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LJ Idol Season 8: Week 14; Twitterpated

Cats and dogs. Peanut butter and jelly on a bacon cheeseburger. Some things just don’t make sense together. Then something comes along and shatters all logic behind these seemingly concrete notions.

Meet Miss Kitty, AKA the KiKi Monster. I’ve had Miss Kitty for about 8 years now. I rescued her from a high kill shelter when she was already mostly grown. I had gone in to snatch up a little white kitten; I was first in a line of many others who wanted the cute little guy. No one was even giving Miss Kitty a second glance. She was an adult cat in a shelter full of kittens. And she had short, patchy fur with no hair behind her ears. As I waited for the paperwork for the kitten to go through, she was rubbing against her cage and meowing loudly for my attention. Some man pointed her out to me and said "That right there is the cat for you.” I’m not sure why I listened... I already had claim on the baby cat. However, I saw this pitiful, sweet girl and decided I had to at least hold her. They got her out of the cage and placed her in my lap. It was love at first scratch. I didn’t choose her; she chose me. Another couple happily took the white little guy home since I could only have one cat at the time. And I ended up with the right cat for me. She is the best cat I've ever owned, so sweet and affectionate even though the people who brought her in swore she was feral and mean. The hair grew in behind her ears, and she doubled in size. Her thin, patchy fur is now thick and long. She’s a stunningly beautiful cat. I brought her home and she’s had a very happy existence ever since.

Well it was happy for her until I introduced her to a giant pup named Annabelle. Miss Kitty had lived with me for about 5 years before we picked up Annabelle. I knew I wanted a dog and not just any dog. I wanted a big breed dog. My ex was adamant that we needed a Great Dane. I found Miss Annabelle on petfinder.com and we made our way to a little shelter in Tennessee where we adopted another shelter baby for our family.

Bringing her home was interesting. She was 8 weeks old and already 12 pounds, which was more than what my cat weighed. I’d like to say that it was love at first sight, but that would be a lie. No, Annabelle walked up to Miss Kitty, tail wagging and ready for an introductory kiss. Miss Kitty didn’t take too kindly to the massive beast in her face and showed it with a hiss and a smack across the snout. Obviously, it was a friendly warning to maintain personal boundaries. It continued this way for awhile, and we thought that eventually Annabelle would learn her lesson and leave the cat alone.

But oh no... Annabelle absolutely loves her kitty. Today, my 12 pound puppy is closer to 100 pounds. While small for a Great Dane, she’s certainly a very big dog. And while she hesitates when Miss Kitty is angry, she still can’t resist giving her big slobbery kisses at every turn. The cat has determined that she likes the attention for a few minutes and basks in the glow of being petted by Annabelle’s giant tongue, but eventually Miss Kitty grows bored with it and smacks her away.

But you can tell that the affection is mutual when Miss Kitty walks up to a sleeping Annabelle and licks her face and ears softly. She even takes her tiny little tongue and gently licks her eyelids. Annabelle has learned that if she moves during these little sessions that she gets smacked and that even though her eyes are wide open, excitement clear as day in them, she can’t move a muscle. Well, except her tail which beats against the floor for the entire time she gets her kisses. Eventually, though, she can’t take it anymore and must return the kiss! She sits up, kisses the cat and usually gets smacked across the face. A cat’s love has boundaries.

Despite the smacking, Annabelle can’t help herself and loves “her” cat so much. I even realized by accident one day that she’s managed to learn what she’s called. One day, jokingly, I asked her "Annabelle? Where’s your kitty?” when I couldn’t find the cat. Annabelle jumped down off the bed; walked over to the closet; and stuck her nose on the cat. Then she looked at me as if to say, "Here she is, mom!”

Without any training whatsoever, I can ask Annabelle now "Where’s your kitty?” and she will look for her. Just today, I did this; she ran into the kitchen and looked on the table, then under the table and under the chairs before looking at me all worried like, "I can’t find her!” She kept searching for her... In the closet... On the bed... Finally, she ventured back into the kitchen where the cat had come out of hiding at last. She planted her nose on Miss Kitty and looked at me proudly. She found her kitty once again! Kisses and some hissing ensued as she enthusiastically greeted her tiny sister.

The care and concern painted on my dog’s face when something is messing with her kitty is unreal. Miss Kitty recently had an injury to her chin and sometimes when she cleans herself, it hurts enough that she meows in pain. Annabelle will run in from the other room, worry sketched across her face, and kiss her cat on the head softly as if to say, "It’s okay.”

I hear people say that pets aren’t able to love; that they’re just animals; and lack all emotion. They’ve never met my pets. Annabelle can hear my boyfriend’s car a mile away. Every Saturday, she gets all excited and cries at the door a full five minutes before he even knocks. As he walks up, her head tilts to the side as she waits for the door to open. When it does, she can barely contain her excitement and we have to snuggle with her goofy butt for twenty minutes before she finally stops wiggling and kissing him. When he leaves, we walk him out and she watches as his car drives away, refusing to go inside until she can no longer see him.

