If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

RBOC: Animal Edition

  • The Brute prefers life as an outdoor cat however he is prone to disappearing for days on end and last year he fell off the roof and broke his pelvis. Since then he's been a forced indoor cat.
  • He tries to escape frequently, cries at the door and scratches at the window.
  • I will not give in.
  • We did buy him a harness and a leash.
  • Now we tie him to a long leash on a post in the backyard but we need to stay with since he still tries (and has succeeded) to escape.
  • We can't leave the harness on him in between his outdoor adventures because he bites at it.
  • He struggles a little when we put it on him but then he runs to the back door.
  • He is well named.
  • We have another cat (let's just call her The Other Cat or TOC) that I never mention.
  • TOC is allowed outdoors because she doesn't leave the backyard.
  • The Brute HATES TOC.
  • He beats her up when she comes in the house.
  • She spends most of her time indoors on top of the fridge.
  • The Brute is not very good at jumping (or landing for that matter).
  • TOC is very small and petite.
  • She throws up frequently. We think she's bulimic.
  • She's affectionate but will bite you when you pet her.
  • Pupzilla and The Brute are close.
  • The Brute will often lick Pupzilla. Pupzilla wants to play with The Brute but often ends up stepping on him. As far as we can tell The Brute doesn't seem to mind.
  • They both get jealous when the other one gets any human affection.
  • Pupzilla has gained some weight and doesn't do well in the heat. Moving to the South has not been good for her.
  • Boy and I have been trying to take her on long works everyday. It seems to be working as far as her stamina is concerned but there has been no weight loss.
  • The same can be said of me.


Deb said...

Ah, weight loss. Let's not get me started (i have been eating anything i can get my hands on-depression does that to a person). I do think it is fascinating the relationships that pets have with each other. So similair to humans except I dont "step" on others - I have wanted to mind you but at 5 ft most people are taller than me. Eh, what're ya gonna do.

DC said...

The Brute is a cutie! I love the animal bullet points! :) Please keep us updated.

Seeking Solace said...

What cuties!!!

My mom's cat insists on going outside. But she must be on a leash or tether, which she hates.

I am considering getting the Boy a sister, but I am concerned he will get upset.

Seeking Solace said...

BTW, I don't know if you are reading the Active Academic, but stop by. We have some good stuff going on there.


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