March 01, 2005

Gratuitous Domestic Posting (TM) - Update

Thanks much for all the kind words about poor old Jeeves. The Llama-ettes seem to have come through pretty well: The oldest insisted on saying a prayer for him before dinner last night. We all then got into a discussion of whether he could hear it or not, deciding that yes, in fact, he could. We also spent some time calculating out "cat years" as opposed to "people years". This seemed to help the gels put things in perspective - it was easier for them to think of Jeeves as the feline equivalent of an old man.

We're down to one cat now, on whom we're keeping an eye to see how she deals with the loss of her fellow. I wouldn't say that Jenny had any particularly strong bond with Jeeves, but she was used to him and the sudden shake-up might be a bit rough for her. One thing that I think is going to change: The gels are going to focus a lot more attention on her than before. Up till now, only the five year old has really shown that much interest, but I think Jeeves' death has made the other two think more about the whole business of having a pet. Now, as she is so people-friendly that my sister routinely refers to her as "Jenny-Anybody", I think this will all work out just fine.

One thing we don't want to do is to bring in another kitten at this point. If Jenny can deal with being the single family pet for a little while, then we will be all clear to start thinking about a puppy next year.

Posted by Robert at March 1, 2005 08:33 AM

Sorry about Jeeves. It is no picnic to put a pet down, even if you know that it is the humane thing to do.

Posted by: LMC at March 1, 2005 09:21 AM
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