I’m on the lookout for a new companion. Must be able to keep up with a high pace of activity, respond well to instruction and be uncomplaining about the food offered and the accommodation provided. Rather like Dr Who, the ability to traverse several time zones and juggle no end of activities all at the same time would be advantageous. Clearly they will need to be tolerant to all manner of distractions, show interest in my constant chatter, and share a love of playing 80’s hits on iPlayer ….. In return I offer to devote my attention, tend to their needs, and provide the odd ‘treat’ or two on occasion. It would be a rewarding position for those keen to show commitment and loyalty ….
I know. My husband fails the criteria on many levels – but he’s handy to have around. What about the kids, I hear you ask? Well, they have a tendency to answer back and complain about doing the slightest bit of exercise over and above their normal activities. Plus, try getting a teenager to part with their mobile phone for longer than 30 seconds let alone attempt to hold a meaningful conversation which commands more than a mono-syllabic response. It’s no surprise then that I’m on the lookout for a new 4-legged addition to the family….My cat of 22 years recently departed, and it’s quietly amazing to note that she has known me longer than my husband and my 3 kids. That’s half my lifetime.
Half a lifetime. That’s a long time.
She truly lived a double lifetime. Either I was very lucky, or she managed to maximise all her 9 lives … and then some. She surprised everyone when she managed to travel without incident from the UK to Western Canada at the age of 18. She had 2 brothers and outlived both by a long stretch. Tolerance was certainly one of her virtues – something I can truly relate to also …. Let’s just hope some of her longevity has rubbed off on me too …But the house is quiet without her. I miss her not being around. I miss looking after her and sorting her food out. I miss her sat in the front window, carefully placed to ensure she took full advantage of the sun’s rays whilst still surveying her empire. She was quite vocal in later life albeit deaf and mostly blind. She had an innate knack of yowling the minute I would be on a conference call or FaceTime with work colleagues. In fact, my husband who regularly holds conference calls with colleagues in India has reflected that her presence has been notably missed as she often made more meaningful contributions to discussions than most of the attendees on the call itself …..So, now with permanent residency secured, I’m on the lookout for a canine. I’ve had a tentative foray into looking at Bernese Mountain Dogs … I know, they’re huge. They’re my favourite dog, but I’ve had to rule them out on the grounds that whilst they would be adoring, they’re quite reluctant to do much exercise. They’d be happy to watch me disappear off for a few hours and welcome me back home jubilantly – but both their speed and inclination to do more than 1 mile would see me somewhat frustrated. It certainly comes to something if I’m more active than a dog …. never thought I’d ever see the day. Now that’s a change in the last 22 years for you ….So, applications are invited. I’m keeping a watching brief on new puppies in the Edmonton area, but may just take time over the summer to get used to a much quieter household, plus really decide who the lucky addition to the family is going to be. I’ll keep you posted …