Why does my cat bite me first and then lick me?

If you are a cat owner, you will sometimes be surprised by your cats’ behavior, especially when they bite you or bite you and then immediately lick you. This type of behavior is very normal among cats, since it is considered a sign of affection and not of aggression. What your feline friend is trying to tell you is that he loves you, it’s his way of kissing you!

Sometimes your cats’ kisses can feel more like a sharp nip or nip that can hurt. Remember not to get mad at your cat as it may confuse the poor cat. If your feline friend takes a firm love bite, be firm and say No! Over time, your cat will understand that it is okay to show affection but not cause pain.

The reason they do this is not to hurt you, they are simply kissing you like they would normally kiss another cat. Because cats have thick fur and the nerve endings in their skin are not close to the surface of the skin like ours, they need to pinch harder to express their affection.

For a cat, this type of affection is quite acceptable, but as a pet owner it is not the most pleasant experience to be bitten. To stop this type of behavior you can train your cat not to bite, although this may take some time, patience and persistence before you can control this habit or stop it completely.

Although most cats enjoy affection, try not to pet them too much, as this can get them overly excited. An overexcited kitten will exhibit many telltale signs such as purring, rubbing against you, chirping, and a stiff tail that may shake. Cats that are overly excited usually can’t control their emotions, so be prepared in case your cat wants to kiss you.

Make sure that when you approach your cat you also look at its tail first, as its tail is like your mood detector. Remember that if your tail is shaking with excitement, avoid contact, as it could end with a love bite.

Approach your cat when she is in a good mood, her tail will appear calm and only the tip will move smoothly. On the other hand, if they are not happy, their tail will wag from side to side, it is always better to avoid contact with them until they return in a better mood.

Living in harmony with your cat is possible, just try to be aware of his mood swings and if he bites you and licks (kisses you) remember that there is a way to say I love you.

Recycle, Reduce and Reuse Products in ‘Opps’ Dog Bags

Paper or plastic: reuse or recycle?

They are all going green.

Although the argument still stands as to which one is better to support: “Paper or plastic?” If you don’t already own portable cloth bags, we’ve got some ideas or tips to help you go greener with your pet’s waste. We’d like to take that bunch of bags to the recycle bin at our local grocery store every month. We even hit ourselves on the forehead every time we see the message “Recycle your plastic bags here!” bin while walking through the local grocery store.

Of course, the best thing after recycling, as we all should know, is Reduce or Reuse. The current economic crisis or any everyday economic crisis can leave your family with limited funds or ponder the profitability of going ‘green’ … well, now you can! Reusing those bags that you use in the store: whether they are paper or plastic!

Forget all the hype from brand wars. A product will tell you how friendly biological products are or the other questions of the competition, “what is the difference?” What dog bag dispensers to buy? What is cheaper per roll of bags? Do I really need to spend $ xx a month on this or that $ xxx a year when that may be paying for organic pet food? Or my organic pet food? I’m talking about something you already have or bring home every time you hit the island’s shelves of local products. Yes, those papers or plastics! [As much as we’d all like to say no…there are other uses for them out there!]

My family did what a typical smart shopper does. As a family of five, not to mention our friend Toy Manchester Terrier, we would like to reduce costs in whatever department we shop at while offering quality for myself, our puppy friend, and our beloved Earth. Our intent is not to ignore what we could potentially be doing to the earth with certain debris. That’s when we decided it wasn’t worth investing in disposable pets or even nasty diaper dispenser rolls for a bunch of poop left during our walk in the park alongside their own. Here are some basic ideas or tips. Feel free to do whatever you want with it. This may not always work for everyone. But remember, it’s always good to try first before giving up! It can’t hurt, can it?

THE QUESTION REMAINS: “PAPER OR PLASTIC?” Keep reading …

OPTION # 1: PAPER.
MEANING:
A material made of cellulose pulp derived primarily from wood or rags or certain herbs.

