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Toonces Tale LESSONS FROM OUR CAT
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They may call this time of year “the dog days of summer,” but I’ve always been more of a cat person myself. So, in protest of this naming convention, this month I’m going to tell you about the smallest member of the Dickerson family, Toonces. Yes, I named her after the driving cat from Steve Martin’s classic SNL sketch. But while our short- haired tabby can’t drive (very well) , her story has its fair share of winding roads.
with all her heart. I got Tigger as a kitten when I was five years old and grew up alongside her. When I brought my new boyfriend home from law school, I was worried she’d spend the weekend hiding from this stranger or jealously glaring at him. But to my surprise, the normally standoffish Tigger warmed right up to him. Tom still jokes that he’d received Tigger’s blessing to date me that day. Sadly, Tom only had one chance to meet Tigger. She was very old for a cat and passed away shortly after this visit. To say I was heartbroken would be an understatement. I’d known Tigger basically my whole life — saying goodbye was harder than I ever could have imagined. Tom, despite the fact we’d just started dating, stuck with me through that time, eventually suggesting I adopt a kitten of my own. What amazed me about this suggestion was that Tom’s allergic to cats. And yet, he not only recommended bringing one into my apartment, but he also braved the trip to the humane society to support me while I made my choice. That day, I knew he was a keeper. And that was the same day we met Toonces. She was the runt of the litter, clearly discarded by the other kittens
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due to her small size. Naturally, my heart went out to her immediately. This was the cat I wanted to raise. Today, Toonces is very much a babied indoor cat. She definitely couldn’t make it on her own in the wild; she’s pretty worthless when it comes to hunting. When we moved into our first home, a mouse moved in, too. Try as she might, Toonces could never catch that rodent, and we eventually had to bring in the professionals. But, while she may not be much of an athlete or acrobat, we can learn a lot from Toonces. Our cat has been with us through four moves and the introduction of two kids into the mix. In my experience, cats don’t handle changes to their environment well, to say nothing of suddenly having two human children to contend with. But through it all, Toonces just rolls with it. Her ability to go with the flow and remain content so long as she’s with her loved ones is inspiring. Toonces reminds me to slow down and enjoy the little things in life and the people I share them with.
"While she may not be much ofan athlete or acrobat, we can learn a lot from Toonces."
I grew up with a beloved cat named Tigger. Like most of her kind, she was far from a people person, but, if you were patient and kind, she’d love you
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Here’s to all the things our pets can teach us,
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