Pet Personalities - What's in our control?
As I sat at home today due to an ice/snow storm (school closed) I looked forward to a *free* day filled with lots of baking, cleaning, and crocheting. My calm day didn't go as peacefully planned and one (of the many) little kinks was due to my cats getting tangled up with each other in the attic as I hauled down Christmas decorations.
I got to thinking about Pet Personalities and Parental Control. After Sandy's saga of Peanut's ear, I came to think that there isn't always blame to be had. I have 3 cats who barely tolerate each other. Sandy managed to get 2 cats who cherish each other. Did I do something wrong or can we simply chalk it up to Pet Personalities? Sandy first had Catfish....then brought in Tarzan.....it was a beautiful transition. Next came Tweety, and it was disaster.
I recently read about a woman who had a much-loved Poodle. One night she stepped out of bed and onto her sleeping dog, and he promptly bit her leg rather severely. She was not frantic over it, instead blaming herself for startling her dog. It was a mere accident. There's an old saying.........$hit happens. And basically, I think that's true. I know Sandy's dogs fairly well, and they get along fine. But there is always that possibility, that due to their personalities, a little tussle is inevitable. Much like my cats little altercation in the attic. People with multiple pets face various challenges. While someone with 4 fun-loving beagles may never have an issue, another person with 4 pitbulls may be faced with challenges.
Raising pets is much like raising kids. Each is unique, each has their own personality, and each offers us different challenges. I don't think Sandy's dogs need bootcamp anymore than my cats need emotional support. If her dogs were radically out of control, the results would have been A LOT worse, not just a few seconds and a snap. And my cats would have fought to the death, not just a few swipes. Just like kids, you can't control every little action and reaction. The picture is the only photo I have of Lily and Sassy this close together.
Just another interesting day of Pet Parenting Perplexing Personalities.
posted by Daisylouu at 12/13/2007 06:37:00 PM