The winner of Time's Mirrored Illusion by Nina Romano is a poetry lover and a potter who influenced my attitude about Cooperstown, NY today:
Congratulations, Gary! I'll get Nina's book in the mail to you you tomorrow! Pretty cool how I just won a pot made by Gary and HE just won poetry. More fun facts about Gary, he's a clever sculptor and sketcher, too. He's wild about animals and is the rare person who likes both dogs AND cats.
Let's be honest, most folks sway one way or the other. I'm a cat person myself. Cats are more self-reliant and discerning creatures. You don't choose to pet a cat, a cat allows you to pet it. Dribble enough kibble in the dish and you can leave a cat alone for a long weekend, enjoying the beach or slot machines or room service without care. Dogs, on the other hand, are needy, whorish creatures. They love on anyone who shows them the slightest bit of attention, desperately seeking praise and food at every opportunity. I never heard of anyone able to leave their dog home alone for more than a day without worrying about its welfare or their carpet. To his credit, Jax doesn't exhibit many of the behaviors I loathe in the canine species. He doesn't sniff crotches, poop all over the yard or slobber. But he does drop the frequent deuce in my path and he refuses to hunt mice, bark at strangers in our driveway or keep rabbits out of the garden. Helpless and unhelpful, bless his heart.
Unlike the dog, Rose will earn her keep. We have three house rules for Rose (no jumping on kitchen table or counters, no digging in houseplants, no clawing furniture) and she breaks them daily. They're not HARD rules (it's not like Team Testosterone gets to do these things), but she's struggling. I prowl behind her with the water bottle ready to spritz, but she is sneaky. Always with the infractions, that cat. Perhaps it's a kitten thing, her energy and curiosity, eventually we'll direct that energy into killing mice. We've brought her outside every day to introduce her to the Great Mouse Buffet (AKA our yard), but she's intent on chasing butterflies and her tail. She nibbles grass and studies ants. One of these days she'll clue in and get down to business. I hope. Regardless, a cat trumps a squirrel as a pet, right?
Speaking of cats, I have a friend with two cats, the likes of whom I hope never meet Rose because they'd be horrible influences on her, what with their cigarettes and gin and driving without licenses. Have you heard of my friend Pearl? She's a riot and a writer from the Twin Cities. We're down to two weeks of summer and two more book giveaways, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Laughing's better, so this week's lucky winner will get TWO books, both bound to make you laugh:
How can you get your grubby hands on these fine books by my friend Pearl? Every comment between now and next Monday is a chance to win.
Spill it. Are you a cat or dog person?
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