A little history first.
When I was young, in Jr. High and High School, I used to pet-sit for our neighbors pets. Sometimes it was just one cat or one dog, but often it was for our 'back-door' neighbors who had a few cats and dogs. The time I remember most was when both dogs and the 2 female cats had litters at about the same time... wow! Unfortunately some of the tiny kittens died because their 'not much more than a kitten herself' mom abandoned them and I could not find them until it was too late. Boy did that upset me!
But the puppies... lots and lots of puppies! One mom was a Wiemeraner (sp?) and the other was a Border Collie. I remember naming them while the family was away. I think their vacation was 2 weeks, but that was a looooooong time ago. They were so cute! And they'd just all climb all over me when I'd sit on the floor! I loved it!
In my adult life, I have had only cats... I'd love to have a dog, but I don't have the time to make sure it gets regular walking and is taken out for potty time. Cats are a little more self-sufficient - most of the time...
|Rocky & Sophie hanging out on the spiral staircase|
A couple of months ago, my friend Frankie & I were talking. She had just gotten a second Rag-doll Cat - Rocky. He had JUST joined their family, and they were headed out of town for a couple of weeks. So, I agreed to house & cat sit for 16 days. It was WONDERFUL! Both Rocky and their other Rag-doll Sophie were a joy to spend time with. And the lake-front house was like a mini-vacation. If only I had my fishing license and rod & reel at that time, I could have practiced casting off their dock!
|The view from the house|
Flash forward a couple more weeks and my friend Lisa, here in town had seen my mention of cat-sitting on my Facebook page and asked if I had done it just as a favor, or if I was open to doing it again. And, as a lover of cats & dogs, I said I would be glad to help her out if needed.
This time I am just cat-sitting, not house-sitting as well. And the cutie I am sitting for is also named Sophie. She is a beautiful short-hair white cat with beautiful green eyes! She greets me with meows at the front door and loves to give kitty-kisses. She sure misses her mom... this is the longest her mom has been away from her...
|Sophie misses her mom|
I miss my Max, he was my own sweetie. But he has been gone now for over 3 1/2 years. He lived a long life and kept me company through some good times and some bad times. If my life weren't so crazy, I'd adopt another cat. But I don't have the time to give one the time and attention it needs... though some day, things may be different.
And, who knows, maybe some day I'll get a dog... you never know...