Patrick: A nine-year-old brown tabby and white Maine Coon with two crinkled ears and an endless supply of personality. He lives in our bedroom because … he wants to. I walked in one day and refused to leave so we added a litter box, food, and water. Patrick is our “big kitty” who is also our chief kitten trainer–even when the kittens are dogs who outweigh him by three times. He is joined in his adventures with the other household cats who include Ocicats and Chinese Li Hua cats and three dogs.
Bo came to live with us during the COVID 19 quarantine when the local shelter we volunteer at was having a “clear the kennel” event (the goal was to try and place over 200 animals to allow them to close to the public and allow for only minimal staffing during the shelter-in place order.) Bo had never had a home as he and his litter were fostered when his mom was picked up and then he was not adopted. He moved through a few shelters with a label of “high energy” and required antidepressants because of it. Because he had never learned doggy manners such as how to make friends with other dogs, he was a “must-have met and greet with other dogs in the family”. After introducing him to Lucy and Dexter, we decided we needed him as a playmate for Dexter as much as he needed us and he is constantly discovering the joy of a family.
Wombat Kitten a/k/a Bobo: This is Patrick’s nickname for the newest addition to our home. Based on this nickname you can tell he has highly distinctive ears. Also known as “Bo”, “Boxes”, “Beauregard” and “Bobo”, he is an eighteen-month-old D.A.W.G dog whose mother was a quiet lady of the house and father was a traveling gentleman of questionable morals.
And now, presenting a few episodes of the ongoing saga that is “Life with Patrick”
Chapter 1 – Daylight Saving Time
Patrick: “Mommy it’s food o’clock.”
Me: “No, it’s not.”
Patrick: “Yes, it is! Look at the box you pay too much attention to! It says it is food o’clock.”
Me: “The phone has shifted by an hour due to a crazed concept called daylight savings time. Trust me. It is too early for food o'clock. Pay attention to your internal clock.”
Patrick: “Six months ago, you told me to pay attention to the box you pay too much attention to and ignore my internal clock.“
Me: “My position has shifted and may shift again. Go back to sleep.”
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