Ever since we got our first dog, Mama has periodically wished for a cat which would like dogs. I used to have a hard time believing all she said about how her cats and dogs loved each other because my only experiences in that line involved excited Schnauzers, my stressed out, deaf kitty, and (later on) our whip-thin black cat, Flavia, who hates dogs, and Kep, who loves chasing cats.
Then Flavia retired from working and the rats (which are always more or less present on a farm) began multiplying way too fast, so we finally got two young kittens. They were six week old brothers from Shepherd's Hill Farm and are the most wonderful cats. They are sweet to each other and people, and I think they will be great ratters. (BTW, there is one kitten left from this litter who needs a home! Contact me if you are interested in adopting him.)
|Dickon (left) and Chauncey (right)|
The first time one of the dogs (Flossy, I think) walked up and sniffed the new kittens, they both totally panicked, as several scratches on my hands testified. For a while they would spit and fluff up every time one of the dogs came nearby, but Flossy has the gentle-giant nature of her Great Pyrenees mama (Inez) and the curiosity of her Border collie sire, Duncan, so she didn't mind the fluffing, hissing, spitting, and swatting, and would just walk over to the kittens lick them until they were too soggy to spit and fluff.
So eventually, they gave it up.
I think Flossy thinks the kittens are her personal pets. At any rate, she has trained them to be friendly with dogs, and because we never allowed the dogs to chase them at all, they have all accepted them as part of the family.
Even Kep seems to have been finally cured of his cat-chasing proclivities and has fully subsided into his role as Farm Grandpa, even providing entertainment and exercise for the kittens by wagging his tail obligingly.
|"Well, what are you staring at? Haven't you ever seen a cat hone its pouncing skills?"|
But, though all the dogs are fine with the cats, Flossie is the one who really enjoys them, and they even seem to enjoy her (well, most of the time.)
Today it is raining, and everyone knows that rainy days are the best for napping. Apparently Dickon and Flossie agree.
"See you later!"