For Valentine’s Day I am having the students write about their love for their pets, and so I am writing also. My husband and I just have a cat now. I don’t want to say that we own a cat because it is difficult to say that anyone can own a cat. Cats are very independent. The cat really only tolerates us, and gets us to do her bidding.
Our cat is named after an ancient Roman god, Janus. Statues of this god usually show two faces. While my cat has two faces also. It is divided symmetrically along its body (and face too) into light and dark patterns of fur. If you saw only half her face, you would not match it up with the other side. Sometimes I think she reminds of Janis Joplin – a wild, independent spirit!
Since Janus was raised with our puppy, Sam, she received some of the same training as a dog. Hence, she learnt to fetch and retrieve her little toys! She does not do it much anymore, that is mostly our fault for not keeping up with the practice. Janus will also come when called by my husband’s whistle. It helps if he shakes the treat bag too.
I have always been a cat lover, but this cat really belongs to my husband. They spend lots of time together, especially outdoors in the summer. Both of them like to hunt and eat their wild prey. I only like to watch and hear about their adventures while I sip ice tea on the front porch.