This week I had the difficult task of saying goodbye to a dear friend. As members of our family since 1995, Dusty (along with her adopted sister, Bitey, who left us less than nine months ago) was with us through many significant life events.
If you’re a cat lover, I don’t need to tell you about the joys they can bring, and if you’re not, no words on your computer screen can make you understand. However, while thinking about my special memories, I’ve realized that there is a lot we can learn from our furry friends, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts with you.
Appreciate what you have
Dusty ate basically the same food twice a day, year after year, yet every time I dished it out, she would greet me with very loud purrs.
Drink plenty of fresh water
From the time she was a kitten, Dusty liked to drink from the tap. In fact, I don’t think she even figured out how to drink from a bowl until we started keeping the bathroom door closed to keep her out. I’ll never forget her surprise upon discovering that the basement sink in our new house wasn’t connected to the water supply!
You can do anything you set your mind to
We all know how screensavers work. Your computer is inactive, the screensaver kicks in, then after a while the screen goes black until you move your mouse and your desktop reappears. But did you know that if you move the mouse just a teeny bit, you can reactivate the screensaver? It’s true! One day we noticed Dusty intently watching the screensaver, which was coloured lines in the form of a roller coaster. When the screen went black, she nudged the mouse, and the screensaver started again. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it for myself.
I have a small favour to ask. If you have a cat, please give him or her some extra pats today, from me.