I Think I Am A Dog?
(Brush, Colorado, USA)
My cat came to me while I was on the road, truck driving in New Mexico. Another truck driver had a cat that had kittens and they were just giving them away.
I've owned mostly cats and this cat was different from the get go. He is "very" inquisitive and has to be involved in everything. I mean to an extreme.
If I cook he sits there and watches every move I make, as though he was actually trying to learn how to cook. Last year, (summer) I was in the backyard using the hose, the hose happened to be laying on the grass and my cat just started nipping and batting at the water, something you would see a dog do. His paws were getting soaked, but he didn't seem to care.
He is extremely social and has to be around people all the time, if left alone, he will howl and cry until you come back into his view again.
Bed time is a ritual, I pick him up, he purrs and knows it's time for bed and sleeps with me all night. Driving weather, forget it, he is with me and just loves to take rides in the car. If myself or any of my family members are sitting down, he needs to be right there by us or in your lap. If you have something in your hand, he always comes over to investigate.
While I was on the road driving truck, he quickly picked up walking on a leash. He wanted to walk up to everyone he saw and whne we were done with our walk, would head straight back to our truck, proudly leading the way.
Just out of the blue, while parked for the day. He dropped his toy in front of me and sat there, as if waiting for me to do something with it I picked up the toy and threw it on the dash of the truck (which is large) and he ran and got it and dropped it in front of me, again. "Did he just do what I thought he did" I thought to myself, "no way"? I picked it up and tossed it again and again he ran, got it and brought it back to me. I did this five times, before I could even believe what I was witnessing. This went on for hours, there began a ritual for every time we parked and he wanted to play. To say the least, I was blown away.
He was also very inquisitive about the cd player and how once it disappeared into the dash it somehow spoke out to us (audio books). Soon, he was nudging the cd in with the bridge of his nose and looked forward to every time I had to put a new one in. This cat met my daughter once and after I had been on the road again for about two weeks, I called home, talking with my daughter, I asked her to say hello to the cat. She did and immediately the cat recognized her voice and took off to the driver side and than the passenger side windows to see where she was at.
Hide and seek, tag, forget it the cat always wins! This is my cat's favorite game....
"Hey, I forget.......am I a dog"?
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