Lucy and Linus Kitties let me know in no uncertain terms that they feel slighted because I haven’t written about them for awhile. So it’s time to fix that!
Lucy is 12 years old and is our 4 footed family matriarch. While she tends to be a private kitty, she is my steadfast companion when I am working at the desktop computer or doing paperwork. Her favorite trick is to lay right on the paper that I need to see or stand and fluff out her tail to effectively cover the monitor.
The rule in the house is that the pups all need to respect her, and are not allowed to chase her. Even Bess at 4 months learned that rule quickly.
Lucy never fails to make sure the laundry won’t fall off the table.
Lucy’s favorite place to curl up is on the back of Greg’s recliner. Her second favorite place to lay is in front of the heat register. Her third favorite is close to me when I sit to read or watch tv. She isn’t a lap sitter but she curls up close on the back or arm of the couch. She does cozy really well.
Lucy is our vocal kitty and will answer you if you talk to her. She and Bess puppy had quite the conversation the other day! Lucy is a forehead bumper, and that is part of our good morning routine. She is starting to slow down and this is the first year that she didn’t climb our Christmas tree. She has been losing weight and hand in hand with our vet we are closely monitoring her health. But so far she is doing fine.
Linus Kitty is a lovable stinker kitty, He thinks he is a Golden Retriever and from the time we brought him home as tiny kitty he followed the pups, especially Belle, everywhere, except outside and that still frustrates him to no end. He has been known to ring the “gotta go” chime in an effort to go out.
He is 1- 1/2 years old and loves to play. So much so that it’s hard to casually pet him because he turns it into let me bite that hand. He is a lap sitter and loves to snuggle although he has this habit of sucking blankets and I’m not sure what’s up with that.
Things have changed a bit for Linus since Bess puppy joined our family a couple of months ago. When Bess first joined our family she and Linus loved to play together and Linus would usually be the one to instigate the play. But Bess quickly grew and her play became too rough for Linus, so much of our time is telling Bess to “leave it” when we hear our non verbal kitty give a yowl. I have noticed lately that Bess is learning how to play more gently and Linus is once again starting to play with her.
During the day we have a child gate across the upstairs doorway so the pups can’t go upstairs but the cats can. The upstairs landing has become one of Linus’s favorite places when he needs a break.
Otherwise he spends a lot of time just out of her reach.
When Linus allows himself to nap his hang out place is the back of the couch where he alternates sleeping and keeping an eye on things outside.
Lucy and Linus kitties are a very special part of our family and life quite simply wouldn’t be the same without them.
I am so glad you highlighted Lucy and Linus. I did not realize Lucy’s age and her consistent faithfulness and predictable, lovable habits. Linus is just the golden kitty with a clear pup/kitty mentality. Linus is not confused — he’s just happy with his special adaptable personality. Your time with Belle, Bonnie, Bess, Lucy, Linus cannot be duplicated, but will forever be momentous for you and Greg and those that are there for the occasion.
By the way, your snapshots are nice and make the story come to life.