Thursday, August 15, 2013
My cat and my dog don't "fight like cats and dogs". They love each other. And sometimes play and wrestle with each other - but it never gets violent.
Jasmine, my puppy, is half sheltie and half "I'm not sure". We knew her parents. Pokey, her dad, was a pure-bred Australian Shetland Sheepdog but her mother, Bubbles, I think was just a mutt - maybe like a Jack Russell. When the puppies were expected at our friends house I repeatedly told my husband that we were NOT getting a puppy. We had a cat at the time and we live in an apartment so I kept saying, "NO PUPPY"! But then our friend brought Jasmine over when she was 12 weeks old (She had been born on Thanksgiving Day under the shed in the back yard) and she was just so darn cute, I changed my mind and told my husband, "OK, we can keep her". Unfortunately, I'm the one who has to take her out to "do her business" 3-4 times per day and I'm getting tired of it. But she's a great dog. I wish she wouldn't bark so loud when someone comes to the door. We've started to call her "Ding Dong" cuz she's like a doorbell.
Now, our kitty was really a "gift from God". We had lost our previous cat to a car on the road. I really love cats more than dogs, and I had been saying to my husband that I really wanted to get another cat. We live in an apartment and really are only supposed to have one pet. We also don't have a lot of money and don't have a car, so we couldn't just drive to a shelter and adopt a cat. One day I really felt like I wished I had a cat again and I told Johnny. At 9 pm, out of the blue, I decided to step outside to get some air and right outside our back door sat this tiny little kitten. He was just quietly sitting there. He wasn't "meowing" or anything. I had never seen him before. I picked him up and brought him in and showed him to Johnny and said, "Look, we have a cat !" I suggested Johnny, who loves music, name him after a band. He said, "OK, Zeppelin !" and that became his name.
Now Jasmine and Zeppelin are best friends. I think we need to learn a lesson from them. Let's all learn to "GET ALONG". We can be very different from one another but we can learn to appreciate each other's differences and accept each other as we are. My Johnny and I come from opposite backgrounds. I was raised in a Christian home where my parents were married for 53 years. I went to a Christian school and attended church every Sunday. I was sheltered. Johnny on the other hand, was raised by a single young mother and his grandmother. His upbringing was "far from stable". He had a lot of trauma in his childhood. But we love each other and really enjoy each other's company. My favorite thing to do in the whole world is to just "hang-out" with Johnny. We're like Jasmine and Zeppelin. We love each other.
Let's all learn to get along. Nobody ever said dogs and cats had to fight.