Cats and Clutter Don’t Go Well Together

I always thought I would have dogs in my adult life.  I love dogs.  I’m a dog person, or so I’ve always thought.  But I didn’t have dogs like I thought I would.  A family member with dog allergies meant no dog for me ever again.  My kids wouldn’t get to benefit from all the joy a dog can bring.

Then, about six years ago, something happened.  I found a cat or maybe I should say that the cat found me.  He was in a terrible situation and begged me to help him.  I didn’t know what to do because I never had a cat.  My friend’s cats always hid when I was around so I never actually had any contact with cats.  I was a little terrified of them but I love animals so I helped him.

STALKER

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This is Stalker.  He’s the cat that I saved.  As you can see, he’s a very intelligent cat.  I called him Stalker because he followed me around the house all day long.  I didn’t know what he wanted but then I saw the grateful look in his eyes and knew he was just trying to thank me for saving him.  He’s been a joy since the day I brought him home.  I don’t think there’s another cat in the world who would have been a better first cat.

PATCHES

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Next came Patches.  She’s a fun loving, friendly, I want to meet everyone kind of cat.  She is happy being the center of attention.  The reason we got Patches is kind of silly too.  Stalker seemed to like the girls in the family and the boys were feeling left out.  So, they went and got a little girl kitty and she loves the boys!  It all worked out perfectly.

Oskar

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This is Oskar, our newest addition.  He’s so much fun.  Even though he’s super shy around strangers and scared of tiny noises, he makes me laugh every day.  You could also say that I finally got my dog.  He plays fetch better than most dogs I know, even gets in a few flips here and there.  He growls at strangers walking up to the door and he tries to bark by saying “Woof!”.  He’s great.

Cats and Clutter

I don’t think cats like having clutter around and I’m glad that we didn’t have dogs or cats when our house was at it’s worst.  I think that would have been miserable for all of us.  My cats love it when they can roam around without having to climb through mounds of stuff.  They look less stressed and are much happier.  Sometimes things pile up but as soon as I move a few things, they come along and sleep in the cleared out spots.  When I see that, I know that the clutter affects them and I get motivated to do more.

The Day I Met Jackson Galaxy

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I had the pleasure of going to see Jackson Galaxy tonight.  He is the Cat Daddy.  The Cat Guy.  The Cat Whisperer.  He’s the star of “My Cat From Hell”.  It’s a show where he goes to people’s houses and helps them with their troubled cats.

I started watching the show a few years ago.  During one particular show, I couldn’t tell you about the cat but there was a very troubled young lady living with her mom.  They were having a terrible time with her cat and her mom was threatening to get rid of it.  I think some of that was just drama that the TV producers were asking for but what happened on that show was beautiful.  That girl needed Jackson at that moment in her life.

I can’t remember the conversation between Jackson and the girl but it touched my heart so deeply that I thought, “Wow.. I would love to be in a room with him, even just for 5 minutes, just to stand in his greatness.”  My next thought was that he lives on the West Coast  and I’m in the Midwest so there’s no way that I would ever meet him.  Never ever in a million years.  How would I?  I have no intention of ever visiting the west coast.

How Will I Ever Get to Meet Him?

One day, a few months later, my friend sent me a newsletter about a horse and I happened to see an ad on the same page. It was an advertisement that Jackson was coming to town.  I couldn’t believe it.  Was this for real?  I went online and bought tickets right that very minute.

I didn’t know what to expect because I don’t go to many theater shows.  The ad didn’t say whether we would get to meet him or not but I just knew that I had to.  Again, the thought crossed my mind that there was no way that I would really get to meet him.  Maybe after the show he would get whisked away through a back door and rushed to the next show.  Or maybe there would just be too many people and my daughter wouldn’t have the patience to wait with me.

His presentation turned out to be hilarious and at the end of the show, we did get to meet him.  He was as great as I thought he was going to be, actually a little more than I was even expecting.  I told him my story about how I didn’t think that I would ever get to meet him and I couldn’t believe that I was standing in the same room as him.  It was incredible!

It’s Like Seeing An Old Friend Again

That show was a year ago.  He came back today.  He was just as funny as he was last year. It was another spectacular show.  Absolutely wonderful.  At the end of the show, he stands at a table and you get in a long line and then when you get to him, you can take a picture with him and he signs your book that you get with your ticket, and he’s just so nice.  Meeting him the second time was like seeing a really good friend again after a year.  Like the kind of friend where you pick up right where you left off the last time you saw them no matter how long it’s been.

I feel like the luckiest person alive right now.