Sunday, July 14, 2013

Cat Bites Dog

Dear John,
 
You should have been here this morning. The cat always starts the day in predator mode - he likes to grab my hand in all four paws and nibble on it. If he nibbles too hard, I stop him. I did that this morning, he licked my hand penitently for a while, then turned his head and looked speculatively at Jethro, who was dozing with his head on my knees.
 
The next thing I knew, the cat launched himself through the air and landed on Jethro's head. He wrapped all four paws around the dog's muzzle and started gnawing on his cheek. Even for a dog, this has to be a startling way to wake up. Jethro tried to push the cat away with his front legs. He finally loosened the rear paws, peeled the bottom half of the cat off his head, and put his left leg over the cat's midsection. Then he pulled his head out of the cat's grip and took Hunter's head in his mouth. At this point, as usual, the cat began to purr.
 
After some wrestling, the cat got loose and ran out of the bedroom. Jethro followed, and an all-out chase around the house ensued. I got out of bed, and the next thing I knew, they were lying side-by-side under the bed watching me brush my teeth. They stayed there until I started making up the bed.
 
They give me so much to laugh at and so much to love! I called your mother this afternoon - she asked how they were, and I told her the cat was behind me, propped against my shoulder, grooming himself, and the dog was asleep in my lap. They're happy with me today because I turned on the air conditioning. Early this afternoon it was 81 inside and the humidity was going up, so it was time.
 
We've all had a slow, quiet day. I was hurting this morning so I stayed home, not wanting to send myself back into another flare. I've taken three involuntary naps, so I made the right call. I should be fine tomorrow. I'm just taking today to rest up from last night. I was so wound up after Kathy's party that I was still awake at 2:30 this morning. I guess that explains the naps!
 
I'm still sorry you're missing all this delightful foolishness! We all are - we miss you.
 
Love you so, so much,
Joan.

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