This is not a post about Rudyard Kipling, but about dogs and cats who are twain if I ever I saw one (or two, as the case may be). The occasion is, I have a new kitten. His name is Toko (short for Tokoloshe). Since I’m so knowledgeable about both cats and dogs, I predicted that the current inhabitant cat would be thrilled, because she is very maternal and loves to groom. I predicted it would take the current inhabitant dog a while to warm up to the kitten, helped along by me frequently saying “NO! Don’t do that!”
Instead, it’s been the opposite. The dog’s attitude is, Whatever. This is Day Two. The current cat spent yesterday in hiding from the moment Toko peeped, and today has progressed to eventually coming out of hiding to hiss at the kitten, then returning to hiding. You know, since I’m so knowledgeable and all, I got this completely wrong.
Toko, the peeper. In this photo, he is sitting on his catnip mouse, in case it tries to escape.
On a second note, there is a viral video going around on YouTube and Facebook of the police shooting a Rottweiler in California. I’ll spare you the video. But here is the narrative: dog owner is walking his dog, while blasting music from his car and taking cellphone pictures of the police who are trying to barricade a house across the street. They ask him to turn down the music and stop taking pictures. He doesn’t, so two officers start in his direction. He puts the dog in the car, and voluntarily turns around to be handcuffed. Then the dog jumps out of the car, perceiving his owner to be threatened. (You put your dog in the car with the window open?) The police shoot the dog several times when it appears to be attacking, and the dog appears to be seizuring in the street after being shot.
As the owner of a Rottweiler in the past, I can say that you have a special responsibility when you have one. They are very territorial and protective, and you have to take extra precautions when you have one. Which includes not putting your dog in the car with the window open. This guy knew his dog would react this way, and maybe he thought it would be fun to watch the police be “scared” of his dog. How ignorant can you get? The police did not kill his dog, he did. Of course, he says he is going to sue them. Good luck.
Let’s return to the happier subject of Toko. I deliberately brought him home on the afternoon before the July 4th holiday so we would have bonding time and that part is going well. He follows me everywhere, purrs when you pet him or pick him up, and I’ve discovered what it takes to wean him (I thought he already was, but he isn’t). I forgot how much fun it is to have a kitten.