Liz and David are coming back from Santa Fe tomorrow. I’m really happy but not nearly as happy as Raymond and Elvis will be.
A good part of their day is sauntering down the hall to visit the neighbors.
I love my pets so much even if they fill me with angst.
I took Raymond mainly because he looked so skinny and sad behind the bars and they were going to kill him but also because I assumed that Elvis was bored with only me. I noticed how he perked up when he found a bug on the terrace.
Well Elvis has absolutely bloomed with the addition of Ray. He watches him all the time and keeps getting closer and closer to him. I even saw him kiss Ray (if cats kiss, I know nothing about them) when he was asleep.
Now I worry about Ray. Is he happy? Does he wish I’d take him back to his previous owner? After all he doesn’t know that they put him in a kill shelter. Will my craziness mean that I have to get an armadillo to keep him company and then a turtle for the armadillo (whose name will be Anthony)?
When I think of it Ray gets really happy when he sees David. Will David fill that empty spot in Ray’s heart?
Remember I said that you never really know what a new dog is thinking. Is it possible that Ray sees something in David that he admires? I know that he’s an elitist like David.
He never looks directly at Elvis. It’s almost like he thinks Elvis is beneath his consideration.
Is he a racist?
When we went to Stephanie’s house, he played with the pure bred dog, Lucy, but I never saw him even acknowledge her other dog, Theo, who appears to have a touch of something else in his breeding giving him long legs which, though shapely, suggest a touch of , shall we say, a dalliance of his mother with someone other than another Jack Russell?
And though Ray likes to snuggle up with me at night and will occasionally drop a toy at my feet, I do notice a certain air of contempt when I talk to him. I almost feel like he considers me “help”.
Does he, like David, think that the fact that I couldn’t point out Omaha on a map is an intellectual weakness?
Look, I’m not going to drive myself nuts with this. I found a way to get along with David, I’ll find a way to get along with Ray.
And respect isn’t everything.
Besides maybe taking a peek at the map of the United States wouldn’t kill me.
OR I could just never mention Omaha.