Though the title of this blog is The Black Cat Diaries, and there is in fact a rather persnickety black cat named Gink who resides here, there are several other furry creatures that live in our home as well, and one of them is a yellow dog named Uno.
So this is mainly an Uno story.
I have a small, old pillow that I wanted to throw away. It was a homemade gift from a student a few years ago. (Don't think me heartless— This thing has been sat upon and laid upon and who-knows-what upon by teenagers for years. It is old and dirty and smelly, and its time has come. However, I did bring it home from school to dispose of because I didn’t want my current students to see me throw away a gift.)
Instead of tossing it in the trash, I decided to give it to Uno to shred. Uno’s a year and four months old now and he has gone through his share of toys. There are a few “tough” ones out there that last a LITTLE longer (these Durable Dragons have been the best we’ve seen) but in general Uno reduces stuffed animals and plush toys to a pile of fluff in less than half an hour. So I thought it would be a fun ten minutes for him to tear apart this pillow and I was willing to clean up the mess. It already has a small hole in the side for “easy access”.
Well that backfired because Uno LOVES the pillow. I gave it to him yesterday and it is still completely whole. He carried it to his bed and is actually using it as a pillow. Every time I walk by he hugs it and glares at me, as if to say, “I can’t BELIEVE you wanted me to DESTROY this wonderful thing!”
Sigh. I guess I’ll be hanging on to the nasty pillow a little longer.
|"Thank you for my pillow, Mom."|
Hmm, maybe eventually I will learn my lesson. When you try to “let nature take its course” it doesn’t always work out the way you think it will. About twelve years ago, I decided to deal with a mouse situation “naturally” by letting Gink take care of it instead of using a trap. He was young and spry then and, though inexperienced, I thought fully capable of taking care of business. Another backfire. That experiment ended with the mouse quite literally running over my ferocious black cat. Twice.
|Gink was not available for comment.|
Uno is not so sentimental after all. The love for the pillow only lasted three days.