By Diane Ako
I would venture to guess that in many cat-dog households, the cat often ends up as the boss. How is it that someone so little holds the power over someone usually bigger?
In our case, Ocho the cat is seven pounds. Inca the labrador is 70 pounds. Ocho is two years older than Inca, so I suppose she gets to lord her senior status over the dog.
Yet, the cat is totally, uneqivocally the boss. Sure, Inca gets rowdy and playful and a little unintentionally forceful with the cat, but one swat from Ocho and Inca backs off.
Ocho was a housecat but likes to run away now and again to get her adventure fix. I recently got tired of it and decided she can be an outside cat. I actually feel like she lives a more exciting life outside, getting more exercise and being in nature.
Lately, there's been a few stray cats making their way into the neighborhood. The first few nights I heard Ocho fighting with them - hissing, yowling, growling right outside the window. I would send Inca out to break it up, knowing that the other cat will be scared off.
Inca, the heavy.
Then, Ocho figured out to use the dog like protection. She started sleeping in the dog's crate.
Now, the dog is not allowed in her own crate. I've seen Inca stand outside it with head cocked, looking at the cat inside.
Cats. They crack me up. They're like Imperial Britain. They just take what they want.
So one of those two animals is finally getting a good night's sleep. Which one is it?
Do you have a pet story?