* Do the children have old brown paper bags from their lunches today? GREAT, use them. Invert the paper, hold it in your hand to use it as a ‘glove’ to collect debris. These will take less time to decompose in our landfills while still using green products. Additionally, you have earned two reuses of this product! Think of it as your “two for the price of one!” when it comes to shopping sales, but eco-friendly!
* You can make two smaller bags to contain the mess with just small tape. Cut the entire bag to make two bags. Then use one of those sides to create a flat ‘wrapping paper bag’ that will be half the size of the regular bag. That way you get three times the use of the bag. Plus, all you need is a staple if you do it right.
* Any other ideas that you can think of or already have? Feel free to comment below! Let others know your tricks of the trade!

OPTION # 2: PLASTIC.
MEANING:
Any of the various organic compounds produced by polymerization, capable of being molded, extruded, molded into various shapes and films, or drawn into filaments used as textile fibers.
Plastic objects.

* You can cut the plastic bags in two for more use. [regular sized grocery bags]
* Buy in bulk? Great. Use the bag by pulling from the inside out first, put your hand on the outside, pick up the poop, and then go up the sides so that everything is inside. Use the old twisted of the number of products to complete! Dual use now.
* Produce bags also work perfectly as a single use to clean up poop. Do the same, move the bag inside out around your hand, use your hand to physically scoop up the feces as you would a normal pet reservoir bag viola. Throw out the next trash you see. You can also dump the poop in a park bathroom and then throw the bag away or recycle the bag. Most bags are washed before being remelted during the recycling process. That way, you put it back in the reduction, reuse it, and then recycle it.
* Do you do anything extra with plastic bags? Do you have any tips to share with others? Post a message on this blog for others to read and see as well. No advice or idea is too bad to share! They are always welcome.

SPCA Revolutionizes Rehabilitation of Severely Traumatized Dogs to Encourage Successful Adoption

2-year American research study helps traumatized dogs heal

The American SPCA has revolutionized the rehabilitation of traumatized dogs. The unique thing about this new approach is that the dogs receive a strict schedule and strict socialization and training for 3 months, on a consistent basis. That’s 3 months in a consistent environment, with professional trainers, handlers, and family vets available.

Professionals work with dogs every day. Dogs receive regular care, food, water, and time outdoors. Every day. In a few weeks, the dog begins to transform. They lose their fear of people, gain social skills, reintegrate, and are ready to be a domesticated dog. They are eligible to be adopted into family homes.

How have programs been different in the past?

In the past, both the US and Canadian SPCA had a more informal configuration. I used to volunteer at a Canadian SPCA. He trained the dogs in basic obedience. You made sure their kennel was clean and that you could accompany them. But you weren’t designated for a specific dog. You worked with a different dog each time you came. The dogs were fed, fed and generally cared for, but not purposely rehabilitated. However, in the end, most of the dogs were adopted. Some were moved to another SPCA location to attract different families.

Why does rehabilitation make a difference?

Many of these dogs can be very fearful and withdrawn. If forced, they will act aggressively and may even attack or bite to be left alone. Providing consistency and rehabilitating them to human contact, to their ears, legs and tail, accustoms them to the way humans show affection.

Remember these dogs are off to a rocky start. No human contact, dirty and cramped living space. And there is no regular routine for walking and eating. No toys. Can you imagine a dog or puppy without knowing how to play with a squeaky toy?

Why should intense rehabilitation be effective?

The new 3-month dog rehabilitation program started in the States, combines targeted testing and learning through play to inform. Each dog is on a daily schedule and is evaluated by constant trainers. As strengths and challenges arise, the team can further tailor the training to benefit the dog’s development.

It is really very rewarding to see dogs learn from other dogs! As the dogs and puppies are housed in a constant care environment at this institution, they begin to observe the behaviors of other dogs and gain the confidence to “come out of their shell” and be a dog.

Also, watching dogs and puppies learn to play with colorful marketed toys and have fun with people and other dogs is really a turning point for these dogs in terms of their ability to be successful in the show.

What is the next step for these dogs?

After graduating from this program, dogs will be eligible to be adopted into family homes. The hope is that the intense new program will improve adoption rates for rescue dogs and improve the overall temperament of rescue dogs for long-term sustainability. Therefore, both a rescue dog and the new family can be a perfect fit in life. The new program is a 2-year trial, in the States only, for now.

