There’s no such thing as a free pet, as any responsible pet owner knows! Beyond the costs of housing and feeding the animal, you have to provide for health care such as preventive medication for heartworms and other parasites (for dogs and cats, at least), regular vaccinations, and check-ups. That’s with a healthy, young animal! If the animal gets ill or injured, of course, there are more expenses.
However, if I had an appropriate home and could afford all the concomitant expenses, I’d love to have a big dog. I’ve never stopped missing Karli, the Great Pyrenees cross who was stolen from our family. She had a lovely temperament, and I adore large dogs in general.
Livejournal’s Writer’s Block question of the day is, “Cats or dogs– which do you prefer, and why?”
I don’t prefer one over the other. I’ve shared my life with cats and dogs from my earliest years and love both. My parents wouldn’t consider allowing dogs inside the house and weren’t happy about having cats there, but smaller critters are easier to sneak in, so I got more time to snuggle with the cats. Recently, I haven’t had a home with a fenced yard, so I haven’t had a dog. It seems unfair to have a dog without giving him a place to run around and play off the leash every day. The cats deal with an all-indoor environment more easily. But as soon as I’m able to do so, I’ll have a canine companion again!
I’m trying NaBloPoMo again! The theme this month is “Return,” although I’m not at all sure what the heck that’s supposed to mean. I got today’s post in just under the wire, obviously — but I did post! Tomorrow I’ll try to do it much better. And I’ll even include photos of the new kitten! Maybe he’ll have a name by then.
In much lighter news, The Girl is in the Pacific Northwest! For three weeks! She’s scouting colleges and seeing friends and so on. She’s already in geo-love after just a few days, saying she’d like to live there. Her hosts seem like Very Good People, and I hope to meet them when they come to town for Dragon*Con.
Kyoshi is utterly unconsolable, though. He wanders through the house looking for her, returning frequently to her door (still closed, and no, I won’t open it to let him in), the front door, every single window — hoping in vain to catch sight of her. I’ve never known such a one-person kitty! He does come to me and Sam (a lot), frantically at times, and he lets us pet him. But he won’t settle in our laps long at all. He has to dash to the front windows every time a car goes by, just hoping it might stop and disgorge the girl. I hope he gets more attached to us by the time she returns. Wherever she goes to school, though, I think she’s going to have to take the cat with her!
I’m less demonstrative than the cat, but I do miss her. I know she’s with good people, and she’s having a great time, and she’s a smart young woman with a good head on her shoulders. But she’s my baby and she’s way far away and we’ve never been apart for more than two weeks in her whole life!!!
Katie cleaned the top of the file cabinet next to my chair with a Method cleaner that is strongly mint-scented. Kyoshi won’t let us put the scanner there as intended, because he’s licking the cleaned surface and rubbing all over it orgasmically. (Catnip is in the mint family, and I guess this stuff is close enough.)