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Thursday, December 21, 2006

An Auspicious Anniversary

We've posted about Sugarfoot in here before. Sugarfoot is a cat that lives in the Tri-Valley facility office.

She's our latest "shelter cat' -- chill with dogs, so the perfect foil to see if a dog is aggressive towards cats, indifferent, or playful.

In her spare time, she tortures my dogs, who don't have the freedom around the office that she enjoys.

She sits around the corner from my dogs -- because if she sat in front of them, she'd be charged and no matter how chill she is, it's startling to have 160 pounds of pure, dumb Labrador rushing at you. But right around the corner, there she sits, torturing them with the knowledge that she is there.

But that is only part of her day: she has a routine that involves spending time sleeping at the top of her very, very tall cat tree. Sleeping in the black furry donut on A's desk. Quick naps in the kitty cube in the hall.

And hours of playing bouncy-bounce with the calendar on L's desk.




I don't know if you can see that, but one of Sugarfoot's day time activities is to sit on L's desk and bounce the calendar with her paw. Over and over again. Sort of like having OCD. She got all shy being filmed, but you get the idea.

Why does she enjoy such a life? Because she arrived in our shelter on December 15, 2005. (Yes, I missed acknowledging her one-year anniversary date.) She's been here one year and one week and it's time for her to go home.

While Sugarfoot (I call her Sugarpaws; but others have nicknames for her that aren't so blog-friendly...) is a joy to have around -- she makes me laugh every day, and any pet that puts my dogs in their place rocks -- the best life in a shelter is not as great as being in home. Having a bed to curl up on at night, with a caring friend nearby...just doesn't compare to nighttimes being spent alone waiting til staff arrive the next morning.

So my Christmas wish? That Sugarfoot gets to spend the holidays terrorizing her very own dogs, and scaling Christmas trees in her very own house.

That video was too much for me to handle! She's so cute, why hasn't she found a home yet? Agh!

 

Its such a shame that she's still at the shelter, but its nice that you let her hang out in your office and have a somewhat normal life.

 

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