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Obligatory pet post

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sfaJack

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Weird. I wrote this post at least a month ago, but apparently forgot to actually publish it.

 

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Posting about pets is the latest craze to sweep the TSM blogosphere so I thought I'd blatantly steal the idea and post about our pets.

 

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Sassy

 

I'm not really a cat person. I don't mind them, but, if given a choice, I would opt for a dog. That said, this is Sassy. Sassy is about 8 years old. sfaJill got her after seeing a posting on a campus bulletin board back in 2000, which means she's had Sassy about a year longer than she's had me.

 

Sassy is a very 'talkative' cat and used to be pretty tolerant of other kitties/animals--until she became an 'only cat' after sfaJill and her sister stopped living together a few years back. I know this because when we were keeping her sister's cat a year and a half ago during their move, Sassy would spend all of her time keeping Cocoa (who isn't very well adjusted and thus terrified of just about everything) "trapped" in a particular corner of the kitchen. It was so bad that we ended up having to put another litter box in that corner because Cocoa--too afraid to leave the safety of her corner perch and risk getting attacked by Sassy--would just do her business on the kitchen floor. Stupid cat.

 

Where was I? Oh yeah...

 

Sassy's had a pretty charmed life: all the food she could want, constant attention from sfaJill, sleeping on the bed with us, etc. She's even managed to make some strides in getting my general household rule of "no animals on the furniture"--a rule that held firm for about 5 days after sfaJill moved in back in December 2006--relaxed by constantly testing my patience with it to the point where it's not worth the effort to fight it anymore.

 

Sassy probably felt like she was the queen of the world. So imagine her dismay this past New Year's Eve when we brought home...

 

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Wrigley

 

Yes, he is named after Wrigley Field. We got Wrigley when he was 8 weeks old from sfaJill's aunt, who breeds Huskies, Akitas, and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Wrigley was free to us because he supposedly has some joint defect in his leg and was thus unable to be sold (note: thus far, there is no sign of that defect). sfaJill, who has never had a dog before Wrigley, had been pushing to get a dog for a while (supposedly because I 'needed' a dog); I was against the idea because, as someone who's had dogs most of my life, I know how much work it can be to take care of one--especially a puppy--and our lifestyle (gone 12-13 hours a day for work) might not be a great fit for a dog. Certainly not one that requires a lot of attention like huskies do anyway.

 

But because she was so insistent and I would have had to put up with an unprecedented level of whining if we passed on a 'free' dog, I went against my better judgment and agreed to get the dog. The results? Mixed, at best.

 

Good:

- He is fun to play with.

 

- He is always thrilled to see anybody and is usually happy to just be in the same room with you.

 

- Gives me an excuse to go to the dog park and semi-flirt with the MILFs that bring their dogs there. (I'm kidding. Sort of. I just like looking at the MILFs.)

 

Bad:

- The dog has seperation issues. We actually had to start leaving him outside during the day because he was either destroying the kitchen or climbing over the gate into the living room and destroying stuff there, in addition to pissing and shitting on the carpet. He's been better since he's been staying outside, but still...way too anxious about being by himself.

 

- Nothing in life is free. What I mean is that, within three months of our getting him, he had to go in for surgery because he ate a piece of bark mulch out of the flower bed and it got lodged in his intestine, making him unable to digest anything and/or poop. Total cost? $2600. At least we were able to get him neutered at the same time.

 

Since then, the 'tab' has kept on growing. For instance, just yesterday, sfaJill told me that after I had left work and while she was in the shower, he ate $4 worth of winning scratch-off lottery tickets.

 

- He has dug a few holes in the back yard and absolutely destroyed the back door with his constant jumping and scratching at it. This has not made me very happy, for obvious reasons.

 

- There are other things to list here, but I doubt anyone gives a shit and I'm going to have to get back to work here. Suffice it to say, I'm not totally impressed with the dog.

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Awww, Sassy's cute. Too bad all-white cats have a high rate of getting cancer. :(

 

Too bad "no pets on the furniture" and cats don't mix.

 

And how's the cat taking to Wrigley?

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I'd say Sassy has gotten used to Wrigley being in the house and has accepted the fact that he won't be leaving. We don't think she likes him very much and she isn't too interested in playing with him (much to his dismay), but she no longer sits there and hisses and growls at him for no reason like she did when he first got here. Wrigley tries to get her to play constantly but Sassy usually runs from him if she's on the floor. It's a little better if she's on a chair or the bed because she'll sit there and hiss and swat at him as he jumps up towards her. That will go on for a couple of minutes until Wrigley gets frustrated and barks right in her face--at that point, Sassy has had enough and will end the 'game'. I think she would be much more tolerant of him if he were not still fully in his puppy phase and instead chose to mostly ignore her and let her be. Unfortunately for her, that won't be for at least a couple more years.

 

What's this about white kitties and cancer?

 

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