I don’t know if I have ever mentioned before – but Ben, normally laid-back and placid as he is – strongly dislikes cats! This is partly Amy’s fault as she taught him that cats were BAD. Amy was adopted, coming to me at six years old, so I don’t know what had happened in her past to make her dislike felines so much.
I do think however, that the natural friendliness of Ben’s nature would probably have overcome Amy’s teachings if he hadn’t been badly scratched on his tender snout when, as a puppy, he was trying to make friends with the next door cat. From that day on he has regarded cats as good for only one thing – CHASING!! Cat lovers do not need to worry however, as Ben is most definitely not built for speed. He has no chance whatsoever of catching his tormentors, who delight in adopting the pose shown above and delicately twitching their tails when they think Ben might be getting bored of staring at them.
I remember an occasion, when Ben was still quite young, certainly less than 12 months old (but already weighing 100 lbs or more), when we all went to our local pub for a cool drink at the end of a hot day. Townie Husband and I were relaxing, talking about the day’s events, whilst the two newfies snoozed gently at our feet. Amy could be trusted not to wander away, and Ben’s lead was secured to our table leg. All was peaceful – until the pub cat strolled into the bar.
Amy looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth!
In a flash Amy was awake, alert and moving…. the cat shot out through the open door (luckily onto a peaceful country lane)….. Amy streaked after her….. I leapt up in hot pursuit whilst, to my horror, behind me I heard a loud crash as our table was pulled to the floor and started to travel across the bar behind the young and very active Ben who was determined not to miss any of the fun!
Townie Husband was left standing – mouth open in horror with two glasses in his hands that he’d had the presence of mind to snatch up before the table went over! And the cat? Quite safe and unharmed of course. As I made it to the door I was met by a very sheepish Amy who – with her crippled legs – would never have caught it. All that was left to do was to calm Ben and somehow restore order within!
But even Ben can’t object to this little kitten – the perfect gift for cat-lovers everywhere – and included in the November issue of the Bustle & Sew ezine…
Cosy Cat Applique Cushion Cover
Or can he? …..