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saturday january 21, 2006

santiago goes through these periods when he is fascinated by insoles. because I often buy men's shoes in sizes that are slightly too big for me I populate many pairs with extra insoles of varying thicknesses and materials and from time to time santiago decides it is his mission to dig every single one out of every single shoe and then play with them like they were socks or catnip mice or whatever other cat toy would be more appropriate.

as usual it is impossible to stop him without putting all my shoes in the closet but they do not fit there so they are on the bottom shelves of my desk/shelf complex where he can do with them as he sees fit. all I ask is that he leave the insoles near whichever pair he borrowed them from.

he's such a weird little cat but on the other hand he purrs every time I touch him even to hold him upside down or to bounce him around or to rub his belly while growling at him and he will stretch on cue so how can he be anything but absolutely delightful.

jackson, in case anyone worries that he does not get his share of attention, is as sweet as always and not too bright sometimes but he gets Special Care for the Shy which means I don't try to pick him up but I do rub his head a lot and make sure he's always got access to a hiding spot. he's just not as uproarously fun as santiago but I don't love him any less.

we sleep all three of us curled around each other and my warm pendleton blanket and although santiago demands the space right next to my head jackson seems happy right next to santiago. it's useless to try to referee cat social behavior unless one needs to take drastic measures like separating cats who are fighting to the death. jackson is naturally passive and there's nothing I can do to make him stand up for himself so I just make sure he knows he's one of us no matter what.

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mactavish
Jan. 21st, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
This is so incredibly sweet and family that it actually pulled some tears.
eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
aw gee whiz.

they are the closest family I have, sometimes.
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eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC)
kinda sweet, huh?
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eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm going to friend you like I should have eons ago. if you don't mind.
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eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
far out! :)
ruby_stone
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:10 pm (UTC)
I always think I talk more about my black cat Manic and that Socks doesn't get enough 'verbal' attention. But it's the same situation here, really. Different love, but in fair shares :)
eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
exactly. jackson just doesn't do all that much that one can talk about. he sits around looking gorgeous and runs when we have company. but he's been my closest companion for a good six years now.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
Great Cat
Does he like the little field mouse like me ?
mulot_d_argent
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Cat
Does it like ... Hey hey hey... Be careful. I like the shoes for sleeping.
eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Cat
heh. I don't think anything is sleeping in my shoes. I could be wrong though!
mulot_d_argent
Jan. 21st, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Cat
Perhaps there was one of my cousins !

The invisible mouse !
eriktrips
Jan. 21st, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Great Cat
he's an indoor cat and we have no mice so he hasn't been presented with a field mouse yet. he is, however, friends with my housemate's pet rat. they chase each other up and down the hallway. ever see a rat chase a cat?
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