Like many relationships, this one started out pretty rocky. But it seems to have become at least tolerant and maybe it will turn into friendly.
Maggie's only experience with four-legged creatures other than other dogs has been to chase them up a tree. Raccoons, squirrels, and cats making the bad choice to visit our backyard all got chased up a tree. Her first two days with Ava were spent pursuing that same goal, except I think the curtains would have been where the kitty climbed.
Today, Maggie seemed to resolve herself to the fact that the kitty isn't visiting; she's staying. She woke up this morning and ate her breakfast with the kitty lying under the table. Maggie didn't bark, whine or growl. She ate her breakfast, and other than occasionally trying to get a sniff in, has ignored the kitty.
So, I guess the kitty is staying. Until today it was "a trial" and I mean that in more ways than one. The dog has been leashed and attached to me since Tuesday afternoon. She's a 75-pound dog, so when she pulls, I have to pull back and my back is telling me I've been tugging on a 75-pound dog (weighing much more than that when pulling on her leash) for almost 48 hours.
She was "Avery" when we picked her up, and I thought she'd be "Vivian," but "Ava" was easier and I think it fits, not that it matters if it fits. She's a cat, not a baby. (Christine, I hope you'll forgive me.)
And speaking of cats and babies, I have to get this off my chest.
I hate that term. Really. Ok, intensely dislike.
Have you heard it? I hear it on a pet retailer advertisement. Pet parents and grandparents.
Parent (noun): one that begets or brings forth offspring; a person who brings up and cares for another (person)
I can not parent a cat or a dog because I am human. I parent people.
This culture of "pet parents" makes me crazy. Advertising agencies have figured out that we, and I exclude myself from that "we," think pets are our babies. That's what's wrong with our culture. We parent dogs and cats and abort babies. I could really go on about this subject but I think that one sentence is enough.
I'm a cat, and my mom is a cat, not a human. My owner is a human.