Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Of Cats and Dogs

I am one of those people who sincerely believe that pets make our lives better. In fact I can't imagine not sharing my space with a pet. As many of you recall, we presently have two pets, Owen, our Persian kitty (pictured here at left) and Sheldon, our Standard Poodle. It amazes me how social they both can be. Sheldon usually goes to work with one of us every day, and Owen works at home as guard-kitty. He likes to hide under the glass top table, in the middle of the base pillars that support the glass. I suppose with the chairs around the table base, it protects him from any wildebeests who could come charging in without a moments notice. Owen sure is smart about things like that. When we come home from work, Owen runs to the door to greet us. I swear that cat can tell time. Sometimes, if we are running late he will be waiting by the door, and immediately begins talking at us when we cross the threshold. Of course, Sheldon is so excited to be home again to see his brother that they soon run around and play together for awhile.

above: Sheldon loves to be outside on the patio, relaxing by the pool.

above: ...while Owen waits patiently by the door, inside wishing he could get outside to play. Aside from the heat, I don't want the cat outside, too many hungry hawks with sharp eyes.

above: Sheldon is such a social creature. He follows me around wherever I go in the house, and listens to everything I say. Sometimes I think he actually understands me.

above: Owen has a few other favorite spots in the house. This end table is handy for its proximity to the wild jungle-like plant.

above: Sheldon loves to sprawl out and relax, content with watching me blog away on my laptop.

above: When comfort comes first, Owen heads for his favorite side chair. This one has an especially comfortable spot on top, ideal for meditating and practicing mind control over humans. Funny thing is I think he is pretty good at it. I find myself mumbling "must open can of organic cat food for Owen...must open can or organic cat food for Owen...."
Well that's all for today. Hope you enjoyed this little post of Cats and Dogs.
-Rick Rockhill


Jeni said...

I agree completely with your theory that pets -especially dogs and cats (Ok, I'm biased there, I know) do make our lives better, much, much better, in fact. And I loved that picture of Owen under that table. Too cute!

Mags said...

Very cute post! I know I've said this before, but I really miss not having a pet. I think that when I move in November I'll look for a place that lets me have a cat or small dog. Life is a lot less lonely with a furry friend!

Kathy said...

Pets DO add so much to our lives. I would think that besides hawks, coyotes might be lurking around the dessert?
Our Azrielle is not an outside kitty--too many animals and diseases (and close proximity to a busy road).

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

how cute! they are social little things, aren' they?

smiles, bee

Desert Songbird said...

The kids and I really miss having a dog. I especially do during the school months when I'm home alone. Our dog used to be "my dog" - she followed me everywhere and was always close by.

Anonymous said...

Love the pic of Owen in his special, yet regal roost.

I think our pets DO understand us. And yes, they are family...

Elizabeth Bradley said...

The best of both worlds, a gorgeous cat, and a gorgeous dog. Very sweet. I couldn't agree more, we have 3 dogs and I love to return home to such celebration!

WAT said...

Cute pics. Yeah, I'm soon heading out to Palm Springs! I can feel it in my blood! It's hot as hell already though, but it's cool, I'm ready for my tan baby!

Jennifer said...

I agree - life is better with pets. I too had a cat that met me at the door when I returned from work. He also played fetch!

grace said...

Absolutely!! My life would be so lonely and boring with out my 2 gorgeous Brittanys!! Oh, I talk to them too - well not excpecting a response or anything! lol But they look and listen and turn their heads as if to say - I am listening!

super great post.

C said...

Oh! I LOVE this post! I agree with you whole-heartedly too. Pets do make our lives better. Don't you just love all those special 'every day' moments with your canine and feline babies? I was walking to our mail box to get the mail and one of our cats was walking with me. Yes, our CAT was walking beside me! Isn't that funny? Pets have such distinct personalities. I can't imagine my life without our pets either.

P.S. I love that Owen is the guard kitty! Too cute!

© Karelian Blonde said...

They are just soooooooooo cute!

Of our cats Mira is the one who either sits on the window staring at the road waiting or she is ready by the door when I come home :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I enjoyed it very very much, Rick....Owen has such a great face! I love that these two play together...Isn't that sweet?

snowelf said...

I love Owen and Sheldon stories--they are fabulous pets. I know they understand you, because I'm positive that my cats can understand me and the chilis too. :)



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