My dog is a pacifist.
She’s a gentle soul who loves everyone. She wouldn’t harm a fly.
But one critter in our neighborhood brings out the worst in Honey.
I call him Death Kitty 2000.
Cats Honey Loves
Cats rule our neighborhood.
Most of them quietly walk away when we approach. A few arch their backs or hiss. And a couple become friends.
A black kitten used to follow us on our walks. Our neighbor cat, Arthur, will hang out on the porch and greet us as we leave for our walk. And I’ve organized a friendly introduction with a curious cat around the corner.
Whether the cat likes us or not, Honey always shows friendly interest with a calm wag of her tail. Well, almost always.
The One Cat Honey Hates
There is one cat in the neighborhood Honey hates. And I have some suspicions as to why.
This cat lives with one of Honey’s boyfriends (my puppy girl is sweet, but also a little slutty). And he’s a killer.
That’s why I call him Death Kitty 2000.
Death Kitty leaves a trail of destruction.
I regularly find rat and mice corpses on the sidewalk in front of his house. I think he was responsible for the dead pigeon Honey swallowed when she was a puppy. And there’s an ominous pile of feathers in my backyard.
Honey smells Death Kitty’s blood lust.
If Death Kitty is lurking in the bushes near our yard, Honey will bark a warning and take off running toward the fence to chase the kitty off.
The Other Side Of Sweet
I felt shock the first time I watched Honey chase off her kitty enemy. I’ve never seen her react so violently to any creature.
But now I really appreciate her hatred for Death Kitty 2000. It reminds me how complex her emotional life is. And to never take her for granted.
Besides, isn’t everything a little sweeter next to a little spice?
Your Turn: Has your dog ever surprised you by doing something really out of character?