The professional staff reports that they expect most dogs to graduate, but they hope there are a few that will not. Those who cannot overcome their fear-based aggression and anxiety, even with various program modifications, will likely be euthanized, but these are the most extreme cases. The staff is hopeful that this overall program will greatly reduce the rate of euthanasia of rescue dogs overall for multiple reasons.

In summary

This article looks at a new program for dog rehabilitation started in the States just for now. What makes this research path to change dog behavior so revolutionary is that a team of professionals is constantly working for 3 months with severely traumatized dogs that were rescued from dire conditions. Many of these dogs are withdrawn or have fear-based anxiety and depression and require positive behavioral therapy just to get used to people, other dogs, learn to play, and learn to enjoy squeaky toys.

To watch the Second Chance video for more details on this research and to meet the staff of professionals who help these dogs, visit my site.

Have you adopted a rescue dog? Tell us how your dog fits into your family!

Why does my Blue Heeler lick me all the time?

Question: I just moved into my aunt’s house where she has this blue heel. He loves to come constantly and lick my legs. They told me that maybe it’s the salt we carry. Not only does he do it to me, but to everyone he can lick. Why does he do this?

Answer: Dogs are normally oral. They use their mouth to taste things, check texture, carry things, pick things up, groom themselves, and love you. Licking is equivalent to kissing, and some dogs are more affectionate than others.

Dogs especially like salty things, like sweat, and lotions, soaps, perfumes, and oils. Getting out of the shower and staying clean and dry is always difficult if your dog smells you first. Most likely, he’s on top of you trying to lick off the soap, water, oil, lotion, or whatever.

Licking your own body parts could be part of your preparation or trying to heal an affliction, but it can also mean love or submission.

You will notice that a more dominant dog, or even a person, will put a dog in his place by yelling or growling, and the dog will respond by submitting, cowering, and attempting to lick the aggressor’s muzzle.

The cause of licking, as you can see, varies, but if licking bothers you, you can always train your dog not to lick. However, keep in mind that if it is a sign of affection, you will have to allow an outlet, such as sitting close to you, jumping towards you (that’s like a hug), etc. so you don’t reject it completely. A dog that is just trying to be nice or super submissive could have much worse habits, like urinating every time he sees you!

Life with exotic Pomeranian puppies

It seems that there are some types of Pomeranian always available for sale or in rescues. The domestic dog has incredibly flexible genes, and some types are proof of that. The original Pomeranian is probably extinct. They were sturdy sled shooters and sheep herders. Two centuries ago, they weighed about thirty pounds. When they went to England, the trend of raising them smaller and smaller began. There are now toy dogs, teacup Pomeranians, and exotic puppies today on both sides of the Atlantic.

The only thing that differentiates exotic Pomeranian puppies from standard puppies is their color. That’s. If you have an exotic dog, be prepared for many smarties to say, “That is not a real Pomeranian because the color is not correct.” If you want to show your dogs, exotic types are not for you as they may be disqualified even if you can prove that all your exotic Pomeranian puppies are purebred.

Exotic Pomeranian puppies will still be built like standard puppies, regardless of their coat color. Given that the Humane League of the United States says that a quarter of all abandoned pets are purebred, it is highly likely that your presumed exotic Pomeranian puppy is purebred. This will help you determine what your potential puppy’s strengths and weaknesses are. You will also be better prepared for medical problems later on.

Exotic Pomeranians will most likely be abandoned through no fault of their own. Due to their small size, (like most toy dogs) they are difficult to train. Tiny bladders mean they can’t hold as much. Some have been successful in training exotic dogs to use a litter box. Their coats shed a lot and they shed twice a year. At four to five months of age, Exotic Pomeranian puppies can look quite disheveled. These coats need daily grooming, or else they quickly become unsanitary.

Some puppies come in blue, multi-colored (some solid color spots on a mostly white body), chocolate (a dark brown), beaver (another shade of brown), lavender (a shade of light gray), and blackbird blue (should be seen to be believed). With the exception of blackbird blue, none of these colors are dramatic enough to capture the attention of the average person. And yet, exotic Pomeranian puppies cost many hundreds of dollars, even if they are from responsible breeders.

