Monday, February 23, 2009
Let me preface this story by saying that no animals were harmed during this photo shoot. My cat, Sneakers, will be sixteen years old in April. She has many random spots throughout our 2-story home that she chooses as her "spot for the week". Today she chose a very dangerous spot, one that she won't be allowed to keep. She has apparently blocked out the traumatic experience that we had about a year ago. It was the same time of year, the frigid days of winter, when I like to keep my vintage heater by my freezing cold legs while I do computer stuff. Since it's an old model, and small fingers, toes, and paws could easily be burned by the hot coils, I never leave the heater unattended. Well, this particular day last winter, I was aware that Sneakers was weaving around obstacles to get near me. I glanced down just in time to see her tail swish towards the heater, and in an instant was aflame. She didn't even feel it, but she felt the swift swat I gave her in my attempt to put it out. Thankfully, her tail hit the leg of my desk and went out as quickly as it started. She was unharmed, but of course highly insulted by my behavior. Now whenever she comes around, I have to unplug the heater until she moves on. I could just get rid of it and get a new one, but it gives off such a cozy warm glow that I love. Sneakers and my Sterling - Type ZUB can coexist. I just have to alter my behavior when necessary.