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Paging Dr. House

Paging Dr. House

April 18, 2010

We did it.  We got another cat.  Special Agent Jack Bauer was getting sort of clingy and really ruining my productivity by sitting in front of the computer, or on the keyboard, or on papers I need.  I figured she might benefit from a friend.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it yet, but I began volunteering at the local Humane Society after so many people told me how wonderful Bryan and I were to give Jack a home.  I never really thought about it being a good deed. I just liked her!  Besides, if I’m the crazy cat lady, Bryan is the insane cat guy.  He loves them just as much and had no problem keeping Jack.  I’ve been trying to become as involved as possible, without giving the shelter all my money.  It’s hard to feel like I’m making a difference when I know so many  animals need a home and what the care is like at the shelter.

I digress.  From volunteering, I knew exactly the cat that I wanted to bring home. I had seen people playing with him before and he just reminded me of Jack and how she likes to play rough.  I thought maybe if they play with each other, it would save my sanity and my hands!

Meet Dr. House.

We decided we couldn’t have a Special Agent and then a….Fluffy.  He needed a prestigious title and we seem to be on a roll with Fox shows. He doesn’t ham it up for the camera nearly as much as Jack does. This kitty was only about 8 months old when the shelter picked him up as a stray in January.  We took him home on March 29th.  I couldn’t stand that he just wanted to play so badly and was cooped up in a cage for 3 months.  He was labeled as “not to be handled by children” because he scratched a lot.  He won’t let you near his claws though, and they were completely overgrown so he was scratching even if he didn’t mean to have his claws out.   I just knew no one would be likely to take him if he acted so wild, and that would mean unthinkable things if the shelter overcrowded.   Besides, he’s cute in a weird, goofy way.  His legs are crazy long, and he lays in the strangest of positions. He deserves a home!

Introducing him to Jack wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be.  She was way more timid than I anticipated. I thought there might be a brawl, but she hid for nearly a week.  My parents came to stay for Easter weekend, and I thought that would send her over the edge and she’d never come out, but curiosity got the better of her. My parents’ visit distracted the cats enough with exploring bags and begging new people for food that they coexisted peacefully and have only moved forward since.  Whew!

I hope that ends the distraction for me as well.  Refereeing the 2 cats has taken too much time away from other projects.  I do feel better now that they’re getting friendly with each other.   They run, leap (very Un-Hugh Laurie House-like) and Jack is actually letting me get work done! Look, I blogged! =)

One Response to “Paging Dr. House”

  1. [...] I first met Dr. House at the Humane Society of Harford County, he had a habit of easily alienating people with his [...]

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