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    Big Cats and Little Dogs

    So, here’s a riddle. I’ve just finished eating lunch and behind me is Terry, my aide. All of a sudden I hear a loud scuffle, and the next thing I know, Terry is flat on her back on the floor, and Moxie, our Dalmatian, is obviously upset about something. She is also behind me.

    When I turned around and asked Terry what on earth happened, (after I stopped laughing) she tells me that Moxie tripped her. All I know is that Terry was laying flat on her back and I was hysterically laughing.

    At the same time, Moxie was trying to help Terry up. It definitely had a circus-like atmosphere. Now, before you think I am crude and heartless, you should know I checked to see that Terry wasn’t hurt before I started laughing. And add to the comic aspect the fact that Moxie is only 48 pounds.

    My physical therapist at the Well’s House (Robin) has a cat that weighs almost that much. That’s a big cat! When she told me how much the cat weighed, I shook my head in disbelief. I thought my cat Sam, who weighs in at 15 pounds, was a moose. But he’s a lightweight compared to Robin’s cat. Now there’s a cat that could trip somebody up.

    Robin tells me that around Christmas time her cat sleeps in the Christmas tree every night that it’s up. She’s actually knocked the tree over with her weight. She tells me they have to specially stabilize the tree with a concoction of ropes to keep it from falling over. She also says that the cat is not fat. It’s just a very big cat.

    Now, my aide Terry has a tiny dog named Pepper who weighs in at 6 pounds. Pepper is turning 16 this coming January. She’s a Pomeranian. And she looks like she’s all fur. There’s really nothing to her. But she’s absolutely so sweet. Each day when Terry comes to work here, she drops Pepper off at "Doggy Day Care." Basically, her dad, who lives in Caroga Lake, watches Pepper all day. He has a dog of his own, and I guess Pepper and his dog get along famously.

    It would take 8 of Pepper to weigh as much as 1 of Robin’s cat. And of Moxie, of course. Terry tells me Pepper doesn’t know how small she is. She’s fearless and takes on all comers. I guess size doesn’t always matter.

    "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"