Saturday, May 19, 2012

Forging a truce . . . and a family!

I talk about my sissy Cinderella (Cindy Lou!) a lot, but did you know I have a kitty brother and sister too?

This is Scribbles. He's the oldest in the family -- he's almost 14! -- and kind of a grumpy old man sometimes. But he was Momma's very first furbaby on her own, after she moved out of Grandma & Grandpa's house, so he's very special. 

And this is Pigeon (or "Pidge"). She's very beautiful and sweet, but she's very skittish.

We had a bit of a problem when Momma first adopted me. See, boxers don't always get along with cats because we have a high prey drive. That means we like to chase things! Usually that's lots of fun, when we chase bunnies or birds or squirrels, but it's not so great when Momma wanted to have a boxer and not have her kitties eaten.  That's why she went to LBR in the first place, because she knew she could meet lots of boxers and find one that would get along with her kitties. So she got ME!!

Except, um, I spent the first few weeks like this:

Hmmmm.  The problem wasn't that I wanted to eat the kitties, of course. They were my new brother and sister, and I loved them right away! I wanted to tell them how much I loved them... which was the problem! And they just didn't want to give me a chance. <sigh>

Momma said she worked really hard to find a cat-friendly dog, but she didn't think about starting with dog-friendly cats!

"Come down? There's a dog down there!"

 But we worked really hard to get to know each other. I had to learn to listen to Momma about not running over to play with them, and they had to listen to Momma when she said, "Come on down, Casey's not going to eat you!"

Observe the self-control. Must. Not. Pounce!

 But you know what? After a while, it was worth it! Scribbles was the first to change his mind. He told me that he'd been boss of the household for a long time, and he wasn't going to let a silly dog ruin that! I don't mind if he thinks he's boss. I know Momma's really in charge, BOL! But we forged a truce and started hanging out to watch Animal Planet and stuff.

"Can you pass the popcorn, bro?"

Pigeon took a lot longer to convince. She spent about a year and a half after I first moved in hanging out on the cabinets! She finally started moving down closer, and finally she realized I'm not such a bad guy after all.

"I think you're a purrfect sister."

It's hard being siblings, especially when some of you are different species! But if you work really hard at it, it's SO worth it in the end!


Oskar said...

What a great post! I'm so glad you all get along. My kittie sisters didn't like it when I moved in, but they generally ignore me now.

Nubbin wiggles,

Two French Bulldogs said...

You getting along sure is a big help. We wouldn't put up with those kitty Kate's
Benny & Lily

The Websters said...

OH WOW! We are sending this to Master's Mom and Dad so they maybe will want to adopt Boris. Do you think it will work?


Maggie Mae said...


Max and me likes to chase our kitteh cuzin' Pepper when we go to visit Archie, Reggie and Herschel, Pepper doesn't like it at all!
Guess what?? Mom ordered an I love my Boxers t-shirt from LBR!!!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

What a grrrrreat story of How It SHOULD Be!! You all three deserve a Round of A Paws fur becomin a FAMILY!!! WaaaahRoooooo to the three of you!

The Army of Four said...

That is SO COOL!!! I'd love to have a kit-cat sister or brother. Sure, Siberians are supposed to have a very high prey drive, too, but I stood in the "play drive" line instead. HA roo roo roo!
Play bows,

Casey said...

Momma keeps saying she needs to order one, but she hasn't gotten a round tooit yet. I don't know what that has to do with ordering stuff, but apparently it's very important.

Madi and Mom said...

I had no idea you had a heart for felines and loved with two!! WTG hanging out on the top Of the cabinets letting everyone know who is Queen BEE
Hugs your BFFF

Madi and Mom said...

PS meant to type 'live with them'!