Small gift provides big surprise
This past Christmas was a good one in our household, both merry and full of surprises.
My young granddaughters called to say they would be coming by a few days before Christmas in order to give me a time-sensitive gift. My husband and I speculated that they had baked cookies, which might get stale if they weren't delivered before Christmas.
When the grandkiddies arrived, however, they immediately ordered me to leave the room. A short time later, they ordered me back. When I made my entrance, I was astounded to see a tiny 6-inch-long golden kitten standing in front of me, looking lonely and lost (I was told later that he was time-sensitive because he was growing so fast; they worried he might not still be a kitten by the time Christmas rolled around.)
This little guy was a complete and utter surprise, and I wish I could tell you that all has gone well since his arrival, but the problem, you see, is that he is ferocious. He thinks he is in the jungle, attacking all comers.
The first comer was our large German shepherd, who up to that time, had almost no exposure to cats. Nonetheless, she instantly became quite impressed by the 6 inches of tooth and claw being aggressively employed by Mick Jagger (so named because he is long-haired, skinny and walks with a strut.)
So Mick Jagger, aka Mighty Mick, aka Mick-the-monster, managed to thoroughly intimidate our German shepherd, who is easily 50 times his size and 40 times his weight.
In their first encounter, the dog tentatively sniffed at Mick, only to be met by a bristled back, which made him appear twice his original size. This was accompanied by a spine-chilling hiss and what appeared to be a death-dealing claw. The poor dog was cowed.
Meanwhile, my arms and hands were quickly covered with claw marks and my living room curtains soon would have a new pattern known as "Designer Cat."
Because of Mick's dominant personality and overall feistiness, we are considering renaming him Sid Vicious (a punk rocker known for his edgy, rebellious persona and self-destructive tendencies). The description is purr-fect!
Since their first encounter, the cat and dog have come to an agreement. The dog eats the cat's food when he isn't looking. The cat attacks the dog's tail at will. The cat has stopped hissing. The dog has stopped cowering. They are not exactly friends, but they're getting there.
As for me and mine, we love this bit of fluffy terror, who is a unique and awesome representative of the animal kingdom. He may be small, but he is wonderful in his ferocity, in his unending curiosity, and in his absolute love of life. He makes us laugh every day. What a great addition to our lives — what a big and wonderful surprise.
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