Why do people care what color a Pomeranian is? Because some colors are in fashion and others are not. Some people want to have a “special edition” that is hard to come by and show that. But exotic puppies act like standard Pomeranians. And they are becoming more fragile and less healthy with each passing color fad. There seems to be more emphasis on color and small size than on the health of these dogs. Pomeranians are believed to have the weakest teeth in the dog world.

OMG my Great Dane ate his poop

I couldn’t believe it when I saw him do it. But surely there he was with a mouthful of his own poop, how disgusting he was! So I did what I always do, I googled it and this is what I found out. The act of eating poop has a technical word; coprophagia and simply means that dogs eat poop and that is also a natural thing.

Why do dogs eat poop?

  • They don’t have the social considerations that people have, this means they don’t see poop as a bad thing. For them it is just another taste sensation.
  • Mommy’s dogs eat it to keep the den clean of her puppies’ waste.
  • Puppies can see their mom doing it and they do it too
  • Puppies eat it because it has the same texture as the food they eat
  • Your dog may not be getting the proper vitamins and minerals in his diet and is eating to get them.
  • Some dogs eat poop to hide something they feel they shouldn’t have done, this is especially true for the dog who has been poorly disciplined for any mistakes they have made in defecating in the past.
  • Boredom is a good way for dogs to start playing and then eat their feces
  • The dog may have worms and just feel hungry all the time
  • The dog may be seeking attention. Like children, any attention is better than no attention.
  • The dog may feel lonely and feel stressed or anxious. If your dog is indoors alone for long periods of time, eating poop can become a habit and a way to de-stress.
  • Dogs are notorious scavengers and will eat
  • Some foods are not broken down in the stool and so they are eaten again.
  • Dogs eat cat poop because it is more nutritious. Cat food contains far more nutrients and protein than the dog lacks.

Now that we have discovered that eating poop can be done for a variety of reasons, it can also indicate a health problem, such as starvation, pancreas problems, nutritional deficiencies, and a lack of certain enzymes in the digestive system. It is true that a dog can starve even while consuming large amounts of food if it cannot digest the proper nutrients, so don’t just attribute boredom to eating poop, consult a vet if you have any concerns.

So, as natural and even common this little habit is, it’s not good to allow it to continue. Nobody wants kisses with poop breath. Additionally, the act of eating poop can expose your dog to parasitic worms, bacterial infections, tonsillitis, an upset stomach, and an increased risk of parvo and distemper.

A little side note, while researching this beautiful topic, my neighbor told me that her pug had been operated on because he had been eating cat poop. He went on to explain that it wasn’t the poop but the kitty litter that was to blame. Dogs cannot digest kitty litter and their bellies will swell, vomit, and have a great deal of diarrhea. In my next article we will discuss ways to get your dog out of this disgusting habit.

Are Dog Rescue Adoption Contracts Turning Into Leases?

In my ongoing research on dog rescue groups, I have discovered an alarming change that some groups are making in their adoption contracts. A new article is being added to the contract that effectively gives the rescue group the “right” to Get back the dog you adopted to anytime in the future.

A rescue group from a puppy mill near my home added the following item to their adoption contract during the summer of 2011:

I agree that a representative of (name of rescue group) may periodically wish to see the dog, my residence and the living conditions that I provide for the dog, and further agree to hand over the dog to a representative of (name of rescue group ) if for any reason you consider the conditions that I provide for the dog inappropriate.

This clause is ridiculous for several reasons:

(1) The rescue team insisted on a home visit to inspect his residence. prior to you were approved for adoption. You know what the living conditions are.

(2) Another article says that you must agree to “assume all risk of ownership.” You must take the risk, but they can eliminate you dog at any time. Apparently “property” doesn’t mean what we think?

(3) An additional item says that you are responsible for all expenses incurred after the adoption. You have to pay for everything related to the dog you adopt, but they can still take you dog anytime in the future. Of course, they don’t reimburse you for those expenses or the adoption fee you paid. (FYI. You don’t actually pay an adoption fee. You make a DONATION. This is why they don’t have to reimburse you.)

