I'm surrounded by ANIMALS!
How did this happen?!?!?
It all started with one tiny kitten, found under a neighbor's porch. Then he needed a companion, so we adopted another. A friend had a cat with kittens and we took the one with the funny face.
You see where this is going.
With the ebb and flow of life, we lost some cats and gained some cats. We were finally once again down to only two older cats, and thought attrition would take care of things, but alas.
That Girl moved to to Baltimore and, long story short, left us her animals. Two MORE cats and a large dog, all young.
Yes, friends and neighbors, since last summer we've had four, count them, FOUR cats and a big dog!
I constantly pick hairs off my clothes. I dust mop or vacuum several times a week, and when I walk down the hall, there are STILL animal hair tumbleweeds rolling along ahead of me. Thank God none of them has long hair.
Two of the cats reenact the Civil War daily, leaving clumps of each other's hair all over the house. They all get hairballs and throw them up where we are guaranteed to step on them. Two cats eat too fast and throw up their food. Of course, That Dog helps clean up the messes. Best. Treats. Ever. Eeeewwwwww!
Why do we put up with it all? You know - yes, you do.
When I sit on the sofa, one cat curls up on my lap and falls asleep. One climbs onto my lap, puts his "arms" around my neck and bumps his head against my chin. One curls up on the back of the sofa behind my head and puts a paw on my shoulder or head. One presses up against my hip and pulls at my arm with a paw, wanting to be petted. That Dog drops a tennis ball on my lap.
All they want is to loved.
Isn't that what we all want, really?