Words of warning, these two do not go together, email and cats. It’s unwise to check your email while walking your dogs.
JJ and Benny, our blue heeler mutts, and I always take a long stroll on Saturday mornings.
This morning we headed off down the hill. I turned on my smart phone, getting distracted by my email. JJ came to attention and I looked up. A gray tabby cat sat quietly on the house window sill. Benny snapped to attention, finally noticing the cat, so I decided a stop, sit and stay are in order. Benny especially goes nuts over cats, so I’m practicing a little gentle discipline to calm the dogs around cats.
JJ and Benny sat, eyes glued on the cat. I read my email. Then, I looked up. The cat jumped off the window sill and strolled languidly toward us. I didn’t believe this cat’s bravado. I thought for sure the cat would turn away but no, the cat strolled right up to the boys. Overwhelmed by a cat in their face, JJ and Benny jumped forward, forgetting all about sit and stay, dragging me across the lawn after the cat. I screamed no, digging my heels in while struggling to dump my phone in my pack. The cat hissed and spat but the boys remained undeterred. I grabbed the leash with two hands and they screeched to a halt. The cat raced away around the house.
Thanks to my email and that darned cat, I’m back at square one with the boys and cats.