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    Itís So Nice to Have Pets Around the House

    I’m here to tell you that my cats do the most adorable things. Sam and Sally (ten and four years old respectively) were both on the bed last week. I was in the bathroom with Terry when she broke into this great big smile.

    After I said, “What?” she turned my chair around and that’s when I saw the cats lounging languidly on the bed, which is something they don’t normally do together. Sam was lying at the head of the bed and Sally at the foot. Sam had a watchful eye on Sally the whole time. She tends to annoy him while he is trying to rest and he has become a bit of a curmudgeon anyway.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I have a very special place in my heart for Sam. We got him when he was just a kitten and Herman’s daughters were raising him. He was a tiny thing, which is hard to imagine now, as he weighs in at almost 15 pounds.

    Sally weighs about ten pounds herself. Herman and I keep them on weight control Iams cat food, which we get at Hannaford grocery store in Gloversville. My dog Moxie is also on Iams weight control food. But alas, all three are slightly overweight. (In spite of diets, that goes for Herman too.)

    Herman and I both agree that the best gift we could ever have given to Sam was Sally. She certainly has breathed new life in him as well as bringing back a playfulness that he had lost with age. Now we see them wrestling, chasing each other around the house and licking each other off in very warm sibling fashion.

    I’ve always said that a house is not a home without cats. I’ve now added to that thought by including Moxie.  When the cats are being aloof or minding their own business, Moxie always makes you feel special, like you are the most important person in the world (especially if you have food in your hand).

    But there is something very exceptional and calming about having cats. And I’m sure all of you cat lovers will agree with me.

    If nothing else, cats give a true sense of just peaceful being. Its okay to just “be” and you don’t have to always rush around doing things. I’ve tried to encourage my Mom to get some pets, but she always says she’s never home enough. Well, I guess that’s true and it wouldn’t be fair to the animals. After all, I’m home every day enjoying their company. And I do.


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