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Thursday, March 15, 2012

A MiMau memory

One of Carolynn's "little observations" reminded me of an evening about a month after MiMau came to live here. The whole famdamily was in bed for the evening, two of us reading, the other three . . . Max, Angus, MiMau . . . arranged as they wished on the comforter. 
MiMau sat up and drew herself close to Angus, who quivered with joy and anticipation. He loves his kittysis.


Quick as a wink, MiMau raised her furry arm, made a furry fist and knocked three times -- bang!bang!bang! -- right in the middle of Angus' head, exactly between the roots of his ears. The three knocks were quite distinctly audible . . . Angoo's head as percussion instrument.
Angus didn't duck or growl or react in any way. 
He just stared at MiMau: "What did I do?"


They've been best buds ever since.
She just had to make sure he knew that she wasn't going to be buying into that dogs-harassing-cats thing.


For more on MiMau's benevolent despot behavior, see MiMau and the Importance of Keeping the Upper Paw.

17 comments:

esbboston said...

My dog loves to pretend that he is in charge around here, but I am going to use a new line about, "Hey, I don't see you writing a check for paying all the property taxes aound here."

esbboston said...

Sorry, typo, " ... taxes around here."

June said...

I had to go back and look for the typo!
I do not doubt that your dog would offer that he is the king and need not worry about plebeian issues like taxes. Whatever they are.

DJan said...

What sweet creatures! I wonder what the banging of the noggin was all about. Too bad they can't really tell us. :-)

Olga said...

Just like teaching--set the tone from the first minute of the first day--especially when they are bigger than you.

Woodswalker said...

So funny! Those of us who welcome both dogs and cats into our homes all have stories to tell of how the rules are established. We once adopted a 9-month-old English Mastiff, already 100 pounds, and to ease this dog's many anxieties when left alone, we also acquired a tiny Tuxedo kitten to keep her company. Oh, the tales I could tell!

Joanne said...

So typical. I can see the little forearm poised only momentarily, then bam, bam, bam. It's happened to dogs at my house, too. Leaves them speechless.

Friko said...

Cat boss, dog follower.

I've seen many a cat put a dog in his place. Once I knew a cat who hooked out a dog's eye.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Of course , cats rule ! She was just clearing up any confusion before you all started .

Sightings said...

Same thing happens when some person, or pet, knocks on my head. There's an echo. Don't know why.

Hilary said...

That is so typically feline and quite similar to what happened between one of my cats and Benny. Gotta love cats.

georgia little pea said...

You guys are really scaring me now. The cats in our neighbourhood are from hell and terrorise all the dogs who (legally) would not be able to fight back. Poop I say.

Carolynn said...

That's exactly what Luna does with Willow and she'll even do it with both paws, like a bantam weight pro boxer.

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Aw, squeeze my heart, that is sooo cute.

Terra said...

How simple the way MiMau established boundaries with Angus. That is a nice scene you described.

edith ann said...

just this minute i understand about your dog who does not agree with you - he doesn't get a free ride.....but i miss my pup this morning and in her absence i promise she will get this free ride.......even though she will disagree with me when she comes back to me this spring.....edith

edith ann said...

and a small postscript dogs know that property taxes are a fiction we suffer quietly.......edith again