i’m sure it will all pick up after these last days of summer. the dog days of summer. sadly, i have no dog. i want a dog but am truely unwilling to do all the walking involved! or have a dog dig up my beautiful garden. turns out, i’m a natural fit for a cat. good thing there’s a beautiful tiger-striped one sitting next to my computer keeping me company – and that’s a big improvement for our slightly unsocial kitty…she’s nice but standoffish at times. but now she comes and sits right next to my computer. progress at 7 years old. with teenage daughter slated to start volunteering at a cat shelter this fall, i suspect we might find ourselves with another kitty onboard. i’ve been aching for a tuxedo cat – two cats ago we lost our spectacular ‘glickman’ – she was the smartest cat i’d ever known and lived until 20 and passed away in our house and is in my flower garden. we’ll get a little boy kitty (if we get one) because i hear that will sit better with my adult female (betty – named after the betty of betty and veronica fame because “veronica was a snob” – so said my then 7 year old). woof.