Brad and I decided to add a new member of the household. Last weekend, we adopted a dog! This is the typical conversation when I told folks above a certain age that I got a dog:

Me: We adopted a dog.

Them: What’s its name?

Me: Stella


Other younger people ask if it’s after Stella from How I Met Your Mother or the dog on Modern Family… or ask nothing at all. Anyway, Stella is a 7-year-old American Bulldog and Dalmatian mix. What does that even look like? Thanks for asking… like this: Continue reading

World Cat Day

It’s a late post kind of Friday…

Did you know that today is World Cat Day?

I’m not quite sure the original purpose of this day, but I can tell you that I’m a happy cat owner.

Day 1 in our home

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Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love…

Emma Goldman

Last evening, Brad and I were sitting on the couch together and Holmes was purring away in his favorite spot. His favorite spot happens to be anywhere he can lay on, or be touching, every person in the house. In the case of last night, he was stretched out on Brad’s lap with his back feet on me. Watson had gone to their food and water dish and when he came back into the living room and saw Holmes, this is what happened:

Puffed up housecat

Being the smaller of the two cats, whenever they get rough with each other, Watson puffs up his fur and triples the size of his tail. Sometimes the sideways walk comes out and last night it did. He took a few sideways steps across the living room, which prompted Holmes to abandon the humans and go sniff his brother.

The sniffing was reciprocated, followed by Watson fiercely licking Holmes’ face and returning to his normal size.

I’m definitely reading too much into cat behavior, but I wonder if they ever get jealous of each other. There are two of them and two of us. Most of the time it works out nicely: one cat for each human for each cat. Other times they try to both sit on the same person or they ignore us all together. Last night’s puffy cat moment, makes me think that they do get a little jealous.

… or at least a little crazy.

Back to normal.

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