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    The Antics of Sally Spira

    So Herman and I are in the kitchen deciding what to eat for dinner. Previous to this I’d asked him to draw me a bath that I was going to take just before I ate. All of a sudden we hear this loud splash followed immediately by a commotion in the back of the house. Herman and I looked at each other, and he said, "She’s finally done it."

    The thing is, whenever I’m in the bathtub, Sally is always batting at the bubbles and seemingly dancing on the edge of the tub. She has gone as far as putting a paw in the bubbles to try to pull some out. We really didn’t think that she would actually go in the tub all the way.

    We didn’t see what happened. We only had the sound effects. When we went back to investigate, there was a very sopping wet kitten licking herself off under a wicker rocking chair. Sam and Moxie (my other cat and our Dalmatian) went in to investigate. Sam basically looked disgusted and Moxie as usual was wagging her tail, but in a most sympathetic manner.

    "Quick," I told Herman, "Get my Mom on the phone. She won’t believe this." When I spoke to her, she was in fact incredulous, though laughing along with me. What I explained to her was that the bath was so hot I was intentionally letting it cool off.

    Now this happens not to be the first time Sally has gotten in hot water. She was upstairs on our balcony when we first brought her home from the vet’s in May. She was weaving in and out of the balcony rails and she lost her footing. The drop is about ten feet. And do you think she learned her lesson? Herman has caught her several times as she was about to plummet down again.

    I think it comes with the territory of being a cute kitten. By the time you read this she will be nearly nine months old. As I’ve said before, I never had a kitten, and for all you guys out there that have never had one, I so strongly recommend it. You’ll find yourself laughing a whole lot more.

    I’m thinking about taking a bath right now, but I think I’ll have to lock the bathroom doors to keep Sally out of the tub. I think she prefers to bathe herself.

    "Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"