I keep forgetting that even though Calie & Thor have an affectionate side, they will not always show that to anybody else besides Rick & I.
When Nichole came up last weekend, she wanted to spend a little time with Calie and so I told her to go ahead pick her up. Nichole, being aware of “the claw* “, was very hesitant at first. But I though that since the old girl has mellowed a little with age that there was nothing to worry about and gently persuaded her to go ahead, it would be OK.
Ummm…. maybe not. Immediately upon lift-off, Calie stiffened up and started her “Get your hands off me or else” growl and that was the end of that. Hey, I tried.
One place that is a comfort zone for Miss Sassy Pants is the top of my all-in-one printer that will print, scan, predict your future and say “screw you” in 17 languages. It sits right in front of a window in the bedroom so that she can either taunt the birds or catch some rays during one of her many catnaps.
Now this printer doesn’t get used very often and I’ve wanted to swap it out for my laser that is just sitting in the closet collecting dust but works perfectly well and I don’t have to worry about the ink drying up, because it’s still going strong after 5 years since the last cartridge change.
But I don’t have the heart to take away her throne by the window knowing that it is one of the few places that brings her comfort lately, and is close enough for me to scratch her under the chin when I am sitting at the desk.
On the other end of the spectrum is our buddy Thor, who has several places to snooze away, one of which is an apparel suitcase in the closet that he has imbedded countless layers of fur on.
Consider that piece of luggage no longer fit for use.
*When she was younger, her best defense with people that wanted to “cuddle” with her was to stick out her paw, extend barbed-ended claws, and swipe at you. Christine still has a 4 inch scar on her arm.