Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Cats & Dogs

There have been very few times in my life when there wasn't a pet in my home. In fact, I think only my college years were pet free, due to time, space, and landlord constraints.

When I was little, there were cats. One, a fluffy white and grey sweet kitty named Ladybug. The other, a fluffy white and orange not-so-sweet kitty named Fireball. Fireball was a bit schizophrenic. One minute he would be laying upside down on your lap, allowing you the priveledge of scratching his belly, and then he would let you know he was done by ever so gently reaching up and scratching your face off. Or he would be curled up in a ball in his favorite sleeping spot on the stairs. It was always risky going up and down the stairs when he was there. Sometimes you could go around or over him and he wouldn't so much as twitch a whisker. Then there were the times you would quietly step around him and suddenly realize your ankle was bleeding. You just never knew with him. But I liked Fireball, he had character.

Later we had a dog, Biscuit. She was the cutest, sweetest, and dumbest Golden Retriever ever. And she had a talent for slobber. Good for curling up with though.

Jason's family always had dogs. When I met him, they had Warf. Warf was insane. But, in his defense, he was raised in a house with two teenage boys and their friends. He had no choice. Many people have said they would like to be reincarnated as a pet in that household though. Those dogs are absolutely members of the family, and spoiled as such.

I believe that, whenever possible, kids should be raised with pets. It teaches them to be gentle, and responsible, and love with no expectations or qualifications. I'm glad I've always had them around.


loonyhiker said...

Interesting name Warf. Wonder how in the world they came up with that name. Of course with teenage boys, there is no telling!

heather said...

I think you're right about kids and pets. Fireball sounds like a crazy cat. The name really matched her/his? personality..

Laura Lou said...

I feel like I know each of the pets. WHat a wonderful way you described their personalities!

faery-wings said...

Fireball sounds like my brother's cat Emmitt. Dangerous!
I agree, I think that kids should be raised with pets, and lot sof them. *grins*

Zephanee said...

I had a cat like Fireball. Her name was Cali and she was just like you described...very unpredictable. And I agree about kids and pets. My son grew up with two cats and learned how to treat animals very quickly.