This is the tale of two cats and three dogs

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Written by: on Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Daily Prompt: Menagerie
Do you have animals in your life? If yes, what do they mean to you? If no, why have you opted not to?

I had no idea the Daily Post started posting daily prompts again. I’m going to have to start checking back to see if there’s any questions I could answer. The answer to this question is that I have two cats and three dogs.

I have to start with the cats as they have been around the longest. Before I adopted the kittens, we had three other cats and the last two passed away pretty quickly. Misty in November 1999 and Georgie in January of 2000. I grieved, decided I could never have cats again, and moved on – briefly. About six months down the road I decided I missed having cats around and wanted to adopt a kitten. At the last second I bumped it up to two kittens, preferably from the same litter so that they would have a bond.

October of 2000, I adopted these two. Gypsy on the left and Morpheus on the right. Morpheus’ original name was Cleopatra when he was supposedly a female but after a few days of having him, his boy parts came out so a name change was in order.

It was a shock because as the kittens got older, I didn’t feel a bond with them like I did with Misty. I guess I was getting older and it just wasn’t the same as bonding with a cat when you’re a child. Nonetheless, Gypsy is the one that is closest to me out of everyone else. She prefers to be around me, even though she frustrates the heck out of me. Morpheus is more frightened and hides. He prefers being around my brother.

The cats are now 12 years old.

And now on to the dogs!

The little brown minpin mix is Chrissy. We adopted her in February 2004 from a couple that kept her and a big dog locked in a trailer with no electricity or heat. The weathermen said February was going to be a very nasty and cold winter month and since she was small, she was taken in. She was four years old at the time, making her about the same age as the cats.

The black minpin, Duchess of York and Dale, was adopted in 2006 so that Chrissy would have a companion. Turns out Chrissy didn’t want a companion nor did she want to share attention. Duchess was 8 years old at the time. She came with papers, akc registered, spayed, etc. Her previous owner had passed away and the owner’s sister was giving Duchess away for free. Duchess was a rotten, vicious little dog that attacked people (must be why the sister was giving her away for free) but after she went blind, she has chilled out a lot. She will turn 16 in July of this year.

The most recent addition to the household is Koda, the big furry Keeshond back there. He was adopted from a Keeshond rescue last year. They estimated him to be nearly two years old. He was abused and neglected by his previous owner and when he first arrived, he was very aggressive. current time It was extremely frustrating because every time we thought we made progress, he would do something that makes us feel that we made no progress at all. By now, he’s adjusted a lot but sometimes there’s little quirks here and there that I’m hoping will go away in the years to come.

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