My favorite spot is finally open!
Boxer's mom (apprentice) here:
For those who have followed us and those that may be new, Boxer and I started out on a rocky road together. I was still grieving my heart cat's death when somehow I ended with a wild-eyed kitty, who hated to be held. Our inside joke is, that now I can't keep him off my lap!
Boxer is strong-willed, bossy, pushy, demanding and obnoxious. Just to name a few of his characteristics and he uses all of these to get what he wants, mostly on my lap. He will always plant himself in my chair, just to get first dibs on my lap.
Ever have a cat (or other animal) that is so stubborn you end up playing aggravation with each other all the time? That is Boxer and I. So we surprised each other a couple of days ago when this happened:
Maybe we could try that again. Or NOT!
Boxer was on my chair asleep. I called his name. He lifted his head and stretched his front legs, ready for me to pick him up so I could sit down.
Normally I would have just picked him up, being angry at having to fight for my chair again, but instead, I just called his name. And he responded beautifully. And while it may not seem like much, or like, duh what else would you do? It was a tiny step for both of us.
I have been really trying to understand Boxer better, though I think like a canine, and see things from his point of view. I understand his living with six dogs and a second cat and demanding me for my attention. It just that his demands and the dogs demands can just be too much all at once. In fact it can be down right draining and Boxer is no small kitty. He weighs in at 18 pounds and he uses that bulk also in his demands. He's very good at pushing my buttons. :)
We have our good moments and bad, just as in any relationship, but that little moment was so touching and melted my heart. I can't wait to try it again.
Still the best place on Earth.