If this isn’t love, I don’t know what it is. Anyone who tells me otherwise is wrong.

She loves me and I can see it in the way she trusts me when she’s injured or scared. I can see it in the way she snuggles up next to me in bed when I’m lonely, her human sized body positioned perfectly next to mine. Or how she’s licked away my tears when I'm sad, as if she’s trying to make them stop and doesn't know how.

And of all the crazy things in life, she loves her kitty cat. And in her own twisted way, Miss Kitty loves her back. Miss Kitty loves her people too, of course. She shows it in her own cat way of kneading me with her claws and biting my hair and toes as I try to sleep. She’s known for sitting on my chest and burying her head into my neck, purring loudly and cherishing the attention.

You can always count on your pets to love you unconditionally and to show you that love on a daily basis. My shelter babies have truly taught me all about what it means to love unconditionally. No matter if you’re overweight or thin as a rail, rich or poor; they look past the exterior and love you for who you are. There are very few humans who can guarantee you that.

The video above shows Annabelle, my Great Dane, lying on the floor and my cat nibbling and kissing her playfully as my puppy tries to sit still.  


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Feb. 13th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
Aw...I just loved this whole entry.

I've finally helped our dogs love each other (we have two) and there is nothing like a dog first (for loving us) but to see two animals I love, loving each other..it's just adorable.

Lucy is a Lab/ Shepherd mix and Max Ewok is a half Jack Russell/half chihuahua so their sizes are different (but not as different as your two "babies") I'm really glad you took Ms. Kitty home!
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Seeing two animals that love each other is so cute, I do have to admit! I am very glad I brought her home too, even if she won't let me type on my laptop without sitting on it :)
Feb. 13th, 2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
So sweet
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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Feb. 17th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
That's just great! I am so happy that Jasmine worked out well for you. They told me that my cat was feral and they had to trap her to bring her in. I have never seen a feral bone in her body, she is nothing but absolute love. Thank you for reading!
Feb. 14th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
This is so sweet I just teared up a little.
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

Feb. 14th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
This is adorable. I knew I'd like Annabelle, but I think I'd like Miss Kitty, too. I'm glad they finally got to be friends. :)
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:53 am (UTC)
They are both absolute sweethearts. Thank you for reading!
Feb. 14th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
I love this post so much. I am so glad you took Miss Kitty home. She's beautiful and she's being so funny with Annabelle there. We also use "monster" as a suffix for our two female cats (Feefle Monster and Wiggle Monster). AND we ALSO were going in for a white cat when we decided to also get Feefles (who is also orange calico, and had patchy, natty fur when she was at the shelter).
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
I use "monster" as a suffix for most cute things, but Annabelle is actually my "beast" since she's bigger than just a monster. I have no idea where I come up with these things.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting!
Feb. 14th, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
Aww, totally sweet :) Dogs and cats living together- mass hysteria!
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
I guess I should have mentioned that my roommate has a cat too... And Annabelle is scared of him! It's too funny! Thanks for reading!
Feb. 14th, 2012 04:41 am (UTC)
I hear people say that pets aren’t able to love; that they’re just animals; and lack all emotion.

Utter horseshit. People who say that have never had pets, I don't think. Oh, they might have shared a house with animals. But they've never had pets.

My kitty who I had growing up always knew when I was upset, and she'd come just sit in front of me, stare me down, and meow at me until I talked to her. Petting her wasn't enough, I had *talk to her*, like she wasn't just looking for attention - she knew I needed to vent and she wouldn't let it go until I did. Pets are such a blessing. Thank you for posting this. On the eve of Pink And Red Vomit Day, it's nice to have a reminder that not all love is a precursor for angst.
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
I have to agree with you. People who say those things have never had a pet. Not like this.

That's so sweet about your cat wanting you to talk to her! My cat loves when I talk to her, and she adores when I sign to her (I sound horrible, but she eats it up).

