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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Blog (10/20/11)

TITLE: I Guess God Did Have a Reason to Create Cats
By James Brown


Iíve got four cats Ö well to be honest, my wife has four cats. I have four irritants. Itís not that I hate cats. I do like them Ė when they belong to someone else. I must admit that they do serve a purpose: companionship for my wife as well as a source of amusement. Although the entertainment of watching them chase a foil ball loses its enticement at 3 a.m.

We have an older orange and white male (Peanut) and a young, bulky gray tiger male (Sniper). Sandwiched in between are sisters Ė one orange and white (Yoko) and the other a tortoise shell (Tig). The interaction between these adorable pets brings laughter and frustration, often at the same time.

Yesterday, I spied Yoko sitting on a cat carrier, surveying the living room as an autocrat. Imagine if she and the others had a blog.

Yoko: Oh what a life. I reign over this fantastic kingdom with a properly trained mistress of the house Ė yet I must tread lightly around the other human. I still havenít determined how to intimidate himÖbut I will. If not for him and that stupid Sniper Iíd have the perfect life.

Sniper: Oh that Yoko is so arrogant, sitting up there as if she owns the place. Yet she doesnít look so pompous when I spring out of hiding to tackle her Ö boy, can she hiss and growl. I just get started with my fun when the mistress yells at me and comforts Yoko. Because of that, I get locked in my room every time the lady leaves the house.

Peanut: Ahh, that Sniper reminds me of myself a few years ago: agile, quick and cunning. Now, at my age, it hurts to tread from room to room. Thatís okay though, Iíve a warm house and plenty of food Ö but those hard, chunky bits are anything but satisfying. Itís not fair. Iím delegated that stuff while the humans eat all kinds of exquisite cuisine. When I sit and stare, they get offended and send me away.

Yoko: Had a pleasant surprise today: the lady locked Sniper in his room and then left for most of the day. Peanut got jailed with Sniper, so my sister and I had the run of the house. We chased each other up and down the halls until we were ready to drop. When the lady arrived home, we were sacked out on the table, soaking up the warm rays of the sun. What a day.

Tig: My sister is so bossy. Our nemesis gets locked up, so I figure Iíll have a nice, quiet dayÖ right. Sister wants to run and play, and of course, what sister wants, sister gets. We wear ourselves out and settle down for a catnap. I figure Iíll be a good sister and give her a bath. She relaxes, enjoying the treatment when unexpectedly she bites me. Well, Iím not going to lie there and take it, so I bite her back. Just like that weíre tumbling around and fall off the table. Somehow we manage to get back up and feign sleep before the lady arrives.

Sniper: I canít believe Iíve been stuck in this room all day. All Peanut wants to do is sleep. Besides that, itís no fun pestering him. When he doesnít ignore me, he attacks. He may be old, but he packs a wallop. Too bad Yoko isnít stuck in here Ö

Tig: I wasnít feeling well today, so my owner stuffed me into a tiny crate and carted me away to a place where they poked and prodded me. Not content with that, they proceeded to jab me with a sharp needle. After all that, she sucked up to me and played nice, so I hammed it up with my pitiful meow. When we got home and she opened the prison door, I scooted out and ignored her the rest of the day. To rub it in, I fawned over my male owner while continuing to ignore her. Boy was she miserable. For the crowning achievement, I rubbed on her leg while purring. When she bent over to pet me, I ran off Ö thatíll teach her.

Reading their blogs, I discover why I dislike cats so Ė they remind me of me. Proud, aloof, focused on my comfort, overly curious and ready to take a nap at a momentís notice. Maybe Iíll keep them around for a subtle reminder of my own shortcomings.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/03/11
I love it! This is hysterical and so true. No wonder we humans with cats get insomnia from time to time! This was on topic yet so creative and different. I think you captured your cats thoughts well. And you don't fool me for a minute...I suspect you love the cats as much if not more than your wife!
Anne Warden11/04/11
You really do have the interactions of cats down pat. This is a nice, light-hearted story. I like it.

When I was a kid, my dad used to say, "I don't like cats." Yet, whenever he sat down in his recliner, he called to our big orange and white tabby to come sit on his lap. They had a special bond and no one was fooled by his words.

I'm not fooled by yours either. You're a cat admirer. I agree with Shannon. I think you like them more than you let on.
Danielle King 11/04/11
I really enjoyed this pussycat sit-com. It was comical and refreshing and a totally original take on the topic! Well done.
C D Swanson 11/09/11
Great job! It had me smiling all the way through. God Bless~
Noel Mitaxa 11/09/11
Dogs have owners; cats have staff! This is very imaginative and it's so true to life. My wife also does not like cats much, but if ever we visit anyone who has a cat, it will make straight for her lap!
A good fun read. Well done.
Leola Ogle 11/10/11
Delightful and amusing! Loved it start to finish! God bless!
Edmond Ng 11/15/11
A nicely written piece, much like a play depicting the 'human' side of things from the viewpoint of cats. Excellent take on the topic.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/17/11
Congratulations on your EC! It was one of my favorites! Now are you ready to admit you love cats!?
Anne Warden11/17/11
Yeh, Jim! Congratulations on your placement. I knew this story would be a hit!
Helen Curtis11/17/11
As a cat owner...ooops, slave, I really appreciate this! Very humorous and spot on! Well done!
C D Swanson 11/17/11
Great job! Congrats on your HR placing! God Bless~
Rachel Phelps11/18/11
Such a fun, cute story. Congratulations on your EC!