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Trash-Pickin' Kitty.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Sunday, February 24, 2008

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A cat has an unusual habit.

My cat, "Dudley", has a most unusual quirk. All the more to endear myself to him.

"Dudley" is four years old, a teenager by human standards; however, he still has a lot of "kitten" inside his fuzzy, orange body. A lot of his antics makes me laugh; I can watch him for hours.

One of his more charming antics is playing fetch. Yes, you read right: he plays fetch, just like a dog would.

He especially loves fetching small pieces of paper. You throw some wadded up paper, and there he goes, in retrieve-mode. He'll saunter or run up to it, pick it up into his mouth, and bring it back to you, putting it at your feet, meowing incessantly until you throw the (drool-covered) piece of paper again.

If he isn't sleeping or distracted by life around him, he can continue this "fetching-game" for hours.

Another one of "Dudley's" habits is talking to the birds that fly near my outside window. He'll be sitting there, and when birds land on the feeder situated right outside our livingroom window, he'll start making odd "chattering" noises. It's hilarious.

Still another one of my cat's oddities is when you start petting him, he'll flop onto one side, put his head on upside down, and start kneading the air with his paws, purring like a little motorboat. It's beyond adorable; one can't help but smile whenever he does this.

My friends affectionally call "Dudley" our "trash-pickin' kitty" because of his fetching habit.

A good nickname for him, if I must say so myself.

"Dudley" is one of the best "friends" a person can ever have. I live alone in a senior citizen's home, so having "Dudley" in my life has been nothing but a blessing for me.

I wish all people (particularly seniors who are alone, like me) could have a "Dudley" in their lives. He's sure been a wonderful addition to mine; I consider myself richly blessed by this wonderful feline companion.

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Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/24/2008
How wonderful for you! Pets are great to have
if you can take care of them properly.
Excellent write!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/24/2008
Awwwww...sounds like a fine little kitty to me...!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 2/24/2008

Karen very well penned indeed incredible I just loved it and thinking about my own kitty a long, long time ago. Oh I could read stories like this forever it seems. Fantastic visuals and little kitties do seem to try to verbally communicate. Yes, what a blessing a senior cousin of mine I do so wish to give her a little kitty. She doesn't want one though she had to move last year and they took her dog away (she called him her baby boy, his name was Ridge) she was so saddened. I thought she would love a kitty if she just would give it a try. Funny just thinking of that yesterday because I wanted to send her one on Valentine's Day but I didn't. Oh well perhaps someday she will give in.

Thanks for sharing this loving narrative about the "Trash-Pickin' Kitty".

Take care,

Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone 2/24/2008
such a good little story and so true that animals give a kind of companionship not even another human can rival. Thank you for sharing this with us. Lady J
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/24/2008
Long ago I had a neighbor's whose cat will go around the neighborhood collecting the darnest things and stashing them under his house.
the story of Dudley reminds me of him.
Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed by Paul Berube 2/24/2008
Sounds like one nice kitty there. Nice write Karen.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/24/2008
*purring* Karen, this is adorable - I love this write! Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/24/2008
I wish all people (particularly seniors who are alone, like me) could have a "Dudley" in their lives.

So do I, since they are such marvelous companions. And Dudley truly reminds me of dear Buddy - my extremely faithful orange tabby - who also absolutely loved to play Fetch.

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