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Unhappy Joe Cat

Joe Cat has spent an unusual amount of time in my office today seeking attention. I wouldn't mind him being in here if he would stop pawing at me for pats. His pawing isn't quite as bad now. He just got his nails trimmed by yours truly because his pawing, though he didn't mean for it to, was getting painful.

Joe Cat is down here because Ace has already gone upstairs with Ginger and the missus. Early today, Joe spent time in here with me while Ace and Ginger were in the back yard. It wasn't nearly so hot today so the dogs got to spend a good bit of time outside. Of course Tiger and Joe Cat liked that because it meant they could spend more time downstairs with me and K.

The picture here I just took of Joe. He'd tried to make himself comfortable on my desk despite all the stuff (junk, says K) on my desk. I had cleaned it off a couple weeks ago but K decided my desk being clean meant she could throw a bunch of stuff over here I "need to look at and decide whether or not to throw away."

I keep telling her if it's not a bill, a check, or and offer for a book or movie deal to just chuck or shred it. She argues that it might be important. So it sits on my desk until too much time has gone by for it to have been important without receiving a second notice and then I tear it up and throw it away. I do look at it first. Haven't seen anything important I should have opened in 20 years. Before that, I used to waste my time opening and looking at everything.

The hour grows late and I should probably get to bed. I need to get back on my school year sleep schedule.

Image Credit » DW Davis

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JohnRoberts wrote on August 22, 2015, 10:35 PM

Cats are so funny because they will plop down any place they damn well feel like.

Paulie wrote on August 22, 2015, 10:36 PM

I used to have a cat gray cat like Joe. He must really love you and find your desk comfortable.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 22, 2015, 10:40 PM

Joe Cat certainly does, whether he's in the way or not. And if you make him move he gets rather indignant.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 22, 2015, 10:42 PM

I've had Joe Cat since he was seven weeks old and he's now 13 years old. He goes through moods where he wants to be near me all the time and then for days will hardly look at me. But as connections to people go, yes, I think he feels a strong connection to me.

wolfgirl569 wrote on August 22, 2015, 10:58 PM

Pretty cat, maybe he will help you clean the desk off. I dont even open a lot of things, just look at the senders name and toss them. Faster like that

bestwriter wrote on August 22, 2015, 11:23 PM

So Joe has decided that what lies on your table is junk emoticon :grin:

Paulie wrote on August 22, 2015, 11:31 PM

I think that's great! Does Joe purr a lot when you pet him?

Rufuszen wrote on August 23, 2015, 6:31 AM

A very handsome cat!

MegL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:32 AM

Yes, need to get my granddaughter onto her school sleep schedule this week too. She starts again on Thursday.

JohnRoberts wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:40 AM

That's a cat for you. They are of the opinion that they rule the roost!

CoralLevang wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:48 AM

Oh, how I wish I could have a cat, especially one that looks like Joe Cat.

Kasman wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:48 AM

I have a desk like that - minus the cat! My wife does much the same with our mail - and I do much the same as you do with it!

Feisty56 wrote on August 23, 2015, 9:58 AM

Joe Cat is such a gorgeous fella -- but don't tell him I said so, as it will go straight to that feline super ego.

LoudMan wrote on August 23, 2015, 12:37 PM


DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:19 PM

He does purr when I pet him. He even purrs when he's resting close to me on the desk next to my computer work station.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:21 PM

A good bit or what comes in the mail finds itself hitting the shredder unopened. Joe does knock things off the desk once in a while.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:22 PM

He's not too far wrong. A lot of it is junk I just haven't gotten around to getting rid of.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:23 PM

Joe does look good for his age, doesn't he. It's hard to believe he's over 13 years old.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:23 PM

I have to make sure to get to bed early tonight as I have to be in early tomorrow.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:24 PM

Joe is a handsome fellow, isn't he? Why can't you have a cat?

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:25 PM

Now and then I'll go through everything and clear it off. Then the next time I walk in it is as if she went looking for things to pile on it again.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:27 PM

He is looking a lot better than he was. A couple years ago he was one fat cat, but then something got into him and he lost too much weight and was nothing but fur and bones. We thought we were going to lose him. Then we figured out he was chewing on plastic wrappers and they were making him sick. Now we keep plastic away and he's filled back out, but not to his former rotundness.

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 23, 2015, 7:29 PM

That is Ace's true purpose, to foil the cats' plot. I think we're safe until they figure out how to operate the pull tab on the canned food.

Rufuszen wrote on August 24, 2015, 8:36 AM

My two will be 16, a week tomorrow.

WordChazer wrote on August 24, 2015, 5:37 PM

I hear you on the 'is it important or not?' decision. Papers here go back around a decade. One day I will lose patience and ship the lot into our Estates and Facilities at work, begging them to shred it and use for heating the office before I freeze...

AliCanary wrote on August 25, 2015, 2:35 PM

Stop what you are doing, take five or ten minutes, and love on your cat. He will not always be there.

markgraham wrote on October 12, 2015, 11:18 AM

The life of a writer and a teacher. Priorities are set and you know what is important for you and your family.