Love Puts Up with a Lot

This husky, blamelessly trying to enjoy a nap on the couch, deserves applause for being sort of a poster-dog for I Corinthians 13. If love is truly longsuffering, then this is love. And the cat using the dog for a cushion looks startlingly like one of my cats.

There was a husky named Buttons in my neighborhood, back in the Bronze Age, who frequently slipped his chain and ran around biting people. The cat who tried to cozy up to Buttons would not be long for this world.

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I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

12 responses to “Love Puts Up with a Lot

  • UnKnowable

    I wish I knew why cats do that, because mine does that all the time. If I had fur like a Husky I probably wouldn’t mind.

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    • Linda Sorci

      It’s a carry-over from kittenhood. When they’re nursing, they stimulate the milk flow from mama that way, and continue the process as sort of a comfort, I think.

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      • UnKnowable

        That makes sense. I know that virtually every cat I’ve had has done that, and sometimes to the point of being problematic. My little one has claws which do not entirely retract, so when she starts in, my skin pays a dear price.

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        • Linda Sorci

          Take consolation in the fact that if she’s doing that, she’s very content and happy 🙂

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          • leeduigon

            We call that maneuver “happy cat.”

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          • Linda Sorci

            Cats are so demonstrably happy 🙂

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          • UnKnowable

            She is definitely a happy cat. At the moment, it’s 81 degrees outside and very humid. Indoors, it’s 77, but still very humid and uncomfortable. The A/C is earning its keep, in this weather.

            The cat, however, is spending most of her time directly under the ceiling fan, sometimes lying on her back with her feet pointing at the ceiling.

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          • leeduigon

            If she were a canary, that would be a bad sign.

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          • UnKnowable

            I’m relatively certain that she isn’t a canary, but I should probably run that past Joe Collidge, because I might be a bigit for thinking there’s such a thing as reality and that there’s actually a difference between a bird and a cat.

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          • Linda Sorci

            Smart girl! 🙂

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          • Linda Sorci

            I’ve probably mentioned this before, but South Florida is nearly overrun with Muscovy Ducks. They’re in all neighborhoods and are very tame. One got into my cousin’s house one time and as he tried to chase it out of the house, it flew up onto one of the paddles of the ceiling fan (which was on at the time). It really was a hilarious sight! She finally came down, none the worse for wear.

            Muscovy Ducks are quite interesting creatures. They don’t quack like most ducks – they make a hissing sound instead. It’s not threatening in any way, it’s just their communication. They come running as soon as they see a person and will stand right in front of you hoping to be fed. Very tame, indeed.

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          • UnKnowable

            In an amazing coincidence, just before I checked my email, I had finished watching the “Duckumenrary”, a PBS show about ducks. Ducks, all ducks, are amazing creatures. They seem to posess a sense of destiny, they are ducks and that is their destined role in the world. I can just picture that Muscovy duck deciding that it has moved in and no human is going to change that.

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