By Doug Borrie, PhD I was jogging at the beach last weekend when I passed a family walking single file in the opposite direction. Dad was first, then mom, followed by youngest daughter, oldest son and middle son. The few words I heard them speak sounded German, so I surmised that they were here on vacation, and, it seemed, suffering from a bit of togetherness overload. The girl’s head lolled lazily about, focused on nothing in particular. The older boy had more pressing business. His mouth was snarled, and angry words were spewing forth in a diatribe directed at his brother who trailed behind just close enough to make sure he heard every word. The younger boy’s face barely contained his building outrage as he waited for his tongue lashing to cease so that he could respond in kind. He did this in his native tongue, but then, to add a dramatic flourish, ended in English with “So! You mind Your Business!!!”
By Doug Borrie, PhD One cat, two cats, three cats, four….No, I’m not trying to be the next Dr. Seuss. I’m counting the number of times we’ve adopted the cutest cat in the world; the one that would never be adopted if we didn’t do the adopting. I’m counting the number of times my wife and I, like rubes at the carnival, have fallen for same old pitch, “knock over the milk bottles, and win a prize, it’ll only cost ya 50 cents.” And, just as the carnival barker convinces the rubes that they really do need another stuffed animal or alligator ashtray, our daughter convinces us that one more cat has been saved from its certain demise.
Since we already had a cat, and we have one on loan, let’s call it foster care, we’ve got a total of six now. Six cats, three litter boxes, and a vet who reminds us which of the six is due for a checkup on any given day. We buy cat food in bags that would feed a dog, and litter 40 pounds at a time.
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