(4) Another item says that you cannot gift the dog. For example, this would mean that if your life changes, you may not give the dog to your older child. You are not free to make decisions about the future ownership of the dog you adopt.

(5) Another item says that if the dog is lost or dies, you must notify the rescue team. I have no idea why.

(6) If they feel the need to sue you to enforce the contract, you must pay all legal costs, including theirs. This means that if you try to keep “your” dog, they can sue you and you will be forced to pay their legal fees and yours.

(7) We are not so restrictive about adopting children.

So while you agree to take all risks, pay all necessary costs, and have no say in the future ownership of the dog you adopt, you are not really an OWNER of the dog. If they can come to your house at any time to claim the dog you think you have adopted, you are obviously not the owner. You leased it.

My reaction to seeing this article for the first time was “Why would anyone agree to sign this contract?” Of course, there are several reasons why people sign these contracts.

Tea first reason That’s the same reason people often get in trouble with contracts – they don’t actually read it. However, if they read the contract, they really don’t understand the ramifications. The ransom can simply represent the contract as a standard adoption contract which many people think means they don’t need to read it. This is NEVER true. Always READ the contract thoroughly and make sure you understand and can live with each item.

TO second reason for signing these contracts is not believing that the rescue group would really come to take you dog. I recently read about a situation related to the rescue of the couple from this group. A woman’s living arrangements changed. She moved into an apartment. Someone reported this to the rescue. The group felt that an apartment was bad for the dog they had adopted, so they complained its dog. HAPPENS! Note that once they have recovered a dog, the rescue is free to re-adopt (sell) it. Be careful and don’t assume anything!

TO third reason is that people do not anticipate a situation in which the rescue team feels the need to retrieve the dog. This attitude is very shortsighted. Divorcing, moving, having a baby, having older children or babies or returning home, losing your job, or developing a long-term illness are just some of the situations that may cause the rescue to reconsider your adoption.

TO fourth reason For people to sign these contracts is to avoid disappointing the family. If you don’t read the contract before looking at any animal, you may find yourself in the situation of having children who have fallen in love with a dog, are excited to bring the dog home, and have even given it a name. Not signing the contract means turning to your family and saying “it doesn’t matter.”

Some people sign these contracts because they believe the contracts are not legally defensible. The truth of this point of view varies by region; but I doubt anyone would want to pay double legal fees to find out. Some people have an “on my dead body” attitude about someone taking their dog away, but then again, it may not be worth trying.

What everyone needs to understand is that virtually all rescue groups have their app to adopt and the adoption contract available to read online. ALWAYS read these before looking at any animals. If you are attending an adoption event, go to the information table and ask to read these articles BEFORE you look at the animals. If you find this or a similar “lease” clause, proceed with a different redemption. NEVER ASSUME that the rescue will not claim “your” dog or seek legal means to do so.

If you find this clause AFTER you have found your perfect pet, it is worth trying to get the ransom compromised by adding a time limit to this clause. I believe that most human adoptions are final after one year. All dog adoptions should be FINAL at some point. You should never be afraid that your beloved canine family member will be recovered. All members of your human family will adapt to any change. Your dog too!

How to choose the best Welsh Corgi puppy from a litter

The Welsh Corgi is an agile, robust, extremely loyal and obedient little sheepdog. A popular breed among dog show owners and best known for its trainability, it makes an excellent pet for children. He lives healthily from his puppy years to his mid-teens. There are two breeds of Welsh corgi, the Pembroke and the Cardigan. Mainly, the Cardigan Corgi has a longer fox-like tail, while the Pembroke Corgi has a stubby tail. Perhaps the most famous of the Pembroke corgis belongs to Queen Elizabeth II – she has four adorable ones, and royalty has been very fond of the breed since the early 1900s.

If, as the Queen of England, you choose to keep these adorable critters as a pet, it is important to choose the best Welsh corgi in the litter. Doing this can be a very fun experience; You will be greeted by a bunch of merry men wagging tails, barking and jumping. It is very easy to be tempted to choose the loudest or the most vertiginous. Having the right one for you is very important; it’s a long-term relationship that you and your puppy will be building. The right time to choose your puppy is between eight and 12 weeks. This would have allowed enough time for the cubs to grow up healthy under the care of their mothers and learn to socialize with their siblings.

