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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Cat Behind The Dog Blog

This is the picture Kenzo met, when he first came to live with us as a pup. The masters of the house, Pjevs and Jule, were not amused by the sight of this new-comer.

What they lacked in size, they made up for in sheer attitude. Kenzo never knew it, but he lost the battle already before he passed through the door.

The duo dedicated a good deal of their time to give Kenzo some serious training in cat-etiquette. Positively reinforced by the cat-clicker - the possibility of getting your nose scratched - they educated Kenzo with all there is to know, before I could even teach him how to sit.

Before Kenzo - our first dog - we always had cats. Living in apartments in the big city with busy jobs made us reluctant of having a dog. For cats that never was a problem. They could thrive despite our life-style. I can remember every one of them and what made them special. Some passed away too quickly, some were only in foster and passing by. Pjevs - the black-and-white on the left in the picture - lived with us the longest, in the full 16 years of his life.

His mother was a feral cat that lived in the local plant center. The people working there took care of her litter and we took Pjevs home with us. He was then raised by his surrogate mother, Laban, the cat that was already living with us.

Pjevs teaching Kenzo the art of telepathic counter surfing
Pjevs witnessed a lot of changes. He moved with us from Holland to Denmark. He made the switch from appartement living to living in a more rural environment. He welcomed Jule, and later Kenzo. Pjevs literally couldn't hurt a fly. Even in his days living outdoors he never came home with a mouse or a bird. He never went far and we could just call his name and he came running home quickly. More than any other cat we knew, Pjevs always wanted his family close by.

When Pjevs passed away, we were devastated. To our own surprise as well. We loved all our cats equally we thought, but the bond with Pjevs had evolved beyond that. It was the love he gave in return so abundantly, that had given him a special place in our hearts.

I was asked before why I started blogging about dogs, but never did when we had cats. Partly there is a logical explanation to it. To me dogs are complicated, and cats are not. Needing help in how to raise and care for a dog made me reach out through social media. Another reason is, I always regretted never to have expressed how much Pjevs meant to me. And on Pjevs' first anniversary after his passing, I vowed to him I will do better for Kenzo. I started blogging a month later.

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This post is answering to the call of Kristine from Rescued Insanity, Cats are dogs too:
"I am asking for submissions of photographs, stories, videos, drawings, letters, haikus, or whatever other creative mediums you can come up with that showcase the importance and value of the cat. I am hoping to collect as many as possible to share in July’s Blog the Change Event. If I get enough, I’ll share them in multiple posts. I’d love to make the celebration of the cat a regular feature. After all cats have endured, I think they deserve it. Don’t you? If you love cats and have something positive to share, please respond in the comments to Cats are dogs too or email contact@rescuedinsanity.com. Let’s show the world how worthy these beautiful animals are!"
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15 comments

  1. I had one cat, Ripple, who was "mine" when I lived at home, and when he was ill and needed to be euthanized during college, my dad and stepmother got "the girls", Piper and Gracie. They never really felt like mine, though I've been fond of them.

    Now Elka, Elka is MINE! She declares it pretty vehemently.

    I really appreciate that Pjevs is, ultimately, why you've blogged about Kenzo. That's really neat!

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  2. Oh, my...you sound like me about our Bubba - he was the heart-kitty in our household. No matter how long they live, it's not long enough - and the imprint they've left on our hearts and in our lives goes on forever. Lovely tribute to your Pjevs!

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    1. Well said Kim. It is like a fire that burns and never goes out. Glad to hear you had a Bubba in your life!

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  3. Thanks for posting this. What a nice idea Kristine had -- and what a moving story.

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    1. Thank you! Great initiative from Kristine, I hope many will share stories with her, and looking forward to her BTC in july!

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  4. I've always had kitties too, Cali is our first dog. It's heartbreaking to lost them :( We have 3 cats now and our tuxedo is 14 and was our first pet together - he is our little monkey boy :) Pjevs looks like he was such a sweetie!

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    1. He was a sweetie :) Hugs to your Tuxedo!

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  5. Pjevs was beautiful! I love the photo of the two snuggling together. That picture alone proves cats have unique personalities and are not as expendable as we treat them.

    Thank you so much for sharing Pjevs' story! I am so honoured to have inspired such a lovely post. And thank you for helping to spread the word. It is just so heart-breaking to see how little society cares for these wonderful animals. The amount of strays in my small community alone is horrifying. Hopefully it won't always be this way.

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    1. Thanks Kristine, you have a great cause. Looking forward to your BTC in July!

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  6. Oh Dog! We have to walk carefully around cats around here too!

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  7. Wonderful post and a beautiful memory.

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  8. I've always thought dogs were much harder to raise than cats are too.

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