Last week in “The Days of Our Nine Lives,” ARF dogs and cats were discussing the change in cattery dynamics with the arrival of kittens and possible departure of Mishka, the husky.


Leia: (bursting into the room) Well, it has happened again. The dogs are gone.


Bill: Gone? Do you mean they’re with forever families?

Leia: That’s right. Mishka is now living in Bishop, and MJ stole the hearts of a lovely couple right here in Idyllwild.

London: Those lucky mutts. If there was a contest between dog lovers and cat lovers, I’m afraid the dog lovers would win. Where are the cat lovers?

Bill: Any news on these kittens we’re supposed to be seeing any day now?


Bobbie: Arrgghh. I was hoping that was a dream. Seriously, are we getting kittens?

Leia: That’s right, five of ’em. And they’re super sweet.

Olivia: Then they’re named appropriately: Snickers, Skittles, KitKat, Twix and Cocopuff.


London: Alright, everyone calm down. We need to remember that although kittens are wonderful and cute, they’re not for everyone.

Bobbie: Ain’t that the truth. They are balls of energy and climb on any and everything.


London: I know some humans truly prefer us older cats. We’re way past the goofy kitten stage, we’re content to be on or near someone’s lap, and we don’t require nearly as much attention.

Bobbie: And when we cats age, we don’t get all wrinkly and saggy (like those humans). We continue to look strikingly beautiful. Just look at me.

Olivia: Hey, we “teenage” cats are pretty awesome, too. We’re playful, but not nutso-kooky like kittens.

Bill: Let’s just celebrate that we don’t have any dogs invading our space. They’ve all been adopted and we’re canine-free.

For how long will the ARF cats enjoy being canine-free? Will the kittens disrupt the cattery contentment? Be sure to keep up with the animal antics of “The Days of Our Nine Lives” each week. And please stop in to say hello to the entire adoptable cast at the ARF House, 26890 Hwy. 243, on Saturdays 10-4 and Sundays 10-2, or by appointment M-F by calling 951-659-1122.

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