To help you make the right choice, here are some guidelines on how to choose the best Welsh Corgi puppy from a litter:

• Your first order of business will be to choose a reputable breeder. There are agencies that can help you find one to get your puppy from from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America or from a local breeder club in your area.

• Investigate. If you know a vet or have friends who own Welsh corgis, talk to them to learn about the breed. You can know their peculiarities and common diseases. Corgis are known to be a healthy and robust breed, but they can be prone to inherited diseases that commonly affect the eyes, kidney disease, and dystocia or difficulties giving birth due to a narrow birth passage.

• Look for signs of good health. Check the coat, ears, eyes, and nose. The nose must be moist, fresh and clean. The puppy should also have nice pink gums. Look for a puppy of medium build, they do not have parasites. Check the puppy’s butt and make sure it’s clean. Also check your breathing; it may be faster than yours or mine, but it should be stable, without wheezing or coughing. Look for signs of deafness. Make a noise, such as clapping, to see if the puppy responds.

• Look for the playful but not very aggressive puppy. Don’t be tempted to choose the first one to jump on you; don’t pick a shy one who doesn’t want to be touched either.

• Chemistry is vital. Spend some time with the sand, maybe a little one-on-one with each one if possible. This will give you a chance to inspect your Welsh Corgi puppy, as well as see if a good, long-lasting relationship with your pet awaits you.

Deciding if a frog is the right pet for you

Considering having a frog as your next pet? While frogs can make great pets and can bring years of joy into your life, there are several things to consider before purchasing a frog. By carefully examining the pros and cons of keeping a frog as a pet, you can more effectively determine whether or not it is the right type of pet for you.

The disadvantages of having a frog as a pet

Perhaps the biggest drawback to keeping a frog as a pet is the fact that many types of wild frogs face problems of extinction and general population decline. Since this decline is largely due to human activities such as the pet trade, it is essential that you only buy those frogs that are not experiencing population problems. This way, you can be sure that you are not contributing to the decline in the disappearance of that particular breed of frog.

Another downside to keeping a pet frog is the fact that their habitats can be quite difficult to keep clean and healthy. While the humidity, temperature, and lighting requirements are simple for most frogs, many are very sensitive to debris and other pollutants in their habitats. Therefore, you must take special care to keep the area clean. These special captive needs are also important to consider if you are someone who enjoys traveling regularly, as it can be difficult to find someone to care for your frog while you are away.

Feeding your pet frog can also be a difficult task. In most cases, you will need to handle insects to feed your frog. If you are picky, you may not enjoy this part of the frog property. If you have a larger frog, you may even need to feed it pinky mice, which can be a disturbing process if you are an animal lover.

Another possible downside to owning a frog is its long lifespan. While it’s nice to know that your pet will likely live 4-15 years, or maybe even longer, it’s important to note that you’re making a very long commitment when you bring home a pet frog. So before you buy one from the pet store, make sure you are prepared to care for it for many years to come.

Special Considerations When Buying a Pet Frog

In addition to considering the potential downsides of owning a frog, there are several other things to consider before bringing one home. First of all, you need to make sure you do a lot of research on the particular species you are buying. This way, you can be sure that you are setting up the habitat correctly and can set everything up before bringing your new pet home.

You should also consider the size of the frog. Just because the frog is small now does not mean that it will stay small for long. Be sure to purchase the right size habitat and equipment to accommodate your frog’s size now and in the future.

How my cat taught me unconditional love

Imagine: it’s the first snowstorm of a winter in Northern Ontario. A boy is walking home from school when he notices a little kitten fighting through the snow towards him. It is obviously lost.

This scene took place in 1996. The boy was my nephew.

He couldn’t ignore the shivering kitten, so he brought her home, even though his father is very allergic to cats. A makeshift house was set up on the downstairs boudoir, as far away from my brother-in-law as possible. Inquiries were made in the neighborhood to see if anyone knew where the kitten came from, but no one claimed it.