And I had hoped that while most people thought sappy human love (which I obviously love), that we realize that there is more to life than romantic love :)

Thanks for reading!
Feb. 15th, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
I adore stories about unexpected animal friends and devotion, and this is one of the best, most heartwarming I've heard (read) in some time.
pets are indeed terrific at teaching us all about unconditional love, and I think rescues possibly do it better than any of them. 8,)
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I love odd stories about animal companions too. There's just something about them!
Feb. 15th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
it warms my evil little heart that you adopted! So touching!
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I will always adopt my furbabies. My ex wanted to buy a Great Dane from a breeder, but I refused. Adoption is the way to go!
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
Aw I love this post. That is so cute. Animals can TOO love! Whoever said that is full of it.
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
People say it all the time. My ex used to think animals lacked emotions. It's one of many reasons he's an ex :)

Thanks for reading!
Feb. 15th, 2012 10:04 am (UTC)
That was a beautiful entry!! That is what I love about pets too. They do love you unconditionally. They look past the surface and there's no holding back who you are to them. That's very cute how Miss Kitty and Annabelle love each other and you the way they do.
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Exactly! I adore animals. I swear they make better people than most people do. Thanks for commening, I have been a bad commenter these days and I am sorry!
Feb. 15th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
I am so glad to see pictures of your 'kids.' You refer to your pets often in the GR and i wondered what they looked like.
Miss Kitty is gorgeous-so glad she picked you! And Annabelle is so patient with her! The video complements the story and your descriptions of their behaviors are right there to see and enjoy. Great entry!
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I love my furbabies, and I may be biased, but I think they are so pretty and perfect. I love showing them off.

Miss Kitty turned into one of the prettiest cats I've seen. I never would have imagined she would look so pretty!

Thank you so much for commenting!
Feb. 15th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Aw, so sweet. That's all I can say. Nicely done.
Feb. 17th, 2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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Feb. 17th, 2012 05:01 am (UTC)
Awww how sad! We had a similar issue, I had a white kitten named Captain Eli when I was a teen. He died in a really tragic and sad way... our dog, Shaggy, adored that little guy. After he died, we got another kitten... but he just looked at me like "Where's Eli?" :(

It is hard to prove, sure. But when you see the way Annabelle gets all happy to see me or how my cat rests her little head on me and purrs... That's love right there. I believe in it.

Thanks for reading and commenting!
Feb. 15th, 2012 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh I love this, and it really is a love story...thanks for making my day.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Thank you for reading and commenting!
Feb. 15th, 2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
Aw, this is just so sweet. There is nothing more adorable that dogs and cats that get along this well. :)
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
I agree. I love animals. Thanks for reading :)
Feb. 16th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
This is so sweet, I absolutely adored it.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Thank you!!!!
Feb. 16th, 2012 02:08 am (UTC)

We had both dogs and cats when I was little, and they got along just fine, although not quite as loving as your two. :)
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
We have another cat living with us right now. My roommate has a cat. Annabelle is curious, but also scared of him. It just isn't the same as with her kitty.

Thanks for reading!
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Feb. 16th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
I loved it. Well done.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
Feb. 16th, 2012 04:42 am (UTC)
Such an inspiring story of a puppy's instant love for a cat and cat learning to love a dog. I wish my bf's Australian Cattle dog and my cat would learn to love each other like this. We have been together for seven years and the cat still has to have her own bedroom complete with a baby gate to keep the dog from eating her!
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Some cats and some dogs never will like each other like this, I'm sure. I have had some animals that simply refuse to get along. I got lucky with both good tempered critters :)

Thanks for commenting!
Feb. 16th, 2012 06:36 am (UTC)
*looks at the poll results* Quit wrecking the curve!

(Kidding, of course. Every vote is well-deserved.)
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:05 am (UTC)
Hehe Thank you! I don't know where all the votes come from, it's always so amazing to me when I do well!
Feb. 16th, 2012 07:38 am (UTC)
Oh, this was so sweet.

I'm glad the guy at the shelter pointed Miss Kitty out to you, because she really had chosen you already. And heaven knows, it's the older ones who need homes the most.

Now you have two rescue pets, and all three of you are better for it. ♥

I'm surprised cats tolerate dog kisses at all, because they hate to be wet, but somehow they know it means affection and they'll put up with it for a little bit. Animals are pretty good at seeing the "message" rather than the "medium," and they do what they can-- just as Anabelle struggles not to get too active when the cat is loving her, because then it's over.

And I agree that animals feel, far more than some people realize. When their friends (humans or other animals) die, they mourn. And when we're upset, they seem to know and want to comfort us. If that was all humans did, we'd be a more peaceful race than we are right now.
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
I am so happy he pointed her out too. The idea of this sweet creature being euthanized because of her age?!? It breaks my heart. I want to save all the critters.

Miss Kitty seems to be annoyed at the wetness, and she sometimes hesitates... but then grimaces and takes it in.

I always say animals make better people than most people do. Their emotions are more genuine, they don't know how to deceive or to lie... and yes, they most certainly love.

Thank you for reading!
Feb. 16th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
This is so sweet - love the description of their friendship! (And I'm a sucker for pics of cats and dogs together, too)
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am glad you liked it :)
Feb. 16th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Awwwww! They sound like such adorable pets, and it's great that you rescued them both. *Hugs*
Feb. 17th, 2012 05:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! They are the best pets I could ever ask for :)
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