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I had been thinking for a whle about getting a cat. Or more precisely: getting Alfie a cat. Alfie loves cats, (when we go to my friend Kate's house, where there are two golden retrievers, Alfie ignores the goldens and runs upstairs looking for Amelia, the 16-year-old cat) and I thought that a cat would be company for him when I have to be gone from the house...he's been missing Martin, I think.

So I had paid two visits to the Harvest Hills Animal Shelter in Fryeburg, Maine, which is a wonderful clean and happy place.  But as I explained to the people there, I needed to be certain that any cat I took home would be okay with a dog. They pointed out that most of their cats are strays; they have no idea whether they are dog friendly. And no, they couldn't let me take one home for a trial, nor would they let me bring Alfie in for a private introduction. They suggested that my best bet would be to get a kitten, which would not have had time to learn to be hostile to dogs.

So yesterday I took my visiting grandsons, 12 and 10, to the shelter. I told them their task was to choose a kitten, and they should base their choice not on beauty or cuteness but on temperament. We needed a mellow, laid-back kitten; and I said a female, becaise I read someplace that females are better mousers than males. Here in the country there are always mice to deal with.

So the boys held, and talked to, and played with, a variety of kittens and then chose a 3-month-old female. On the 10-mile drive home, with small meows coming fron the carrier,  we discussed names...flower names, since it is garden season. Lily? Rosie? Daisy? Lacey, for Queen-Anne's Lace? Holly, for Hollyhock? Daffodil. Lilac.

Remembering Miss Rumphius, we settled on Lupine, and began to call the kitten Lulu.

As anticpated, Alfie was thrilled and curious and fascinated, when we got Lulu home.

Lulu&Alf 7:11

Alf&Lulu3

(The reason Lulu is looking UP in these photos is not that she was praying for heavenly deliverance from this dog...but because she was fascinated by the ceiling fan).

Late in the day, the boys left, and I was on my own with the menagerie. All went well, though I had forgtten the laments of Writer Friends with Cats who find their manuscripts interrupted by phrases like wenc194uc-1uv7632exnpew as a cat walks across the keyboard unexpectedly, something a dog never does.  And I realized that a kitten is certanly a source of entertainment. Last night I was watching the Red Sox game but at the same time watching Lulu leap and twirl and dance as she tried to catch a moth.

And I even slept fine, after I adjusted to the loud purring and the occasional pouncing-on-toes.

But now it is Morning #1 of Life-with-Cat-and-Dog, and here is the first unanticipated problem. Alfie refuses to go outside. He wants to be beside Lulu at every second, and there is no way I am sending a tiny kitten into the outside rural world of hawks and owls and porcupines. Right now the two of them are curled up at my feet. One has politely and fastidiously used her litter box. The other...well, the other has done nothing since he woke up this AM except stare besottedly at his cat.

I suppose this will sort itself out after a while. 

Lulu 7:11

 

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Patti Emmons Monday, 29 November 1999

Hello- I am so sorry to read about your loving husband. The consolation is that it seems you both had a wonderful life together. I'm new to your universe. My 17 y/o son Ray purchased "The Giver" Saturday for the two of us to read. It wasn't the book we set out for (summer reading, school), but he insisted that we read it together (he read it in 10th grade). Wow- we read out loud to one another all Sunday. What a wonderful story. Thank you for your story and the wonderful memory I'll keep with me forever. Ray was right- I was so affected by it that when I found out there were 2 other books, and that Jonas survived I uncharacteristically burst into tears! lol I just s/w Ray and we'll get the next book Saturday. Again, thank you for such a wonderful story.

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Patti Emmons Monday, 29 November 1999

Me again- congrats on the new addition to your family. My family adopted a Treeing Walker Hound 2 years ago. We couldn't be more in love with him. I gave my daughter similiar directions "you don't pick the dog, the dog picks you" and criteria- good with cats, other dogs, children. Of course, I had a beagle-sized female dog in mind. Of course, the dog that picked us is 75 lbs! But he's wonderful. It's scary adopting a full-grown animal, but he turned out to be well worth the risk. Good luck with your kitten- she's very cute.

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Jennifer Fischer Monday, 29 November 1999

Congrats on little Lulu! She is adorable! My parents have a cat who has a mutual love for their dog. In fact, he will even go up to the dog and lick her ears, particularly when her ear allergies have kicked up. That's when my parents always know to take her to the vet.
I'm sure the purrs will begin to lull you to sleep in no time. I know that was how I felt with my two cats.
Watch your cords.... Both of my cats thought that it was their duty in life to chew through them-- those and plastic bags, wrappers, etc. For the cords, lead-free plastic tubing worked well as protection. The cats immediately lost interest.
Enjoy her energy at this stage-- so cute, and it usually doesn't last long before they become more complacent-- unless Lulu is like my cat Gideon. At seven years old, he STILL acts like a kitten and gets into all kinds of mischief (but that makes him all the more loveable).
Jennifer

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Jason O Monday, 29 November 1999

cats can be adorable.. well, female cats. Female cats are better all around.. and so silly.. I have one.
Female cats get MAD when they are mad, though.

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T. Crockett Monday, 29 November 1999

I love the way it looks like Alphie is petting Lulu. I'm with Alphie - kittens are irresistible.

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