometimes as the pillow). We even were able to play fetch with her when she was young.
We had to say goodbye to Riley this weekend. Pets are loyal and love you unconditionally, they let you cuddle them when you need comfort and “forgive” you when you ignore them. It is hard to lose a pet, hard to lose anything that has been a positive part of your life for 13 years, but it is even harder when you have small children. They knew she was sick, they knew she was not likely going to get better, but in the end she went much faster than we thought. That is a blessing, especially for her sake. It was hard to watch her in the end. Kids are troopers, though, and though they miss her, they have an ability to put things in better perspective than adults sometimes. Again, I know pet owners, or even simply dog owners, may not understand, but our hearts are heavy this week as we miss our doggish cat.