Four Legs Good
Christmas is the time for an important decision. It is a decision many of us pet owners make. It is the decision we make when we say to our pet, "Pet, I have decided you are going to wear a brightly coloured hat and I am going to look at you in satisfaction at the result, and probably take a photo. So sit still a moment..."
Left to their own devices, our pets would probably never don Christmas headgear, and what a loss that would be! Why, we'd never get to see the joy, the vainglory, the air of unbridled triumph that any pet will display when its proud head is crowned with a $2 felt titfer, a jaunty pompom stitched thereto.
We could never have that. Why, it's a seasonal ritual! So get ready for the first Christmas hat edition of Furry Friday.
McKenzie wears her hat with an audacious tilt. Or has it just fallen part-way off?
Kittens and puppies can liquefy your heart. I know this - that's why I arranged for some liquefaction last week. But old pets, grizzled and wise-eyed, can charm you just as much, and move you in way that the babies don't.
These are pets that have seen a lot and smelled a lot, eaten things they shouldn't, leapt when they should have looked, and learnt some tricks. Sometimes they never lose their inner kitten or puppy; sometimes life teaches them that the simple pleasures are all that count: a bowl of food, a cushion in the sun, a cuddle with that person they've known all their life.
Please stand and offer your seats to the seniors.
Our cover-dog is Nitro, trusting and trustworthy.
Youth is overrated and age is underrated. Someone told me that once, but I can't remember who. Or was it the other way round?
Anyway, age can divide people. Our generation - Boomer, Jones, Y, Z, or Millennial - supposedly defines us, and we're all in a battle to blame everyone else.
Like it says in that song (apologies to Lorde)...
Every day's like squinting, farting, shouting at the TV
It's a certain way of looking at you - big-eyed, blameless, patient. It redeems a multitude of misdemeanours, and it commands you to grab your camera - because this is your pet at its prettiest and most peaceful.
It's lucky for Worf that his Tibetan Spaniel eyes are so irresistible - he'd be in a lot of trouble otherwise.
Honey Possum causes total liquefaction of the heart.
In my house there is a ritual called The Feeding. It is made up of many smaller sub-rituals, in which the eventual outcome is the giving of food to three four-legged supplicants.
Each sub-ritual must be given due attention.
The Silent Insistence
The ritual begins with supplicants displaying body language and expressions pregnant with a single semi-submissive meaning: "Food?" This is the Silent Insistence. Supplicants' bodies may also be positioned to intensify the insistence - for example, on the floor right where one is intending to go, especially at the entrance to the feeding place, or by and between one's feet. This is, therefore, a time of physical danger. Beware!
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