My Funny Valentines

Posted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on February 16, 2010

As I relaxed on my couch last night, I perused the combined assortment of dogs and cats surrounding me. As usual, Shadow, my beloved 65-pound Akita-cross, was stretched out on most of the couch, leaving scant room for the rest of us. He was fast asleep, with his tongue sticking out about an inch. Edgar, that infamous Boston terrier of Woodley puppy mill fame was tucked under my right arm, snoring loudly, my right hand stroking his softball shaped head. Hamlet, our grey cat who craves constant attention had positioned himself on my chest, as close to my face as he could get, while Marley-cat and Andy-cat were curled up on the upright pillows of the couch.

I was thinking about how nice it would be to have a cup of hot tea. Of course, that would mean I would actually have to move, and like the proverbial house of cards, all hell would break loose; chaos would reign. Hamlet would meow loudly, as if to say: how dare you remove me from your neck! The other cats would wake up and need to change positions; Edgar would, of course, have to jump off the couch and run into the kitchen to supervise the making of the tea, just in case something wonderful (or even not so wonderful) should drop on the floor. That would wake up Shadow, who would have to be in position to ensure that any droppings would be his, not Edgar’s. No; getting off that couch was out of the question; that hot cup of tea would have to wait.

So, I contented myself with watching each of these wonderful creatures do what they do so effortlessly: sleep, snore, stomachs rising and falling, legs and whiskers twitching, occasionally, an eye opening and reclosing. I love those quiet moments with all of them. As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope that you will join me in celebrating our furriest family members, these creatures who bring us so much love and goodwill, so many moments of laughter and a deeper understanding of them and ourselves.

Happy Valentine’s Day from my family and me to you and yours.

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