Doods, check it out, I got a new bed to lounge on in front of the fireplace thingy. Which is not on but should be.
The guy in the blue shorts brought it today; it's a gift from an admirer! And the timing is really good, because I was a bit under the weather this morning (horked a couple of times, but I'm fine now) and nothing makes a guy feel better than presents. Especially awesome presents!
I hope Buddah doesn't get any ideas, 'cause this is MINE and he got some toys instead, because he's a crackhead and loves the little felt nip toys.
The talking head on TV says it's gonna get cooler this week and rain, so I'll probably get fire in a couple of days. IT'S ABOUT TIME!
There are rules; I know that. I am fully aware of them and make an effort to follow the ones that result in me getting crunchy treats and bites of people food.
One of the major dinner time rules is that the kitty does not get on the table while the people are eating dinner.
If the kitty breaks this rule, all usual tiny tastes of whatever they are having will not be forthcoming.
And you know, I have never broken this rule. Not even when I was a kitten. They ate, I did not get on the table. I understood that rule, and obeyed it.
Doods, I have no idea what I was thinking, but I sat in a chair at the table while they had their soup, and the next thing I know I'm on the table and the Man is shoving his hand toward me to make me get back onto the chair. He didn't have to actually push, because as soon as I was up there I had an Oh Frak moment and immediately turned around.
Really. Royal brain fart.
So I jumped down to the floor and went over to the Woman, stood on my back paws and patted her leg to say I was sorry, and she looked down, puzzled looking, and asked, "Do you have a headache or something, Max?" She looked at the Man and said, "He really looks like he's got a headache."
Well, I was really good for the rest of dinner, and when she was washing out bowls--I was not allowed a taste of the soup because it wasn't kitty-friendly--she got a couple of crunchy treats out for me and Buddah.
"You were a butthead, but only for a moment," she said. "You can have a couple of crunchies."
Really, no idea why I did what I did, but at least I still got the treat.
Ok, so I got suspicious about something, because every night Buddah walked past me, smelling of crunchies.
Every night, after I smelled it on him, I went into the room where the Woman was, usually the living room where she was planted in her comfy chair with her computer on her lap. She would look at me coming in and say either "Hey there, Big Guy" or "Mister Max, where ya been hiding?" but she never got up to get ME anything.
So the last few nights I've made sure I was in the living room at the time just before Buddah comes sauntering past me with betrayal on his breath.
Doods...at 10:15, almost on the dot, Buddah stands on top of his tree near the kitchen and lets out this pathetic meow; the Woman looks at the clock, then looks at him, and says, "Okay, you can have something."
I don't know how long this has been going on--Buddah's not talking--but no one EVER came to give me crunchies or to let me know this was evening a possibility.
So tonight at 10:14, before he could let out that wail of pathos, I jumped up on the arm of the sofa nearest to her comfy chair, and asked NICELY, and doods, she looked at the clock, asked, "You want a snack?" and then got up and got us treats!
I'm not sure whether to be glad that Buddah trained her so well, or to be really, really ticked off that I've been missing treat time for maybe years and years.
Every one of those
colors has a ribbon that represents an insidiousness we’d all like to see wiped
off the face of this planet. What bites even more is that list is such a tiny
one; there are so many forms of this scourge and not enough colors to cover
Cancer is a bitch.
I doubt any of us has
escaped the touch of cancer; we all know someone who has battled it, some who
won and some who did not; we’ve all loved and cared about someone who has faced
the fight. Some of us—not me, and I’m grateful for that—have been the ones in
the thick of the fight, reaching down deep for that one thing that will tip the
scales to victory.
It’s never a fair
fight. I think that’s why, when someone wins, it’s a special kind of wonderful
and deserves over-the-top celebrations. And it’s also why, when someone loses,
it’s an especially heinous thing worthy of deep, boiling anger and
snot-running-down-your-face tears. Because it’s never fair, it’s never remotely
Cancer is an enemy you
can’t see; it invades and destroys, and does it so quietly that it can be
months before anyone realizes it’s there. It’s hard to fight something you can’t
see, something that steals an advantage without letting you know the invasion
Yeah, that’s not fair.
People do what they
can; some go to school for years and years to learn about how to fight cancer,
and how to sneak up on it. Some put their shoes on and walk against it, raising
money so that the people who went to school can fund their research. Some write
papers to teach others, some write blogs to support their friends. Cancer is
one thing everyone is on the same side about: everyone is against it.
It doesn’t really
matter how you go about taking your stand against cancer, whether you’re on the
front line, finding new drugs to battle it, or if you’re in support services,
making sandwiches for the people who are walking and raising money, or even if
you’re the one sitting at a computer, trying to form a coherent thought about
it. It only matters that you want the fight to end forever, and you and it to
end in our favor.
People, cats, dogs,
whomever. You’re in it to win it, to quote the slogan of one of the big breast
cancer organizations. Do what you can, when you can.
Between last years’
Livestrong Day, and this one, we’ve lost far too many to cancer. Some are our
cat friends, some are their people.
It doesn’t matter if
they were a cat or a human, a dog or a bird or a rabbit or a hamster.