The next day my sister called me on the phone and asked if I would like a kitten or if I knew someone who would accept it. Her husband was having trouble breathing and she was getting desperate. Although she wanted to help, she didn’t want another pet because she already had a large Russian blue cat named Nikademous and a Terri-poo dog named Teddy. I told him the best thing to do was pick up the kitten and try to find a new home for him.

You can probably guess what happened. As soon as I saw her, I fell in love. She came home with me in a cardboard box and called herself Sufi, as she had recently organized a Sufi meeting. She was a long-haired tabby with a defined demeanor who quickly became the ‘queen’ of the house, and despite her small size, she terrified Nika and Teddy.

Nika soon turned to living in the basement as she never knew what the little hairball would do next … me neither. I began to fear going down in the morning and coming home from work. I encountered one disaster after another.

Things were often hectic at night and he would find plants lying on the ground, or fallen lamps or ornaments. Sufi once sent her plate of food flying from the windowsill where she had left it out of Teddy’s reach. The bowl landed on her water dish, which broke into pieces flooding the kitchen floor.

Every time a visitor arrived, he would jump on his shoulder from the back of a kitchen chair … much to his surprise! This became a serious problem when it got bigger as it dug in its claws until it got a good grip!

Plants were her favorite toys … except for Teddy’s tail, which often wagged tantalizingly in front of her. She loved to hit him from the couch when he came to me to pet him. Her little claws would get caught in it sometimes and since she was so small, he would end up waving her!

Another favorite pastime was playing with toilet paper. If the end was left dangling, it jumped up, caught its little claws in the paper and ran to untangle the entire roll.

Another memory is forever etched in my mind. I went downstairs one morning and found one of my favorite plants on the ground. It is not that unusual! I was getting pretty proficient at cleaning after Sufi, so I put the plant back in the pot and vacuum up the spilled soil.

The roots of the plant had dried out a bit, so I took out the plastic jug I kept under the sink to water my plants. When I picked it up, the handle broke completely and the jug full of water fell to the ground. I was left holding only the handle!

I quickly mopped the floor, watered the plant, and got ready for work, as I was now quite late … and more than a little annoying.

I had a date that night after work, so I ran home to take Teddy for a quick walk. As I opened the door, a strange noise reached my ears. He lived alone so this was a bit disturbing. At first I couldn’t make out what it was, but when I opened the door I recognized that it was the vacuum cleaner.

I cautiously entered the living room where I had left the vacuum cleaner that morning (I hadn’t had time to put it away). It was one of those boat styles with a switch on one end and I guess Sufi must have jumped in and started the engine.

I have no idea how long it had been running or how long Teddy had been huddled in the corner under a table with a definite ‘bad dog’ expression on his face. The vacuum cleaner had always scared him and sadly I left it near his basket. That wouldn’t normally be a problem for him, but when Sufi started the engine, I guess Teddy must have been so scared that he peed on his bed scared.

Sufi remained Sufi and caused chaos in the home for a long time, kept playing with the toilet paper roll and my plants, and breaking my ornaments. Eventually she learned to behave better, but she is still the ‘queen’.

Why did I put up with all this? Well, Sufi had an endearing quality. From the first day I brought her home, she loved to snuggle into my chest just below my chin while watching TV. Something strange happened when she did this: no matter what challenges I had faced during the day or what she had done to upset me, my anger just melted away! All I could feel was unconditional love for the little ball of fur that purred on my chest.

Sufi taught me that when there is unconditional love, everything is forgiven.

At the time of this writing, Sufi is 12 years old. She is still the ‘queen’ of the house, sleeping at the foot of my bed and ‘catching’ socks and underwear as she has been confined to living indoors and can no longer chase squirrels and birds. She has a unique way of communicating her dislike when left alone for a long time, even though I acquired Sassy as a partner for her a few years ago. (Nika couldn’t stand it and gratefully joined another house when I moved to Canada a few years ago.)

But … she also continues to give and receive unconditional love. Whenever someone is upset, she seems to feel it and insists on giving them kitty kisses anywhere on their anatomy that she can access, then snuggles into the person’s lap. It doesn’t matter if it’s me, my daughter, or a visitor, she treats everyone the same, unconditionally!