Wednesday, February 1, 2017

So, This Is Love

Moose meets us at the front door every time we come home whether we've been gone for 15 minutes or 7 hours. Often, he hasn't even shaken the catnap out of his head before he greets us. He stumbles into the front hall and flops over on his side directly in our path leaving us no choice but to get down on the floor and pet him and tell him how much we love him and missed him. One of us won't do; we both have to take our turn. That's all he requires.

His brother Dudo used to greet us at the door. Now he shows up only if he thinks it's time for his afternoon treat. When we got home Tuesday at 4:00, I knew he'd be waiting. Treat time is after lunch, around 3:30 or 4. When we're late, Dudo usually gets shoved back as I push the door open. Today, I had my camera ready. He must have known.

(The photos aren't great — quick takes in bad lighting — but, if you click them, they will get bigger.)

MOOSE (TUESDAY NIGHT): "OH MY GOD, I'VE MISSED YOU SO MUCH!!!"
DUDO (TUESDAY AFTERNOON): "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!? IT'S TREAT TIME.
PUT THAT STUPID CAMERA AWAY AND GET TO IT!!!"

The key to all heaven is mine...

26 comments:

  1. Moose knows 'what makes life divine'!
    Don't you just love cats' personalities?

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    1. Jim:
      Brothers and litter mates, and entirely different personalities. Just like our first two California cats.

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  2. The Hounds from Hell are the same - the cries of "where have you been" echo through the house whither it has been two hours or two minutes.

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    1. Willym:
      And it's nice to be loved, isn't it?

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  3. Aw, so incredibly sweet. He could give a few lessons to my 15-year-old Noodles for my searching around, whenever I've been out for a little while, for stinkies and wees he's started depositing all around the place - something that's only started in the last three or four months. A headache (despite my scolding)!

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    1. Raybeard:
      Oh, so sorry about Noodles. We've never had to deal with that. One of our California cats, Dobie, was regularly throwing up, but he always dropped right where we could see it (or step in it) and always on a carpet!

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  4. Oh very sweet! What lovely cats. Our last cat Sam (who looked just like Moose) always met us at the door too. Very strange to come home now and no one is waiting.

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    1. Cat Lover:
      That would be difficult to adjust to. Moose didn't immediately meet us this morning and we were very worried. Then he came stumbling/rushing out, shaking the sleep from his head.

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  5. Cats are so funny. Dogs too - I can be gone five minutes and Buddy jumps up and down 100 times and puts his little legs around my leg so I can't go anywhere again. When hubby comes home from a business trip he nearly goes apeshit for 20 minutes so happy to see him.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      I never expected this kind of a greeting from a cat.

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  6. 2 of my 3 will greet us at the door, no matter how long we have been gone.

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    1. anne marie:
      It really is heartwarming. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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  7. My two dogs ALWAYS run to the gate outside to greet us when we come home; Ginger's tail wags in circles, George's back and forth. It's always a joyful moment for us all!

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    1. Jennifer:
      It made me smile just picturing it!

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  8. It seems these kitties have you two well trained.

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    1. Stephen:
      We have thrown in the towel. Their wish is our command.

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  9. Tuxedo always greets me when I come home and then he follows me into the bedroom while I change my clothes. We chat about our respective days. It's "our" time together.

    That said, Dudo's face, and our cats have similar ones, is purrrrrfection.

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    1. Bob:
      That's our relationship with Moose. And he hates when we're not together in the same room. He runs back and forth. We talk. He talks. Jerry will yell, "What?" And I'll yell, "I was talking to Moose!"

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  10. So nice to be missed. Is Dudo playing hard to get to you love him more?

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    1. Wilma:
      Dudo is so loving and sweet. But the greetings have gone by the wayside. He doesn't like to share the spotlight and Moose is always front and center when we get home.

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    1. Judy:
      Dudo has now taken to quietly mewing at Jerry when he wants Jerry to get out of his desk chair so he can settle into it. Sometimes he burrows under him in one of the living room club chairs until he gives up the chair.

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  12. Ours used to meet us at the bottom of the front path, then at the front stairs, then maybe one would be at the top of the stairs. Sigh. Nowadays they all seem to tell us that the spirit is willing but the flesh just ain't got the energy. At least we still have 3 left to love.

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    1. Rozzie:
      We've come close to getting a third... Oh sigh.

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  13. Awww. But you're really missing out just having indoor cats. Bert is an outdoor cat. He brought us the first mouse of 2017 yesterday (it's been warm and the mice have come out to play). Then he devoured it. Head first. While we were eating lunch.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Oh lord no! Dudo caught one bird on the terrace and brought it into the house. He wouldn't give it to Jerry but dropped it immediately for me. That was enough! I've heard stories of the crunch crunch crunch of bird and mouse bones at night. Not for me.

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